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Ted Cruz Just Made Life Miserable for Republican Leaders Once Again
theatlantic.com ^ | 2/12/14 | David Graham

Posted on 02/12/2014 7:27:11 PM PST by cotton1706

Way back in early February, we heard that Ted Cruz had decided to start playing nice with his fellow Republicans.

What a difference 10 days make.

After Speaker John Boehner moved Tuesday to pass a "clean" debt-ceiling increase, relying on Democratic votes in the House, it looked like the increase could have an easy path through the Democratic-controlled Senate. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the nation would hit the debt limit at the end of the month, and with Congress on recess until February 25, Wednesday's vote was almost do or die.

But the freshman senator from Texas had other ideas, as he often does. Instead of consenting to pass the increase with a bare majority, Cruz announced he'd filibuster, requiring a 60-vote threshold to invoke cloture on the measure. Perhaps sardonically, he told Politico he didn't think that would annoy his GOP colleagues.

You can see where this is going. When the cloture vote came up Wednesday afternoon in the Senate, Democrats voted for it en masse, but the measure still needed a few votes to pass. After a tense hour, and with the nation's full faith and credit on the line, it fell to Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn to, well, pick your cliché: swallow the bitter pill, take one for the team, walk the plank. Once it was clear there were enough Republican votes to invoke cloture, several of their GOP colleagues joined them and voted for cloture. The final vote was 67-31, not even close. A short time later, the Senate passed the increase 55-43, in a vote that required only a simple majority.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chainourchildren; coc; cruz; cruzforpresident; debtceiling; elections; enslavement; presidentcruz; slavery; snakes; tedcruz; treason
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I tell ya, these stories are SO enjoyable to read!
1 posted on 02/12/2014 7:27:12 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Time to primary Cornyn.


2 posted on 02/12/2014 7:30:05 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: cotton1706

good


3 posted on 02/12/2014 7:30:31 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cotton1706

That headline makes me giggle like a schoolgirl.


4 posted on 02/12/2014 7:31:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cotton1706

             

5 posted on 02/12/2014 7:31:49 PM PST by tomkat
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To: FlyingEagle

“Time to primary Cornyn.”

The primary’s on March 4th with early voting starting next Tuesday 2/18. All Texas has to do is keep him under 50%. then there’s a runoff on May 27th, with the Kentucky primary on May 20th. We can remove both leaders in one fell swoop!


6 posted on 02/12/2014 7:31:57 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

let’s continue the misery, shall we?


7 posted on 02/12/2014 7:32:20 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: cotton1706
Nope, Cruz didn't make them miserable. They made themselves miserable because they have no conservative principles.

He just turned a light in their direction.

/johnny

8 posted on 02/12/2014 7:32:27 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

Good!


9 posted on 02/12/2014 7:32:42 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cotton1706

Very enjoyable.
I can just picture these RINO’s staring at each other wondering who
was going to be the sucker to provide that 60th vote for 45 minutes.
It sounds like pure panic broke out because of I brave man, Mr. Cruz.


10 posted on 02/12/2014 7:32:57 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: FlyingEagle

Smoke em out.


11 posted on 02/12/2014 7:33:09 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: cripplecreek

“That headline makes me giggle like a schoolgirl.”

I know! Hee hee. And all he did was deny unanimous consent and make them vote. Not complicated. He did nothing at all to them but make their real will known to all, in public.


12 posted on 02/12/2014 7:33:43 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Dan(9698)

Cornyn came out saying how he voted against the bill. Voting for cloture was voting for the bill. I just blasted him by email. Wife and I will be voting against him next month.


13 posted on 02/12/2014 7:34:23 PM PST by rstrahan
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To: cotton1706

14 posted on 02/12/2014 7:35:20 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: cotton1706

Ted Cruz is the only guy in Washington that has a spine of steel. The rest have taken a liking to the Kool Aid.


15 posted on 02/12/2014 7:35:39 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: FlyingEagle

This should be good for the Steve Stockman campaign.


16 posted on 02/12/2014 7:36:20 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cotton1706

In this story, the people who REALLY piss me off are: the followers. Why would a bunch of other Republicans want to “rush in” and vote with the leaders? After the fact??

suck ups... that’s why.

McConnell and Cornyn deserve to pay the price for not representing their constituents. But, at least... they had the BALLS to step up and vote.


17 posted on 02/12/2014 7:38:39 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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To: smokingfrog; txhurl

Stockman needs to capitalize on Corny’s latest act of betrayal. I hope he runs ads off of this. Haven’t seen any, though, in the last few days.


18 posted on 02/12/2014 7:38:49 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: cotton1706

And... GOD BLESS Ted Cruz.

Sunlight is GOOD. Make the bastards vote. How else can we know who they REALLY are?


19 posted on 02/12/2014 7:39:51 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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To: Jane Long

One of Cornyn’s opponents in the March 4 primary, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Clear Lake, used the cloture vote to reiterate a campaign attack — that Cornyn repeatedly has stabbed Cruz in the back on conservative agenda items.

“John Cornyn is treating Ted Cruz’s back like his own personal cutlery holder,” Stockman tweeted after the vote.

Cornyn focused on the fact that he voted against raising the debt ceiling, rather than on crucial procedural vote that cleared the way for the Senate majority to win the day.

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/02/ted-cruz-debt-ceiling-filibuster-puts-john-cornyn-on-hot-seat.html/


20 posted on 02/12/2014 7:43:03 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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It would be good to know which RINOs have serious primary competition? Please post if you know.


21 posted on 02/12/2014 7:43:30 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: cotton1706
The writer fails to acknowledge what really happened here.

In the end, ten Republican Senators followed McConnell and Cornyn over the brink. However, thirty Republican Senators stood with Ted Cruz.

And, indeed, almost all of the ten would've preferred to stay on Cruz' side of the line, but had to be cajoled into following their "leaders".

It has become apparent that the GOP House leadership is living on borrowed time. Now, evidently, the same is true for the GOP Senate leadership.

22 posted on 02/12/2014 7:45:07 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Like rats hiding in the darkness Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn tried everything not to get involved but in the end they had to have their votes counted to pass the increase. No hiding no voting no to save their butt just a yes vote showing their true colors.

The leadership in the house and senate are a complete embarrassment and are the main reason why the republican party is being referred to by some as the cave party.


23 posted on 02/12/2014 7:47:45 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: rovenstinez

Sen. Cruz has healed my cynicism about pols in Washington of either party. For this I am both grateful & hopeful for the future of our Republic.

President Cruz in 2017 will lead this nation forth.


24 posted on 02/12/2014 7:48:25 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: okie01

The Republican Leadership in both houses have lost their way. One has to wonder if they are being personally blackmailed.


25 posted on 02/12/2014 7:49:57 PM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Gene Eric

“It would be good to know which RINOs have serious primary competition? Please post if you know.”

Graham, McConnell, Cornyn, Cochran, Alexander and Roberts all have primary challengers who could potentially win. The first blow can be struck on March 4th in Texas (early voting begins next Tuesday). If Cornyn is kept under 50%, there will be a runoff on May 27th. And McConnell’s primary is May 20th.

So we could potentially take out both McConnell and Cornyn in May, Graham and Cochran in June, and Roberts and Alexander in August.


26 posted on 02/12/2014 7:59:44 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Thanks!


27 posted on 02/12/2014 8:02:54 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: rstrahan

“Cornyn came out saying how he voted against the bill. Voting for cloture was voting for the bill. I just blasted him by email. Wife and I will be voting against him next month.”

Two more votes against Cornyn here! Have not decided who I am voting for yet but it won’t be Cornyn. I also suggest all my fellow Texas freepers to send a letter to the editor regarding Cornyn, telling other like minded voters how he has supported, Crist, Spector, Chaffe, and Murkowski. A lot of Republican primary voters have little clue how Cornyn is such a RINO


28 posted on 02/12/2014 8:08:13 PM PST by longhorn too
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To: SomeCallMeTim

After an hour? While all the RINO’s were staring at each other
wondering who was going to be the sucker?

Take your McConnell boot licking somewhere else.

1. Cruz informed McConnell several days ago he was going to filibuster.
I.E McConnell had plenty of time to line up the votes he needed.

2. If McConnell was so brave, why did it take him 45 minutes after
the vote opened to cast the 60th vote?
Because he was too busy trying to sucker someone else to do his
dirty work.


29 posted on 02/12/2014 8:09:20 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: rstrahan

He’s keynote speaker at the Lincoln Day Dinner in Brazoria County. I’m sure his speech will be loaded with lots of double talk and that he won’t discuss about any actions he’s didn’t take against IRS, as an example, even though he’s on the oversight committee or why he continually stabs Cruz in the back. Republican Precinct Chair stated that although he’d gone a “little” awry lately, Cornyn’s still a solid conservative. Must be something in the water down there. I did go last year but this year I won’t be able to attend since it’s my night to change the cat’s litter.


30 posted on 02/12/2014 8:11:58 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: FlyingEagle

Vote for STEVE STOCKMAN or DWAYNE STOVALL.

The key to sending Cornyn home is to see that he doesn’t get 50% of the Primary Votes.

We can do this!


31 posted on 02/12/2014 8:16:39 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: cotton1706

In FACT, Cornyn pulled the pin of the grenade and then put it grenade in his pocket, like a total dumbass.

He and McConnell have done this to themselves.

Ted Cruz was just there to accept the pin.


32 posted on 02/12/2014 8:18:35 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: okie01

Wish I knew how many of those 30 really supported Cruz and how many were scared to oppose him. Linda and Lamar were certainly in the latter group. It would be nice to know how far we have to go to obtain a reliable conservative majority.


33 posted on 02/12/2014 8:22:11 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: cotton1706

The press does not appreciate how much the tea party vs establishment is a generational conflict. The establishment will lose eventually, no matter how much the press cheers them on to crush the tea party.


34 posted on 02/12/2014 8:24:21 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Jane Long

Stockman doesn’t seem like a serious candidate to me, unfortunately. I may vote for him anyway.


35 posted on 02/12/2014 8:25:14 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: cotton1706

Removing incumbent RINOs attracts more attention and scares other RINOs into sometimes voting with us. But we also need to fight RINOs running for open or incumbent Rat seats. Wins there count the same in the end.


36 posted on 02/12/2014 8:25:38 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: tomkat

Scrolling down slowly, I was a bit concerned when the top of the picture came in view.

I thought it was a Bill Clinton channeling Anthony Weiner Tweet.


37 posted on 02/12/2014 8:26:56 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: Howie66

Stockman is the man.


38 posted on 02/12/2014 8:33:31 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: tennmountainman
Take your McConnell boot licking somewhere else.

LOL!! Me? Boot licking McConnell? Hardly.

I'm doing all I can to BEAT HIS ASS in the primary.

I just give credit where it's due. He stood up (since no one else would) and Stuck his middle finger in our eye.

He's the ONLY RINO with balls...

He won't have them after May 20!!!!

39 posted on 02/12/2014 8:44:33 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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To: Kickass Conservative
LOL

Sorry for the trepidation !

40 posted on 02/12/2014 8:44:44 PM PST by tomkat
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To: SomeCallMeTim

How long did it take for McConnell to step up?
Plus you left out the part where he was twisting the arms of other RINO’s.


41 posted on 02/12/2014 8:49:11 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: dandiegirl
Stockman doesn’t seem like a serious candidate to me, unfortunately. I may vote for him anyway.

Vote Stovall in the primary. All we have to do is keep Cornyn below 50%. Personally, I think Stockman is a losing bet for Senator. Too much dirt on him will come out on him during the race. 

Doesn't really matter though. Anybody But Cornyn = ABC

42 posted on 02/12/2014 8:51:12 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: cotton1706
well.. boohoo!

43 posted on 02/12/2014 8:53:28 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: cotton1706
when Ted Cruz, turned on the light of truth, the GOP/e roaches scatter....

44 posted on 02/12/2014 8:59:44 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: cotton1706

Anyone voting to extend the debt limit without voting to slash the budget is a Treasonous Snake and not worthy of their office.


45 posted on 02/12/2014 9:01:53 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: cotton1706

You’re exactly right. It’s imperative we keep Cornyn under 50% so we can take him out in the runoff. Cornyn is a snake who stabs conservatives in the back whenever he thinks he can get away with it.


46 posted on 02/12/2014 9:07:43 PM PST by SUSSA
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To: SomeCallMeTim; tennmountainman
scmt, is not a bootlicker,
he's been in the trenches w/conservatives,
he does travel alot.. knows the KY territory.

47 posted on 02/12/2014 9:08:28 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: JohnBovenmyer
It would be nice to know how far we have to go to obtain a reliable conservative majority.

One thing, though, is certain. We're getting closer...

48 posted on 02/12/2014 9:25:11 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Maudeen
The Republican Leadership in both houses have lost their way. One has to wonder if they are being personally blackmailed.

If they are being blackmailed, then they have done something worthy of being blackmailed.

Yet more reason for them to go...

49 posted on 02/12/2014 9:26:58 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Gene Eric

Lamar Alexander will have his hands full with Joe Carr in Tennessee. Carr is a far superior legislator to Lamar, has written far more legislation and is leaps and bound more competitive.

He would be another Cruz or Lee. The founded a 10th Amendment caucus in Tennessee to weigh the merits of any legislation passed in the state to highlight any federal entanglements and attempt to eliminate them. He’s the real deal.


50 posted on 02/12/2014 9:58:29 PM PST by CaspersGh0sts
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