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Peter King’s lonely fight vs. ‘Ted Cruz wing’
Politico ^ | 6 Oct 2013 | ALEXANDER BURNS

Posted on 10/06/2013 2:32:33 PM PDT by mandaladon

If Peter King’s brand of Republicanism seems to be on the wane these days, the Long Island congressman isn’t letting it go quietly. Kng, 69, has long been one of the Hill’s most quotable and irascible troublemakers, a frequent presence on cable television with an apparently boundless capacity for outrage. He has fumed over topics as serious as Hurricane Sandy relief and aid for 9/11 responders, and as comparatively trivial as the White House party crashers and the death of Michael Jackson (whom he called a “lowlife” and a “pervert.”) King broke with Newt Gingrich over the government shutdowns of the mid-1990s and earned the gratitude of the Clinton clan when he rebuked his own party for impeaching a president for sexual indiscretions. So while it’s not a surprise that King would be one of the Republican Party’s most prominent internal critics these days, even the congressman’s friends say there’s a new intensity and urgency to the lawmaker’s indignation.

King has thundered away in recent months against what he calls the “Ted Cruz wing” of the Republican Party, criticizing the GOP’s libertarian drift on issues such as domestic surveillance and assailing what he views as the utter pointlessness of the House’s effort to defund Obamacare at the cost of a government shutdown. He has floated the idea of a 2016 presidential campaign largely out of opposition to the tea party crowd. His frustration, friends say, reflects a deepening conviction that Republicans have lost touch with the working-class, middle-of-the-road voters who sent King to Congress in the first place, and who used to make Republican candidates for the Senate and the presidency competitive in downstate New York.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cruz; gopestablishment; ira; nyrepublican; peterking; plo; rino; shutdown; tedcruz; terroristlover; traitor
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“I don’t consider these guys conservatives. I think the party is going in an isolationist trend. It’s appealing to the lowest common denominator in many ways. And this whole threat of defunding the government, to me, is not conservative at all,” said King, who added later: “Maybe we do live in different worlds. These guys from the Ted Cruz wing live in their own echo chamber.”...............it's time for this clown to retire or switch parties.
1 posted on 10/06/2013 2:32:33 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

King is MEAN and belongs in the Democrat Party.


2 posted on 10/06/2013 2:33:57 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: mandaladon

Why doesn’t he just do the right thing for America?


3 posted on 10/06/2013 2:36:33 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: mandaladon

The Arlen Specter/Lincoln Chaffee wing of the party. Some of them don’t know they are Democrats. Others, the smart ones, do, but pretend not to be so they can wreak the most havoc. Not sure which kind of Democrat masquerading as Republican King is. Most of them stay Republican until it becomes too much to pull off. Time for King to join Jeffords.


4 posted on 10/06/2013 2:36:35 PM PDT by Defiant (A rainbow curtain has descended upon the west, from Munich to San Francisco.)
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To: mandaladon

He’s got a real ally from Missouri - Roy Blunt.


5 posted on 10/06/2013 2:36:38 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: mandaladon

Peter King deserves all the loneliness he gets!


6 posted on 10/06/2013 2:38:16 PM PDT by dforest
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To: mandaladon

Like many of you, I’ve grown weary of hearing most of the pundits and politicians pussyfooting around this subject. With the exception of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and a handful of others on the conservative side, none have come right out and said what every THINKING American KNOWS!

The fight over Obamacare is about stopping the unvetted, unqualified, narcissistic megalomaniacal former community organizer and tyrant in the White House from bringing about his “transformation of America”. That phrase was and is code among his dumbed down and/or uninformed supporters for creating a despotic Marxist redistributionist Utopia. That it has failed everywhere it has been attempted and left misery and death in its wake is of no concern to them. The magic Obama can make it finally work.

One element that may puzzle some of you is why more of the wealthy captains of industry and capitalists – who ostensibly have the most to lose – haven’t spoken out in opposition.

Two reasons (there may be more):
1. They believe they will be princes in the new order, their lives of wealth and ease little affected by the distress inflicted on the us down here, the mass of the great unwashed. They really should restudy the histories of those who collaborated with other tyrants who, once in firm control, dispatched those who had the resources and intellect to topple the new “king” once the inclination to do so took hold of them.
2. During the Cold War, the head of Citibank, one Walter Wriston, was asked why his New York based organization continued to provide financing to the tyrants running the Soviet Union and the slave states the USSR dominated. He replied that it made little difference to him what sort of government these nations had and his only concern was “Can they pay their bills?”

The WWII era Norwegians coined a real world name for those folks: Quisling.


7 posted on 10/06/2013 2:40:04 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is not bliss. It is the road to serfdom.)
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To: mandaladon

Ted Cruz, RINO Hunter
:)


8 posted on 10/06/2013 2:40:16 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: mandaladon

-— If Peter King’s brand of Republicanism seems to be on the wane these days,... -—

This confirms it. The Collaborators are on the run.

Well done, Ted.


9 posted on 10/06/2013 2:40:43 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: mandaladon

It really doesn’t matter what party of which they claim to be a member. Only Democrats can win elections in the New York City area.


10 posted on 10/06/2013 2:41:28 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: mandaladon

Peter King, one of the last gasps of the Rockefellerites...until the next group comes along that is.


11 posted on 10/06/2013 2:42:03 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Ann Archy

He might have started with good intentions. But he’s been in the bubble too long, and gotten too used to the good life, to the point of allowing himself to go intellectually soft, and be co-opted by those who know how to corrupt one.


12 posted on 10/06/2013 2:42:23 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: mandaladon
It’s appealing to the lowest common denominator in many ways.

Peter is projecting. Again.

13 posted on 10/06/2013 2:43:35 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: mandaladon

For those who remember the Lewinski days, King was on TV every night defending clinton with the “all about sex” shtick.


14 posted on 10/06/2013 2:46:57 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: mandaladon

“Republicans have lost touch with the working-class, middle-of-the-road voters”

Precisely the ‘Ross Perot’ voters who failed to materialize when we ran two moderate presidential candidates.
Who did those people turn out for? Oh, yeah. Ronald Reagan! A conservative. Peter King had the audacity to call himself a ‘Reagan Conservative’ when he is NO SUCH THING!

Is it any wonder the GOP has lost the attraction it used to hold for Americans who work hard and want to see the country restored?
The last Bush spent more than the Democrats before him! The party is crawling with country club elitist toads like Karl Rove and Reince Pukus. Precisely the people who King identifies with. Just take a glance at the Weekly Standard, and you have idiots like Bill Kristol calling for an end to attacks on ‘big government’, that we must embrace the federal leviathan in the knowledge that we can ‘manage’ it better.
That’s all King is. A manager, and an attention seeker. His district doesn’t like him. Conservatives don’t like him. Reagan would not have liked him. He’s a fraud, and a shill for the Democrat’s tyrannical takeover. F U PETER!


15 posted on 10/06/2013 2:47:39 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: mandaladon

New York Republican. ‘nuff said.


16 posted on 10/06/2013 2:48:48 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: DPMD

King’s support for the Irish Republican Army goes way back to the 70s. It’s a bit hard to consider that he had “good intentions” behind that. This is a man that said Gerry Adams was like George Washington.


17 posted on 10/06/2013 2:52:34 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: mandaladon

King’s more “libertarian” than Cruz, in practice.


18 posted on 10/06/2013 2:53:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: mandaladon
Kng, 69,

Time to retire. Collect your Jesse Jackson Junior pension.

19 posted on 10/06/2013 2:53:21 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: glorgau

Indeed. And take that whimpering simp Sean Duffy with you when you go!


20 posted on 10/06/2013 2:57:03 PM PDT by snuffy smiff (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.)
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To: mandaladon

King is making a mistake. He should work with conservatives, instead of fighting them. He’s divisive, when the Republican Party should be united.


21 posted on 10/06/2013 2:57:38 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: popdonnelly

He’s been like that from way back in the 1970s. At his age, how is he going to change?


22 posted on 10/06/2013 2:58:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: icwhatudo

“For those who remember the Lewinski days” Some of us can remember the days of WWII.


23 posted on 10/06/2013 3:08:22 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: mandaladon
...who used to make Republican candidates for the Senate and the presidency competitive in downstate New York.

To be competitive downstate, you have to be a socialist. Who needs such Republicans?

24 posted on 10/06/2013 3:10:17 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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25 posted on 10/06/2013 3:16:12 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: mandaladon

If Pete doesn’t get votes, the lobbyist will not pay him.

That makes Pete very mad.


26 posted on 10/06/2013 3:27:31 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: mandaladon

Peter King became a poster boy with the looney left media by going on with Chris Matthews (only losers appear on the Chrissy Show)and saying:

KING: I would say there are probably 30 or 40 who are like that. As there were a number of Democrats who felt that way about George W. Bush, and going back to when you and I first met, Republicans who felt that way about Bill Clinton… This is a very dangerous aspect to our government… The fact that we have people who are willing to demonize the president of the United States because he’s from a different party… and now, obviously, with President Obama, it’s definitely there.


27 posted on 10/06/2013 3:28:49 PM PDT by CreviceTool ( Hi-Ho it's tome for Peter King to Go!)
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To: Olog-hai

That is the most ridiculous statement I have heard lately. Peter King has not one drop of libertarian blood in his entire body. He is a big Union, Big Government, Big Security
State, Big Church, Anti Gun politician. He would be happy to establish a Habsburg monarchy on us. A Maximillian Republican is more like it. The ideology of our Founders is foreign to the sensibilities of Peter King. Our forefathers would recognize Cruz as a true Jeffersonian, a libertarian. King on the other hand would’ve horrified our founders. Even the Federalists would recoil from him.


28 posted on 10/06/2013 3:41:58 PM PDT by gusty
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Good chance King will lose his seat in 2014.


29 posted on 10/06/2013 3:43:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: mandaladon

King is a prick!


30 posted on 10/06/2013 3:50:54 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: gusty
Did you notice that I put the word libertarian in quotation marks? I apologize for not being clear: I was referring specifically to the socially-liberal aspects of a number of libertarians.
31 posted on 10/06/2013 3:51:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: mandaladon

Isolationist trend?

We’re tired of being the world police, nation building, watching our heroes be killed due to stupid ROE; sick of a porous border that lets criminals and welfare leeches into our country, governments that give illegal aliens more rights and benefits than citizens, and being lied to about national security; we’re totally fed up with crony capitalism, legal double standards for insiders, and watching our money being spent on unConstitutional garbage.

The only thing I want to be isolated from is liberalism and the government spending monster.


32 posted on 10/06/2013 4:05:48 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mandaladon

How about Pullotico doing a story on the Constitutionalists’ fight against the fascist clown and the buttlicking media?


33 posted on 10/06/2013 4:29:14 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: 1010RD

Plenty want to be isolated from the likes of Peter King.


34 posted on 10/06/2013 4:29:27 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: mandaladon

Poor Peter. Even the filthy, commie ‘RATS are feeling sorry for him.


35 posted on 10/06/2013 4:29:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
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To: mandaladon

Peter King is now a complete asshole.


36 posted on 10/06/2013 4:46:14 PM 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: mandaladon
Here, ya forgot something :


             

37 posted on 10/06/2013 4:48:32 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: cotton1706
Peter King, one of the last gasps of the Rockefellerites...until the next group comes along that is.

Hopefully, all the ambition has been molly-coddled out of them like the "men" of the Kennedy clan.

38 posted on 10/06/2013 5:49:23 PM PDT by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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To: Timber Rattler

“New York Republican. ‘nuff said.”

Yep, read the story of Nelson Rockefeller and how immensely he grew NY government in the 60’s.

We’re still paying for it today.

King is what I call a liberal that believes in “law and order” when it suits him and that’s about it.


39 posted on 10/06/2013 6:16:53 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: mandaladon

Because we need a multi-party system, where coalitions are made between parties, each of which stands for clearly defined principles, and not within two parties each of which stands for ‘goodness’, in other words for nothing.


40 posted on 10/06/2013 6:20:05 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

What do the Republicans stand for these days?


41 posted on 10/06/2013 6:20:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Defiant

I’ve been saying for years that Peter King is RINO scum. Nice of other conservatives to discover King is NOT “one of the good guys” after 15 years of his treasonous actions. Better late than never, I guess.


42 posted on 10/06/2013 8:48:53 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Liz Cheney's family supports gay marriage. Do you?)
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To: icwhatudo
>> For those who remember the Lewinski days, King was on TV every night defending clinton with the “all about sex” shtick. <<

I haven't forgotten. Shame other conservatives did, or this turd would have been purged from Congress over a decade ago.

43 posted on 10/06/2013 8:50:10 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Liz Cheney's family supports gay marriage. Do you?)
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To: BillyBoy

Who are the conservatives who didn’t know about Peter King being a lib?


44 posted on 10/06/2013 10:01:16 PM PDT by Defiant (A rainbow curtain has descended upon the west, from Munich to San Francisco.)
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To: mandaladon

Someone needs to photoshop King’s face on to the Maytag Repairman.


45 posted on 10/06/2013 10:06:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Defiant

Check any Peter King thread prior to 2013 and you’ll see dozens of conservative posters fawn over him because he’s anti-illegal alien and goes after Muslims.


46 posted on 10/06/2013 10:34:53 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Liz Cheney's family supports gay marriage. Do you?)
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To: BillyBoy

Why aren’t you communicating with those people to give them your “see I told you so”?


47 posted on 10/06/2013 10:58:59 PM PDT by Defiant (A rainbow curtain has descended upon the west, from Munich to San Francisco.)
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To: mandaladon

“Republicans have lost touch with the working-class, middle-of-the-road voters who sent King to Congress in the first place”

Well guess who sent the “Cruz wing” of the party to Congress RECENTLY...the working class voters you moron!

Middle of the road my *ss! Besides, he obviously has no respect for voters who don’t think like him. Who is out of touch?


48 posted on 10/06/2013 11:08:03 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: dforest

“It’s appealing to the lowest common denominator”

I didn’t hear him say that about the Democrat leaders calling people in his own party terrorist who strap bombs to their chest. Funny how his outrage is only for voters in his own party.


49 posted on 10/06/2013 11:11:08 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: mandaladon

50 posted on 10/06/2013 11:13:46 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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