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Cruz Aims at His Own Side Again: He may be doing more damage to the GOP than are the Democrats
The National Review ^ | February 21, 2014 | Mona Charen

Posted on 02/21/2014 1:15:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) may be the brightest light to adorn the Republican party in many years. He knows how to make the case for conservative ideas, pointing, for example, to the contrasting fates of Detroit and Houston to illustrate the superiority of conservative policies. So it’s particularly galling to see that rather than train his fire at Obama and the liberal machine that cocoons him, Cruz has become a one-man wrecking ball against Republicans. His most recent foray into sabotaging his colleagues concerned the debt-limit increase.

Because Speaker Boehner sent over a “clean” debt-limit bill, Republican senators had decided to let it pass with only Democratic votes. Republicans would not be endorsing the Democrats’ spending priorities, but neither would they be opening themselves to the accusation of flirting with national default. With Obama’s political fortunes sinking and several “red state” Democratic senators in jeopardy, Republicans have a good chance to retake the Senate in November — unless they fall into civil war....

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Texas; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2014; boehner; cabal; cfr; clintonbush; criminalpoliticians; cruz; fakepartysystem; msm; nwo; oneparty; rinos; rulingelite; savingamerica; tedcruz; threattocfr; tyranny
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Another establishment apparatchik going after him.
1 posted on 02/21/2014 1:15:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOPe is not our side.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 1:18:40 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mona is  Concerned


isn't that special

3 posted on 02/21/2014 1:18:51 PM PST by tomkat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If this isn’t a coordinated effort, then it’s a severe case of “monkey see, monkey do,” or is it, “monkey see, monkey doo-doo”?


4 posted on 02/21/2014 1:19:03 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course he’s doing more damage than the democrats. The democrats don’t want to see their boot licking GOPe pets harmed.


5 posted on 02/21/2014 1:19:25 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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6 posted on 02/21/2014 1:20:04 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Another establishment apparatchik going after him.

It sure seems like the call went out this week to go after Cruz. At least it brings the Quislings out into the open

7 posted on 02/21/2014 1:20:33 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Rats in Republican clothing in the Senate have been working hard to undermine Cruz long before the debt ceiling vote.


8 posted on 02/21/2014 1:21:42 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. Guess I was wrong about Noonan being next.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 1:21:54 PM PST by txhurl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a week. First it was Thomas Sowell blasting away at Sen. Cruz. Then Ann Coulter. Now its Mona Charen?

Good. Now we know who’s clearly in the RINO camp.

Go Ted Go!


10 posted on 02/21/2014 1:22:37 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Mona doesn’t like what he’s doing, he must be doing something right!


11 posted on 02/21/2014 1:23:32 PM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: onyx
If this isn’t a coordinated effort, then it’s a severe case of “monkey see, monkey do,” or is it, “monkey see, monkey doo-doo”?

Smells like the latter and FR needs an enema. There's a sudden surge of concern trolls citing Lib rags deeply concerned about Tea Party conservatives attacking Cornyn, McConnel, Cochran...et al.

12 posted on 02/21/2014 1:24:26 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This is opening up wagering opportunities on who’s shockingly next!


13 posted on 02/21/2014 1:25:11 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl

lolol.

Don’t worry. She’ll be along directly.


14 posted on 02/21/2014 1:25:12 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The beltway oligarchs of the uniparty are scared defecationless by Ted.
15 posted on 02/21/2014 1:26:04 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: El Cid
It sure seems like the call went out this week to go after Cruz. At least it brings the Quislings out into the open

Around here, too...

16 posted on 02/21/2014 1:27:16 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And I’ve boycotted NRO since the Steyn thing, anyway.


17 posted on 02/21/2014 1:27:31 PM PST by txhurl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It makes a very convenient litmus test. You see GOP going after Palin, and going after the “tea party”, and they stand exposed.

Now Cruz. Do you want to know who is prepared to sell you out to the obamists? Its not hard to tell now that they are exposing themselves yet again. These faux-conservatives will talk a good game but in the clinch they will slip it between your ribs every time.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 1:27:52 PM PST by marron
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You know you are on target when you start getting the flack!


19 posted on 02/21/2014 1:28:12 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think of the GOP as a person with stage four cancer. The cancer is liberalism. And Cruz as Chemotherapy. Yeah, it appears to be doing more damage than the cancer, but sometimes you get worse before you get better.

But to be honest, once you get stage four, funeral arrangements are the best use of your time.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 1:28:37 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: Responsibility2nd; txhurl

Is Kathleen Parker on vacation?


21 posted on 02/21/2014 1:29:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And to think, all Cruz is doing is trying to get GOP to fight. You’d think he was scalding a cat the way they are caterwauling.


22 posted on 02/21/2014 1:30:01 PM PST by marron
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To: txhurl

FTA.... She brings up some good talking points:

Republicans have a good chance to retake the Senate in November — unless they fall into civil war.

Retaking the Senate won’t mean the repeal of Obamacare, but it will thwart the president in significant ways. A united Republican Congress can pass legislation forcing vetoes. Bills like those alleviating the effects of drought in California, endorsing fracking on federally owned land, permitting Americans to keep their doctors, opposing lifting sanctions on Iran, cutting the bloated budget, and other matters would land on Obama’s desk instead of moldering in Harry Reid’s bottom drawer. Presidential vetoes would underscore the extremism of the president and his party. A Republican Senate would also inhibit the president from appointing ultra-leftists (like Debo Adegbile) to administration posts requiring confirmation. Finally, should any member of the Supreme Court die or resign in the final two years of an Obama presidency, a Republican Senate would force the president to choose a somewhat less objectionable nominee.

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The problem is.... What damn good have the Repubs done as a minority in the Senate, and what makes anyone think a Repub senate majority would suck even less?

All these anti-Cruzers seem to be harping on is Ted is gonna cost us the senate majority. First of all; thats BS.

Second? Even if its true, I can live with that. Can you imagine Cornyn, McCain, Mitchell and other limp-wads as the majority? I ask you. What would be that different?


23 posted on 02/21/2014 1:30:24 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

IMO, Cruz is a Hero to true conservatives, because not only does he KNOW, but he is calling out those “establishment” elites, who are destroying the Republican brand. It is not Ted Cruz who is hurting the Republican party, it is the lying frauds, pretending to be something they are not, who are.

Those in the Republican party, that are attacking Cruz, are the ones who needs to be sent packing.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 1:30:44 PM PST by Lucky9teen (No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. ~ Albert Einstein)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans have a good chance to retake the Senate in November — unless they fall into civil war....


She fails to understand elections aren’t civil wars. They’re firings of executives who fail to produce and exceed.

TEA voters aren’t going to war with the GOPe, we’re just pushing them off the cliff, never to be fought with or heard from again.


25 posted on 02/21/2014 1:34:52 PM PST by txhurl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A-Holes at National review. Bill Buckley must be doing 360s.


26 posted on 02/21/2014 1:37:09 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Her conclusion.
Senator Cruz has many gifts. He’s a skilled rhetorical marksman (if no tactician), but by firing at his own side, he may be doing more damage to the Republican party than any Democrat has done.
Lets hope so, Mona old gal. Lets hope so.
27 posted on 02/21/2014 1:37:39 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...neither would they be opening themselves to the accusation of flirting with national default.

The only reason that could happen is they are too stupid/duplicitous enough to not be able to explain the truth - oh, wait, that would mean going against Rove's insistence that they never say anything bad about Democrats...

28 posted on 02/21/2014 1:39:08 PM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I say good! The lefty, no morals and backbone people need to be cleaned from the pub party. they do that and I may return to them.


29 posted on 02/21/2014 1:40:09 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Mona Charen,

Tell me again how the government was shrank from 2000 to 2006 and how the border was secured and government spending and social programs were shrunk?

Signed GraceG


30 posted on 02/21/2014 1:41:03 PM PST by GraceG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s because the Repub Party isn’t conservative.


31 posted on 02/21/2014 1:42:34 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: GraceG
Mona is a Rockerfellar Republican.
32 posted on 02/21/2014 1:43:31 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yo! Ted! You are taking a lot of flak. Must be over the target.

Just sayin’


33 posted on 02/21/2014 1:44:25 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: tomkat
Funny that Mona is more worried about Cruz and NOT about Obama’s FCC Nosy Goons.
34 posted on 02/21/2014 1:44:43 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep. The “damage to the GOP” has already been done by PUSSIES like Boehner, McConnell, McCain, Graham, Alexander, Corker, Maine bimbo, et al.

Shove it Mona.


35 posted on 02/21/2014 1:45:38 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think this and the Sowell article are being misunderstood.
As Reagan said Republicans shouldn’t be criticizing Republicans in public. I know the litany of thing that McCain, Graham and Boehner have said, done and should have done, but Cruz would be more effective if he could work behind the scenes to get them to move closer to our positions.
This is really a discussion of tactics. Yes, sometimes you need to go public, but that should be done after the private approach has failed.


36 posted on 02/21/2014 1:47:44 PM PST by ozdragon
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To: ozdragon

I dunno about that.. why don’t you call Cornyn’s office and ask his staff if the Honorable Cornyn is still in fetal position? (That actually would be a funny Q to ask them!)

And this is just the first race of the TEA wave.


37 posted on 02/21/2014 1:50:56 PM PST by txhurl
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To: ozdragon
First, I don't agree with Reagan on this matter. Second, why is it okay for Republicans to criticize Sen. Cruz but, it's not okay for Sen. Cruz to criticize other Republicans. Nothing but hypocrisy.
38 posted on 02/21/2014 1:53:16 PM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Conservatives have been targeted in a viscous back stabbing campaign since the very day after Romney lost. Now this GOPe lightweight has the gal to call out Cruz?

I am seeing a real campaign to shame conservatives into getting us back on the plantation for the midterms. Disgusting. Just in the last week we have had this columnist, Coulter and Sowell on this theme. Too bad the GOPe much prefers to go after conservatives and couldn’t attack the Dims in a similar coordinated manner.


39 posted on 02/21/2014 1:54:36 PM PST by lodi90
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It was Mitch McConnell who went to war with the TEA Party


40 posted on 02/21/2014 1:54:48 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ozdragon

As Reagan said Republicans shouldn’t be criticizing Republicans in public. I know the litany of thing that McCain, Graham and Boehner have said, done and should have done, but Cruz would be more effective if he could work behind the scenes to get them to move closer to our positions.

This is really a discussion of tactics. Yes, sometimes you need to go public, but that should be done after the private approach has failed.


Yes, let’s just keep quiet while progressive republicans collude with the Dems to pass amnesty. That’s just what they want. Why would you suggest that?

We have had 5 years of failed opposition to Obama. How long should we plan on waiting for the private approach to work?

Most people just don’t pay much attention to beltway politics and don’t realize what liberal Republicans are up to. It’s only when we see bold moves by the likes of Cruz and Sessions that careerist beltway GOPers are exposed for what they are. Then voters are able to make an informed decision on who they support.


41 posted on 02/21/2014 2:03:51 PM PST by lodi90
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She couldn’t have made her dislike of him more clear.


42 posted on 02/21/2014 2:08:24 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Chgogal
Merely an øversight, shirley !?


  (note to shtf survivors: reintroduce shaving heads of collaborators)

43 posted on 02/21/2014 2:09:29 PM PST by tomkat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The more these people get smoked out, the better. We’ll all know who was with us when.

These people are sent to Washington to vote on things, as our representatives, not to find tricky ways to get things passed without voting on them.

They really don’t like being held accountable for their votes! The days of the charades are over. We know the game and are watching every move.


44 posted on 02/21/2014 2:10:49 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: ozdragon
This war has already started .. these are just the first few skirmishes.

Tactically, Cruz has pissed on enough sacred cowflakes to goad the symps into revealing their positions.

45 posted on 02/21/2014 2:14:35 PM PST by tomkat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It may be that the complicit Republicans are doing more damage to America than the democrats...


46 posted on 02/21/2014 2:14:47 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m so sick of hearing what these inside the beltway types have to say.


47 posted on 02/21/2014 2:15:06 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wherever he is, Nelson Rockefeller is grinning. The Goldwater revolt & the Reagan revolution should have done in the GOP-E but they keep coming back. I’ve had it with the establishmentarians; not a dime for the RNC, let the country clubbers dip into their trust funds.

Mona Charen once denigrated married couples without children, and called them mere `vacationers’. Strictly personal but I didn’t care for the superior attitude.

Sen. Ted Cruz for President & success to the Tea Party!


48 posted on 02/21/2014 2:16:12 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: cuban leaf
But to be honest, once you get stage four, funeral arrangements are the best use of your time.

I fear that you might be correct, but I hope the mid terms change that equation.

49 posted on 02/21/2014 2:17:12 PM PST by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yo Mona, ax me if I GAF about the GOP.


50 posted on 02/21/2014 2:18:51 PM PST by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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