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Ted Cruz’s Reagan strategy: What’s behind his sinister plan for 2016 (Cue scary music)
Salon ^ | June 9, 2014 | Heather Digby Parton

Posted on 06/15/2014 7:47:10 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Ted Cruz gave a rip-roaring speech at the Texas Republican convention last week, pretty much confirming the speculation that he’s running hard for president (not that there had been much doubt). All accounts are that he was very well received by the ultra-right conservatives of the Texas GOP. They like their Angus steaks bloody and rare and he delivered.

First he laid out his agenda, which is actually quite clever:

… from repealing “every blessed word” of Obamacare and the Common Core educational standards, to auditing the Federal Reserve and standing with Israel and dissidents around the world. He even struck a populist note, saying, “the rich keep getting richer and richer, and everyone else gets left behind,” while those in the “corrupt, bipartisan cabal in Washington” succeed.

Mix together a dash of Rand Paul, a soupçon of Tea Party, a smidgen of standard Washington loathing and even a tiny skosh of Occupy Wall Street and you’ve got the basis for an unusual GOP amuse bouche. Ladle on some Ronald Reagan secret sauce and you’ve got a Republican recipe that actually sounds like it might work:

“There was a time when we had another president, like President Obama, we had Jimmy Carter,” he said to boos. “And all of us remember how quickly things can change.”

The senator, who at times has been a pariah within his own party in Washington and faced tough headlines over his role in the government shutdown last fall, said of Reagan, as he praised him for ending the Cold War: “All of the intelligentsia, all of the cognoscenti, they tittered at such uneducated, Philistine views. He didn’t have the sophistication, he didn’t have the nuance, he didn’t understand détente — which I’m pretty sure is French for surrender.”

He said “cognoscenti.” And his little dig at the French is a very Reaganesque kind of joke.

But he’s right about the bigger picture there as well. The intelligentsia did dismiss Reagan as a clown, to the extent that many of them literally couldn’t believe he could win. It simply wasn’t possible for someone with such a far-right hawkish worldview to become president. Surely someone with these simplistic ideas could never become president. He was nothing but an actor, for goodness’ sake. We know what happened. And one cannot help hearing the echoes of that point of view today when it’s taken as an article of faith that the American people must reject the GOP because of its extremism.

Cruz also made a case for himself as the new Reagan based upon a couple of structural factors that have not been commonly articulated by others:

“In 1980, we saw the Reagan Revolution, we saw in the face of stagnation, in the face of feckless, naive foreign policy, in the face of America getting weaker and weaker, we saw a grassroots movement that turned the country around … that same thing is happening today.”

That shows a conscious pivot from the domestic affairs that have dominated politics since the financial crisis back to foreign policy and national security, which have been traditional Republican strengths. (It’s likely this will become an even greater focus if a Democratic woman gets the nomination, playing into their usual “feminization” strategy in a literal way. Benghazi!™ is just the opener.)

But Cruz is also saying something else. He’s saying that the right-wing Tea Party of 2016 is analogous to the conservative movement of 1980 and that they are poised to take advantage of the opening Jimmy Hussein Obama has made for them.

At first blush you kind of have to wonder if he isn’t on to something. After all, Reagan came in at a time of deep economic … er, malaise. People were tired after many years of a war and the cultural turmoil that accompanied it. Racism was morphing from the old style into the new style, with some white people feeling threatened by a loss of their social and political power. The conservative movement that had been building since 1964 was taking over the GOP and the Democrats, after an intense period of reform in the wake of Watergate, had run out of steam.

Perhaps Barack Obama himself described that period the best when he also famously compared himself to Ronald Reagan in the 2008 campaign:

“I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like with all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and government had grown and grown but there wasn’t much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think people, he just tapped into what people were already feeling, which was we want clarity we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.”

Ted Cruz pretty much said the same thing about America today — except he left out one very important word: optimism. If there’s one thing that Ronald Reagan had that none of the avatars of the modern conservative/Tea Party movement have, Ted Cruz especially, it’s a sense of optimism. It’s not that the movement didn’t always, underneath it all, have the fearful revanchist cast it has today. It’s that Reagan was extremely skilled at making that paranoid worldview sound sunny and upbeat so he could appeal to a broad spectrum of the American public. And that is not a skill Ted Cruz has demonstrated thus far. In fact, the comparison one hears most often about Cruz is not the cheerful idealism of Reagan but rather the anger and bitterness of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. (And that’s what his Tea Party followers love about him.)

It’s not entirely impossible that the conditions are ripe for a conservative comeback. Enough time has passed from the Bush Iraq debacle for them to reclaim their standard national security gripe about wimpy Democrats. The economy is stalled at best. And the reform spirit that ushered in the Obama administration spent itself on Obamacare and seemingly has nothing left. It’s not entirely daft to compare this moment to that moment in 1980.

But it’s highly unlikely that the Reagan revolution would have happened without Ronald Reagan. Ted Cruz is no Ronald Reagan. And neither is anyone else.


TOPICS: Texas; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2016; cruz; teaparty; tedcruz
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His toenail clippings are smarter than this woman.
1 posted on 06/15/2014 7:47:10 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well said.


2 posted on 06/15/2014 7:50:33 AM PDT by albie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can’t put my finger on it, but when I look at Ted Cruz I don’t get a warm feeling that he is sincere. Maybe it’s his white silk tie that reminds me of Movie Gangsters from the 40’s and 50’s.


3 posted on 06/15/2014 8:00:13 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From Merriam-Webster:

amuse–bouche noun \ˈä-ˌmüz-ˈbüsh, -ˌmuez-\

Definition of AMUSE-BOUCHE

: a small complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants

Origin of AMUSE-BOUCHE

French, literally, (it) entertains (the) mouth

First Known Use: 1984

See, here is proof for all you skeptics and cynics, in fact you can learn something of momentous importance by reading Salon


4 posted on 06/15/2014 8:01:30 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Read his bio, brother. Read his bio.


5 posted on 06/15/2014 8:01:54 AM 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

The Democrats have only two ways to demonize conservatives - implying they are stupid or implying they are evil. Cruz has an Ivy League degree which (short of being a Rhodes Scholar) is the liberal template for intelligence. Therefore, he must be demonized as evil.

But I think she does make a good point if you read far enough down. Reagan’s charm was an optimism about the American people that implied we could overcome anything if we just rolled up our sleeves and got after it. The GOP nominee is going to have to project more than anger at Washington. He’s going to have to state unequivocably that America is the land of heroes where good people triumph over evil.

But the Left is really worried about Cruz. That drips through every word of this.


6 posted on 06/15/2014 8:03:29 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Every time you say no to a liberal, you make the Baby Barack cry.)
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To: nathanbedford
My wife watches The Chew and a hundred other cooking and food shows on a regular basis. I am very familiar with that term and many others that're even stranger. LOL
7 posted on 06/15/2014 8:04:02 AM 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: nathanbedford

LMAO. I feel downright smugish knowing that now.


8 posted on 06/15/2014 8:04:53 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They really are frightened of Ted Cruz, aren’t they?


9 posted on 06/15/2014 8:11:10 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” from repealing “every blessed word” of Obamacare”

I do not like his use of the word, “blessed” when referring to Obembacare. “Cursed” would be better and more appropos.


10 posted on 06/15/2014 8:12:53 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Why does every totalitarian political hack think that he knows how to run my life better than I do?)
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To: righttackle44

We can’t be sucked into supporting a host of presidential candidates again in 2016.

The grassroots must unite behind one strong candidate who can get support and raise money.

Ted Cruz is one such candidate...


11 posted on 06/15/2014 8:15:18 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: OrangeHoof

Not only does he have TWO Ivy League degrees (Princeton and Harvard, both with distinction) but he was the very first Hispanic editor of the Law Review at Harvard, a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review, North American debating champion (both individual & team) and the first Hispanic to clerk for a Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. They’re not going to be able to pull a Palin on him.


12 posted on 06/15/2014 8:16:21 AM 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: Nextrush
We can’t be sucked into supporting a host of presidential candidates again in 2016

As long as there are inflated egos and hidden Soros-type money, there will always be spoilers. Retreads Santorum and Huckabee are gearing up now.

13 posted on 06/15/2014 8:23:01 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Heather Digby Parton

http://www.salon.com/writer/heather_digby_parton/

Class “A” Certifiable nut case.

.


14 posted on 06/15/2014 8:23:18 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Yet you are drawn to the threads about Cruz daily to make snarky comments. You got a crush on him?


15 posted on 06/15/2014 8:23:25 AM PDT by csivils
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To: nathanbedford

This broad has enough $64 words in this piece to match Chelsea Clinton’s annual salary from NBC.


16 posted on 06/15/2014 8:30:15 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Really, you are going to judge the guy because you do not like the tie he is wearing. God forbid he ever gets a question about underwear Ala Clinton.


17 posted on 06/15/2014 8:31:10 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Really?


18 posted on 06/15/2014 8:32:00 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
That's because you are a GOP-E troll. Your posting history speaks for itself.

'Cantor would cruise to victory' LOL! and you have a history of being wrong.

/johnny

19 posted on 06/15/2014 8:34:31 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

If you don’t like Cruz, that’s fine.

It’s not fine to throw shade on him without specifics [here anyway.] You’ll be discarded like so many liberals posting here if you keep that going.

Again, it’s fine to favor or not - but give some rationale besides “feelings” if you want to be taken seriously and avoid further ridicule. Of course, that may explain your presence here. You may be trying to convince FR using “feelings” and you don’t care if you’re ridiculed. lol


20 posted on 06/15/2014 8:37:21 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: jjotto

Sad...

I don’t think that either Santorum or Huckabee can fill Ted’s shoes.


21 posted on 06/15/2014 8:38:05 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: righttackle44

They are really frightened of Ted Cruz.
And Sarah Palin. And Reagan.

Looks like Cruz is in good company.
Hope the GOPE doesn’t throw him overboard to satisfy the media and go with a Dole/McCain/Romney hybrid.


22 posted on 06/15/2014 8:38:20 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Cruz's sinister plan is to tell the truth... You Democrat commie's, facists, marxists, perverts, killers of infants, et al...Can't Handle The Truth!
23 posted on 06/15/2014 8:39:34 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
"I can’t put my finger on it, but when I look at Ted Cruz I don’t get a warm feeling that he is sincere"

Personally I don't go by feelings, as a conservative I think.

Facts carry much more weight with me than emotions, you know those warm fuzzy feelings, liberals put so much trust in.

Just Saying!

24 posted on 06/15/2014 8:45:33 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Authoress has two last names. Major red flag.


25 posted on 06/15/2014 8:59:38 AM PDT by matt1234 (Obama fled. People bled. (Iraq 2014.))
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
Right.

Such pretentiousness is the handmaiden of bad writing. It is usually a compensation for (well deserved) feelings of inferiority.

Like a joke that falls flat, the effect is humiliating for the jokester but the uneasy embarrassment spreads to the audience.


26 posted on 06/15/2014 9:03:34 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

CRUZ WILL NOT HIDE HIS PAST AND HIS GRADES EITHER.


27 posted on 06/15/2014 9:06:54 AM PDT by amihow
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To: Principled

MORRIS ALBERT
“Feelings”

Feelings, nothing more than feelings
Trying to forget my feelings of love
Teardrops rolling down on my face
Trying to forget my feelings of love

Feelings, for all my life I’ll feel it
I wish I’ve never met you, girl
You’ll never come again
Feeling, woo-o-o feeling
Woo-o-o, feel you again in my arms

Feelings, feelings like I’ve never lost you
And feelings like I’ll never have you again in my heart

Feelings, for all my life I’ll feel it
I wish I’ve never met you, girl; you’ll never come again

Feelings, feelings like I’ve never lost you
And feelings like I’ll never have you again in my life

Feelings, woo-o-o feeling it,
woo-o-o, feeling again in my arms
Feelings


28 posted on 06/15/2014 9:07:28 AM PDT by aloppoct (stucnsf)
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To: TLI

“Heather Digby Parton, Class “A” Certifiable nut case.”

You got that right! I’m going back to her site to read her “articles” purely for sadistic entertainment value that Lefties can be as stupid as that.

That’s a h#ll of a way to live, BTW. Does she check under her bed every night for any racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes, Islamophobes, or just plain nasty rightwingers?

Anyway, President Ted Cruz in 2016! If he makes liberals like her go all crinkly-toes, then he must be doing something right.


29 posted on 06/15/2014 9:09:29 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: csivils

Talk about Snarky? That comment was uncalled for. I don’t have anything against Cruz. I am just going to keep my powder dry until I am convinced that he isn’t just another opportunistic politician. By the way, inasmuch as he is a Lawyer, does anybody know where he stands on Tort Reform in regards to our Health Care System?


30 posted on 06/15/2014 9:13:33 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

I don’t get a warm feeling ...

__________________________________

Use your brain rather than your emotions. I can tell you that there are many people here in Tennessee that would vote for Ted Cruz in a nano-second. I’m one of them. Cruz is well educated, has a sound base of conservative principles and sound religious morals, speaks well (without notes or technological assistance, is quick-witted...and has the cojones to STAND for those principles against all comers. ...AND he does so as a gentleman. Classy!


31 posted on 06/15/2014 9:14:33 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, She left out Ted’s Opening Remark....after flying in from DC, he opened with.......

“ITS GOOD TO BE BACK IN THE UNITED STATES”..........


32 posted on 06/15/2014 9:14:36 AM PDT by 4Speed
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To: elcid1970
Does she check under her bed every night for any racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes, Islamophobes, or just plain nasty rightwingers?

I doubt it, as she probably "just knows" they are there...

.

33 posted on 06/15/2014 9:17:42 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
I can’t put my finger on it, but when I look at Ted Cruz I don’t get a warm feeling that he is sincere. Maybe it’s his white silk tie that reminds me of Movie Gangsters from the 40’s and 50’s.

Funny, I get the same feeling about you reading your inane, negative posts about Ted Cruz.

Kind of like there is a lack of sincerity or authenticity.
34 posted on 06/15/2014 9:23:41 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Listening to some of the Cruz supporters on these threads kind of reminds me of the zeal of the former supporters of Retired Congressman Ron Paul. When you said anything that might be construed as critical of Paul you could expect a deluge of personal attacks. If Cruz ends of being the Republican nominee, I will support him, but until that happens, I will keep an open mind on all the potential candidates and will compliment them when I think they are right about an issue and criticize them when I think they are wrong.


35 posted on 06/15/2014 9:45:15 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
You criticized his tie in an emotional moment of angst. Hardly a well thought out conservative position.

/johnny

36 posted on 06/15/2014 10:00:39 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Every Cruz thread I read has you making a similar type comment. For someone who has nothing against Cruz, you post quite a bit about how you don’t like him. Perhaps you should find a board where the owner hasn’t endorsed Cruz.

Yes he supports tort reform: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=ted+cruz+tort+reform


37 posted on 06/15/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT by csivils
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Your posting history says otherwise. Yet here you are attempting to sound both principled and reasonable, while you are actually neither.

Whatever your personal animus is with Cruz, don’t expect to receive a friendly reception with your comments here.


38 posted on 06/15/2014 10:07:15 AM PDT by datura (We have a 2 party system. Conservatives vs Uniparty)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

A lot of people use “blessed” to mean something like “stinking”. I don’t think they mean anything offensive to what is truly sacred.


39 posted on 06/15/2014 10:24:27 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have a question....

If Obama is an illegal POTUS due to being born in Kenya to an American mother, how can Cruz be elected when he admittedly was born in Canada to an American mother?

Can’t bitch about one and embrace another. Its hypocrisy.

BTW, I absolutely adore Ted Cruz! I really want him to run.


40 posted on 06/15/2014 10:45:20 AM PDT by Tx Angel
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
I can’t put my finger on it, but when I look at Ted Cruz I don’t get a warm feeling that he is sincere.

When I read some of the stuff that you post, I don't get a "warm feeling" that you are a retired Army guy.

"Don't piss down my leg and tell me it's raining, Senator"...


41 posted on 06/15/2014 11:13:13 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
HeatherDigbyParton photo HeatherDigbyParton_zps8460d76b.jpg

42 posted on 06/15/2014 11:22:30 AM PDT by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
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To: Tx Angel

Obummer’s mother wasn’t of age (not old enough) yet to pass on her citizenship to Odumbo when he was born.. there IS a difference.


43 posted on 06/15/2014 12:24:25 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Col Freeper

hahahaha.. you had me believing it (one finally came out and admitted what they are) until I got to the bottom.. Good job ;^) (would be much better IF they would show their true colors (pun intended).


44 posted on 06/15/2014 12:27:15 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Bikkuri

Where in the 14th amendment does it state anything regarding age?

Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to understand.


45 posted on 06/15/2014 12:31:57 PM PDT by Tx Angel
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Why question Ted Cruz? He's shaking things up. Just about every other conservative that's been sent to DC to turn things around has either been enveloped by the polluted, vile DC smog or stayed on the sidelines while striving to stay conservative.

Look at Jeff Sessions. He's stayed on the sidelines, and now, with the Cruz influence, he's getting the recognition he deserves.

46 posted on 06/15/2014 12:33:39 PM PDT by grania
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To: Bikkuri
Thanks Bikkuri.

The lefties (and the RINOs) sure seem to fear Senator Cruz.

47 posted on 06/15/2014 1:15:49 PM PDT by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
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To: Tx Angel

The link was posted ages ago (I think that thread is up to 15k (around 15,000) posts, or so.. not sure how to search for it :/ Will let you know if I can find the right information ;^)


48 posted on 06/15/2014 1:18:18 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

My feeling exactly. Ted Cruz has a way of capturing the imagination and creating a belief that it is possible for a ‘new morning in America’. He has a lot of Reagan’s qualities.

There is no doubt that this is what has the leftists so irrationally against him.


49 posted on 06/15/2014 1:36:12 PM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Maybe it’s his white silk tie that reminds me of Movie Gangsters from the 40’s and 50’s.

Yes, but what do you think of the crease in his trousers?

50 posted on 06/15/2014 1:48:08 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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