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THE TED CRUZ MAJORITY
American Spectator ^ | 2/20/14 | Jeffrey Lord

Posted on 02/20/2014 10:32:23 PM PST by P-Marlowe

Yet even the great Thomas Sowell and our friends at the WSJ are going after Senator Cruz, the latter labeling Cruz as “The Minority Maker” and tagging him as the leader of a “rump kamikaze caucus.” Notably, in suggesting that Senator Cruz is leading the GOP to minority status, the paper wrote:

We’re all for holding politicians accountable with votes on substantive issues, but Mr. Cruz knew he couldn’t stop a debt increase the House had already passed.

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Ronald Reagan is somewhere shaking his head. He knew a “rump kamikaze caucus” when he saw one. He described them as the “fraternal order” Republicans. And he knew that this kind of establishment politics is exactly what had made the GOP a minority — and kept it there until he came along.

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Simply put, Ted Cruz — like Ronald Reagan before him — understands what it takes to make a majority. And he’s doing it. Over the vociferous objections of the same kind of people who kept warning Republicans that if they listened to Ronald Reagan they would get clobbered. Which is exactly why Ted Cruz is being greeted as a hero.

Ted Cruz is in the process of making a new Reagan Revolution, the Cruz Majority. On second thought, maybe he does he needs a food taster when he dines with GOP leadership.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cruz; demagogicparty; memebuilding; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; tedcruz; texas; thomassowell
Somebody at American Spectator gets it.
1 posted on 02/20/2014 10:32:23 PM PST by P-Marlowe
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To: P-Marlowe

I didn’t know the Spectator still existed.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 10:34:42 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: P-Marlowe

Read the tagline.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 10:42:20 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Go, Ted, GO!


4 posted on 02/20/2014 10:43:31 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: P-Marlowe

rump kamikaze caucus= GOPe


5 posted on 02/20/2014 11:13:26 PM PST by glock rocks (If you like your health plan, you're a racist !)
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To: P-Marlowe

The WSJ is for amnesty for illegal immigrants, and they have been for a long time. So, it’s no surprise that they are attacking Senator Ted Cruz, but what’s going on with Thomas Sowell attacking Senator Ted Cruz?


6 posted on 02/20/2014 11:28:44 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
but what’s going on with Thomas Sowell attacking Senator Ted Cruz?

Pods


7 posted on 02/20/2014 11:32:12 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

There’s a lot of buzz about Sowell. He was trending late last night on Twitter, along with @Kiev and @Ukraine.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 11:35:41 PM PST by firebrand
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9 posted on 02/20/2014 11:49:37 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: P-Marlowe

Michael Meved, who I rarely listen to anymore, was trashing Cruz. His reasoning is that McConnell is a patriot and forcing him and a few brave self-sacrificing other Republicans to have to vote for the debt increase instead of letting the rats own it completely was a destructive trick Cruz pulled on the GOP that accomplished nothing but satisfy Cruz’s ego.

Personally I don’t totally understand why Cruz did this but I figured he must be wanting to expose RINOS...I guess. That being said....I trust Cruz more than the others - but that doesn’t mean I understand what he did.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 12:01:41 AM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: P-Marlowe
ReaganWDr.LoyalDavis photo ReaganWDrLoyalDavis.jpg The up and coming Reagan also got rough treatment from many in the GOP and his 1976 run was a war between the Pachyderm GOP Old Guard and those with real conservative scruples.
11 posted on 02/21/2014 12:18:29 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 ( ...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Aria

It’s easy to understand. TRUST.

The last two presidential elections were lost because the demographic needed to put the GOP over the top sensed a certain dishonesty in the ranks of the republican leadership; the groups that can win elections stayed home because they DID NOT TRUST the candidates. They stayed home.

There is now definitive demographic proof that Romney lost because he failed to bring out the Perot bloc of blue collar voters and they number more than 6 million.

So it’s easy. Build trust at every level which is what Ted Cruz is doing.


12 posted on 02/21/2014 12:30:25 AM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Hostage

OK..I get that. Cruz is definitely genuine - not beholden to the finger in the wind.

Thanks!


13 posted on 02/21/2014 12:36:55 AM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Hmmmm. Is anyone with any sort of pulpit defending Cruz???

I have nothing but respect for Thomas Sowell. I’ve never disagreed with him before. In fact, I trust him so much, I wonder if he is trying to make Sen. Cruz be more careful. I don’t know. Grasping at straws.


14 posted on 02/21/2014 1:53:50 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: P-Marlowe; Fred Nerks; Beckwith; LucyT
Cruz is attacked by screeching RINO harpies while the left shivers and trembles, frothing at the mouth? Buahahahahahahaha!

Mr. Cruz: "Lay on McDuff!" ( from Shakespeare's "MacBeth")Beat the tar out of those RINOs, send them into the dust bin of history!!

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15 posted on 02/21/2014 2:30:49 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: P-Marlowe

Ever really listen to what the “hold your nose and vote” proponents are saying to us?

The one argument, the main argument is something along the lines of “we can’t change things if Republicans don’t win elections”. ANY Republican. RINO, establishment, big bidness amnesty, traditionals, and on and on.

Somewhere in there are what a friend of mine used to call K-Mart Republicans decades ago (that was before Walmart. Normal people with a job who actually worked, went to church, attended parades, patriotic, loyal and had conservative values and believed in the constitution.

Today, the establishment Republican Party listens very little to those WalMart Republicans (I’ll update the phrase). They only pretend to listen to them at voting time. The rest of the time they’re off taking money from Big Bidness (CoC) to wrangle amnesty, or they’re taking Karl Rove’s pack money to make Karl money, or they’re just up there in their plush offices, their Senate dining rooms, their gyms, their barber shops, their saunas working hard for the peeps.

That ‘working hard for the peeps’ generally results in a rash of complicated trickery with Cloture votes followed by show votes that appease those stupid WalMart Republicans.

Collectively (with two or three exceptions at least in the Senate) they are makin’ deals - part of a Gang of Whatever, mavericks. They bluster and bristle at young upstarts like Cruz who really does care about the WalMart Republicans. And, they really get apoplectic when somebody like Cruz exposes their show vote regime.

These ‘Republicans’ the proponents want us to vote for will listen to anybody across the aisle or otherwise - EXCEPT those Americans (WalMart Republicans) that are getting taxed, regulated and controlled to death by this government while their Senators appease away their rights day by day, deal by deal.


16 posted on 02/21/2014 2:37:46 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Aria

McConnell and the Republican Leadership WANTED to raise the debt. THEY WANTED IT! They also want to be re-elected (McConnell especially).

The problem is that in order to close off debate/amendment on the clean budget hike bill (no amendments), it takes 60 votes. That meant some Republicans would have to vote for Cloture. McConnell certainly didn’t want to do it; he wanted Republicans not running in 2014 to do it. But Cruz’s exposure of this scam by filibuster essentially forced McConnell to vote yes, which he didn’t want because it sends a signal to his constituents that he’s for more unchecked debt.

So the Cloture vote passes, and now McConnell and every other Republican will vote no on the plurality floor bill. Only needs 51 votes to pass.

I ask you this. McConnell and all the other 10-12 Republicans who voted for cloture had a chance to kill the bill, or at least change it and they did not. Why? Also, what good was his eventual floor vote of NO?

Cruz wasn’t doing what he did for ‘ego’ or any of that. Cruz was being an American and exposing those RINO traitors for what they were.


17 posted on 02/21/2014 2:46:46 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: P-Marlowe

We pray for Sen. Cruz and other patriots who are vilified for their courage every day. It’s a lonely road, but God has blessed us throughout our history with men who have walked that road for freedom.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 4:08:13 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Jim Robinson

we all know the Dems’ fear him,just the fact that he is hispanic makes him a threat.Once he runs and more and more of the “Uninformed”see him perform,WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER!, they will like him.Cruz will also take a good chunk of hispanic votes.But of course,MSNBC will just assume that being his is Mexican,already disqualifies him for being President.


19 posted on 02/21/2014 4:50:57 AM PST by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Aria
Personally I don’t totally understand why Cruz did this but I figured he must be wanting to expose RINOS...I guess.

McConnell had made a promise to the American people that he would not allow the democrats to push through a clean blank check debt bill.

he thought he could pretend to fight it by simply voting in favor of unanimous consent to bring it to the floor where it would be assured of passage by the democrats and all the republicans could then lie to their constituents by claiming they fought against it. It was a lie and a ruse. Ted Cruz was not going to play that game and allow the RINOs to run on a lie.

What Cruz did took a lot of courage. What McConnell and Cornyn did was an act of cowardice.

You can't win a war when your Generals are afraid to fight.

20 posted on 02/21/2014 6:01:23 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe; TWhiteBear; painter; tbw2; Ricebug; parthian shot; mrsmel; infool7; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

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21 posted on 02/21/2014 6:07:25 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: txrefugee

Amen.


22 posted on 02/21/2014 6:10:46 AM PST by left that other site
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To: Aria

Perhaps one way to think about it is this.

He promised Texas he would fight for us, wherever he goes. In the SEnate, that means fighting with every tool in the box. And in the past, that meant on big issues, you could filibuster and procedurally require them to get 60 votes.

He promised he would fight, and did so very publicly.

So when the time came, what did he do?

He fought.

And yet again, he fought and lost, because not enough Republicans would stand with him. But he did exactly what he said he would do.

Now the GOP’ers like Cornball are upset because they look bad for blocking his filibuster.

But Cruz said all along, this is what he is going to do. For him to do otherwise would be for him to fail to do what he promised us he would do.

The bad consequences are something Cornyn will have to deal with for himself.

I voted for Stockman a few days ago, incidentally.....


23 posted on 02/21/2014 6:17:05 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: GeronL
American Spectator, still giving the Vichy Republican caucus ulcers!


24 posted on 02/21/2014 6:37:04 AM 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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25 posted on 02/21/2014 6:41:34 AM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: onyx

Outstanding! Thank you!


26 posted on 02/21/2014 7:33:08 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: onyx
Great article.

I'm glad someone is taking Sowell to task, it's really disconcerting that he's joined the Cruz attack machine.

27 posted on 02/21/2014 7:36:20 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: Hostage
There is now definitive demographic proof that Romney lost because he failed to bring out the Perot bloc of blue collar voters and they number more than 6 million.

You just knocked it out of the park with that statement! I have been trying to tell that to GOPe types I know. They won't listen and make excuses,like nobody could have beaten Obama.

When I try to tell them that Obama got 8 MILLION less votes in 2012 than 2008 they talk over me to keep me from finishing my statement.

28 posted on 02/21/2014 7:37:41 AM PST by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: txrefugee

The GOP leadership can’t control Cruz so they have to try to destroy him. They even have poor old Thomas Sowell in on the deal.


29 posted on 02/21/2014 8:29:38 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: COBOL2Java

lol

Ulcer Party


30 posted on 02/21/2014 8:59:29 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
This is an outstanding article!
31 posted on 02/21/2014 12:45:21 PM PST by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: Yaelle
Hmmmm. Is anyone with any sort of pulpit defending Cruz???

Michael Berry, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Vociferously!

32 posted on 02/22/2014 9:48:30 AM PST by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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To: Yaelle
I have nothing but respect for Thomas Sowell

I don't any more. It's not just disagreeing with him on this issue, it's that he's part of a concentrated no-holds-barred attack to try to stop Ted Cruz's popularity.

Anyone who doesn't yet understand that we can't work with the backstabbers who voted with the democrats to defeat constitutional conservative issues is not our friend.

33 posted on 02/22/2014 9:53:42 AM PST by grania
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To: P-Marlowe
Simply put, Ted Cruz — like Ronald Reagan before him — understands what it takes to make a majority.

It's not the same country it was back then and what it takes to make a majority may not be the same thing.

Plus, the comparison's a little forced. Nixon and Bush also vetoed legislation that the Democrats passed when the Democrats were in the majority in Congress. It's what presidents do when the other party controls the Congress. Maybe Cruz is the new Nixon or the new Bush.

34 posted on 02/22/2014 10:14:37 AM PST by x
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To: x; xzins
It's not the same country it was back then and what it takes to make a majority may not be the same thing.

So should we just give up or should we capitulate?

What is your strategy?

35 posted on 02/22/2014 11:15:40 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe
What is your strategy?

I don't have one yet. Just trying to say that Lord overestimates just how far Cruz's strategy will take him and overplays the Reagan analogy.

36 posted on 02/22/2014 12:49:45 PM PST by x
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To: x; xzins; Jim Robinson
I don't have one yet.

There not a lot of time left. I would suggest you find someone with a strategy and get behind him.

Right now Cruz has a strategy, which is to attack the democrats rather than capitulate to them. Everyone else seems to think its not a winning strategy, but their idea of winning means that we lose the war before the first shot is fired.

Until someone else comes along with a better strategy then Cruz, then I've got his back.

37 posted on 02/22/2014 2:25:39 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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