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Ted Cruz's Ego Trip Carries a High Cost (obvious dem talking point has been issued)
The Washington Post ^ | February 14th | Dana Milbank

Posted on 02/16/2014 3:06:09 PM PST by Reddy

Very few Americans know how close the country came to catastrophe this week.

The final tally shows that the Senate voted by a wide margin Wednesday, 67 to 31, to break Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster of an increase in the debt limit, thus avoiding a default on the United States’ full faith and credit.

But 15 minutes after the voting should have ended, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell had apparently secured only two of the five Republican votes he needed to join all 55 members of the Democratic caucus to pass the measure. He raised three fingers in the air and worked his way among his members but was met with folded arms and shakes of the head. Looking queasy, he patted his thigh nervously and drummed his fingers. In the hubbub, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) knocked a full glass of water and coaster from McConnell’s desk to the floor.

Democrats, watching the spectacle, took the extraordinary step of ordering the Senate clerk not to read aloud the ongoing vote tally to avoid setting off a market panic; because the House had already left on a two-week recess, a failure of this vote would have left little chance of avoiding default on Feb. 27, when the Treasury was to run out of funds.

Watching the chaos from the side of the chamber was the man who caused it: Cruz, his hands in his pants pockets and a satisfied grin on his face. The Texas Republican strolled to the clerk’s table to check on the vote count and was met with a look of disgust from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). And the feeling was widespread: Moments after Cruz walked into the Republican cloakroom, four senators emerged and changed their votes to “aye.”...

Cruz’s ego trip had come at a high cost.

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


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; debtceiling; tedcruz
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FRiends, I've been seeing this all over the internet... the administration and their fellow rats have issued their talking points. Cruz (and Paul) are rogue EGOtists that are only doing what they are doing for their own fame and glory. They are giving no thought to what is best for the country, only trying to make names for themselves and obtain power. That meme is also being promoted at the DUmp. Head up, Patriots!
1 posted on 02/16/2014 3:06:09 PM PST by Reddy
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To: Reddy

I’ve seen the word “ego” used relentlessly against Cruz.

Repeat a lie often enough...


2 posted on 02/16/2014 3:07:47 PM PST by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: Reddy
It's called "leadership," a word that is not in the ruling-class elite GOPe's vocabulary.
3 posted on 02/16/2014 3:08:38 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Reddy; Old Retired Army Guy

You keep such good company Old Retired Army Guy!


4 posted on 02/16/2014 3:09:08 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Reddy

Yeah, Dana Milbank is so worried about the GOP and the damage Ted Cruz is doing. It wouldn’t surprise me if the GOPe is behind these attacks.


5 posted on 02/16/2014 3:09:54 PM PST by kabar
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To: Reddy

More RAT projection.

The simple fact of the matter is that Barak Hussein Obama’s EGO TRIP carries a terrible cost. Lives of our military, millions of Americans out of work, the economy is a shambles and our National Security is at risk like never before.

The question is simple. Can WE allow Obama and his Marixist Regime to continue, unabated or have we had enough of this junior grade Tyrant?


6 posted on 02/16/2014 3:12:08 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Reddy

Go, Ted, GO!! Got the hun on the run.


7 posted on 02/16/2014 3:12:31 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Exactly! What Cruz is exhibiting is courageous leadership, it’s so frustrating that the low info voters are only getting misinformation from MSM/DEM talking points.


8 posted on 02/16/2014 3:12:53 PM PST by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: kabar

Yeah, Rove is probably feeding this to Milbank on behalf of the GOPe :(


9 posted on 02/16/2014 3:13:39 PM PST by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: kabar
The attacks don't matter. Cruz is in the Senate for 6 years, and he's likely to be re-elected. He will be disrupting liberal republicans for quite a while.

/johnny

10 posted on 02/16/2014 3:14:19 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Reddy

The “catastrophe” has already happened, Milbank. It is named Obama. Why don’t you write about that?

One man with courage, Cruz, is trying to do something about the catastrophe and you worry about ego. Fool.


11 posted on 02/16/2014 3:14:25 PM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Reddy; tbw2; Ricebug; parthian shot; mrsmel; infool7; SunshinesStormySummerSon; Ditter; ...

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12 posted on 02/16/2014 3:14:33 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Reddy

Yep. This is now the talking points from all DC Elites.

Thank you Ted Cruz for once again exposing the RINO’s.
It was amazing to see and read what one brave conservative could do.

1) Cause the senate to change the voting rules, so that the voting was not transparent, done like a thief in the night.

2) Had the RINO’s in shear panic for 45 minutes trying to decide who the
sucker would be that cast that 60th vote.

3) Caused the RINO’s to lie about what they really voted for.

Amazing what one brave conservative did.


13 posted on 02/16/2014 3:16:17 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Reddy
His actions suggest Cruz has put himself before his party and even the nation’s solvency.

No Milbank, he's put himself before party members who've become little more than democrats.

14 posted on 02/16/2014 3:17:00 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Howie66

That’s exactly what’s happening.... but the sycophants including Milbank will never admit that BO is a dangerous tyrannical narcissist.


15 posted on 02/16/2014 3:17:03 PM PST by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: Reddy

The only cost was further exposing who Cruz wants the voters to get rid of, and replace with solid conservatives. We’re happy to oblige.


16 posted on 02/16/2014 3:19:09 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Reddy

this vote would have left little chance of avoiding default on Feb. 27, when the Treasury was to run out of funds.

Dumb ass. The Treasury is already out of funds. We are over 17 TRILLION dollars in debt and and have been living on borrowed money for a very long time. Money we can never payback. Money that everyone in the world knows we can never pay back. Soon America will be done. We will be owned and run by others.


17 posted on 02/16/2014 3:19:35 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Reddy

Anyone who takes a stand against deficit spending and/or debt is a target for smears and dehumanization by the nedia.
They’ve been pushing the ‘Cruz just a selfish egomaniac’ meme since October.

The media’s fiscal books cry out for that government supplied consumer spending.


18 posted on 02/16/2014 3:21:31 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Reddy

...”and lower information voters will lap it up.


19 posted on 02/16/2014 3:21:48 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: tennmountainman

Yes, what he did is the definition of bravery! THANK YOU Senator Cruz for standing for the Constitution and liberty!


20 posted on 02/16/2014 3:21:59 PM PST by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: Reddy

It’s a good thing obama doesn’t have a big ego! Then we’d have real problems.


21 posted on 02/16/2014 3:22:25 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Reddy

The Greatest Danger is from the Liberals and RINOs who are determined to take the whole country down the road to the Detroit destination.


22 posted on 02/16/2014 3:23:41 PM PST by I am Richard Brandon (center)
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To: Reddy
… a failure of this vote would have left little chance of avoiding default …

When are the Republicans going to call the Democrats out on this lie? Even without an increase in the debt ceiling there is enough income for the Federal Government to service its debt. What would have to happen is that other spending would have to be reduced to match income.

Since paying our debts is Constitutionally mandated the President would be required to pay these first, then, absent any adjustments to the budget by Congress, would have to prioritize the remaining spending. This is no different than what every family must do from time to time: pay the mortgage first and then turn to the kids and say, "sorry, I know that I promised but you cannot go to summer camp this year".

23 posted on 02/16/2014 3:24:13 PM PST by Petrosius
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24 posted on 02/16/2014 3:25:20 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Reddy

Live within our means. Don’t bankrupt our grandchildren. Adhere to the Constitution. Cut taxes and regulations to spur the economy and let people keep more of their own money. Yep, Cruz is definitely on an ego trip. /s


25 posted on 02/16/2014 3:25:35 PM PST by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey
That's rich, considering Ll the narcissists in the ‘rat party, starting with Hussein, then on to Reid, Pelosi, et al.
26 posted on 02/16/2014 3:26:22 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Reddy

The Dems are clearly trying to stir up trouble setting Republicans against each other, hoping that will result in so much infighting, that the Dems will manage to keep the Senate.


27 posted on 02/16/2014 3:26:48 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Reddy

From the article: “His actions suggest Cruz has put himself before his party and even the nation’s solvency. “


The nation’s solvency is not solved by debt any more than your household’s solvency is solved by a new loan from your Capitol One card or Guido in the alley.

And Cruz should put “his” PARTY first??? Cruz should, as he does, put his freaking CONSTITUTION first. The PARTY is nothing but a bunch of gelded power and money breastfeeders. The USA and his constituents are the only important things a congressperson needs to worry about. His party, sheesh.


28 posted on 02/16/2014 3:26:54 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Petrosius
pay the mortgage first and then turn to the kids

Easy enough to do in a family setting where you know the kids aren't going to riot and burn out the heart of major Democrat cities. Cut off EBT cards, and all bets are off. ;)

/johnny

29 posted on 02/16/2014 3:28:11 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Reddy

No doubt about that.


30 posted on 02/16/2014 3:33:15 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Petrosius
Since paying our debts is Constitutionally mandated the President would be required to pay these first...

Where does the Constitution say that?

31 posted on 02/16/2014 3:36:37 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Reddy
consider the sourcing of this screed..
WaPo propagandist = DNC propagandist

32 posted on 02/16/2014 3:38:07 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: Yaelle

I remember when bozo was elected a family member actually said to me, “I am glad he is president because he cares about me!”

I just laughed and said that I don’t care if the president of the United States cares personally for me, I just want him to uphold the US Constitution!!


33 posted on 02/16/2014 3:55:02 PM PST by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: Reddy

Yea, but Ted Cruz is becoming a Hero to average American across this Country!


34 posted on 02/16/2014 3:57:22 PM PST by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: Reddy

So when Obama voted against increase increasing the debt limit in 2006 that wasn’t ego???


35 posted on 02/16/2014 3:58:42 PM PST by RginTN
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To: skinkinthegrass

WaPo = DNC propagandist

Exactly- just pointing out the talking points/marching orders that have been issued. I’m seeing the “ego” meme all over the internet. Of course WaPo will parrot it. The best way to deal with it is to acknowledge it and get out ahead of it. And to Alinsky them back.


36 posted on 02/16/2014 3:59:54 PM PST by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: Reddy
"I just want him to uphold the US Constitution!!"

The Constitution went out the window with a whole series of wars without a Congressional formal declaration of war with various workarounds. Also sodomy which was once a crime, is now a right under the Constitution. FUBAR.

37 posted on 02/16/2014 4:00:26 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Reddy
Maximum fire power directed at Cruz, hehehe... it just makes him stronger.

When they come out with the cryptonite, they should know he is immune.

Because Superman is already taken, I've taken to calling Cruz The Mechanic, he is all about fixing things.

38 posted on 02/16/2014 4:09:26 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Reddy

The Dims are utterly terrified of Cruz!


39 posted on 02/16/2014 4:22:47 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Reddy

Why not say things like this? Who in a leadership position on the right would refute it? The WP spouts it, and it goes unchallenged in any highly visible meaningful way.


40 posted on 02/16/2014 4:25:52 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: Reddy
Yeah, Rove is probably feeding this to Milbank on behalf of the GOPe :(

Exact same thought I had. Reince probably got a tingle up his leg reading it.

41 posted on 02/16/2014 4:28:06 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Puppage
...”and lower information voters will lap it up.

Be they Democrat or Republican.

42 posted on 02/16/2014 4:31:47 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Reddy

Dana Mil bank is a partisan political hack and a 1st class assclown.

He is to be ignored.


43 posted on 02/16/2014 4:31:55 PM PST by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: Reddy
"how close the country came to catastrophe"

We're constantly told by our betters in DC that any interruption in their ability to spend w/o limit would constitute a catasrophe & yet as demostrated by the shutdown in October the sky didn't fall, the poles didn't reverse & the sun continued to rise.

44 posted on 02/16/2014 4:42:55 PM PST by Pietro
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To: Reddy

How many lies before those who issue them are labeled LIARS? McConnell, Boehner, McCain...”we’ll fight on the debt limit.”

What is wrong about that now when it was ok then? Nothing. They are just liars.

And what exactly is wrong with extracting a dollar’s worth of spending cuts for each dollar in new borrowing.

At some point you must stop borrowing. It is affecting us now. We are paying 300-400 billion a year in interest payments alone. That money does nothing but pay interest. Not a dime of principal. 300 Billion is half the non-afghan Pentagon budget.


45 posted on 02/16/2014 4:43:03 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Reddy

Ah, yes. Raising are credit limit is all about maintaining the faith and credit of the nation. Sure. The S&P credit downgrade and other damage to our nation’s credit rating which happened for the first time under this administration happened because we were reluctant to keep borrowing ever more money that we will never repay. Sure, curbing spending increases to match inflation would be reckless. /s


46 posted on 02/16/2014 4:52:46 PM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: painter

Ted Cruz is a hero to this average American.

President Cruz...President Cruz...President Cruz...!

So much to wish for...Let’s make it happen! He’s as needed now as Ronald Reagan was thirty four years ago.


47 posted on 02/16/2014 4:55:27 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Reddy

The “ego” talking point is not coming from Obama’s thugs...it’s coming from the GOP-E in general, and Senate Republicans in particular. Everyone needs to understand that we’re now fighting two equally ruthless enemies-—the Rats and the GOP-E.


48 posted on 02/16/2014 4:58:35 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Reddy

Dana Miltbank. Not many Americans take him very seriously. He’s a clueless goof that only spews DemocRAT propaganda. A real non-thinker.


49 posted on 02/16/2014 5:10:35 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: DoodleDawg
Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4:
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

50 posted on 02/16/2014 5:13:39 PM PST by Petrosius
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