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Tea Party Favorite Wins Texas Runoff
New Yotk Times ^ | July 31, 2012 | ERIK ECKHOLM

Posted on 07/31/2012 7:12:36 PM PDT by lbryce

HOUSTON — Ted Cruz, an insurgent backed by the Tea Party, defeated the candidate favored by Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday in a runoff election for the Republican Senate nomination that revealed a wide rift in Texas between the party establishment and restless, anti-incumbent activists on the right.

With the come-from-behind victory, he is heavily favored to win the Senate seat being vacated in November by Kay Bailey Hutchison and appears likely to become a star of the national conservative movement.

Mr. Cruz, 41, is the latest conservative rebel to bring down an established party leader, tapping into simmering anger and anti-incumbent frustration within the Republican ranks nationwide.

These dissident triumphs include, in this year’s primaries, the defeat of Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana by Richard E. Mourdock and Deb Fischer’s win over a veteran Republican for the Senate nomination in Nebraska. They also echo Marco Rubio’s Senate victory in 2010 over a sitting Republican governor, Charlie Crist of Florida.

Mr. Cruz, who is Cuban-American, has drawn comparisons to Mr. Rubio, another 40-something Cuban-American who quickly became an icon of fiscal and religious conservatives around the country. Mr. Cruz’s rapid ascent has already shaken up the Texas Republican Party.

“Mr. Cruz’s success shows that the center of the state party has moved decisively to the right,” said James Henson, a political scientist at University of Texas. “The Republicans are in much more treacherous terrain, not because of threats from Democrats, but threats from within the party.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012election; cruz; cubanamericans; hispanicrepublicans; latinovote; outsider; teaparty; tedcruz; texas; tx2012; victory
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Quite an amazing feat considering how we haven't been hearing much from them and how hard the MSM, left-wing liberal DemoRats totally impugned the Tea Party, did all they could to marginalize Obama's biggest political threat other than himself.
1 posted on 07/31/2012 7:12:43 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the NYT editor’s office when they had to go with the story.


2 posted on 07/31/2012 7:14:16 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO-"Now, I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" by way of Oppenheimer at Trinity, NM)
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To: lbryce

Progressive Democrats for Dewhurst FAILED in their efforts, I see.


3 posted on 07/31/2012 7:19:24 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: lbryce

Whoever made those grainy, sleazy TV ads for Dewhurst should never get another job. They were pathetic and did more to drive voters to the polls to vote for Cruz than anything else.


4 posted on 07/31/2012 7:19:50 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: lbryce

Barf.

The idiots at the NYT quotes a Dem professor at the University of Texas as an authority. What tripe.

UT is that great bastion of liberalism which is held in high contempt by the older grads and most of the state. Austin is the Left Coast of Texas.

If you were to give Texas an enema, Academia in Austin would be where you would start.


5 posted on 07/31/2012 7:22:56 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: txrefugee
Have you heard about this?
6 posted on 07/31/2012 7:24:13 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: lightman

Ping.


7 posted on 07/31/2012 7:24:40 PM PDT by lightman (One of the marks of the Beast is a white lower case "f" on a blue square.)
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8 posted on 07/31/2012 7:25:52 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: lbryce
“Mr. Cruz’s success shows that the center of the state party has moved decisively to the right,” said James Henson, a political scientist at University of Texas. “The Republicans are in much more treacherous terrain, not because of threats from Democrats, but threats from within the party.”

Bullstalin. As the DNC went "New Democrat", other Democrats went RINO. It's called TAKING THE GOP BACK.

Democrat poli-sci professors aren't looking out for Republican "interests".

9 posted on 07/31/2012 7:30:38 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: lbryce

THANK YOU TEXAS!

10 posted on 07/31/2012 7:31:32 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: lbryce

11 posted on 07/31/2012 7:32:04 PM PDT by Baynative (A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for others)
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To: lbryce

Nobody mentions that it was a COMPLETE BLOW OUT!!


12 posted on 07/31/2012 7:34:40 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: lbryce

Sarah’s name mentioned onlynear end of article as a “celebrity” endorsement.

Denial isn’t a river.............


13 posted on 07/31/2012 7:43:18 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: lbryce

Sarah’s name mentioned only near end of article as a “celebrity” endorsement.

Denial isn’t a river.............


14 posted on 07/31/2012 7:43:33 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Of course, take this with a grain of salt. UT is in Austin, which could be Greenwich Village or San Fransisco.

Now, if a Professor at A & M said this...

I’d be more concerned. (LOL)


15 posted on 07/31/2012 7:56:20 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: lbryce; All

left-wing liberal DemoRats totally impugned the Tea Party,
_____________________________________________________________

They’re not the only ones. I heard Philip Klein on “FOX News at 9:00” in Beaumont, TX tonight. He is a Republican political analyst, here in Southeast Texas, and he said the Ted Cruz victory shows that the Tea Party is “politically dangerous”. THIS IS A REPUBLICAN saying this. I sent him an e-mail and let him know that I was offended at his comment and that the Tea Party is here to stay and the GOP, “good ol’ boy” network can deal with it.


16 posted on 07/31/2012 7:57:22 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: a fool in paradise

James Henson,

The muppet guy?

I thought he had died.

(Just goofing off.)


17 posted on 07/31/2012 7:59:25 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: lbryce

At 10:00 p.m. CDT, with 75 percent of the vote counted, Cruz is leading the long-time, Texas politician and current Lt. Governor, David Dewhurst by an astounding 56 - 44 Percent.

Gov. Rick Perry went all out for Dewhurst. Don’t be surprised if Governor “Good-hair”, who embarrassed the State of Texas with his Presidential run, does NOT serve another term as Governor of Texas.


18 posted on 07/31/2012 8:03:38 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Reverse “Operation Chaos” didn’t work.
In my polling place, they new if you voted in the 1st original primary or not.
If this was your 1st time to vote, they asked what party’s ballot you wanted.
If it was on record which primary you voted for, that was whose ballot you received now.
Brilliant.
My wife did not vote in the original primary and was asked which ballot she needed.(trust me, she was on the “right” side).
I was on record from the original primary, and I got my proper ballot.


19 posted on 07/31/2012 8:07:41 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: txrefugee

Ted Cruz WINS! Drink Hearty, Tea Party!!


20 posted on 07/31/2012 8:13:18 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: pistolpackinpapa

Pistol Packin’ Papa (shades of Hank Thompson and the Brazos Valley Boys)?

I got way too many Robo-calls from Perry and Huckabee.

Drove me nuts. Had a daughter about to give birth(she did on the 10th of July, a beautiful girl) and had to listen (and delete) those calls to hope I didn’t miss a really important one.


21 posted on 07/31/2012 8:13:38 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: 2harddrive

The wife and I have cracked open a Shiner Longneck to do just that!


22 posted on 07/31/2012 8:16:03 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: onyx
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23 posted on 07/31/2012 8:17:15 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: lbryce
...tapping into simmering anger and anti-incumbent frustration...

When conservatives are motivated it's "anger" and "frustration".

24 posted on 07/31/2012 8:21:05 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: lbryce

Dewhurst had DECADES to vote like a conservative (even if it meant holding his nose). He never got around to it - he was happier being Governor Perry’s bitch in the State Senate.

...and then he tried to fool the voters ONE MORE TIME. Sorry, no dice.


25 posted on 07/31/2012 8:21:13 PM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: onyx

Notice that the New York Slimes still could not resist calling us ‘insurgents’ and ‘rebels’. Lol they are so predictable.

Go Cruz!


26 posted on 07/31/2012 8:23:10 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: lbryce

Texas politics should be fun next year. The state’s two top politicians just had their HEADS HANDED TO THEM this year. It will be interesting to see just how tough they are starting in January.


27 posted on 07/31/2012 8:25:34 PM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: lbryce

bump


28 posted on 07/31/2012 8:29:34 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: lbryce

Cruz is a genuine constitutional scholar with stellar record in Harvard. He argued before the Scotus numerous time. Contrast that with another person who allegedly also a stellar constitutional scholar but we never seen his scholarly work neither did he ever argue a case before the Scotus.


29 posted on 07/31/2012 8:50:25 PM PDT by paudio (OTP: Why do people want to rehire a mechanic who clearly only made their car worse than before?)
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To: lbryce
Identity politics is ridiculous.

Ted Cruz is a "Cuban-American" born in Canada.

30 posted on 07/31/2012 8:58:04 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: penelopesire

That was the first thing I noticed. I wear them like a badge.


31 posted on 07/31/2012 9:00:45 PM PDT by mykroar (October race riots bring November martial law.)
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To: All; paudio
Harvard? Oy vey, not again!

We're lucky he was born in Canada. Maybe the Birthers will sink his future ambitions.

(I realize his parents were Americans working abroad.)

32 posted on 07/31/2012 9:02:56 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: mykroar

Cruz is serving Chick Fil A at his victory party lol. Liberal heads are exploding!


33 posted on 07/31/2012 9:03:49 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: lbryce

Yep...that Sarah Palin, she has no clout....nope, none at all...hahaha libs!


34 posted on 07/31/2012 9:04:46 PM PDT by oust the louse (Obamacare has morphed into a tax on staying alive.)
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To: lbryce

This reminds me of the Rubio win in FL against that a-hole Crist.

Let’s pray Cruz doesn’t soften as fast as Rubio did.


35 posted on 07/31/2012 9:07:30 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

a Republican political analyst, here in Southeast Texas, and he said the Ted Cruz victory shows that the Tea Party is “politically dangerous”.

I would have to hear that in context. I could take that as a compliment, or take it as a slam against the Tea Party...


36 posted on 07/31/2012 9:12:35 PM PDT by Max_850
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To: lbryce

or in Dewhurst’s war room, where the aides had to write his concession speech after just getting done with robo calls telling voters that Sarah supports their loser.


37 posted on 07/31/2012 9:18:30 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Texas Fossil

>> “If you were to give Texas an enema, Academia in Austin would be where you would start.” <<

.
That’s a keeper!


38 posted on 07/31/2012 9:18:34 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: newzjunkey

As a child of Americans working abroad, none of the birthers would have any problems with him. Since neither of his parents were foreign citizens, he never had dual citizenship and hence no divided loyalties.


39 posted on 07/31/2012 9:21:40 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: penelopesire

Oh noes! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


40 posted on 07/31/2012 9:23:54 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: penelopesire

The also described Dewhurst as “deeply conservative”. Had his record been that of a “deeply conservative Texan”, he probably would have never lost the primary. Of course they probably think that Brown, Graham, Snowe, Collins, Murkowski, et al are also “deeply conservative”.


41 posted on 07/31/2012 9:36:18 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Max_850

It was a slam. I rewound my TV 2 times to make sure I wasn’t missing something. They are “politically dangerous” (according to Mr. Klein) because they “turn out” and can get “their” candidates elected. Wow! People get excited about a candidate and vote. How terrible.


42 posted on 07/31/2012 9:54:28 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: penelopesire

Cruz is serving Chick Fil A at his victory party lol. Liberal heads are exploding!
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Are you for real? If this is true, that is AWESOME!!!


43 posted on 07/31/2012 10:00:30 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: musicman

I’ll say it again. Your graphics are amazing. Thanks.


44 posted on 07/31/2012 10:14:36 PM PDT by PA Engineer ("We're not programs, Gerty, We're People")
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To: penelopesire
Cruz is serving Chick Fil A at his victory party lol. Liberal heads are exploding!

Really? Smiling.
45 posted on 07/31/2012 10:18:56 PM PDT by PA Engineer ("We're not programs, Gerty, We're People")
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To: lbryce

Hopefully, reading in the New York Times about how the Tea Party helped a little known conservative candidate, who was outspent 3 to 1, trounce a sitting Lt Governor whose personal worth exceeds $200 million dollars, will cause a whole lot of liberals to re-think any plans of moving to Texas.


46 posted on 07/31/2012 10:22:16 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: pistolpackinpapa
Don’t be surprised if Governor “Good-hair”, who embarrassed the State of Texas with his Presidential run, does NOT serve another term as Governor of Texas.

I certainly won't be. I've never really liked the guy, and only voted for him (twice) because he was the least putrid of the bunch running.

He got the 'Romney' vote in the last two gubernatorial elections, but he won't get lucky again, I can guarantee you. Both he and his Dem-RINO buddy Dew-worst need to go.

47 posted on 07/31/2012 10:30:03 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: penelopesire
Notice that the New York Slimes still could not resist calling us ‘insurgents’ and ‘rebels’.

That's actually a fair characterization of the Tea Party, and I'm damn proud of it, to tell you the truth.

48 posted on 07/31/2012 10:33:01 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Max_850
a Republican political analyst, here in Southeast Texas, and he said the Ted Cruz victory shows that the Tea Party is “politically dangerous”. I would have to hear that in context. I could take that as a compliment, or take it as a slam against the Tea Party...

Tigers are dangerous. Grizzly bears are dangerous. American G.I.s are dangerous. The Founding Fathers were dangerous.

Trust me, it's a compliment, whether the GOP-e bot knows it or not.

49 posted on 07/31/2012 10:38:42 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: penelopesire

Nice-LOL.


50 posted on 07/31/2012 10:40:57 PM PDT by mykroar (October race riots bring November martial law.)
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