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Cruz: GOP can empower grassroots by ditching consultants, ‘Soviet-style campaigns’
The Washington Times ^ | May 31, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin

Posted on 05/31/2014 7:27:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

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Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that the GOP can bolster its appeal by sticking to its conservative principles and embracing a bottom-up campaign model that empowers grassroots voters.

Speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference, Mr. Cruz said the party must ditch the Washington-centric campaign model and stop listening to the political consultants.

“A lot of Republicans tend to have top-down Soviet-style campaigns,” Mr. Cruz said. “It is very odd for a party that believes in free market that they run campaigns through command and control.”

“That is disempowering and it doesn’t inspire,” Mr. Cruz said. “What is far more effective is having a race built on empowering the grassroots.”

Since being elected in 2012, Mr. Cruz has occasionally butted headed with GOP leaders in Washington, and has become a darling of the tea party and grassroots activists around the country.

The 43-year-old is now thought to be considering a run for GOP presidential nomination in 2016 in what is shaping up to be a crowded field....

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


TOPICS: Texas; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: cruz; gop; republicans; tedcruz; texas
I've made my choice.
1 posted on 05/31/2014 7:27:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; SoConPubbie
God bless and keep Senator Ted Cruz and his precious family!

He is absolutely the very best!



Senator Cruz ROCKS!

2 posted on 05/31/2014 7:32:05 PM PDT 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

Yup, ditching the consultants and strategists is the best thing they could do.


3 posted on 05/31/2014 7:32:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends
“A lot of Republicans tend to have top-down Soviet-style campaigns,” Mr. Cruz said.


“It is very odd for a party that believes in free market that they run campaigns through command and control.”





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4 posted on 05/31/2014 7:34:03 PM PDT 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

We’re being treated to the idiotic Neel Kashkari by the dying RINO “establishment”.

Already voted for Tim Donnelly. Like Cruz in Texas, a new generation of solid Conservatives will do what they can in California.

But because of limp wristed clowns like Pete Wilson and his ilk in not doing anything about the border, its over for the so-called GOP in California.

Just one big Detroit....


5 posted on 05/31/2014 7:34:31 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What Cruz sez echoes what this book says about GOP consultant driven campaigns:
6 posted on 05/31/2014 7:37:01 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladlyÂ…and message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: Regulator

We need more conservatives here to balance out the freaks coming here for jobs that’ll make a mess out of Texas like they did their home states.


7 posted on 05/31/2014 7:38:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s right. Being from Iowa and involved heavily in the political scene, I deal with these asshats and their minions all the time, especially during Presidential years. Generally clueless about winning campaigns, really good at spending a bunch of money down a hole. They don’t care, if they lose they go on to some other job. If we lose here, we have to live with it.


8 posted on 05/31/2014 7:39:33 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree.


9 posted on 05/31/2014 7:39:45 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Amen!!! He’s right.


10 posted on 05/31/2014 7:40:21 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: cripplecreek

BUMP!


11 posted on 05/31/2014 7:49:19 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, ditch ‘em all the way down to the state and local level. Dan Patrick, who won the runoff for Texas Lt. Gov has a crap consultant named Allen Blakemore who did Patrick no favors. Michael Berry, on his radio show, emphasized the way consultants exert malevolent influence long after the campaign is over and far into the politician’s term. Berry was sincerely worried about the injection of Blakemore into the most powerful office of Texas, which is probably similar to how Ted Cruz feels about Karl Rove and company on the national stage.


12 posted on 05/31/2014 7:52:27 PM PDT by Shugee
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13 posted on 05/31/2014 7:52:34 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The more I hear Ted Cruz, the more I like him! Go, Ted!!!



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14 posted on 05/31/2014 7:55:08 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Free Vulcan; All
The ‘political consultants’ that parachute in to Iowa or anywhere also hate normal middle class Americans because they are, admittedly lowly members, members of the professional political class which is culturally leftist and coarsely secular and materialistic. These people genuinely hate those who have an operating moral compass and values as they have none other than some sort of supposed commitment to’tolerance and compassion and inclusivity’ and it makes them very nervous to be around anyone who does believe in something. This is true of pretty much the entire political culture and the upper ranks of the bureaucracy, the military and the foreign policy establishment. It is very daunting for normal middle class Americans to keep their heads above the water and keep their children from being corrupted into coarsely sensual little statist materialists. The political operatives don't want conservatives to win and give lousy advice and guidance because both their biases and their ignorance of the local terrain.
15 posted on 05/31/2014 7:57:06 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Free Vulcan

I lived in Iowa (Slater, Kelly and the South Side of Des Moines) from 1974 to 2001. Worked on the Haig campaign and for the Polk County GOP.


16 posted on 05/31/2014 7:57:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Regulator

It’s not Pete’s fault. The one great thing he did (maybe for cynical reasons but it was great nonetheless) was Prop 187. The courts shot it down, and the state was soon flooded with illegals, and then Clinton’s Motor Voter turned a precarious balance into a Democrat wipeout. Pete is a moderate wimp, no doubt, but he didn’t kill the party in California. Demographics did, and on that, he fought.


17 posted on 05/31/2014 8:00:16 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: Shugee
Here is the link to Berry mixing it up with Blakemore. Blakemore has the sort of face that has his slimy character stamped on it. He is trouble indeed:

http://pearlandteaparty.com/2014/05/16/talk-show-host-michael-berry-responds-to-dan-patricks-political-consultant-allen-blakemore-morning-5-16-2014/

18 posted on 05/31/2014 8:04:39 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: onyx

I worry very much about Cruz’s safety. The people in charge are Stalinist at heart. They have no moral qualms about wiping out their enemies, only political ones. If they could get away with it, they would. And so they may try. And, sadly, I believe that guys like McConnell would secretly be happy, and there would be no consequences. Guys like us would be ridiculed as conspiracy nuts for even thinking the government could do that.


19 posted on 05/31/2014 8:04:49 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Washington-centric consultants are corrupt.

When you empower the grass roots you avoid that problem.

20 posted on 05/31/2014 8:11:16 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Defiant

He wouldnt have been governor if he hadnt backed 187.

And since Lungren was too craven to back it, he lost.

And when Gray Davis illegally canned it, we recalled him.

They havent learned. And its probably too late.

Next up, Los Angeles as Mexican thug show.


21 posted on 05/31/2014 8:27:33 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

RINOs will never allow that.


22 posted on 05/31/2014 8:52:57 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Regulator

Cruz shows me good political instincts and practical horse sense by working from inside the GOP. Unlike 3rd party pushers, Cruz has much more sense of reality.


23 posted on 05/31/2014 9:07:17 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid will not allow debate on any good bills passed by House. GOP needs 51 senators in 2014!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A local talk show host was a GOP advisor and he totally approved of Chris Christie’s actions during the campaign including him not campaigning for Cuccinelli! These advisors don’t operate like a Conservative.


24 posted on 05/31/2014 9:17:51 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Excellent point by Senator Cruz.


25 posted on 05/31/2014 9:18:06 PM PDT by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I came from Mississippi. Me, my wife, and kids will make for 6 more Conservatives. I balance 2 Feminists, 3 Homosexuals, and an Environmentalist.


26 posted on 05/31/2014 9:45:34 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
GOP election consultants are in it to maximize their own earnings. They have no core convictions, no principles, no loyalties. They could as easily be working for the other side. They are out of touch with the base of the party, and frankly, they do not know how to win.

The democrats win presidential elections by first locking up their base, and getting them committed to the candidate and excited about the campaign. They start from the far left during the primaries, and then pretend to be more "moderate" during the general.

They republicans start from the far left, and push the most leftist candidate they can get away with. They then try to sell this candidate to their base. When the base fails to get excited about the candidate and the campaign, the GOPe apparatchiks blackmail, guilt-trip and bully the base.

During the general election, the GOP is still trying to convince the base that the candidate is really for them, when they should be completely committed to reaching out to the wider audience, with the energy and cooperation of the base. In the end, they do not get enough of the base, and enough of the wider audience. A very poor strategy IMO.

Funny thing was in the last presidential election, the GOP was trying to "punish" certain sections of the base that did not fall in line with them. That is what amounts to great GOP strategy!

27 posted on 05/31/2014 10:48:49 PM PDT by Moorings
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28 posted on 05/31/2014 11:08:31 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Defiant

The courts shot it down,


Sorry, I am more cynical than you about that. Wilson allowed a low level federal district judge, Mariana Pfaelzer, to sit on the case for nearly four years instead of appealing it directly to get it out of her court. That basically ran out his term. Then his RAT successor Gray Davis killed it by refusing to fight it in court just like Schwarzenegger and then Attorney General Moonbeam refused to defend Prop 8 and killed it too.

My take is that Wilson was embarrassed by the initiative but had to support it to get re-elected in 1994. Once elected he wanted nothing to do with it.

This is similar to Jan Brewer of Arizona who supported SB1070 only because she knew she could not get the Republican nomination after replacing Butch Napolitano as Governor midterm. Once elected she turned out to be turncoat RINO who forced through the Obamacare medicaid expansion that will cost the AZ taxpayers billions with the votes of the RATS and a few turncoat Republicans.


29 posted on 05/31/2014 11:15:51 PM PDT by fifedom
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To: fifedom; Defiant
My take is that Wilson was embarrassed by the initiative but had to support it to get re-elected in 1994. Once elected he wanted nothing to do with it.

This is similar to Jan Brewer of Arizona who supported SB1070 only because she knew she could not get the Republican nomination after replacing Butch Napolitano as Governor midterm. Once elected she turned out to be turncoat RINO who forced through the Obamacare medicaid expansion that will cost the AZ taxpayers billions with the votes of the RATS and a few turncoat Republicans.


Yup, much more accurate take on Pete Wilson than the one that Defiant provided.

Pete Wilson is another one of those Chamber of Commerce Traitors, basically greedy republican that doesn't care about anything else.
30 posted on 05/31/2014 11:31:56 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Free Vulcan

” Being from Iowa and involved heavily in the political scene, I deal with these asshats and their minions all the time, especially during Presidential years. Generally clueless about winning campaigns, really good at spending a bunch of money down a hole. They don’t care, if they lose they go on to some other job. If we lose here, we have to live with it.”

Ditto in Nevada. Good ole boys unwilling to pull the trigger and actually fight.


31 posted on 06/01/2014 12:09:32 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: Defiant

PRAY for him daily, several times, if you possibly can.
God bless and keep you.


32 posted on 06/01/2014 7:55:46 AM PDT 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: entropy12

Exactly. Cruz is brilliant, fearless, genuine AND he operates in the real world. Bob


33 posted on 06/01/2014 11:50:53 AM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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