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Report: Ted Cruz could ride Tea Party support to White House [birther trolls stay out! JimRob]
Washington Examiner ^ | NOVEMBER 1, 2013 AT 11:21 AM | PAUL BEDARD

Posted on 11/01/2013 12:22:43 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

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The friendly fire directed at Sen. Ted Cruz from establishment Republicans is giving the Texan first-in-line status among Tea Party supporters and building a base for him to run for president, according to a new analysis from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

“To the establishment, Cruz is the embodiment of all the forces conspiring to threaten the GOP's long-term viability. And, on a personal level, they also just can't stand Cruz: He drives them crazy,” wrote Kyle Kondik in Center Director Larry Sabato's popular Crystal Ball.

But, added Kondik, the “venom” directed at Cruz, whose effort to defund Obamacare led to a 16-day government shutdown, makes him an oversized hero to Tea Party supporters.

“Not pleasing the establishment is music to the ears of Tea Party activists, and if anything the shutdown has endeared Cruz even more to them. Assuming Cruz mounts a presidential bid in 2016 — he’s headed to South Carolina next week after his Iowa appearance last Friday (hint, hint) — the Tea Party could be a potent base,” he said.

Kondik took note of the Twitter sneers GOP old bulls fired off as Cruz spoke to Iowa Republicans a week ago. “[Mike] Murphy (@murphymike), an alum from John McCain’s rogue 2000 presidential campaign and a "Meet the Press" regular, was one of the establishment Republicans tweeting snark about Cruz during his speech,” he noted.

Murphy tweeted: “Sounds like we got trouble in River City… Good citizens, make your check payable to Cruz Against Soviet Healthcare. Or just ‘CASH’”

And that’s nothing new, said Kondik: “Ever since he’s been elected, we here at the Crystal Ball have heard groaning from Democrats and Republicans alike about how much they dislike Cruz.”

But could Cruz win the nomination in what’s expected to be a crowded field? A big hurdle might be GOP endorsements, typically from the establishment and to establishment candidates like Mitt Romney.

“At this point, it’s hard to imagine Cruz winning much support from party elites, so he’d have to depend on the Tea Party grassroots,” said Kondik, who noted that both parties have detoured with non-establishment candidates in the past and lost — the Republicans in 1964 with Barry Goldwater and Democrats in 1972 with George McGovern.

His bottom line: “Ted Cruz is riding high in some Republican/Tea Party circles precisely because he aggravates many high-ranking members of his own party. But his icy relationship with those party leaders might cause him problems if and when he decides to run for president.”Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016; 2016election; certifigate; cruz; election2014; election2016; naturalborncitizen; president; tedcruz; texas; tx
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1 posted on 11/01/2013 12:22:43 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Amanda King; left that other site; NFHale; rwilson99; defconw; pgkdan; gruffwolf; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

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

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


2 posted on 11/01/2013 12:23:29 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Works for me.


3 posted on 11/01/2013 12:24:49 PM PDT by rktman (Let sleeping wives lie.)
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To: SoConPubbie

A Tea Party Tsunami! ATPT!


4 posted on 11/01/2013 12:26:10 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: SoConPubbie

IBTTCBT


5 posted on 11/01/2013 12:30:20 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: All

It would be so surreal to have a real conservative as President again....1988.....Reagan’s last year...

...

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a 28 year drought.


6 posted on 11/01/2013 12:32:34 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: SoConPubbie

“...Kondik, who noted that both parties have detoured with non-establishment candidates in the past and lost — the Republicans in 1964 with Barry Goldwater and Democrats in 1972 with George McGovern.”

And Obama was not an extreme candidate who greatly appealed to the extreme leftist base? How is Obama different than Cruz in this specific regard?


7 posted on 11/01/2013 12:32:42 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: SoConPubbie
who noted that both parties have detoured with non-establishment candidates in the past and lost...

What, no mention of Reagan and when this path won? Ah, yes, he was only the most successful presidency of the past 80 years, bar none, with two landslide victories.

8 posted on 11/01/2013 12:34:26 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: SoConPubbie

I would vote for Ted Cruz in a New York Minute.


9 posted on 11/01/2013 12:35:13 PM PDT by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416,Feisty Old Vet !!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Any leftist that questions his “natural born” qualifications needs to be answered with a simple

punch in the mouth.


10 posted on 11/01/2013 12:36:16 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SoConPubbie

bump


11 posted on 11/01/2013 12:36:40 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SoConPubbie

Run, Ted, Run!!


12 posted on 11/01/2013 12:36:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: lonevoice

If all of our conservative groups, and individuals with media access like Rush, Levin, Beck and Hannity, mount a united effort to get Cruz into the White House, his could be a formidable campaign.


13 posted on 11/01/2013 12:38:02 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: SoConPubbie

I think its a given that Ted Cruz is the best conservative candidate ... now who should run with him on the ticket? Mike Lee?


14 posted on 11/01/2013 12:39:00 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: BlueStateRightist

The color of his skin?


15 posted on 11/01/2013 12:39:42 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;Sarcasm is my bidness)
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To: SoConPubbie

Float Ted Cruz’s Tea Party boat to send the Kenyan back to Kenya in 2016.


16 posted on 11/01/2013 12:39:54 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: clamper1797

that would be the jaw-dropping conservative ticket!!!!


17 posted on 11/01/2013 12:40:24 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: BlueStateRightist

“both parties have detoured with non-establishment candidates in the past and lost — the Republicans in 1964 with Barry Goldwater and Democrats in 1972 with George McGovern.”

Vapid.

Bush, Dole, McCain, W (compare his victories with all the Bush backing to Reagan, who even won NY)

The establishment candidates are not working for the GOP, unless the writer’s point is that the GOP should stick to what they’re used to, which is what they’ve been doing. They might enjoy being in the minority and not having a GoP prez.

Cruz will be running against the, as well. But nothing will surprise him.

As if BO was not obviously a lying leftist.


18 posted on 11/01/2013 12:41:18 PM PDT by stanne
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To: clamper1797

Cain


19 posted on 11/01/2013 12:41:44 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: SoConPubbie

RINO’s see themselves as kinder, gentler, Dons, and we are the peons.

Bush did not use “peon,” rather, he disguised that with “Americans who won’t do certain jobs;” though there were his occasional bashing of Americans who try to protect their property from border incursions - where he called us “vigilantes.”

Bush is not a conservative and is certainly a RINO. He chose RINO Richard Riordan to support in the 2002 race for governor of California, and as to be expected, when Riordan lost the primary to conservative Bill Simon, Bush & Cronies, Inc. (read: “the RNC”) dropped some support that Bill Simon could have used.

Bashing and abandoning conservatives, is the way of the RINO clique that mostly wants certain lower costs, such as labor and taxes, but otherwise glad-handed-ly swoons for compromising nationalizing socialism under the controls of “bi-partisan central planners.”

The property rights of those most high, now that is important for them, but our many Constitutional rights and former opportunities *because we had rights* ... those matters do not register with the most high whose cash flows insulate them, but not thee.

Bash for Cash

I miss conservatives, but not Bush, and I do not long for The Return of The Dons - while various (and millions) of illegal aliens apparently care less.


20 posted on 11/01/2013 12:48:23 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: MrB

Just tell them the truth, Cruz wasn’t born in KENYA!


21 posted on 11/01/2013 12:48:39 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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22 posted on 11/01/2013 12:48:51 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: Pride in the USA

‘If all of our conservative groups, and individuals with media access like Rush, Levin, Beck and Hannity, mount a united effort to get Cruz into the White House, his could be a formidable campaign.”

Their are systemic roadblocks set up by the GOP in the Primaries.

You are correct. We need to unify for once. We always have multiple candidates and the RINO wins every time.

It goes against our free thinking mindset, but if we want to win, we need to unify around one conservative.


23 posted on 11/01/2013 12:49:57 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: SoConPubbie

I haven’t given money is a while to any candidate but if Cruz runs I will, and I will organize fund raisers!


24 posted on 11/01/2013 12:50:02 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m so ready for this presidency! Wonder who’d be the best VP partner? :)


25 posted on 11/01/2013 12:53:21 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: SoConPubbie
Cruz's heart is in the right place, but I'd prefer to see someone with executive experience. I keep thinking of Lyndon Johnson. Very effective in the House at getting compromises, but looked upon the President's role as bargainer-in-chief.
26 posted on 11/01/2013 12:53:37 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY, available from Amazon.)
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To: SoConPubbie
"“To the establishment, Cruz is the embodiment of all the forces conspiring to threaten the GOP's long-term viability. "

I have news for you GOPers---your "long-term viability" depends on the support of people who are sick of the beaten wife syndrome.

"And, on a personal level, they also just can't stand Cruz: He drives them crazy,”"

Yeah, the dark hates the light. They can go jump off a cliff.

27 posted on 11/01/2013 12:57:53 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: stanne
The winner of all Presidents from Reagan to today could speak coherently and had a charisma about them. Reagan, Bush I (first election and looked old next to Clinton), Clinton, Bush II (come on his was way more charismatic then Gore and Kerry) and Obama (Next to Romney, he is very charismatic.
28 posted on 11/01/2013 12:58:15 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: clamper1797

Mike Lee would be good, but my personal choice would be Allen West.


29 posted on 11/01/2013 12:58:36 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: SoConPubbie

People that equate Cruz’s parentage and birth with Obama’s parentage and birth don’t understand the law. Birth location is not the issue. By law Cruz’s mother’s American citizenship transferred to Cruz. By law Obama’s mother’s citizenship did not.

Ted for Prez!


30 posted on 11/01/2013 12:58:41 PM PDT by CelesteChristi
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To: napscoordinator

BO is charismatic?

Not at 3 AM after drinks. Not at 3 AM at McSorley’s Ale House.


31 posted on 11/01/2013 1:01:29 PM PDT by stanne
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To: C210N

It is expected that they leave out Reagan. They always do.

It is a symptom of the illness that pervades the entire press corps and media, barring a few, namely Rush and Levin.


32 posted on 11/01/2013 1:03:29 PM PDT by stanne
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To: clamper1797

“I think its a given that Ted Cruz is the best conservative candidate ... now who should run with him on the ticket? Mike Lee?”

Let Cruz pick his own damn running mate AFTER he gets the nomination!

First off he is smarter than you and me, and choosing a running mate early just gives the RATS more targets to smear and more time to do it.


33 posted on 11/01/2013 1:03:58 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SoConPubbie

Before Cruz wins the general election he has to win the Republican nomination. And that will be the Armageddon between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment. If the Tea Party wins then the GOP will truly become a conservative party. If the establishment wins then the GOP becomes the Whig party of the 21st century.


34 posted on 11/01/2013 1:05:46 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: SoConPubbie

“But his icy relationship with those party leaders might cause him problems if and when he decides to run for president.”

Never stopped Ronnie.

CRUZ CONTROL 2016!!


35 posted on 11/01/2013 1:06:52 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie

I wish true conservative talking heads would start accusing people who dislike Cruz of racism. They only hate him because he’s Hispanic.


36 posted on 11/01/2013 1:07:22 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: LUV W

He would likely have to select a governor. Scott Walker might be the best option now. I can’t see a viable governor candidate who is as good.


37 posted on 11/01/2013 1:08:47 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie

He is the one guy who can stand up there and truly say “I tried to stop the destruction of your health care”.


38 posted on 11/01/2013 1:10:42 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Viennacon

He’ll be running against Hillary...

Governor from S.C. Nikki Haley?


39 posted on 11/01/2013 1:10:44 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: DoodleDawg

“Before Cruz wins the general election he has to win the Republican nomination. And that will be the Armageddon between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment....”
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If the other potential conservative candidates in the 2016 primaries quickly fold (instead of staying in as spoilers) it won’t be Armageddon, it will be the Mother of All Routs of the GOPe.


40 posted on 11/01/2013 1:11:46 PM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: rbmillerjr

one difference though.

Last time, each of Bachman, Cain, Perry, Santorum and a few others I have forgotten, were reasonably conservative, but in terms of intellect, energy, character, etc., they were all basically the same, and basically (let’s fact it...) second rate.

A bunch of B and B- conservatives playing musical chairs is not the same as having Cruz walk out onto one of those stages.

He is so far above anyone (except Lee..) on the scene, it’s really a different story. Now I admit if Paul also ran, that would be a little sticky. But honestly, I think Cruz would politely dispense with Paul, as well. But he would be the biggest challenge in terms of splitting the conservatives and letting christy get in there.

Your point is extremely well taken, but I think we have good reasons to believe that 2016 will be different than the past......


41 posted on 11/01/2013 1:12:23 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: House Atreides

“If the other potential conservative candidates in the 2016 primaries quickly fold...”
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And that includes the PSEUDO conservatives such as Rubio and his ilk!


42 posted on 11/01/2013 1:13:11 PM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: rbmillerjr
Governor from S.C. Nikki Haley?

Nikki Haley's fidelity to Tea-Party principles was shown to be only surface deep when she early on endorsed Mitt Romney in the last Presidential Primary Process.

I wouldn't want her anywhere near the Presidency because you cannot trust her further than you can throw her.
43 posted on 11/01/2013 1:13:26 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: al baby
The color of his skin?

There's something to this. I think a lot of weak-minded and simple-minded people were afraid to vote against Obama for fear of feeling like or looking like a racist. Plus, especially in 08, I'm sure there were a lot of uninvolved LIV's that sincerely thought it was the "right thing to do".

44 posted on 11/01/2013 1:13:41 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: stanne

Compared to Romney? Yes.


45 posted on 11/01/2013 1:14:49 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: DoodleDawg

We’ll argue among ourselves during the primaries, as to which of the half dozen rep candidates is the most conservative. The sole romneylike candidate walks away with the nomination.


46 posted on 11/01/2013 1:14:51 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: ConservativeDude
He is so far above anyone (except Lee..) on the scene, it’s really a different story. Now I admit if Paul also ran, that would be a little sticky. But honestly, I think Cruz would politely dispense with Paul, as well. But he would be the biggest challenge in terms of splitting the conservatives and letting christy get in there.

It wouldn't take much to dispense with Rand Paul. Just mention his Amnesty Plan and his support of Mitch McConnell over a perfectly good Tea-Party Candidate, Bevin, and Paul will just simply melt away.
47 posted on 11/01/2013 1:15:16 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: DoodleDawg
Expect some very dirty tactics from the GOPe to try and shut out Cruz from
any possibility of being the Candidate. They will fight Cruz harder than the RAT candidate.
48 posted on 11/01/2013 1:17:18 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’d prefer Christy to Haley. Yes, that is sexist. So be it.

In any event.

Honestly, I don’t think Cruz will play the electoral / balancing / senator - governor games. I think he will do what is Right and right for the country.

I think he will go with a strong, capable conservative. Perhaps Lee. Perhaps Walker...though Walker has about half the intellect of Lee. Backbone yes. Perhaps someone else.

I think also that Cruz will recognize, as we do, that Reagan’s choice of Bush caused the movement to stall and stop.

I don’t actually fault Reagan, really. He made a judgment call and I can see why he chose Bush back then. But had he put on a treu conservative, he still would have won. We only know that in retrospect. Reagan thought it was necessary.

I think Cruz will learn from that.

I still don’t know if he can win nationwide. It will be pure media demagoguery 24/7, and that sways a lot of voters.

But at least we won’t be compromising on the message!!!!


49 posted on 11/01/2013 1:18:51 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: MaxMax
They will fight Cruz harder than the RAT candidate.

That goes without saying. The crap Cruz will get from the Democrats is nothing compared to what members of his own party are going to do to him.

50 posted on 11/01/2013 1:19:41 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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