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Cruz Control: Junior Senator is smart, so why canít he resist picking so many losing fights....
Politico Magazine ^ | February 21, 2014 | Erica Grieder, senior editor, Texas Monthly.

Posted on 02/22/2014 2:00:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

he last time I interviewed Ted Cruz, the freshman senator from Texas, was in October, about a week after the end of the federal government shutdown. Official Washington was just getting back to business as usual, and a clutch of woolly-looking protesters were chanting outside Cruz’s office in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Cruz himself was running a little late that morning, and when I was finally ushered into his office, he warned me that he might be grumpy, because he was sick. It was the day before Halloween, and as I set up my recorder, I tried to make small talk—which was, as always, a thankless exercise..

“Do you have a costume?” I asked.

“No,” Cruz said. “I have in past years,” he added, gamely. “But I don’t...” he trailed off.

“What was your best costume of all time?”

“I’ve done Zorro,” Cruz said, and sighed. “Zorro wasn’t bad. I’ve done Phantom of the Opera.” He paused, apparently looking for something else to say. “They’re certainly similar.”

This was typical of my experience. I had spent hours with Cruz last year, interviewing him for a long profile in Texas Monthly. We talked in Washington in July, when he wasn’t considered much more than a Tea Party pest, newly elected and quoting Ludwig von Mises; in Waco in August, while he was traveling around Texas promoting the effort to defund the Affordable Care Act; in Houston in October, shortly after the end of the shutdown that he had arguably helped start; and several other times. Regardless of the circumstances, each time I tried to make small talk with him, it was boring. I was bored. And he seemed bored too, as he dutifully fielded my questions....

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; gop; tedcruz; texas
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Einstein or Tesla would've probably been bored talking with you, too, especially if they knew you'd do a hit piece on them.

Two page column.

1 posted on 02/22/2014 2:00:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I tried to make small talk—which was, as always, a thankless exercise..

maybe you should have been more interested in making time erica....

2 posted on 02/22/2014 2:04:36 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

erica... you are one dumb journolista.


3 posted on 02/22/2014 2:07:04 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s what makes him what he is. He may have a long term strategy. The war of Independence was one loosing battle after another until the tide finally turned.

He’s a brilliant man with scruples(for a politician).


4 posted on 02/22/2014 2:07:27 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

he is fighting the proper fights, it doesn’t matter if they are “losing fights”

He often seems to be the only “Republican” standing up and doing the right thing


5 posted on 02/22/2014 2:08:07 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a rigged game until we get more Ted Cruz’s in Congress. What would the tipping point be? 10%? 20%?


6 posted on 02/22/2014 2:09:34 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When I was a city councilman, I often picked fights I knew I would lose, because I could force debate on issues and show up certain other council members (via our live, televised meetings) as either being ignorant or tools or both. As a consequence, I engendered much fear and much respect and often did in fact win on other issues precisely because of that fear and respect.


7 posted on 02/22/2014 2:09:57 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep. They know their end motive is to discredit them and paint them in a bad light. I don’t know many people I’d like to spend my time with like that either. The MSM is good about hiding their true motives until you a few minutes into the interview after they soften you up to deliver the suckerpunch.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 2:10:34 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Erica Grieder bores me.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 2:10:38 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s called positional development.

Three blind Rino. Three blind Rino.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after Senator Cruz,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?


10 posted on 02/22/2014 2:11:11 PM PST by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Cruz Control: Junior Senator is smart, so why can’t he resist picking so many losing fights....

George Washington lost twice as many battles as he won during the Revolutionary War. And yet he ultimately won because the British didn't understand what they were fighting.

The same will hold true for the Washington apparatchiks who think Cruz is losing.

11 posted on 02/22/2014 2:11:24 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: jsanders2001

Yep. They know their end motive is to discredit them and paint them in a bad light. I don’t know many people I’d like to spend my time with like that either. The MSM is good about hiding their true motives until you get a few minutes into the interview after they soften you up to deliver the suckerpunch.


12 posted on 02/22/2014 2:11:50 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sometimes you have to choose between what polls and what's right, Erica.

Didn't think you'd understand.

13 posted on 02/22/2014 2:13:16 PM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

politico.co.uk (1778)

George Washington: The general is smart, so why can’t he resist picking so many losing fights....


14 posted on 02/22/2014 2:13:58 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The good Senator from Texas is fighting the fights that the GOPe won’t fight. He’s among the few who are doing the PEOPLE’S work instead of working some ‘line my pockets’ crap like most of DC.

I stand with Ted.


15 posted on 02/22/2014 2:15:08 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When I was a city councilman, I often picked fights I knew I would lose, because I could force debate on issues and show up certain other council members (via our live, televised meetings) as either being ignorant or tools or both. As a consequence, I engendered much fear and much respect and often did in fact win on other issues precisely because of that fear and respect.

If the people writing for this web site were half as smart as they think they are, they would know this. Or maybe they do know this, but want to make people think that Ted losing fights is a bad thing and that Ted is foolish for doing so. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. By picking losing fights, Ted is forcing national debate on issues that the rest of Congress would like to see buried from public view because it impedes their ability to operate the country for their own benefit instead of for the benefit of our citizens.


16 posted on 02/22/2014 2:15:23 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If all of you little coupon clipping journalistas who infest [Politico] are so fricking smart, why can’t you resist putting out such a crappy, stupid blog?


17 posted on 02/22/2014 2:15:31 PM PST by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sometimes you have to choose between what polls and what's right, Erica.

Didn't think you'd understand.

Sounds like Cruz is choosing his words very carefully when he talks to the press. Almost like they're hostile and predatory...

18 posted on 02/22/2014 2:16:01 PM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When he wins a second term, they’ll call him the “former freshman senator”.


19 posted on 02/22/2014 2:16:42 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish people would learn how to minimize the number of useless sentences when writing articles.


20 posted on 02/22/2014 2:16:52 PM PST by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Her premise is so vapid

The constitution is his sidearm. He’s outnumbered but whom he’s fighting for, and the institution he’s fighting for is the only viable choice if the country doesn’t end up destroyed

It’s like if the entire institution of HS football was taken over by steroid users but no one would admit it. Some less equal were prosecuted to make it look good but eventually it was going to get cleaned up for the sake of the game and the kids’ education.

One team disallows it, zero tol, and plays the kids. They have a great and knowledgeable coach and tons of support from a not so usual crowd They lose every time

Do they quit?

This vapid feminist would say so

Maybe she needs to review the serpico case


21 posted on 02/22/2014 2:21:44 PM PST by stanne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s so smart-—and outnumbered 50 or 80 to one...might that be a factor?


22 posted on 02/22/2014 2:22:25 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: vbmoneyspender

“Junior Senator is smart, so why can’t he resist picking so many losing fights...”

Let’ help Erica out here.

“Junior Senator is smart, so he can’t resist picking short term losing fights...


23 posted on 02/22/2014 2:23:13 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Amazing how the direction of journalism is always to move away from truth, rather than towards it.

I would ask the writer to notice that Ted’s political positions are more aligned with telling the truth than with trying to get good or bad reactions from other congressmen.


24 posted on 02/22/2014 2:24:03 PM PST by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

—Winston Churchill


25 posted on 02/22/2014 2:29:19 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Erica, the fitness of your mind is in question here, so take notice.

To move away from truth is to pick the losing side of the most important battle of all time.


26 posted on 02/22/2014 2:29:39 PM PST by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All movements which are small and take on the big giants look like losing causes at the beginning.

See William Wilberforce.


27 posted on 02/22/2014 2:29:51 PM PST by lurk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only the Democrat Texas Monthly would employ such a poor writer. Why in the world does Sen. Cruz subject himself to such boring people?


28 posted on 02/22/2014 2:31:30 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"federal government shutdown"

Found that lie in the first sentence.

29 posted on 02/22/2014 2:36:57 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Picking a Winning Fight - For Dummies
1. Find some project that Harry Reid supports.
2. Fight for it.
3. Win.


30 posted on 02/22/2014 2:43:32 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: vbmoneyspender

Interesting point. Makes sense


31 posted on 02/22/2014 2:44:45 PM PST by stanne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, could it have anything to do with the fact that the Clymers surrounding him don’t have the stones to make even the fights they COULD win!!

Ted, you keep on keepin’ on!! You’re pissing off ALL the right people.


32 posted on 02/22/2014 2:49:26 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Scoundrels choose the winning side; principled men choose the right side, regardless of the outcome.


33 posted on 02/22/2014 3:00:52 PM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Prince Geoffrey: My you chivalric fool... as if the way one fell down mattered.
Prince Richard: When the fall is all there is, it matters.
34 posted on 02/22/2014 3:03:05 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If she’s talking, Cruz is not losing.


35 posted on 02/22/2014 3:03:55 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why did General George Washington lose so many fights, too?

-PJ

36 posted on 02/22/2014 3:06:57 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In Ted's "losing" fights he is setting an example of how to do what is right in the face of overwhelming odds armed with nothing but courage and principle. He doesn't give one crap what the presstitute or his backstabbing cowardly peers say, he does what is right anyways.

His fights are not in vain. I am sure there are some becoming emboldened and encouraged by his example, but the ones that are not are being exposed for the failures they are, even right here at good old Freerepublic, but most importantly in the supposed friendly press, and in the supposedly on our side GOP.

Ted is accomplishing much, one way or the other.

He is feeding the status quo country club business as usual crowd their lunch and driving them out of the shadows and into the light where we can see them for what they are.

The enemy.

37 posted on 02/22/2014 3:26:50 PM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because Erica, you are supposed to fight for right not what will win


38 posted on 02/22/2014 3:41:30 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Thomas Sowell hadn’t come in with the same point yesterday I’d forget this

But ... What is wrong with these people


39 posted on 02/22/2014 3:43:41 PM PST by stanne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I tried to make small talk—which was, as always, a thankless exercise..”

An admission to be expected from a 50 IQ liberal ape.


40 posted on 02/22/2014 3:50:56 PM PST by sergeantdave (Chase the worm to bottom of the Tequila bottle)
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To: SoConPubbie

Curzer ping.


41 posted on 02/22/2014 4:08:00 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Erica could have easily cut 25% of this article and it wouldn’t have lost a thing.


42 posted on 02/22/2014 4:12:31 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: upchuck; 230FMJ; TWhiteBear; painter; tbw2; Ricebug; parthian shot; mrsmel; infool7; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

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

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


43 posted on 02/22/2014 4:14:16 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Erica, maybe his boredom had to do with your absence of mental keenness and your vapid, moronic questions about Halloween costumes.


44 posted on 02/22/2014 4:18:57 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If we only pick fights we can win, what is the point of fighting? Why not stand up for what is right?


45 posted on 02/22/2014 5:29:41 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: reasonisfaith

I guess they get paid by the word.


46 posted on 02/22/2014 5:33:58 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If everything a conservative senator wants to accomplish is a lost cause why be conservative in the first place? Sometimes things need addressed just so the left knows we’re still thinking about them.


47 posted on 02/22/2014 5:39:21 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From the liberal Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel:

Ted Cruz woos Florida Republicans during Palm Beach event

He amped up the criticism of President Barack Obama. He dialed down the my-way-or-the-highway zeal that often infuriates his fellow Republicans. And he left Florida political activists pumped up and buzzing over whether he’ll run for president.

“Ted Cruz is a wonderful political figure. Smart guy. Knows his stuff,” said Margi Helschien, who lives west of Boca Raton and is president of the Independent Conservative Action Network. “He is exciting.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/elections/fl-ted-cruz-donald-trump-20140222,0,305958.story


48 posted on 02/22/2014 6:00:32 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m glad to see Politico is so worried about Ted Cruz and his career. :-)


49 posted on 02/22/2014 7:09:26 PM 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: LibLieSlayer

“erica... you are one dumb journolista.”

She is just pimping the popularly accepted Orwellian Groupthink.

ANYTHING not in support of the Democrat Agenda is a “losing Fight.


50 posted on 02/22/2014 8:51:40 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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