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Ted Cruz’s sulking rage: How his ire could impact GOP leaders (Alternate reality, defined)
Salon ^ | February 19, 2014 | Alex Pareene

Posted on 02/19/2014 9:40:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans are stumbling toward the 2014 midterm elections fighting among themselves again. Democrats are happy to see it, because Republican disarray is one of the few things that could prevent another very good election for the GOP. We should all know the reasons for the Republican advantage by now: Midterm voters are older, whiter and more conservative than presidential election voters. Democrats have more Senate seats to defend. Republicans have a huge, baked-in advantage in the House, thanks to redistricting and the clustering of liberal voters in urban districts. So the great Democratic hope is that Republicans will sabotage themselves, by nominating unelectable wingnuts for Senate seats, and demoralizing the base with infighting. So far, Republicans seem to be cooperating.

The element of the GOP that is dedicated to a magical thinking-based strategy of forcing the nation into default until Obamacare is repealed is not happy with Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The party leaders agreed to support a “clean” debt limit increase, so that the party could not be accused of trying to bankrupt the country (again) right before these very important elections. (The plan is to save the next major crisis for 2015, I think.) This, obviously, has been treated as a grand betrayal of conservative principles by the usual players.

Ted Cruz — whose Senate career seems to be leading toward either sabotaging the Republican 2016 campaign or quitting the Senate after one term to become a professional conservative celebrity — actually forced Senate Republicans to openly vote for the increase, and ever since he has been relentlessly trashing McConnell and the GOP leadership for capitulating. As he told conservative radio firebrand Mark Levin, “They wanted to be able to tell what they view as their foolish, gullible constituents back home that they didn’t do it.”

That is basically true! It’s also true that McConnell and Boehner can’t really blame Ted Cruz for this being an issue. As Brian Beutler explained, once the GOP leadership allowed the debt limit vote to be used to extort concessions from Democrats, they legitimized debt limit extortion as a tactic. Do it once, and conservatives will understandably wonder why you’re not doing it every time the debt limit is up for a vote.

Speaker Boehner is similarly under attack, from Georgia Senate candidate Rep. Paul Broun (who voted, in the last speaker’s election, for former House member Allen West), who is precisely the sort of candidate who could lose Republicans a Senate race in a very red state. Well-heeled right-wing pressure groups like Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund have also called for Boehner to resign as speaker.

One side-effect of all these right-wing complaints is to make Speaker Boehner and Sen. McConnell look like reasonable men.

For Republicans, the point of voting for the clean debt limit increase this time is to appear moderate, mainstream and not crazy. The party has a bit of an “image problem,” which is to say that many Americans correctly perceive the party as being essentially controlled by angry apocalyptic extremists. Ted Cruz (and Paul Broun and the Senate Conservatives Fund and all the rest) are helping — perhaps inadvertently — GOP leaders shed that image. Cruz bashing McConnell makes McConnell look moderate. Now, it looks a bit like the Republicans are a mainstream party with a small, vocal fringe element, instead of an extremist party with a pragmatic element.

Not to overstate the positive effect. Right-wing infighting could still contribute to McConnell losing his election or fringe candidates preventing the party from taking the Senate. But right now, GOP leaders can point to the ire of nutjobs like Broun and *ssholes like Cruz and tell the press, see? We’ve marginalized them! And everyone is so eager for the Republican “fever” to “break” that the fact that the party hasn’t actually moderated a single one of its various discredited positions won’t much matter.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boehner; cruz; mcconnell; tedcruz
Here's the thing: If Ted Cruz were truly ruining the GOP's chances for 2014 and 2016, do you think Alex and the rest of the Left would be writing about it and warning everyone? Conversely, would they say that Cruz is helping them? Why would they? They want the Democrats to win in both houses of congress and keep the White House. Does anyone here think that Alex or his comrades care what happens to McConnell or Boehner? So why write an article like this?
1 posted on 02/19/2014 9:40:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who knew Ted had so much power?

Why are they all raging against him if he is an insignificant punk?

Ohh... that’s right, Ted IS a threat to the status quo.


2 posted on 02/19/2014 9:45:52 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They are projecting. Ive never seen Cruz exhibit sulking rage. He seems like a DA, coldly asking questions that he already knows the answer to, and that the defendant doesn’t want to answer.

He’s extremely intelligent on his feet.


3 posted on 02/19/2014 9:46:34 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These guys are sleazy and lack loyalty. Their attachment to libs is personal and selfish

That said, they know public opinion

They sense that a lot of people are in a rage sulk.

Perhaps


4 posted on 02/19/2014 9:46:58 PM PST by stanne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sulking rage? What you are seeing is leadership. An elected public official ran on a platform that the United states will be harmed if it continues to deficit spend and that harmful laws like Obamacare should be repealed or defunded. Senator Cruz may be fighting a difficult battle but the country is better for his efforts.


5 posted on 02/19/2014 9:49:43 PM PST by allendale
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To: DesertRhino

I agree.
Ted is the antithesis of sulking rage.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 9:51:14 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rage? Aren't they confusing him with angry old man Thorozine McCain?


7 posted on 02/19/2014 9:51:26 PM PST by GraceG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Establishment is attacking Ted Cruz ... FROM BOTH SIDES!!!!

That is how you know he is telling the Truth!!!


8 posted on 02/19/2014 9:52:34 PM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Big time!


9 posted on 02/19/2014 9:53:13 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whether it’s true are not, doesn’t everybody realize the left can destroy Cruz or anyone they want now? They destroyed Palin, they have the power to ruin anyone.


10 posted on 02/19/2014 9:57:36 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: GraceG

Well then maybe he’ll be tapping into the rage that many are feeling about what is being done to our lives by Barack Hussein Obama!

I don’t know if Ted is feeling rage but I know I am.


11 posted on 02/19/2014 9:58:11 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sulking rage seems a more proper descriptive of McLame and his ilk. Seething with rage is a proper descriptive of what the GOP party heads are driving the party members to.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 9:59:02 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Tea Party movement has these people soiling their trousers, doesn’t it?


13 posted on 02/19/2014 10:05:12 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Character assassination and discrediting, THAT is the name of this game.

In my experience, the more you are right and tell the truth, the more you get hammered and squashed like a bug.

There is no sulking rage on the part of Senator Cruz. The “problem” is that he is right.


14 posted on 02/19/2014 10:05:17 PM PST by KJC1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
HOW can you even be a republican and Not have some measure of sulking outrage?...

UNLESS you're a RINO... hard to piss off a Rino..
they don't really care one way or the other.. i.e. no principles.. scant morals..

click-> America the Beautiful......


"A picture is worth ten thousand words.."

15 posted on 02/19/2014 10:06:10 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rove has lots of filthy minions ready to spit on anyone Karl designates as a threat to the GOPe. Note the source of this bilge spittle.


16 posted on 02/19/2014 10:07:44 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, I care what this guy thinks:


17 posted on 02/19/2014 10:15:08 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, they destroyed her so much that hundreds of candidates, from the US Senate down to the vector control board in Kimble County, Texas long for her endorsement, she’s paid six figures to opine on the most-watched cable news network, gets $50,000 a pop for a half-hour speech, is known around the world and has a TV show coming. I wish someone would destroy me.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 10:15:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: facedown

Is he old enough to drink?


19 posted on 02/19/2014 10:16:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: facedown

Oh, brother. Forget about soiling his pants, he’s soiling his diapers.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 10:19:39 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


21 posted on 02/19/2014 10:21:30 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; mylife; allendale; GraceG
Senator Cruz is the happy warrior!

It's the fossil, incumbent GOP-e membership who are sulking in his wake, and some are even furious...lol.
22 posted on 02/19/2014 10:22:27 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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23 posted on 02/19/2014 10:23:59 PM PST 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: 2ndDivisionVet

24 posted on 02/19/2014 10:26:19 PM PST 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: 2ndDivisionVet

Progressives hate Ted Cruz....here are the real reasons.

How dare he be Hispanic and a conservative republican instead of a leftist democrat.

How dare he be Hispanic and brilliant and yet not be a progressive.

Grrrrrr....he’s making us look bad in front of our stereotyped racial minorities... they might start getting uppity ideas...Grrrrr

They hate him for the same reasons they hate Clarence Thomas.


25 posted on 02/19/2014 10:27:03 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is he old enough to drink?

Liquid Drano, hopefully.

26 posted on 02/19/2014 10:27:13 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sulking rage? Lol!

My oh my....but is that utter FEAR I hear?


27 posted on 02/19/2014 10:27:26 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Billthedrill; 2ndDivisionVet
Oh, brother. Forget about soiling his pants, he’s soiling his diapers.

He's going for the more mature look now:


28 posted on 02/19/2014 10:29:57 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Salon. It’s like The Onion with Zer0 sense of humor.


29 posted on 02/19/2014 10:31:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As Rush says “They tell us who they are afraid of”. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Sarah Palin, Louie Gohmert, Trey Gowdey


30 posted on 02/19/2014 10:32:18 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Look, you may not like Palin, but what was done to her was despicable.


31 posted on 02/19/2014 10:33:09 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alex_Pareene_2012_Shankbone.JPG

didn’t want to post this picture of the author as it not for the faint of heart


32 posted on 02/19/2014 10:33:22 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: facedown

I’m sorry, a beard with a baby face (with baby fat still on it) makes him look even younger. Where’s his latte and “Magic: The Gathering” cards?


33 posted on 02/19/2014 10:34:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

They don’t sell toothpaste in Manhattan?


34 posted on 02/19/2014 10:35:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More like sulking rage of the beta males.


35 posted on 02/19/2014 10:38:25 PM PST by firebrand
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where’s his latte and “Magic: The Gathering” cards?

In his murse.

36 posted on 02/19/2014 10:39:10 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: facedown

It’s Pajama Boy!


37 posted on 02/19/2014 10:41:10 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: okie01

“It’s Pajama Boy!”

*******************************
LOL My thought exactly.

Pajama Boy has a suit jacket in addition to his adorable PJs. Who knew?

Anyhow, the Left (and their GOPe handmaidens) always tell us what they fear. And they fear Ted Cruz and the Tea Party mightily. The attacks against Cruz and the Tea Party continue to escalate.


38 posted on 02/19/2014 10:48:44 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only needing to read “SALON” to know not to pay much attention to this “help” from the left.


39 posted on 02/19/2014 11:08:02 PM PST by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor; 2ndDivisionVet
didn’t want to post this picture of the author as it not for the faint of heart


40 posted on 02/19/2014 11:35:43 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In America, you’re a nutjob if you think trillion dollar a year deficits are OK and that it’s not Congress’ job to do anything about it.


41 posted on 02/19/2014 11:40:16 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: cynwoody

u r cruel.


42 posted on 02/19/2014 11:40:55 PM PST by BlueDragon (there's no place like home)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They just can’t help telegraphing who they fear, can they. There’s a way to use that inevitability to compel hostile news outlets to carry your message. The general who masters this technique can be successful. Examples include Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helms.


43 posted on 02/19/2014 11:41:46 PM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One side-effect of all these right-wing complaints is to make Speaker Boehner and Sen. McConnell look like reasonable men.

When liberals talk about Boehner and McConnel as
reasonable men, you know there IS something wrong
with their positions.

I pray these liberal pundits have to eat it come
election time.


44 posted on 02/19/2014 11:48:17 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mylife
Ted is the antithesis of sulking rage.

That's WHY they called him a sulking rage - to create a opposition meme to try to undermine his strength.

Remember Rule #1 - liberals are collectivists. They say nothing without group calculation and group approval. And what the grop loves the most is skulking around in the dark spreading lies and sabotage and stabbing in the back with poisoned blades and running away.

Vile, vile, vile.

45 posted on 02/20/2014 12:16:13 AM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: facedown

Did Chelsea Clinton grow a beard?


46 posted on 02/20/2014 12:17:51 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: facedown

He looks like he is related to Pajama Boy.


47 posted on 02/20/2014 1:04:11 AM PST by funfan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ok, my first observation: this is Salon....so I'm very likely to find some flies in the idiot stew that's served up.

Second observation is in the title terms "Sulking Rage" and its association with Ted Cruz.

So far nothing surprising given source-title. Now I will dig in a little to find something stupid wrapped in Urban Northeast pseudo-logic.

And here is is:

The party leaders agreed to support a “clean” debt limit increase, so that the party could not be accused of trying to bankrupt the country (again) right before these very important elections.

And Ted Cruz is trying to bankrupt the country?

Of course this is the writer's opinion. There is no news here, no journalism, just yelps and bean farts from the Salon echo chamber. Again this is not surprising given the source and title. At this point I make the guess that the writer is a typical young urban preppie with a pink cupcake lapel pin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Pareene

He looks like a pajama boy who decided to get dressed and walk outside. I was almost expecting a bowtie.

Again nothing surprising. Ted has gotten under their skin and threatens the empire of the NY-Boston liberal fortress because he has revealed the democrat infiltrators inside the GOP.

THANK YOU TED!!!

48 posted on 02/20/2014 2:33:23 AM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: KJC1

“It is not enough to merely kill a man. You must destroy his reputation” - Joseph Fouche minister of police under Napoleon


49 posted on 02/20/2014 3:15:53 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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