Skip to comments.Ted Cruz: Obama’s gun-control push is going to cost Democrats the Senate in 2014
Posted on 04/11/2013 11:52:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
When it comes to his handling of the raging gun-control debate, at least, President Obama's approval rate has been dipping --- and Sen. Ted Cruz is thinking that the president's relentless, brazen demagoguery on the issue is probably doing the Democrats more harm than good. More gun control from the federal government isn't exactly going to help red-state Democratic incumbents maintain their seats, after all. Via The Hill:
“I think the president has shown he is willing to demagogue an issue and that it is ultimately going to backfire,” Cruz said in an interview on Laura Ingraham’s radio show.
“In fact, in my view, as a result of their onslaught on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, I think there’s going to be a very significant consequence in 2014,” Cruz added. “I think as a result of this fight that President Obama is picking, I think the stage is set for Republicans to take control of the United States Senate because of this fight right now, because of coming after the right to keep and bear arms of peaceful law-abiding Americans. I think a number of red state Democrats who are up for reelection in 2014 are going to lose their seats and I think they should.”
It definitely looks like the Second Amendment is going to be playing a revamped role in the upcoming midterms — a potential problem there being that the best way to make that happen might be to force said red-state Democrats to go on the record with a vote, and Sen. Cruz and others have said that they’ll “oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.” As assuredly epic as another #StandWithRand-type filibuster would be, Allahpundit pointed out yesterday that the even more strategic move for the GOP might be letting the Democratic caucus squirm over those hard votes. The WSJ, for their part, wasn’t pleased about the prospect of a filibuster on the issue:
In an instant, these GOP wizards have taken the onus off Senate Democrats and made Republicans the media’s gun-control focus. Mr. Reid is now bellowing about Republicans blocking a vote, and Democrats such as Mark Pryor (Arkansas), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana) and Mark Begich (Alaska) don’t have to declare themselves on provisions that might be unpopular at home.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama can retreat to his favorite pose of portraying Republicans as obstructionists, which pressures GOP moderates like Maine Senator Susan Collins. “And yet, some folks back in Washington are already floating the idea that they may use political stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms,” Mr. Obama said on Mondaywithout mentioning that the “folks” who oppose his bill are Democrats.
But Sen. Cruz stuck to his guns, promising to move forward with a filibuster on a restrictive gun-control bill (you can listen to the audio here):
“I think the criticism has been silly,” Cruz said before adding that “the Republicans who are saying that they are happy to vote to shutoff debate and move to the bill, they don’t even know what the bill contains.
“The bill that these Republicans are going on television saying ‘we’ve got to move to and vote on,’ they still don’t know the details because the Democrats haven’t released the details of the bill that they’re moving to proceed to.”
Whichever way it happens, the Senate is scheduled to start moving on the issue on Thursday. It's going down.
No it won't.
It had better, or I’m afraid the pushback to the libtards will be a slightly non-constitutional manner.
Countered by GOPe cowardice in the face of the Democrats’ attempt to stomp on the Constitution once again.
It is going to cost a few RINOs as well.
I hope he is right.
This is what I sent to the traitor Toomey:
“Senator Toomey, I was shocked and deeply disappointed to learn that you had made a ‘deal’ with Senator Manchin to advance the left-wing Democratic agenda to chip away at the Second Amendment. I am a lifelong conservative Republican. As such, I at least welcome the likes of Senator Casey—you know what you are getting with him and those who think like him. What I find repugnant is a member of Congress who professes to be conservative, then hauls off and joins those who are gleefully shredding the Constitution.
Apparently we didn’t vet you sufficiently after you announced your candidacy. I won’t be voting for you again, and I welcome the search for a primary candidate who is a real conservative.”
If they can steal a major presidential election and get away with it, you know they will steal the smaller scale elections.
I wish the republicans position was that this is a STATE issue not federal and that STATE which already has some of the more restrictive laws needs to review what it did wrong.
When the repubs begin to even discuss issues as being fed they lose.
I love this guy. We need more like him
More likely it’ll cost a few gophers their seats.
Gun control OUGHT to cost the ‘Rats the Senate.
The only problem is, their opponents will (still) be the Republicans. And the Republicans have two small problems that will get in the way:
1) They themselves don’t stand for a damn thing, and
2) They couldn’t find their asses with both hands.
Other than that...
C'mon man how many conservatives supported Bush in his constitution work-around to avoid a formal declaration of war. Obama is doing the same thing. No difference. Let me know when conservatives support ALL the constitution regardless of who is President.
We’d better have a whole lot of fraud watchers in the 2014 election. The collectivists are running the vote handling and counting.
However it is very possible that the implosion of Obamacare may have the same effect.
All the bad stuff was timed to hit after Baraq’s re-election, but watch out by 2014.
Not if they can take away people’s guns. They do that and elections become irrelevant.
By election time 2014, it will be out of the news and forgotten, or the Democrats (with accomplices in the media) will have transferred the blame to the ‘Pubbies.
I, for one, am already blaming one ‘Pubby, Johnny Isakson. I will never again vote for him again.
If people had any sense it’d cost them seats at every level of government. The Democrat Party as presently constituted can’t be trusted.
Correct. The fraud was so pervasive, that the Democrats could OUTRIGHT state their plan to kill 90% of the American populace, and rape the other 10%, and the Senate will stay Democrat, and the Congress will flip Democrat.
Snort, my eyes must be tired. I read that as a few gropers.
Senator Ted Cruz is correct.
Gopher is a good name....a subterranean animal that eats out the roots of production
People will simply hide there guns from the feds.
The first step to acheiving a goal is proclaiming it. It works for the Dem’s.
We’re gonna get Obamacare, we’re gonna get gun control, we’re gonna get amnesty.
Diane Fineswine does not like Ted Cruz. I wish he would piss on Barbara Boxer too.
I admire Senator Ted Cruz’s plain truth.
Hopefully it will take some RINOs with them.
....And those oppose such will not comply.
It could happen, with the "Obama babies" of 2008 facing the voters. Trouble is, the Republicans seem determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by caving on gun rights, which should be a winning issue.
Arlen Toomey had no business consorting with Manchin. Shame on him forever.
At this point, I have no idea which party’s going to lose seats in 2014, but the Suicide Party had best step aside and bow to TEA Party, Constitutional Conservatives, because just judging from the liberal C-SPAN callers and tweets, folks are mad as He// about this legislation moving forward and that alone shocked me.
Coburn is a turncoat deluxe because he is terming himself out, so he’ll do as he damn well wants. IIRC, the Collins woman from Maine, might be operating the same way, along with McCain and Johann of Nebraska, and I think Cockroach-Cochran from Mississippi so that’s 5 possible votes right there.
We have heavy work to do.
president’s relentless, brazen demagoguery on the issue is probably doing the Democrats more harm than good
It is going to cost a few RINOs as well.
the more the merrier.
We need more like Cruz representing us
The 2nd Amendment aspect makes it a Fed issue by defintion, though I do understand your sentiment.
The ones who are caving are generally NOT the ones running in the Senate, and I don’t see the House caving.
I sent money to Toomey’s primary campaign to get rid of Sphincter, and we just wound up with Arlen Toomey.
You did the right thing, at the time.
He double-crossed the nation with that traitorous move yesterday.
Yeah, if he is right we could have control of the Senate with a bunch of people that want to grow up to be Democrats.
It won’t make any difference unless these laws are rolled back. The only reason the ASW ban died was because it was sunsetted. The few remaining good Pubbies should insert that into any gun control law and a lot of others.
The way the GOPe likes to nominate people and run them for elections I don not think the Dims have to worry much.
Hope you are correct, but we need to get the RINOs out of the Senate, too.
It's a Yossarian thing.
"Let me see if I've got this straight: in order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy and I must be crazy to keep flying. But if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy any more and I have to keep flying".
Something tells me that Obama has John Roberted some senators he needs to get on board with his agenda.
I don’t know.
Seems to me, those guys go to Washington, and almost immediately “change for the worst.”
We never see liberals change to our side, only the reverse.
It’s like they become “emotional, people pleasers,” and easily swayed by the bright lights, power and old time, fossil incumbents, like McCain and Graham.
It’s beyond sickening, beyond disgusting and completely void of ethical behavior.
What I had said is that it will not surprise me if that happens in that people will do just that. The sad reality is that what is going on is an out-of-control government.
I don’t trust any of these clowns with my rights...all we’ve done is lose ground. Think Obamacare....another shitshow is brewing. Arm twisting and blackmail. Yeah, this is gonna and well.
Senate Republicans Screw Gun Owners (Video)
Sixteen Senate Republicans (not 6, that was a typo).
A better answer is to avoid buying anything that we don’t need. Avoid vacations. Become more self-sufficient. Reject and ridicule corrupt politics.
Do whatever you have to do to vote every one of those sixteen out.