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The Insiders: Ted Cruz is burning bridges in Washington. Does it matter?
The Washington Post's Post-Partisan The Insider's Blog ^ | August 5, 2014 | Ed Rogers

Posted on 08/05/2014 7:14:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Lately, I had been thinking about writing a piece asking the question of whether Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is more like the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) or if he is more like President Ronald Reagan. For those of you who don’t remember — or who weren’t born yet — the irascible Helms served in the Senate from 1973-2003. He was well known for his independent streak, and he was certainly not shy about ignoring the will of Senate leaders when he did not see things their way. Some of his stubborn pursuits and lonely battles in the Senate are legendary.

Anyway, as I was thinking about this comparison, I thought it would be a good idea to pose the question to a few former and current senators, staffers and others who worked with or knew all three men. Let’s just say people tend to see Sen. Cruz as something of an original. The reaction I got surprised me. To the person, the very idea that I would compare Sen. Cruz to either Sen. Helms or President Reagan drew an angry blast. The depth of the hostility toward Cruz surprised me. Every Republican I spoke with reminded me that Sen .Helms — while at times obstinate — was always gracious and above board. They talked about how Helms was a great gentlemen, colleague and a candid advocate who would never blindside his colleagues or let disagreements become personal. All this was said about Sen. Helms in a way that suggested these qualities were in contrast to their views of Sen. Cruz....

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


TOPICS: Texas; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: cruz; jessehelms; reagan; tedcruz
Ed Rogers, Group Chairman of BGR Group (formerly Barbour Griffith & Rogers, LLC), founded the firm with former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour in 1991. With offices in Washington, D.C., and London, BGR is a diversified government relations, strategic consulting, public relations and financial advisory firm. BGR provides guidance and representation to clients as diverse as Citigroup, the Kurdistan Regional Government, Pfizer and Raytheon.

Immediately prior to founding the firm, Ed served as the Deputy Assistant to President George H. W. Bush and Executive Assistant to the White House Chief of Staff. Ed also served as Senior Deputy to Bush-Quayle Campaign Manager Lee Atwater from February of 1987 through the general election in 1988. Additionally, from 1985 through February of 1987, Ed worked in the Reagan White House in the Office of Political Affairs, where he served as Haley Barbour’s deputy as the Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Political Affairs.

Ed has also been involved in private equity and other commercial transactions in various international markets since the mid-‘90s.

Since 2011, Ed has been a contributor to the Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog, where he writes about politics and the current state of affairs in Washington, D.C., from a Republican point of view.

Ed received his J.D. from the University of Alabama, where he currently serves on the President’s Cabinet. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association and the Washington, D.C., Bar Association. Ed is a visiting professor at the University of Alabama Law School and remains active in Alabama State politics, where he got his start in the early 1970s. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ed, his wife Patti, and his two children reside in McLean, Virginia.

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Emphasis mine.

1 posted on 08/05/2014 7:14:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Burn Baby Burn....Because Ted will still be there long after they’re gone.


2 posted on 08/05/2014 7:15:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the Washington Compost says it, they must be afraid. Go Ted go.


3 posted on 08/05/2014 7:16:54 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another Romney surrogate is sent out to destroy
a conservative.

Does the RAT Romney EVER care about America?


4 posted on 08/05/2014 7:20:49 PM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He has a lot of Palin in him, he wants to influence politics and lead others to help him make changes. He doesn’t just want to fight and stand strong, he wants political victory.


5 posted on 08/05/2014 7:21:54 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOPe has long burned its bridge with me. Go Ted.


6 posted on 08/05/2014 7:24:38 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: dfwgator

And he’ll get the Hispanic AND the White vote. The Democrats have screwed themselves royally with the illegal immigration and don’t have a clue yet. Their plan is hoping to backfire so bad. I can’t wait to see the look on their faces come election day...


7 posted on 08/05/2014 7:25:22 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

And he’ll get the Hispanic AND the White vote. The Democrats have screwed themselves royally with the illegal immigration and don’t have a clue yet. Their plan is going to backfire so bad. I can’t wait to see the look on their faces come election day...


8 posted on 08/05/2014 7:26:25 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted Cruz should burn down the following “bridges:”

* Republican Cave-In Bridge;
* Republican Bi-Partisam Bridge;
* Republican Grand Bargain Bridge;
* Republican Deal Bridge;
* Republican Kick-the-Can-down-the=Road Bridge;
* Republican Budget Extension Bridge;
* Republican Fear-of-control-of-the-Purse Bridge;
* Republican Fear of Impeaching Democrats Bridge.


9 posted on 08/05/2014 7:31:17 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Or in other words, of the author of this hit piece on Cruz is a GOP-E hatchetman.


10 posted on 08/05/2014 7:36:00 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: dfwgator
"Burn the Motherf***er down!"


11 posted on 08/05/2014 7:37:17 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This citizen says Thank You Ted! No more polite political discourse, or worse - high theatre for the masses, with all the key players meeting for drinks and dinner at the end of the day.

It is our freedom that is at stake here, and it would seem that Sen. Cruz gets it.

Dear Lord, keep watch over this man, and share Your strength with him.
Tatt


12 posted on 08/05/2014 7:37:39 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... (Had I brought Christ with me, the outcome would have been different. Dr.Eric Cunningham)
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To: Rodamala

We don’t need no water.


13 posted on 08/05/2014 7:37:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ted Cruz - 2016!
14 posted on 08/05/2014 7:40:39 PM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Does it matter?

Not to me. I say nuke them instead.....

15 posted on 08/05/2014 7:49:53 PM PDT by Envisioning (My desire to be well informed is at odds with my desire to remain sane....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was going to say this writer was a mouthpiece for the rinos. You gave proof of that, thanks. You should see the vicious comments at the post. I think leftist groups pay people to write nasty things, but middle very middle school. No substance. It’s like a wall they build around to keep true discussion out.


16 posted on 08/05/2014 8:00:17 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Slime bucket corrupt Barbourite....I don’t care what he thinks.

Good for Ted. I stand with Ted


17 posted on 08/05/2014 8:01:17 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Linda Frances

Busy, productive people have better things to do. Having said that, I do have an account there, but only comment maybe twice a month.


18 posted on 08/05/2014 8:05:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

RINO, NWO, Corporatist GOP consultant. figures.


19 posted on 08/05/2014 9:01:31 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well. It depends. If he wants to run for POTUS, it absolutely matters. You can not win the nomination without the Party machine. If they turn against Ted, he may win a Primary here and there but that will be it. How do you think we got Romney. I certainly don’t think he needs to go along to get along, but you have to decide if you want to isolate yourself. Maybe you do. But, yes ... it matters.


20 posted on 08/05/2014 9:25:54 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: dfwgator

Two weeks ago I heard him speak. He said: “If Washington embraces a politician, run away from him as fast as you can.”


21 posted on 08/05/2014 10:09:52 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: dfwgator

The Only Bridges Ted is burning is Termite Infested Dry Rot Bridges build upon corruption.


22 posted on 08/05/2014 10:30:05 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No.


23 posted on 08/06/2014 2:51:23 AM PDT by AdaGray
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