Skip to comments.In 'Crazy" Cruz versus McClique, I'm with Cruz
Posted on 09/26/2013 4:22:14 AM PDT by Kaslin
While many people will attack GOP leaders in the Senate for not understanding what Sen. Ted Cruz is doing, dont count me as one of them. You see GOP leadership has been handicapped for quite some time now.
Mark Twain, who witnessed the impeachment debacle of Andrew Johnson in the House of Representatives in 1868, pegged it: [I] was reporter in a legislature two sessions and the same in Congress one session, Twain wrote, and thus learned to know personally three sample bodies of the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.
You must understand that its very difficult for politicians to recognize another politician, as in the case of Sen. Cruz, who is actually doing the things he campaigned on, like getting rid of Obamacare.
Cruz, in this case, is an oddball to his Senate colleagues.
Keeping promises is a novel concept that many politicians have difficulty accepting at face value.
This is increasingly true in the GOP, where the solution for Obamacare is Romneycare, for Common Core is No Child Left Behind, for War in Syria is a bigger, better, badder war in Iraq; and where the solution for TARP, and bailouts is, um TARP and bailouts?
When another politician keeps promises, other politicians think: Whats he up to? imagining that its a ploy to run for president or vice president or governor. Or, perhaps, they think, he just doesnt know any better.
They fall back on the liberal trick of pretending someone is just too stupid to know any better.
Yes, they have all said they want to get rid of Obamacare, at least if theyre Republican.
They campaigned on getting rid of Obamacare, they fundraised on it, went to barbecues and got applause for condemning Obamacare.
But that doesnt mean they actually want to DO something about getting rid of Obamacare.
Now I can understand why the average human being might think that they should DO something about it, especially if these politicians campaigned about DOING something about it.
But these Republicans didnt go to the trouble of stump speeches and barbecues and town halls and meet-and-greets and press conferences and get-out-the-vote to go to Congress to get things done.
They went to Congress so that they could get to go back to Congress, again and again, and again.
And in that process of going to Congress again and again and again, politicians from both parties often become so acclimated by the exigencies of campaigning that I sometimes wonder if theres actually a human inside the mechanism anymore-- if their soul doesnt eventually shrink away or just hide in a corner, like in the further recesses of the appendix.
Years of constant battle with the press, with the opposition, and with their too-young staffers to avoid saying anything that might result in a gotcha moment has to eventually affect the thinking of even the most narcissistic people.
And right on cue, politicians are the most narcissistic people.
They have to be.
Otherwise they would not be able to live with themselves.
As a class politicians dont keep promises.
Even more, they know they dont keep promises. Theyre OK with that.
After all: Dont you know how important these people are?
Promises are for little people; only little people keep promises.
And only a real narcissist can live with logic like that. The higher you go on the politics totem, the tighter the logic gets.
Sen. John McCains head is so big, for example, that he thinks his head keeps the Capitol dome from falling in on itself.
For the folks in DC -- especially in the GOP-- the whole idea of keeping promises and getting things done is too radical, too revolutionary.
And thats why this may be the last hurrah for the old GOP.
Increasingly, I suspect that most Republican politicians, as least the ones in Congress, want Obamacare implemented. You dont fundraise as effectively when you defeat Obamacare.
You fundraise effectively on the latest Obamacare outrage.
So Sens. Mitch McConnell and John McCain and the rest of the McClique up in DC have arranged a compromise.
Obamacare stays intact, the spending goes on unabated and the fundraising for 2014 will continue for the GOP.
The GOP leaders call this peace.
But peace was never a choice.
You were given the choice between war and dishonor, Winston Churchill chided GOP wannabe Neville Chamberlain on the eve of the world war; a war that was largely crafted on a series of compromises by Chamberlain ala McClique.
You chose dishonor, and you will have war, thundered Churchill.
Sadly, here too, war it will be, eventually.
The sooner the Republican Party dies, the sooner something better can take its place. It is a mess of stinking old corpses at the moment, who have no reason for being there except being there.
Cruz’s intention is to destroy the party so that Democrats control both houses and the White House forever with a tiny but ideologically pure Republican party in opposition.
GOP has chossen dishonor as have the Democrats.
But there are some honorable Americans and the honorable Americans support what Cruz is doing. None of the honorable Americans support either party
I’d say in the last year...I’ve come to the agreement that half the Republican senators had their peak of enthusiasm in the 1980s....for the last twenty years....they’ve been simply an anchor with no ship.
I’d just as much prefer to see some Democrat replace Senator McCain or the others, and get on with a real political party emerging as well.
If you understood how foolish they now look on TV...they’d realize that no one is going to take them serious in 2014.
I don't mind being considered a wacko bird either.
Unfortunately there is no guarantee that another party will be better and will beat the crooked rat party
You backing the republican cowards in the senate???
If so SHAME.
Cruzs intention is to destroy the party so that Democrats control both houses and the White House forever with a tiny but ideologically pure Republican party in opposition.
Actually you have it exactly opposite. You are describing the McConnell do nothing tip toe to the next election plan. McConnell and nearly all of the Senate GOP are quite content with their status as the minority party.
Maybe you are one, nooby.
The GOP-E is doing quite a fine job of destroying the party already.
By backing the republican cowards in the Senate the poster shows what he really is
Excellent obit for the gop.
Enjoy permanent minority status in both houses. It suits you.
I really don’t understand why McConnell goes along with this since he faces reelection in 2014, but at least he is honest in his feelings, unlike the RINO from TN Lamar Alexander who also faces reelection next year
You meant McCain, didn’t you.
When all the dust settles JM and his clique will be meeting in a closet somewhere.
He’s referring to McCain calling Cruz and Paul “Whacko Birds.”
McConnell is wetting his pants. He wants the hot potato off his plate and back in the House.
Its the whacko birds vs. the dodo birds.
After reading his editorial in the Russian paper, I would tend to disagree.
The position any Republican should take on any issue is relative to the amount of squealing done by Democrats. When Democrats squeal the loudest, it’s means the Republican pol is doing the right thing. They were all squealing very loudly and the biggest Dem pig, Harry Reid, was oinking louder than all the other Dem pigs. The lib media pigs were also doing a tremendous amount of squealing about Cruz. That meant Cruz was absolutely doing the right thing.
I meant Christine O’Donnell, Sharon Angle, Todd Akin, and so many others
Just got this in an email recently. So true.
If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.
As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water.
After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result ... all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put the cold water away.
Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.
The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one.
The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment...... with enthusiasm, because he is now part of the “team”.
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by the fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is attacked.
Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds...that is the way it has always been!
This, my friends, is how Congress operates... and this is why, from time to time: ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME
You speak as if the GOP and Democrats are actually opposing forces of principals rather than just competing for raw power over the rest of the country. Both parties are full of our Ruling Class Overlords who say and do whatever is convenient to keep that power, which always results in our freedom and liberty diminishing.
I have no room in my heart for political hacks, whether they be Democrat or Republican. A pox on all of them.
We don’t seek idealogical purity, just people who will uphold their oaths of office and represent us rather than the interests of the beltway locust swarm.
The GOP leaders call this peace.
They will not get one dime from me!
I think I hung with the stupid party for a very long time, longer than most people did. I always made excuses for them, thinking they really did want to do the right thing. Even I have finally given up on them. The GOP-E is quite content at being the permanent minority party, as long as they can attend their dinners and cocktail parties, and have all the nice perks, that the ruling class enjoy. F them all.
How about this cretin that Cruz is putting up in Tennessee to try to lose a safe Senate seat?
Look at this guys face! He’s got an IQ in the mid-teens.
you are a chickensh*T
Enjoy Obamacare you RINO.
for such a long time Freeper, you are an enigma.
go to DU where you belong, TROLL.
A third party will never win
Its a darn good thing that Roosevrelt stayed out of Europe until Gernamy declared war on US.
US was very anti-war up until then.
By waiting Roosevelt had a united American nation against both Germany and Japan and could do almost anything he needed to defeat them.
Imagine if he tried to attack Germany and Japan in 1930s and he had a civil war back here on his hands at the same time,
we saw some of that here in US in the 2000s.
Who said anything about a third party?
Funny, Cruz isn't the one caving to the Dems. Cruz isn't the one pushing amnesty which truly would make the GOP a permanent minority party.
Methinks we have a GOP-E cheerleader on our hands. Wave those pom-poms around more!
Safe for the Beltway establishment is more like it.
When I joined FR it was about opposing Democrats. Now it’s about destroying Republicans.
Well, soon it will be safe for a Democrat.
Well, soon it will be safe for a Democrat.
Look in the mirror, assclown.
Very well said
Go ahead and bash the Tea Party on a conservative website. I bet you have fantasies about Karl Rove as well.
Cruz’s plan won’t work. Both from a practical standpoint (there’s enough GOP squishes to ensure defeat) and from an implementation standpoint. Defunding Obamacare actually does little to no good. Most importantly, it doesn’t stop the subsidies which kick in on January 1, and once those come into play, good luck ever getting them repealed.
That said, I stand with Cruz on this, and want him to push it to the limit. Not because it will work, but because it forces Democrats and squishes to “own” Obamacare.
But we still got folks like Cruz. The "establishment" went a complete 0-fer, if you recall, with their "safe" candidates.
You think I can’t read between lines?
Plenty of GOP-E candidates lost as well. But you GOP-E morons never admit to that.
The ones who had Republican establishment knives stuck into their backs driven by hostile mainstream media madness.
And you're wrong in both views. FR has always been about promoting conservatism, not about siding with one political party or another. The GOP is a sometime ally for conservatives, and the Democrats are a pretty consistent enemy, but that doesn't let the GOP off the hook when they start collaborating with the enemy.
BTW you your name fits you perfectly
IIRC, McCain went to the woodshed in his last re-election run saying that he had "learned his lesson" (then on immigration reform). The good people of AZ re-elected him - believing that such a conversion was possible. Many other RINOs used that same tact, and likewise were re-elected.
Some were "primaried" out, but the GOP tactics of scorched earth/attrition against the Tea Party worked perfectly, however.
Seems a grand plan might be: (a) primary-out in 2014 by any/all means possible (e.g., misinformation in "polls", repeatedly refresh memories of past positions,...) as many RINOs as can be got - all would be a good goal, no excuses and no "I promise to do better." and (b) defeat as many Dim-0-crats as possible.
Start yesterday for 2016. Do not go to "winter quarters" after 2014 - learn, refine strategies/tactics for better 2016 results. More targets to be got - some very high-value come to mind.
Words are not actions and actions are not results.
McCain "got" six more years, for example, of "same old, same old" RINOism. Fool me once today is once too many.
Or plan (c): vote all incumbents out - clean, simple, and a step forward.
Sub in Reagan for Cruz and that’s what the DC elite were saying in the 70s. Sorry, but you are completely wrong. Cruz is building a party based on principle to replace the failed party that has gotten destroyed for the past 7 years trying to go along and get along