Skip to comments.Cruz laughs at ‘tea party intellectual’ label
Posted on 08/08/2012 2:27:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
AUSTIN Ted Cruzs surprise victory over the mainstream Republican choice in Texas U.S. Senate race shot him from underdog to conservative superstar virtually overnight and made him one of the nations most visible limited-government advocates.
But dont call the 41-year-old former Ivy League debating champion a tea party intellectual.
I dont even know what that means, a chuckling Cruz told The Associated Press in an interview.
....There are some in the media that like to portray conservatives as ornery and disagreeable, and I dont think thats accurate, he said. One can be perfectly civil and agreeable and work together with a broad array of people, and at the same time retain absolute fidelity to your core principles.
[Democratic nominee Paul] Sadler said Cruzs victory also has helped his campaign. He said he received virtually no support from the national Democratic Party, which has written Texas off as a lost cause in November: I havent asked and they havent offered.
But in the 12 hours after the runoff, he raked in $16,000 in contributions a sum equal to his fundraising total for the entire previous month. Sadler also said hes been inundated with offers of support from Dewhurst voters and moderates.
My phone starting ringing Tuesday night from Republicans saying Thank God youre in the race and it hasnt stopped, he said. People are absolutely petrified. Theyre absolutely petrified about having Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate.
....I do not think any moderates in Texas will be led to vote for a Democrat for U.S. Senate who would support Barack Obamas radical agenda, [Cruz] said......
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RUSH: Late yesterday afternoon, CNN's Newsroom, the anchorette Brooke Baldwin is speaking with the political correspondent Shannon Travis about Ted Cruz and his primary victory over David Dewhurst. And Baldwin said, "What's going on in Texas?" Good Lordy out there. "Shannon, you've been following the Tea Party since the beginning. Are they back? Did they ever leave? Have they been working out in local campaigns like this in Texas?"
TRAVIS: There's an old song lyric that says "Don't call it a comeback, they've been here for years." This is not really a comeback. The Tea Party has been quietly working behind the scenes. You've seen less of the rallies, less of the people going out and pounding the pavement, and really more of them quietly negotiating, adopting, if you will, some of the tactics of the political parties, the political establishment that they abhor in a lot of ways, adopting some of those tried-and-true strategies of building up their staffing offices, building up their volunteers, knocking on doors, and that's what they've quietly been doing. This Cruz victory really just represents the latest in their trek towards a hostile takeover of Washington.
RUSH: Oh, yeah, "hostile takeover" of Washington. The Tea Party is engaged in a "hostile takeover". Have you ever heard any group of Democrats who wish to win elections being described as engaged in a hostile takeover? It's like, when the Republicans took over the House in 1994, when the Republicans took control of the House in 1994. The Tea Party engaged in a hostile takeover. There's nothing hostile about it. They're winning elections. I'll tell you what the Tea Party is trying to do. The Tea Party is trying to take over the Republican Party, and the Tea Party is trying to get rid of Harry Reid. The Tea Party is attempting to secure the United States Senate for conservative leadership. That's exactly what they're trying to do. Now, are elections hostile takeovers? You note the language in the story yesterday we had about the Cruz victory, again, in The Politico. It's a one-way street. The caller from Philadelphia's exactly right.
"Here's Mark McKinnon. Now, McKinnon ran all the media for Bush in 2000 and 2004. And McKinnon, by reputation, media pro. He is a leader in this No Labels group. Now, who are the No Labels people? They're basically disaffected liberals. They're liberals, moderates -- liberals, but they don't want to be called that. So they're No Labels. They're better than moderates and better than independents because they're not labeled anything. He was on CBS This Morning today, and the co-host was Charlie Rose, and the question, "The victory that Ted Cruz had in Texas, does it further divide the Republican Party, or not?"
MCKINNON: Ted Cruz is not a typical Tea Party candidate. I mean, he is a very thoughtful guy. He's very conservative.
MCKINNON: But he's a very, very smart guy. Not to suggest that other Tea Party candidates aren't. (laughter) But I think that he -- I think he's been cast as a sort of typical Tea Party guy.
MCKINNON: And he's not. I think he's gonna bring a lot to the table for conservatives. He can kind of create a different persona for many of the conservatives on the Tea Party side and kind of change a little bit of the branding of the Tea Party.
RUSH: Oh, yeah, he meant to say exactly what he said, didn't he? Not a typical Tea Party candidate. I mean, he's very thoughtful, very conservative, very, very smart guy. Now, I don't mean to suggest the other Tea Party... well, you don't have to suggest it; you said it, Mark. You said it. Cruz is not a typical Tea Party candidate. I mean he's a very thoughtful guy. He's very conservative. Very, very smart. Not a typical Tea Party candidate. But, nevertheless, McKinnon likes the guy. Now, who's labeling people now? The No Labels guy is out labeling guys.
Cruz went to Princeton. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law. I'll betcha we could see his transcripts. He was a Supreme Court litigator, and he is a real conservative scholar. He's not like all those other Tea Party people. (interruption) Birth certificate? Cruz's birth certificate? Oh, I'm sure. You mean if you wanted to see it? Oh, yeah. I'm assuming that, yeah, he'd show you the birth certificate. I don't know. What are you trying to stir things up in there for? I don't know, I'm sure he would. Anyway, he's not your typical Tea Party guy, folks, very smart, very, very thoughtful guy, very conservative. Not your typical Tea Party. I don't mean to say the other Tea Party candidates aren't, but they're not, let's be honest." [end transcript]
Anyway, he's not your typical Tea Party guy, folks, very smart, very, very thoughtful guy, very conservative. Not your typical Tea Party. I don't mean to say the other Tea Party candidates aren't, but they're not, let's be honest.
For those in Rio Linda, that's tongue in cheek commentary by Rush.
This Cruz victory really just represents the latest in their trek towards a hostile takeover of Washington.
Hmmmm.... Hostile takeover. Hostile Takeover?
If we participate in the political process. Win elections to elective office fairly and honestly. If we bring face-value representation for our constituents to Washington, and the various State Legislatures. If we refuse to kowtow to self- appointed Republican elites, media hacks and false flag Democrats.
Is it still a hostile takeover?
All righty, then. Just setting the goalposts. Don’t move them.
Indeed! A sense of humor and doggedly staying on message will have Tea Party conservatives replacing GOP-e moderates in all levels of government.
“The lieutenant governor since 2003, Dewhurst pushed some of Texas most conservative legislation through as leader of the state Senate but he also refused to apologize for occasionally working with Democrats to get things done.”
This is the second time I’ve seen this sentence by the AP. No, we (Tea Party) don’t hold it against Republicans that work with Democrats - Reagan did, masterfully.
The people (me included) that rejected Dewhurst did it because he did the DIRTY WORK of The Establishment (i.e., Governor Perry and people that finance him) and bottled up conservative legislation.
If Dewhurst was as “conservative” as the AP is implying in this article, we would not have to look east, to Louisiana, to find a school voucher program - for example.
Dewhurst is simply a Big Government Republican and that type of Republican doesn’t have a prayer as far as getting us out of the mess we have with our debt and deficits.
The compliant state media is conflicted between making Cruz the boogie man (to scare Dems) and Romney’s new bff (to scare conservatives).
So they’re doing both.
——”hostile takeover” of Washington-——
I can get into that phrase...... grab them up by the scruff of the neck and throw the moonbats out. Put them all on a train and trundle them off to lower Slabovia. There is to be no peace if they are hanging around.
For really hostile, look to Syria. Now that’s hostile.
Or consider Madame La Farge. She tends to her knitting while cheering as the tumbrels pass on the way to the guillotine..... now thats the ultimate hostile take over.
One wonders, would the presstitutes get to ride in the tumbrels? I think they probably would.
THIS is the elite of the republican party of today... they voted for obama in 2008 and those in this segment of the big rotting tent will vote for him in November. Elite gop hate Conservatives and like their progressive enemies... because they are not enemies and both in reality are progressive.
I think Cruz has the possibility of being a good Conservative, much moreso than Dewhurst but we must beware that he may be more of a ‘Rubio’ Conservative than T-Party Con.
Everyone should “laugh at” the Houston Comical.
I love Cruz and my statement had nothing to do with him and 100% to do with the progressive overlords ruling the gop.
Sorry for not being clear on that.