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Supporters of Ted Cruz and Chick-fil-A Break News
Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2012 | Michael Barone

Posted on 08/07/2012 4:32:06 AM PDT by Kaslin

Americans keep behaving in ways that baffle the liberal mainstream media. Two examples figured prominently -- or should have -- in last week's news.

One is the runoff primary for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Texas. Former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz thumped incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, 57 to 43 percent.

Cruz won even though the Texas Republican establishment, from Gov. Rick Perry on down, endorsed Dewhurst. So did the Austin lobbying community, since Dewhurst as lieutenant governor has run the state Senate for the last 10 years (and, having lost this race, will do so for at least the next two).

Dewhurst has had a generally conservative record and had no problem getting elected and re-elected statewide four times. And he spent liberally from the fortune he made in the private sector.

To be fair, some MSM outlets did run stories on Cruz's rise in the polls since he ran behind Dewhurst by a 45 to 34 percent margin in the May 29 primary. And it's not uncommon for a second-place finisher to overcome the primary winner in a runoff.

But there's a pattern here that the big liberal press has been reluctant to recognize: Candidates from the GOP establishment are getting knocked off by challengers with less name recognition, far less money and the support of the tea party movement. The tea party was supposed to be dead and gone, you know.

There were two such victories in May, when six-term Sen. Richard Lugar was upset by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Indiana and when state Sen. Deb Fischer beat two well-known contenders for the open seat nomination in Nebraska.

Cruz, who is the odds-on favorite in November, has the credentials and policy positions to be a figure of national importance for many years. At 41, he could represent the second-largest state in the Senate for decades.

And there's a tradition of Texas senators taking the lead in public policy, from the days of Tom Connally and Lyndon Johnson and including John Tower, Lloyd Bentsen and Phil Gramm.

Cruz has a fine legal pedigree. He was a law clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and argued nine cases (and won five) in the U.S. Supreme Court representing Texas. As a teenager, he memorized and gave lectures on the Constitution, and on the stump he emphasized the founding document's limits on the power of government.

The big media has assumed that tea partiers are potentially violent despite the lack of evidence of any violent behavior. That's why ABC's Brian Ross mentioned on-air an Aurora, Colo., tea partier with the same name as the movie theater murderer, although it's a common name and Aurora has 325,000 people.

In contrast, the MSM has been happy to celebrate the much smaller and often violent Occupy movement and characterize it as "mostly nonviolent."

Texas showed once again that many voters are eager to turn out and vote for tea party-backed candidates. Cruz won by about 2 to 1 in fast-growing exurban counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and metro Houston.

The MSM could hardly avoid reporting Cruz's victory Tuesday. But many news outlets ignored Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday.

There were big crowds, long drive-up lines and record sales at the chain's stores, in response to the declarations by the mayors of Chicago, Boston and Washington that they would keep the restaurant out because of its owners' opposition to same-sex marriage.

That's not "Chicago values," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, although there are many Chicagoans on both sides of this issue, just as many are on both sides, in varying proportions, throughout the country. But even many supporters of same-sex marriage like me were appalled at the spectacle of public officials barring businesses because of the religious or political beliefs of their owners.

In Huntsville, Ala., YouTube celebrity Antoine Dodson, who is openly gay, dined at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday. "That's what freedom is. We don't all have to believe in the same things," he told a Huntsville Times reporter.

"We all have our different beliefs and can still come together and still be friends and be cool with each other," he said. "So I'm here to be in support of the employees, and I'm also coming to get that spicy chicken sandwich."

Dodson presumably is not an expert on the Constitution like Ted Cruz. But he has something to teach the liberal mainstream media about the spirit of the Founders.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chickfila; daviddewhurst; lamestreammedia; tedcruz

1 posted on 08/07/2012 4:32:14 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Since being part of the Democrat cheer leading media means not knowing anything about Americans this is not surprising. They think the TEA party is violent because they know nothing about what the TEA party stands for. Taking America back to where it should be is a TEA party goal they can't understand.
2 posted on 08/07/2012 4:43:34 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Kaslin
THIS guy gets it:

In Huntsville, Ala., YouTube celebrity Antoine Dodson, who is openly gay, dined at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday. "That's what freedom is. We don't all have to believe in the same things," he told a Huntsville Times reporter.

"We all have our different beliefs and can still come together and still be friends and be cool with each other," he said. "So I'm here to be in support of the employees, and I'm also coming to get that spicy chicken sandwich."

3 posted on 08/07/2012 4:49:39 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Kaslin

LOVE that Dodson ate at Chik-Fil-A and is smarter than his “song” makes him seem.


4 posted on 08/07/2012 4:54:49 AM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: Grampa Dave; Condor51; stephenjohnbanker; AuntB; Tennessee Nana; La Lydia; sickoflibs; ...
The outpouring for Chick-Fil-A---and the compelling, reverberating aftermath w/ even jaded NY officials inviting the company to setup shop in their districts---showcases Americans at their finest.

Americans are not punching bags for gays and other sicko rights-obsessed groups---and when they hit us, we'll hit back.....and then some.

We gladly engage in battles with hate-filled liberals, progressives, gays, LA Raza types----b/c WE are battling to preserve American values.

5 posted on 08/07/2012 4:55:06 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Kaslin
The MSM could hardly avoid reporting Cruz's victory Tuesday. But many news outlets ignored Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday.

My grand daughter and I were at a Chick-Fil-A in Western PA last Wednesday and the place was overflowing {just like every other one in the Country}.

I don't know how many registered pubbies or demonRATs were in the crowd, but there were multiple Romney 2012 bumper stickers in the parking lot and not a single obama.

Talking with several folks, they all said the same thing, they can't wait until election day to vote this bum out.

I know it was a skewed sample of people, but there were a lot of them and there were no vocal obama supporters in the group.

This is not proof that even PA will go for Romney, but it was an encouraging and fun day.

6 posted on 08/07/2012 4:56:32 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: Kaslin

Us Tea Party types don’t enjoy taking on The Establishment, but we don’t have a choice.

A much better option would be for The Establishment to look at the rank and file and pick candidates accordingly. For example, if in Texas The Establishment had taken Dewhurst aside and said something like:

“Dave, of course it’s your turn, but the voters are angry, very angry, and your history of doing the governor’s dirty work in sucking up to Illegals and many other things just won’t fly anymore. Your best best is to not enter this race, stay in the State Senate where you’re still, essentially under the radar, and have a few more non-productive sessions in Austin. Heck, we’ll even finance a plaque for you when you retire.”

Now that would have been great, and if the Tea Party keeps it up, it will happen, for we will become The Establishment.


7 posted on 08/07/2012 5:00:34 AM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: miss marmelstein

The Tea Party sure knows how to pick ‘em. They picked Cruz and thumbed their noses at Dewhurst.

Loser Dewhurst spent $19 million of his own money-—AND was endorsed by Gov Perry.

Dewhurst musta figured his $19M “investment” in public office was gonna pay off.....once he got his hands on all that federal money.

ROTFL.


8 posted on 08/07/2012 5:03:05 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Kaslin

Of course, Michael Barone himself is part of the GOP establishment, a stalwart fan of gay marriage who would be glad to see Mitt Romney join Team Obama in support of it. When I read stuff like this, Karl Rove comes immediately to mind.


9 posted on 08/07/2012 5:22:44 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: Kaslin
Antoine Dodson, who is openly gay

Wow, I did not catch that. Hmmm, gonna have to adjust the gaydar.

10 posted on 08/07/2012 5:24:12 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: jmaroneps37

They want people to think the Tea Party is violent because that is what they are.


11 posted on 08/07/2012 5:36:06 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: madprof98

Instead of concentrating and commenting on the article you bitch about the author? *rme*


12 posted on 08/07/2012 5:48:00 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Liz
Did you hear the joke about Ralm giving Chick-fil-A a list of things to develop 'Chicago Values'.

First suggestion for Chicago Values was 'pay off the alderman' (weekly) and hire six of his friends. Friends who won't show up for work except to pick up their paychecks... On random days of the month, Chick Fil A staff needs to shoot 10 or 12 customers - killing the majority of them... and register them to vote as Democrats. That's about it - easy to do business in Chicago is you know the rules.

13 posted on 08/07/2012 5:50:32 AM PDT by GOPJ (..convinced if you put a compass in the hands of a liberal, it will point south -Fr Neveronmywatch)
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To: abercrombie_guy_38
LOVE that Dodson ate at Chik-Fil-A and is smarter than his “song” makes him seem.

His song was actually a rant to a local reporter about crime in the housing projects he was living in.
Another person made it into a song, made a lot of money, and gave half of it to Dodson. That's how he got out of the projects.

14 posted on 08/07/2012 5:53:03 AM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: freekitty

We had a saying when we were kids on that very idea you’ve expressed: “Takes one to know one!”


15 posted on 08/07/2012 6:03:07 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: madprof98
Yes sireeee. I'd love to ask Barone why he is "in favor of gay marriage," besides the fact that he also is a part of the Big E in the DC area.

He'd probably say something like, "well, almost all of my friends and family think gay's should be allowed to marry and also some of my friends' kids are gay and I just think that allowing them to wed their partners, isn't a threat to the rest of us."

16 posted on 08/07/2012 6:10:08 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: Liz

Excellent piece by Barone. He’s one establishment figure who seems to get it.


17 posted on 08/07/2012 6:41:35 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Kaslin

I spoke last night to a person I went to high school with.

He & his family live in Chico, Calif. He is VERY conservative.

I have often wondered how he survived there so long.

I has heard NOTHING about the Chick-Fil-A dustup from any of the town’s media...not radio or TV or the newspaper.

I pointed out to him he is living in one of the most LIBERAL towns in the whole USA. He will NEVER see news like this there.

I am trying to get him to look at Free Republic each day.


18 posted on 08/07/2012 6:42:39 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

I has heard NOTHING “””

HE has heard NOTHING...... sorry


19 posted on 08/07/2012 6:49:40 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Liz
'Godfather' Rahm walked his asinine statement back, 'somewhat', a couple days later. Don't know if that made national news though.

But the 'Duke of Earl'(/s) of that Ward(1), Alderman Jackwagon, who has final say on all permits in 'his Ward' (fiefdom), has not. And now I see some certified morons in the New York City Council are also on the, 'No Chicken For You' ;-) train. Plus some morons in Philly -- naturally. And that asshat fascist in Boston, Mayor 'Whereami?', Rahm's original fellow traveler is still playing his Mussolini game.

All I know is that these fascists and Morons don't give a Rat's Patoot about any of that Constitutional Rights stuff. Then again, they are all Morons and never got past the, 'We The', part of the constitution, are all dam lucky the CEO of Chick-fil-A is not suing them all individually for millions for personal damages.

(1) Ward: a division or district of Chicago ... for ... political purposes like massive Vote Fraud and handing out patronage jobs. But formal neighborhood names are not necessarily all in a single Ward, like the 100% Gay neighborhood of: Boystown (that IS the Official Name of that 'hood' - sick).

20 posted on 08/07/2012 6:59:53 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Condor51; GOPJ
Mayor Rahm's directive to Chick-fil-A on how to develop "Chicago Values."

It's easy to do business in Chicago when you know "the rules." (hat tip to GOPj)

(1) weekly cash pay off to the alderman;

(2) hire six of the alderman's friends who work only random days of the month,

(3) BIG AL from the Mayor's office will pick up all checks at CFA's back door,

(4) Chick Fil A staff needs to shoot 10-12 customers per month,

(5) Any CFA customers actually killed must be registered to vote as Democrats.

21 posted on 08/07/2012 7:22:59 AM PDT by Liz
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To: jmaroneps37

The Leftstream media, along with the Leftstream in general, has done a real job of painting regular Americans with the broad, messy brush of what they themselves REALLY are in reality. C.O.N.F.U.S.I.O.N is the name of Obama’s (and his backers’) game.


22 posted on 08/07/2012 7:24:06 AM PDT by Twinkie (Live and let live.)
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To: Kaslin

Progessive Democrats encouraged their own to vote for Dewhurst in the runoff.


23 posted on 08/07/2012 8:03:29 AM 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: FrdmLvr

You bet


24 posted on 08/07/2012 8:52:10 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Kaslin

I criticize the author because he is part of the very establishment he pretends to take issue with—and I think he is about as sincere in this piece as Mitt Romney was in professing to be a conservative during the debates.


25 posted on 08/07/2012 9:25:30 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: Kaslin

Greg Hinz On Politics

Chick-fil-A protests return — with a new leader and a new argument

August 07, 2012

If you think the Chick-fil-A protests are finished here, think again.

Gay rights advocates are getting some heavy reinforcements in the form of Andy Thayer, arguably the top local leader of the May anti-NATO protests here. And Mr. Thayer has found an interesting new twist that might allow his side to go on the offensive.

Mr. Thayer is pointing to a 2007 article in Forbes that suggests the firm and its founder and CEO, Truett Cathy, have done more than oppose same-sex marriage.

To quote from the article, “Loyalty to the company isn’t the only thing that matters to Cathy, who wants married workers, believing they are more industrious and productive.” The article adds that Mr. Cathy “says he would probably fire an employee or terminate an operator who ‘has been sinful or done something harmful to their family members.’ “

There’s more: “The parent company asks people who apply for an operator license to disclose marital status, number of dependents and involvement in ‘community, civic, social, church and/or professional organizations.’ “

Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120807/BLOGS02/120809851/chick-fil-a-protests-return-with-a-new-leader-and-a-new-argument#ixzz22tBh4I42
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26 posted on 08/07/2012 12:14:39 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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