Skip to comments.Ted Cruz says “official Washington absolutely terrified” of GOP’s grassroots
Posted on 10/25/2013 8:34:33 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is in the midst of his third trip to Iowa this year, but his first since leading the charge to defund ObamaCare that led to the 16-day federal government shutdown. At a party fundraiser tonight in Des Moines, Cruz told a crowd of 600 Republicans the fight is worth it.
Im convinced were facing a new paradigm in politics. It is a paradigm that is the rise of the grassroots, Cruz said. Ive got to tell you, it has official Washington absolutely terrified.
Cruz argued the path to GOP victories in 2014 and beyond will be stitching back together the coalition that elected Ronald Reagan president in 1980 and he said the kind of grassroots activists the party needs had been energized by the crusade he led.
And for everyone who talks about wanting to win elections in 2014 particularly in an off-year, non-presidential year nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing matters more than an energized and active and vocal grassroots America, Cruz said, to applause. Thats how you win elections.
According to Cruz, official Washington scoffed at the idea immigration reform and new gun restrictions could be stalled in congress this past year and Cruz said eventually ObamaCare would fall to the power of the grassroots as well.
But listen, none of us thought taking on the Washington establishment was going to be easy, Cruz said. None of us thought this was going to be a simple path. We all understood it was going to be an ongoing effort and right now I am more encouraged than ever.
Cruzs unexpected victory over the lieutenant governor of Texas in a 2012 Republican Primary has sparked a remaking of the Texas GOP in his image. Tonight, Iowa Republicans like Steve McCoy of Indianola said Cruz should be the partys presidential nominee in 2016.
Ted Cruz is a statesman, McCoy said. Whats a statesman? Thats a person who can tell you to go to hell and you think its an invitation.
Jefferson, Iowa, native Jay Thompson, a former Army soldier who will graduate from the Kennedy School at Harvard in May with plans to move back to Iowa, was also in tonights crowd.
I know he rose up with Bushs camp in Texas, so that makes me a little hesitant to back Ted Cruz, Thompson says. But Id prefer Rand Paul getting the bid in 2016, but (Cruz) would be my number two.
Cruz worked on George W. Bushs 2000 campaign. Cruz is to be in northwest Iowa early Saturday morning, hunting pheasants with about two dozen people, including Congressman Steve King. Over the noon-hour Cruz will speak at a King for Congress fundraiser in Le Mars.
The Libertarians who are currently leading the Iowa GOP used the time before Cruz spoke at tonights fundraiser to strike back at critics. A.J. Spiker, who has been the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa since early 2012, attacked the permanent political class for having as their chief goals money and influence.
Were often told by the political establishment that we shouldnt take stances on issues because it might hurt in an election a year or two, four years down the road, Spiker said. Were told that we should water down our message to try to win elections and then we wonder why candidates with a watered-down message lose those elections.
David Fischer, the co-chair of the Republican Party of Iowa, said the partys old guard doesnt approve by new conservatives leaders like Cruz.
Some Republicans have even gone so far as to call them names, Fischer said. Well, I have a name for these principled new leaders, too. I call them the future.
Governor Terry Branstad, who also spoke at the event, laid the blame on the D.C. media for attempting to divide and demonize the GOP. Branstad urged Republicans to follow Ronald Reagans 11th commandment not to speak ill of other Republicans. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley focused his fire on President Obama over the recent government shutdown, accusing Obama of being a sadist who has inflicted pain on the country.
That would be because we’re throwing their asses out in 2014.
Only The Real Conservative Deal (A Reagan) can defeat the Left in America because only such a Leader could UNIFY all Conservative factions this is the lesson of the 1980s and the Bushies/Howard Dean/Lefties/GOPe AKA The Ruling Class know it very well
The full power of the dominant Conservative Electorate has lain dormant since RWR left the scene ...they only activate if The Real Deal appears
They DID activate after Sarah Palin addressed the RNC on September 3rd 2008 - McCain went from -3 to +3 overnight - NOT because people switched from Obama to McCain, but because a flood of new Conservative voters came off the ‘not registered’ and ‘not likely voters’ benches.
It took the puppeteers collapsing the Economy and McCain to suspend his Campaign and return to DC, backing the Bailouts (on the advice of the Ruling Class Tool Steve BULLSCHMIDT) for those new voters to abandon the ticket.
Palin and Cruz will activate the maximum power of the Conservative Electorate again.
Under the leadership of Palin, Cruz and Demint, the GOP Conservative policy platform will be restored.
all the conservative Americans who remain disconnected from the political scene due to disgust, will be motivated to
1. REGISTER and
2. STORM the POLLS
With the Real Deal as Nominee we can expect landslide results as in the 1980s under Reagan, due to Conservatives MAXing at the Polls.
Hey you Democrat lurkers:
The Tea Party is not a party. It is not like Republican or Democrat or Libertarian.
It is a movement with no defined leader and hundreds of grassroots organizations. You cannot fight this and win.
It is a hydra.
They’re not nearly terrified enough.
Kind of tough for the Dems to go after Cruz this week.
I hope Ted knows who his real enemy is.
The media lives off the money government takes from investors and gives to consumers.
2014 will be the media’s hardest fought campaign and every “Tea Party” candidate is already in their crosshairs.
Yes we are .. and whoever is leftover, will be tossed in 2016 .. and on and on until we have people in office who care more about America than they care about what the dems and their media think.
Welcome back, we’re bad
Just took a small excursion onto Dummie Underground. They are going nuts over turning Texas blue.
Have to get those illegals voting!
I know he rose up with Bushs camp in Texas, so that makes me a little hesitant to back Ted Cruz, Thompson says
I wonder where this guy gets this from?
STORM the POLLS
Amen, brother, amen
I think he’s right. The one thing both parties count on is that they’ll never be on the “outs” for more than an election cycle or two...back and forth, reach across, go-along to get-along.
Cruz, Mike Lee, the Tea Party, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin - all threats to the comfortable status quo
| Obama-care is gone.
I made Obama repeal it.
I made him blink just like I said I would.
That is why his Website doesn't work..
When did this happen?
A politician is concerned about the next election. A statesman is concerned about the next generation. -- unknown
“The full power of the dominant Conservative Electorate has lain dormant since RWR left the scene”
We’re a much different country, demographically speaking, than we were in 1989. If we win with a true conservative in 2014 it will be a near-run thing, not a Reaganesque landslide.
I watched the lead in to the Cruz speech and was pleasantly surprised....speaker after speaker put some nice slams into the GOPe!!! Also of interest is the make up of the audience who some here might refer to as GOPe but the rubber chicken dinner set is walking away from the DC elites. We are winning at all levels except in the Senate. Lee/Cruz have a few allies but that will change soon.
Once Americans start seeing the sticker shock of Obamacare a lot of folks in Washington will be looking for new jobs.Especially since the gov is forcing them to buy the product they cannot afford.
They aren’t terrified enough to cut spending yet. Take their power away.
And all three of them oppose him for the same reason- money.
Cutting government spending- heck, just not increasing government spending- hurts all of them in the pocket.
Every pig at the government trough, especially the media which gets 10 cents out of every dollar the government takes from investors and gives to consumers, hates and fears him.