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Sen. Ted Cruz breaks political crockery right and left
Yahoo! News / The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 20, 2013 | Brad Knickerbocker

Posted on 10/20/2013 4:02:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

It’s hard to imagine a more divisive political figure in the United States today than Ted Cruz.

The freshman US Senator from Texas drives liberals and Democrats crazy. If anything, he drives many of his fellow conservatives and Republicans – that is, the members of Congress trying to compete with President Obama through traditional legislative means – even crazier.

He’s the face of a newly-revived tea party movement that’s as much a threat to the establishment GOP as it is to Democrats. And as much as any other individual in US politics today, Sen. Cruz was responsible for the 16-day partial federal shutdown and up-to-the-edge government default, cheerleading House tea partiers to the detriment of Speaker John Boehner’s position.

US Rep. Peter King (R) of New York says his fellow Republican is “either a fraud or totally incompetent” for having instigated a shutdown strategy – focused on killing the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) – that had no chance of succeeding.

Yet for all the broken political crockery strewn along Pennsylvania Avenue between Capitol Hill and the White House, there’s no one who has been more successful at articulating his message, gathering a substantial minority of like-minded lawmakers to his cause, and riveting the attention of political activists, pundits, and those in office feeling the broad disgruntlement of the American electorate today....

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New York; US: Ohio; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: boehner; bradknickerbocker; cruz; johnboehner; newyork; ohio; peterking; teaparty; tedcruz; texas


1 posted on 10/20/2013 4:02:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Like a Bull in a China Shop.
2 posted on 10/20/2013 4:06:14 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love the cartoon. It needs to be sent to every republican senator.


3 posted on 10/20/2013 4:08:03 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s with everyone being concerned about Cruz being a “freshman” Senator? All of the toads in the “media” bring that up. Wasn’t the clown sitting in the White House a “freshman” Senator? The turds in the “media” never seemed to have a problem with that.


4 posted on 10/20/2013 4:08:10 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hold on to your sombrero! Here comes amnesty! The GOP is on a roll!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It’s hard to imagine a more divisive political figure in the United States today than Ted Cruz.

Obama popped into my mind within 3 micro-seconds (I'm getting slow...).

5 posted on 10/20/2013 4:09:37 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
He was a progressive of the approved complexion.
6 posted on 10/20/2013 4:10:50 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And as much as any other individual in US politics today, Sen. Cruz was responsible for the 16-day partial federal shutdown and up-to-the-edge government default...

So, Senator Cruz is no more responsible for the shutdown
than Barak Obama. I get it.


7 posted on 10/20/2013 4:11:11 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And as much as any other individual in US politics today, Sen. Cruz was responsible for the 16-day partial federal shutdown and up-to-the-edge government default,

If you don't count Baraq Obama and Harry Reid.

8 posted on 10/20/2013 4:13:01 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Most of the comments have something to do with his "freshman status". First year senators should apparently vote the party line and not be heard.

Personally, I find it refreshing that Sen Cruz actually sees it as his job to challenge the status quo.

I also heard lots of BS from the MSM babblers that said Cruz's actions are "unprecidented" (a word they love to use). In fact many legislative sessions were very contentious as was our constitutional convention. But jeez, why let facts and history get in the way of partisan rhetoric?

9 posted on 10/20/2013 4:13:29 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: SandRat

Divisive is good!


10 posted on 10/20/2013 4:14:54 PM PDT by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: tet68

I love his courage.


11 posted on 10/20/2013 4:17:27 PM PDT by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: pfflier
Super Man Ted Cruz

TED CRUZ:


12 posted on 10/20/2013 4:17:47 PM PDT by jimsin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
It’s hard to imagine a more divisive political figure in the United States today than Ted Cruz.

I haven't read the rest of the artice. But Obama is a far more divisive political figure than Ted Cruz.

13 posted on 10/20/2013 4:22:51 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can usually tell where writers are going by whether or not they capitalize “Tea Party” in their articles.


14 posted on 10/20/2013 4:31:26 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

You’re not familiar with the Christian Science Monitor?


15 posted on 10/20/2013 4:33:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Obama's favorite game is Pin the Fail on the Honkey!)
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To: tet68

I’m just so thrilled there’s someone actually there in the Senate who genuinely reflects my views. And I’m glad of my efforts to get him there. During the Dewhurst/Cruz primary, I got over a dozen GOP voters (certain folks who normally never bother with primaries) to go to the polls and vote Cruz. The selling point that swayed them? I told them of Palin’s endorsement. That clinched it.

Go, Ted, go!


16 posted on 10/20/2013 4:36:31 PM PDT by greene66
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"You’re not familiar with the Christian Science Monitor?"

Familiar enough.

The WaPo had at least 2 articles today, one of which capitalized, one of which did not.

Below the radar LSM bias, IMHO.

17 posted on 10/20/2013 4:39:40 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

>> whether or not they capitalize “Tea Party” in their articles. <<

.
Did you mean “TEA Party?”


18 posted on 10/20/2013 4:47:05 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: SandRat

we need a Bull Dozer to fill in the cesspool.


19 posted on 10/20/2013 4:49:35 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I don’t understand why the media worships the black conman either...


20 posted on 10/20/2013 4:52:00 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: McGavin999

I love Ted Cruz!!!


21 posted on 10/20/2013 4:55:10 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr.Knickerbocker confuses Republicans with conservatives.


22 posted on 10/20/2013 5:16:16 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sen. Ted Cruz breaks political crockery – right and left

Cruz is totally wrong. Where did we ever get this bozo? One thing we don't need in DC is a Republican who has functioning testicles.

23 posted on 10/20/2013 5:22:58 PM PDT by stevem
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; WilliamRobert; warsaw44; Shadowstrike; Gator113; heshtesh; Fu-fu2; malia; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, it is a high-volume ping list!


24 posted on 10/20/2013 5:38:18 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I’ll bet you didn’t know that Sen. Cruz was born in Canada, or that his given name is RAFAEL! You KNOW he’s gotta be a baaaaa....d man. Bob


25 posted on 10/20/2013 5:53:08 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("Old admirals who feel the wind Are never put to sea." Al Stewart)
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To: jeffc

yep, my immediate thought..it’s not hard at all to imagine a more divisive political figure in the US...it’s Mr. Obama!


26 posted on 10/20/2013 6:00:06 PM PDT by 4integrity
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Americans with an unfavorable view of him had doubled to 36 percent from 18 percent in June

So his negatives are smaller than Obamas positives...this after being trounced by the MSM for 16 straight days!!!

27 posted on 10/20/2013 6:02:58 PM PDT by ontap (but was just wondering how the Martinez family feels about illegal aliens.....just asking!!!)
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To: Amendment10

Any president of the US that openly states he’s going to “transform America” should be called out as the most radical president in history. No one seems to remember that he said that.


28 posted on 10/20/2013 6:16:11 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: jeffc

Don’t forget mCane.


29 posted on 10/20/2013 6:36:45 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: duffee

McCain is a perfectly good argument for not allowing a candidate to retain his current office if he loses his race for a higher office.


30 posted on 10/20/2013 7:01:03 PM PDT by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The establishment GOP is a threat to itself.


31 posted on 10/20/2013 7:37:57 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is a huge vacuum right now..... a sucking sound .....the sound of a second party being formed.

I predict this.

For the record, I predicted Romney’s nomination and defeat quite a time before it all happened.

Yep,


32 posted on 10/20/2013 7:43:10 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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33 posted on 10/20/2013 8:15:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


34 posted on 10/20/2013 8:15:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So, Mr. "I won!--Get in their Face" Obama is a unifier while Ted Cruz is divisive?

Give me a break.

35 posted on 10/21/2013 2:43:24 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: billhilly

Possibly the best. I believe he thinks his nomination and failed attempt at makes him a supreme spokesman for Republicans. I am a Conservative, Tea Party Republican, in that order. I believe mCane is now a democrat operative.


36 posted on 10/21/2013 6:46:02 AM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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