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Cruz Breaks With Senate Tradition While Criticizing Colleagues
New York Times ^ | April 29, 2013 | JONATHAN WEISMAN

Posted on 04/29/2013 10:07:42 AM PDT by reaganaut1

In his short time at the Capitol, Senator Ted Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has shown little regard for long-standing rules of decorum. But on Friday, he publicly discussed the closed-door dealings of the Senate Republican Conference — and trashed his colleagues in the process.

Stopping by a Texas meeting of the Tea Party-aligned group FreedomWorks, Mr. Cruz called many of his colleagues “squishes,” forced to stand on conservative principles by the uncompromising stands of a triumphant trio of Republican “constitutionalists”: himself and Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

At stake was the gun control legislation that the Senate dragged down this month. At issue for Mr. Cruz might be his exposure of a series of closed-door luncheons in which fellow Republicans took the three to task for announcing in advance that they would filibuster every single vote on the gun measure, including the simple motion to take up and begin debating the bill. Such meetings are expressly off the record.

“We’ve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing up and looking at Rand and Mike and me and yelling at the top of their lungs — I mean really upset,” he told the group to laughter and titters, according to a video posted by a Tea Party blogger and promoted by the liberal group People for the American Way. “And they said: ‘Why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I’ve got to stand on principle.’ I’m not making that up. I don’t even bother to argue with them. I just sort of let them yell.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cruz; cruzguncontrol; guncontrol; squishes; tedcruz; tedcruzgop
The NYT hates Cruz more than the Tsarnaevs.
1 posted on 04/29/2013 10:07:42 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Cruz won’t be intimidated so easily. What an outstanding Senator he has been so far.


2 posted on 04/29/2013 10:10:32 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: reaganaut1

So far Cruz remembers he works for the people of Texas not the R party or fellow senators. I hope he keeps it up, but watch them remove him from good committees.


3 posted on 04/29/2013 10:11:41 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: reaganaut1
...the uncompromising stands of a triumphant trio of Republican “constitutionalists”: himself and Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Sorry, but Rand has forfeited that designation over his unforgivable support for amnesty to wanton lawbreakers.

4 posted on 04/29/2013 10:11:48 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Yes, and I’m proud to say I voted for him 3 times.


5 posted on 04/29/2013 10:12:21 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: reaganaut1
In his short time at the Capitol, Senator Ted Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has shown little regard for long-standing rules of decorum. But on Friday, he publicly discussed the closed-door dealings of the Senate Republican Conference — and trashed his colleagues in the process.

They can't bully him, can't intimidate him and he won't sit down and roll over like a puppy.

The libs and many rinos hate his guts and are digging in his past trying to find the skeleton in his closet so he will shut up.

Ain't gonna happen, Cruz has 16 pound bowling balls.

6 posted on 04/29/2013 10:12:39 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: reaganaut1

Not Yours to Give
http://www.fee.org/library/detail/not-your-to-give-2#axzz2RsDCAF00


7 posted on 04/29/2013 10:12:44 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

He has become a shining star for Texas! Fight ON! Those traditions only worked when men of Honor and principle held seats in the Senate—that was a long time ago. Rand, Lee and Cruz will fight to keep us free—and if they fail....they will lead the movement to restore the nation.


8 posted on 04/29/2013 10:14:35 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: reaganaut1
Hmmm. Well since Senator Cruz said GOP senators yelled at him "at the top of their lungs" ... it would seem that there isn't much of any such 'Senate Tradition'.


9 posted on 04/29/2013 10:16:00 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: reaganaut1
“And they said: ‘Why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I’ve got to stand on principle.’

Getting yelled at because they will be held accountable and have to 'stand on principle' ... doesn't that just about say it all about the state of government these days? A major house-cleaning is needed. At least the constituents are 'yelling' .... about time.

10 posted on 04/29/2013 10:18:31 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Cruz won’t be intimidated so easily. What an outstanding Senator he has been so far.

One such is fantastic. Three, a great start.
What is it about the Constitution that absolutely befuddles RINOS?

Blackmail?
Mass amnesia?
Disdain for the Tea Party philosophy?
Ambition?
Political correctness?

They better find the antidote fast, because the Obamacare trainwreck is not going away, and things WILL get worse.

11 posted on 04/29/2013 10:20:44 AM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: fwdude
Rand seems to be having second thoughts on his recent position regarding comprehensive immigration [a.k.a., Amnesty]

Tea Party Senators Prep for Immigration Battle (Lee, Rand and Cruz to oppose)
12 posted on 04/29/2013 10:21:25 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: reaganaut1
Clank-Clank-Clank-Clank-Clank-Clank.

(the sound of Sen. Cruz walking)

13 posted on 04/29/2013 10:21:44 AM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

He really scares the libs..that’s why they are targeting him so early on..


14 posted on 04/29/2013 10:22:13 AM PDT by ken5050 (Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but just about every terrorist is a Muslim..)
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To: fwdude
Rand Paul April 25, 2013
"This [comprehensive immigration reform] isn't passing unless it gets through a conservative House. Unless they ram it through with all Democrats in the House and a few Republicans, it's not going to pass," Paul said. "I think that's an important part of this that the Gang of Eight is going to have to figure out."

"I've told them this repeatedly in private and in public, 'If you have a new pathway, you're making it hard for any conservatives to get on board with this,'" he added

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/04/25/rand_paul_immigration_reform_cant_pass_without_conservative_votes.html

15 posted on 04/29/2013 10:23:32 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: reaganaut1

Cruz is also NOT INTERESTED in fawning approval stories printed by the New York Times and the rest of the media. We had to deal with forty-seven years of Ted Kennedy but they can’t stand only three months of Ted Cruz.


16 posted on 04/29/2013 10:24:28 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Servant of the Cross

How dare you call me a Squishy Republican.

It's Maverick Traitor!

17 posted on 04/29/2013 10:27:28 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: reaganaut1
Senator Ted Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has shown little regard for long-standing rules of decorum

As far as I can tell the "rules of decorum" mean "roll over every time the liberals demand".

I have seen very little "decorum" from Grimy Harry for example.

18 posted on 04/29/2013 10:27:55 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Promotional Fee Paid for by "Ouchies" The Sharp, Prickly Toy You Bathe With!)
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To: TomGuy

His position has been repeatedly misstated by the likes of the NYT and LAT. Liberals trying to spin his positions into fitting their agenda. His out line of a plan can be found at his website and it has not changed one iota. The only amnesty in it is that illegals here that qualify for a work visa to not have to return to their home country to apply for a green card.


19 posted on 04/29/2013 10:29:27 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: reaganaut1

So sad that you’re right about the Times - our “respected” paper.

Cruz “trashing” senators sounds ok though;)


20 posted on 04/29/2013 10:35:15 AM PDT by swampthang77
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To: reaganaut1
“And they said: ‘Why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I’ve got to stand on principle.’ I’m not making that up. I don’t even bother to argue with them. I just sort of let them yell.”

Thank you Ted.
Clearly they have no grasp of "principle" as opposed to "opinion." The Constitution's language is not too complicated for a fifth-grader to understand.

Hold your ground. Let them yell.
If they can't understand "principle." no explanation is possible. If they do, no explanation should be necessary.

Dammit, what is it about the Second Amendment that they don't understand? Making America "better" does not mean ignoring the Constitution; no matter how well intentioned.

If ever you must respond, just suggest that they move to repeal the Second Amendment. Do they have the b***s for it? Ignoring it is not an option.

21 posted on 04/29/2013 10:35:19 AM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: reaganaut1

I have found Senators to be very arrogant. I believe they should all be limited to two terms. That should help keep the power from ossifying them.


22 posted on 04/29/2013 10:36:36 AM PDT by marsh2
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To: reaganaut1
... has shown little regard for long-standing rules of decorum.

The Senate's rules of decorum seem to be "shut up and go along because the people that have been here longer know better". I wish Cruz would aggravate one of them enough to get challenged to a duel. /s

23 posted on 04/29/2013 10:38:38 AM PDT by ken in texas (I respect my elders but keep finding fewer of them.)
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To: reaganaut1

Look around and see how well “Senate tradition” is working for us. I say rip that sucker out and stomp it flat.


24 posted on 04/29/2013 10:38:52 AM PDT by hometoroost
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To: reaganaut1

Oh, the humanity!!!!!! Oh, the horror!!!!!! The kid has the audacity to show the Senate is a circular BOHICA!


25 posted on 04/29/2013 10:42:38 AM PDT by Repulican Donkey
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To: reaganaut1
Yea, Weisman ran this same article when the GOP Senate boobsie twins McQueeg & Graham called Senators Cruz and Paul "Wacko Birds" .... oh ... wait ....
26 posted on 04/29/2013 10:47:22 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: fwdude
"Yes, and I’m proud to say I voted for him 3 times.

me too, he is rapidly becoming my favorite Senator.

27 posted on 04/29/2013 10:49:14 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: fwdude

>> Yes, and I’m proud to say I voted for him 3 times.

In three separate election, right? ;-)


28 posted on 04/29/2013 10:51:06 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Excellent link!


29 posted on 04/29/2013 10:53:48 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: reaganaut1

LOL! The Old Grey Whore (tm) finding fault with Cruz.


30 posted on 04/29/2013 11:00:39 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: jpsb

“’If you have a new pathway,”

They don’t which is why the Gang (aptly named) of 8 has to hatch their little plot in secret.


31 posted on 04/29/2013 11:15:09 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: reaganaut1
"So I told him that he’d better shut his mouth / And do his job like a man /..."

I haven't yet rewritten the lyrics to The Great Mandalla but such a project comes to mind frequently these days.

32 posted on 04/29/2013 11:19:03 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: reaganaut1
In his short time at the Capitol, Senator Ted Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has shown little regard for long-standing rules of decorum.

Coming from a paper that has supported the anti-American Kenyan iconoclast in the white house, who's slogan was 'change you can believe in', as he's trashed tradition these past 5 years this is beyond hilarious.

Real psychos, these leftists.

33 posted on 04/29/2013 11:19:27 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: reaganaut1

“Such meetings are expressly off the record. “

...Except when NYTimes. POLITICO, etc WANT to report what goes on LOL!


34 posted on 04/29/2013 11:23:28 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Nervous Tick
In three separate election, right? ;-)

Of course! Just wanted to poke any lurking democrat in the eye. :)

35 posted on 04/29/2013 11:48:29 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: reaganaut1
In his short time at the Capitol, Senator Ted Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has shown little regard for long-standing rules of decorum.

Oh point me to the fainting couch. [rolls eyes]

36 posted on 04/29/2013 11:53:08 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: reaganaut1

Thank God I changed my mind and voted for Cruz!


37 posted on 04/29/2013 12:09:08 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Multiculturalism is the answer!)
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To: reaganaut1

I voted for Cruz and so far am very happy with my vote.


38 posted on 04/29/2013 12:45:23 PM PDT by RAY (God Bless the USA!)
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To: reaganaut1

FTNYT.


39 posted on 04/29/2013 2:25:37 PM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: reaganaut1
Once, there was a U.S. Senator that beat another Senator with his cane on the floor of the Senate.

What decorum?

I wish I could have seen that.

40 posted on 04/29/2013 4:11:12 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: reaganaut1

Dear God, thank you for Ted Cruz!


41 posted on 04/29/2013 7:49:38 PM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: reaganaut1

Hey, NY Times, this is what a real maverick looks like...


42 posted on 04/29/2013 7:54:03 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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