Skip to comments.Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is a rising Republican power in House, as well as a whip
Posted on 08/01/2014 1:23:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
First-term senator wielding such influence in House is sign of ongoing tumult in Republican Party.
The beginning of the collapse of House Speaker John A. Boehners border bill came Wednesday evening, when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gathered more than a dozen House Republicans at his office in the Dirksen building on Capitol Hill.
It was there, as Boehner (R-Ohio) held his own meetings on the other side of Constitution Avenue, that Cruz heard that the speaker didnt have enough votes and realized that if his House allies held firm, he could rupture the fragile coalition supporting the measure.
Around the room amid the boxes of pizza and cans of Dr Pepper, a Texas favorite were longtime Cruz confidants, such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), and more recent ones, such as Reps. Todd Rokita (Ind.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.).
For more than an hour, the 13 House members complained, often bitterly, about Boehners bill, several attendees said. The speaker, with his $659 million measure that would fund federal agencies and bolster security along the U.S.-Mexico border, was ignoring the real issue, they said....
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Cruz and Jeff Sessions are the lions of the senate.
TC 4 Speaker.
TC could be Speaker sooner. Optus later.
Cruz should not run for President. It’s unlikely he’ll win and he serves best in the Senate.
I’ll never vote for a Senator for President. Always look towards good Governors like Wis’s Scott Walker.
They are giants among midgets!
The GOP leadership are bought and paid for amnesty pimps.
Spot on. We need governors in 2016. No more Senators.
My smart phone isn,t.
The oompah-loompah is a drunken eunuch.
Power abhors a vacuum. If Senators Cruz, Lee, and Sessions are providing inspiring leadership in the House and Senate, that says a lot about the Speaker’s, House Majority Leader’s, and Senate Minority Leader’s leadership abilities. These guys couldn’t lead a horse to water.
Spot on. We need governors in 2016. No more Senators.
I’m with you on that but Ted Cruz might just be an exception. But in general we need to nominate strong conservatives with executive experience and governors are the best source of candidates with that resume.
Slightly off-topic: how about Trey Gowdy for Attorney General? That would be a hoot.
I doubt that my congresscritter John Carter was with Cruz. Carter is a big disappointment and Boehner crony.
Looks like the Bonehead crony’s got out numbered. And so was their weak bill.
Not me that posted that statement.
And it lacks a certain amount of common sense as well.
The only Governor who has done anything to stop the hordes from overwhelming the US is Rick Perry. And even he, although calling up the National Guard, isn't having them defend Texas.
NOT ONE of the govs stood up to Obama! They should be defending their states.
Especially reprehensible are Brewster and Martinez. They should've called up the NG when Perry did, since they have a border with Mexico.
It's time for governors to defy federal over-reach.
He’s been Governing Wisconsin. Which quite frankly doesn’t have a lot of skin in the southern border game yet.
TC for speaker
Gowdy for AG
Carson for health and human services
Ryan for Commerce
Cmon Fill in the Dream Team
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Interior
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Defense
Secretary of Homeland Security
Secretary of State
Secretary of Treasury
Walker is also not a strong and vocal opponent of mass legalization (aka amnesty, aka a path to citizenship). Earlier this year he made a comment suggesting that he supports mass legalization, but now he's attempting to dance around that comment but without ruling out mass legalization. Walker clearly isn't an ideologue on immigration nor does he make it a priority. But, based on my long history of being right about who actually opposes mass legalization and who doesn't, all Walker is waiting for is the right set of circumstances to openly support mass legalization. Those circumstances might include things like a major donor wanting amnesty, or Walker thinking it would get him votes for his next election.
Walker supporters will no doubt disagree, so they're invited to get Walker to explicitly state that he will oppose any legalization plan for more than 100,000 illegal aliens. If he dodges that question, then no other answer is needed.
On July 2, 2013 Walker spoke to the Wausau Daily Herald editorial board  and was asked "The biggest split is about what to do about those 11 million, however many people it is. Can you envision a world where, with the right penalties and waiting periods and meet the requirements, where those people could get citizenship?"
Sure. I think it makes sense. But, what I'm saying is [unintelligible] of fixing it. Because otherwise we do this kind of bandaid approach... the mere fact that [the federal government is] having that debate without having a discussion about why is the system itself, why aren't we fixing that just seems to be kind of the vacuum that decisions are made in at the federal level.
As can be seen on the video at , Walker's "Sure" wasn't just throat-clearing: he had no objection to giving citizenship to millions of illegal aliens. Imagine how someone who truly opposes amnesty would respond in such a case. Would they say, "sure"? Or, would they say "no way" and point out the problems inherent in such a legalization plan?
Earlier in the interview, Walker said this:
If people want to come here and work hard in America, I don't care if they come from Mexico, or Canada, or Ireland, or Germany or South Africa or anywhere else, I want them here. To me, if people want to come to live the American dream, if they want to work hard, self-determination and have their kids have a better life, that's what folks like my brothers-in-law who immigrated a generation ago from Mexico or people like my ancestors who came from places like Ireland and Germany and other parts of the world many generations ago. I mean, there's a similar pattern there people who risked a lot whether it was traveling across the ocean or across a national border... Not only do they have to fix things for people already here, find some way to deal with that, there's got to be a larger way to fix the system in the first place because if it wasn't so cumbersome, if there wasn't such a long wait if it wasn't so difficult to get in you wouldn't have the other problems that we have with people who don't have legal status here in the first place.
1. Walker is a typical fiscal conservative in that his only concern is economic: he's not concerned with the political and cultural impacts of immigration. What if, for example, immigration from one country gives that country political power inside the U.S. (see Mexican government)? Walker doesn't care.
2. Walker's idea that today's immigration is like yesteryear's is the immigration tradition fallacy, see the link.
3. Walker is using the system is broken canard.
4. The idea that more legal immigration would dry up illegal immigration is absurd. There's a huge supply of potential illegal aliens, and loosening our immigration laws even more would send a message to them that they should try to come here one way or another. Increasing legal immigration would increase the network effect, encouraging more people to come here one way or another. It would also give more power to the groups that currently support massive and/or illegal immigration.
Ted Cruz is a superstar. An exceptional leader like him comes once in a lifetime if ever.
It wouldn’t matter if he was dog catcher in the Aleuts, he is destined to be America’s leader and nothing can change that.
Senators that have been elected President
Sourced from Yahoo. — cut and pasted.
[Note some of the Senators where really crossovers. Governor than Senator or Senator then Governor Senator to VP or prominent Cabinet member. Plus you can scratch Monroe, Adams and Adams as they were special class of Senator. See end of post. It looks like plain old Senators getting elected are rare, and the only one I really know of really really sucks]
Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Jackson, Van Buren, William Harrison, Tyler, Pierce, Buchanan. Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, Harding, Truman, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Nixon
Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe
Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
James Polk, Andrew Johnson Rutherford B Hayes, William McKinley McKinley
Woodrow Wilson -
James Earl Carter
Ronald Wilson Reagan
William Jefferson Clinton
George Walker Bush
Two Territorial Governors later became President. They are:
William Henry Harrison
Teekno answered 6 years ago
The last time a sitting Senator was elected President was 1960. Since 1964, every person elected President has been a sitting or former governor or VP.
Former VPs are popular too. Let’s go back to FDR and see the highest level of the president’s prior experience:
FDR - Governor
Truman - VP
Eisenhower - General
Kennedy - Senator
Johnson - VP
Nixon - VP
Ford - VP
Carter - Governor
Reagan - Governor
Bush Sr. - VP
Clinton - Governor
Bush Jr. - Governor
My feeling about Cruz is that he makes an awesome Senator. There is a big difference between being an excellent legislator and an excellent executive. Totally different skill sets with some overlap, but running things is different than passing laws. So I’m happy to see him stay in the Senate as a firebrand for a long, long time.
Turn Trey Gowdy loose on the Executive Branch and you’d see a mass of prosecutions and convictions. Sadly, no potential POTUS can have that. I’d do it, but I’d be shocked that any President would want to let him run through and clean house. Every Gowdy video I can find, I watch. He is like a terrible sharp sword.
They each play it like they see it. I don’t know why they didn’t do that. It makes total sense.
Good for Ted and Jeff Sessions. That GOP bill was a POS loser.
Really, Guys, I am too busy to run for office. But don’t think I did not appreciate the offer!!
Ted Cruz cannot be Speaker of the House because he is a Senator.
Please check the Constitution::.........