Skip to comments.Cruz tells Iowa GOP his tactics fired up conservative base
Posted on 10/26/2013 2:34:37 AM PDT by South40
Moderation isn't going to win more seats for the GOP in Congress in 2014, Ted Cruz told Iowa Republicans on Friday. Instead, the junior senator from Texas told them, the answer is firing up the conservative base.
"For everyone who talks about wanting to win elections in 2014, particularly in an off year, a non-presidential year -- nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing matters more than an energized and active vocal grassroots America," Cruz told the crowd of about 600 people at the state GOP's annual Reagan fundraising dinner. "That's how you get elected."
The speech marked the third time in three months that the Texas Republican has pitched -- and in some ways, preached -- his fiery brand of conservatism to activists in the state that gets first say in the presidential nominating contests.
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I can only hope that this message is forcefully delivered to McConnell.
The problem is, can we win over enough moderates to counter the government freebie vote?
The only acceptable message needing delivery to McConnell is that he has lost, period. Nothing else is anywhere close to acceptable.
Heck yes it did and we have Cruz missiles ready to fire off at command!
Grubmint freebies will run out... bet cards go back to 2008 levels of funding on Nov 1!
EBT... Darned IPad.
The Dems will blame the GOP, and the freebie crowd will buy it and demand more.
“The problem is, can we win over enough moderates to counter the government freebie vote?”
This is the question that has led us to defeat in the last two presidential elections, and in IMHO it is the wrong question to ask. Is there any way that anyone who is voting for their “Free Government Sh*t” is ever going to choose the Republican over the Democrat no matter how moderate that Repbulican might be?
Ted Cruz is hitting the nail on the head here. We have to energize the base - or to be more precise, we have to energize the minority of Americans who are actually being productive and paying into the system.
torches and pitch forks at the ready!
“Let me rephrase. We need to win moderates, actually as many Americans as possible, over to Conservative values.”
Exactly! We need to win the moderates to our values, not dilute Conservatism until it’s just “Liberalism-lite”, which never works. I think the same thing applies to immigrants and the Hispanic vote. We’ll never out-amnesty and out-free-sh*t the Democrats, but some immigrants who are interested in having the country they immigrated to remain free and prosperous will be open to our message. The rest we would never get, no matter what.
The Obama-care trainwreck is a great opportunity to reach these people. The left can get away with lying about the exploding national debt and Obama’s disastrous foreign policy, but how do you lie about cancelled health-insurance policies and massive premium increases? Here are the results of big-government Liberalism, right in people’s faces. And not one Republican voted for it.
He’s right and the RINOs know it - they keep claiming they have to “moderate” while they screw us, and Cruz proves them wrong. They hate him with every fiber of their being because the light of Truth exposes them the same as it exposes the cockroaches on the declared left.
As you said, "some immigrants who are interested in having the country they immigrated to remain free and prosperous will be open to our message", we have common ground. What we do with it may be up to us.
They always have and always will but those that believe them are a shrinking group.
Yeah, I saw it but what should I do... ATT has their entire network in this area down due to server failure? Also... Apple is owned by stockholders as well...Rush being a big one.
“Let me rephrase. We need to win moderates, actually as many Americans as possible, over to Conservative values. If we don’t and the moderates go for Hillary (for example), we will still lose whether we run Cruz, Palin, or some RINO.”
Perhaps my perspective is skewed by being from Colorado. We don’t have “moderates” per se. We have Unaffiliated Voters. I know personally a bunch of UAF’s who are NOT moderate. They are disaffected conservatives, libertarians, white working class men, young and uninvolved etc. I’m sure some are actually moderate in the sense they don’t want people to argue.
I write off the “don’t argue” folks right away. Nothing will be accomplished to save America by lack of conflict. Conflict with progressives is an essential part of getting our nation back. They will not surrender power without a fight.
Some UAF’s are, of course, just liberals who don’t want to admit it. Maybe they’ll come around someday. But they too are pretty hopeless.
But the rest of the UAF’s are up for grabs—but not with moderation.
White working class men (the Reagan Democrats) respond to economic populism and social issues—guns, abortion, homosexual marriage, amnesty. Limited government per se does not do it for them. However, us vs the big companies and big government who are keeping you down does. That’s effectively a limited government argument that speaks to them.
Libertarians and conservatives respond to Constitutional and limited government/limited spending issues and gun issues. Amnesty, abortion, and homosexual marriage issues turn them off.
Conservatives respond to limited government/constitutional issues and, in addition, the entire social issue group.
Young and uninvolved, surprisingly, respond to gun issues (a little known fact is that positive attitudes toward guns in the 18-35 bracket is stronger than in any other age group). Abortion, and homosexual marriage issues turn them off but they are reachable on amnesty. The Obamacare fiasco is possibly a teaching moment for them on limited government issues, about which they have not thought much.
So all of of these UAF groups unite on gun issues. Three of the four unite on amnesty and limited government/spending if it is posed correctly. The difficulty is keeping them together on homosexual marriage and abortion.
None of these groups responds to vacuous moderates like McCain, Romney, McConnell and Boehner. So the GOP-E has a losing strategy, unless the goal is to keep enough power to continue shoving subsidies toward their buddies. In fact, that is the core problem. That central truth about the GOP-E is what increasingly is driving conservatives, libertarians, and white working class males out of the GOP.
The tough part, of course, is stitching together a coalition that includes these four groups on other issues along with the GOP. The other tough part is keeping GOP money in races where the GOP money is there because it is donated by businesses that WANT a big powerful government that spends money with their companies and cheap labor from Mexicans. The later problem has been partly solved with independent groups like Freedom Works and AFP—but most money in GOP primaries is still greedy, business money.