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Ted Cruz’s influence dominating Texas primary
Globe and Mail ^ | Mar. 03 2014, 8:37 PM EST | JON HERSKOVITZ MARICE RICHTER

Posted on 03/03/2014 6:50:16 PM PST by SoConPubbie

The longest shadow in Tuesday’s primary election in Texas is being cast by a politician not even in the running, freshman U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican.

Mr. Cruz, just two years into his first major elected office, has arguably become the most loved politician among Republicans in Texas, an incubator for national conservative policies where the party dominates the statehouse and has not lost a statewide race since 1994.

A host of Republican hopefuls are trying to ride his coattails, turning campaigns into raucous affairs about how much they despise Obamacare, embrace the constitutional right to bear arms and see a need to raise alarms about illegal immigration.

Mr. Cruz has turned an already right-leaning Texas Republican Party even further to the right, analysts said.

“Cruz scared the daylights out of centre and center-right conservatives to the extent that they do not feel comfortable enough to run on their true positions and feel compelled to cater to the most conservative elements of the Texas Republican primary electorate,” said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston.

Mr. Cruz, 43, a darling of Tea Party Republicans with their often unbending policies to shrink government, has mostly steered clear of direct campaigning in Texas but has supported a select few candidates challenging established Republicans.

Last year, Mr. Cruz led the push to deny funding to President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan, resulting in a 16-day government shutdown. The strategy left congressional Republicans further divided, with moderates in the Senate unhappy about the public backlash against the GOP.

In Texas, support has grown for Mr. Cruz since the standoff, with 43 per cent of respondents in a University of Texas-Texas Tribune poll in February having a favourable opinion of him, higher than the 33 per cent favourable rating for fellow Senator John Cornyn, a Republican.

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KEYWORDS: cruz; obama; tedcruz
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1 posted on 03/03/2014 6:50:16 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; o2bfree; 12th_Monkey; 230FMJ; TWhiteBear; painter; tbw2; Ricebug; parthian shot; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

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

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


2 posted on 03/03/2014 6:50:56 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
“Cruz scared the daylights out of centre and center-right conservatives to the extent that they do not feel comfortable enough to run on their true positions and feel compelled to cater to the most conservative elements of the Texas Republican primary electorate,” said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston.

So they have to act like leftists and lie about what they really think?

LOLZ

3 posted on 03/03/2014 6:52:15 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SoConPubbie

It’s not so much Cruz that these People are afraid, as the number of voters that agree with him.


4 posted on 03/03/2014 6:52:49 PM PST by uncitizen (Impeach the Communist Already!)
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To: uncitizen
It’s not so much Cruz that these People are afraid, as the number of voters that agree with him.

Bingo!
5 posted on 03/03/2014 6:55:43 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie; GeronL; Windflier
Woot!

I am Pulling for Katrina Pierson.

She has become one of my favorites and I don't even live in Texas :)


6 posted on 03/03/2014 6:58:10 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: SoConPubbie

My wife made me contribute to a Rep. fundraiser and Ted Cruz and his wife were there early last year. They were the most comfortable, authentic and real persons. We just talked about raising young children. He reminds me of John Adams. He has a life, and does not need show lights.


7 posted on 03/03/2014 7:02:04 PM PST by calico_thompson
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To: uncitizen

Cruz or nobody!!


8 posted on 03/03/2014 7:02:23 PM PST by SADMILLIE
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To: KC_Lion

9 posted on 03/03/2014 7:05:59 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long
LOVE that Picture!

They are both so pretty it actually HURTS :(

10 posted on 03/03/2014 7:09:30 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: SoConPubbie

The author writes about the rinos being pissed about the public backlash of shutting down the government, then points out that Cruz has more public support than the rinos.

As for those who “do not feel comfortable enough to run on their true positions”, it shows they’ll run on lies then turn back to the snakes that they are once they’re elected.

I’m hoping the bad weather in Texas tomorrow will keep the rino/LIVs away from the polls. I sure would love to see Cornyn fall.


11 posted on 03/03/2014 7:32:26 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: SoConPubbie

Among Ohio Republicans, Ted Cruz is regarded as a vitriolic buffoon.


12 posted on 03/03/2014 7:35:20 PM PST by staytrue
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To: KC_Lion
I am Pulling for Katrina Pierson. She has become one of my favorites and I don't even live in Texas :)

She's one of the good ones, there's no doubt. We've got a lot of good conservatives running in this election. Ken Paxton is another one (running for state AG). He was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool.

13 posted on 03/03/2014 7:35:23 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: KC_Lion

“They are both so pretty it actually HURTS :( “

You can’t be beautiful on the outside if you are not “beautiful” on the inside. That’s why RAT women tend to look like leftover 60’s radicals. As for these women, their picture speaks volumes.


14 posted on 03/03/2014 7:35:53 PM PST by vette6387
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To: staytrue
Among Ohio Republicans, Ted Cruz is regarded as a vitriolic buffoon.

I kind of doubt that's the majority opinion by any set of state-wide Republicans unless they are GOP-E Republicans.

Now, given your posting history, I believe this is more a reflection of your uninformed and unconservative opinion than anything else.
15 posted on 03/03/2014 7:37:58 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Windflier
Wait, I thought Tom Pauken was Texas' AG?

(Lol! I Know, I Know, I will try and lay off that, it's just so easy :P)

16 posted on 03/03/2014 7:39:35 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: vette6387
You can’t be beautiful on the outside if you are not “beautiful” on the inside. That’s why RAT women tend to look like leftover 60’s radicals. As for these women, their picture speaks volumes.

I Will Second That Motion!

17 posted on 03/03/2014 7:40:03 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion
Tom Pauken

There's a campaign commercial for Jerry Patterson going right now where they list Tom Pauken as one of his endorsers (Ron Paul being another).

I actually laughed out loud the first time I heard it.

18 posted on 03/03/2014 7:43:51 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ohio republicans are almost universally what you would call Rino.

John Kasich is considered to be almost too conservative for Ohio.

Check out Ohio’s senators and US congressmen. I think Jim Jordan is the only one you would call teaparty. The rest are democrats or “rinos”.

Our last three govenors before Kasich were democrat Ted Strickland, republican Bob Taft, and Republican George Voinovich.

Trust me. Ohio republicans almost universally regard Cruz with disdain.


19 posted on 03/03/2014 7:46:21 PM PST by staytrue
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To: SoConPubbie
Most political commercials here in Texas contains 3 things: 1) "Fighting" (Obama, Obamacare, those Liberal Bureaucrats in Washington, those Liberal bureaucrats in Austin), 2) Obama is the Devil (of course, we all know that, but George P. Bush running as Land Commissioner?, and 3) A Ted Cruz endorsement is the Holy Grail.

"This is Mutt the Hoople. As Johnson County DogCatcher, I promise to FIGHT those Obama Liberal Bureaucrats in Washington and the Wendy Davis Liberal Bureaucrats in Austin (not only FIGHT them, but grab them by the nose and kick their asses all the way to the Rio Grande, where I'll make all the illegal aliens in Texas cross back over!). Ted Cruz certainly approves.

"Oh, and the "moment of silence" in school? If elected, I'll FIGHT to have TWO Moments of silence....hell, I'll make those kids be silent the WHOLE DAY! Ted Cruz knows the value of moments of silence....

"And finally, I'll not only respect and defend the 2nd Amendment, but I'll FIGHT to demand all dogowners get Firearms Training at an NRA-accredited Weapons school....you think those Liberal Obama Bureaucrats will take your dog when they're staring down the barrel of .44 Magnum? Ted CRuz loves dogs, my opponent wants to eat dogs like his hero Barack Hussein Obama. "God, Guns, Guts, Immigration Reform, Love of Dogs, FIGHTING, and Ted Cruz...THAT'S what makes Mutt the Hoople YOUR Choice for Johnson County Dogcatcher."

20 posted on 03/03/2014 7:47:01 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. DonÂ’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Windflier

Well, See as who’s who’s in endorsements I’d Say Katrina Pierson and Greg Abbott are better picks anyway ;)


21 posted on 03/03/2014 7:47:13 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: staytrue
Trust me. Ohio republicans almost universally regard Cruz with disdain.

That is doubtless true for the Ohio Republican establishment.

But how about Ohio Republican voters?

22 posted on 03/03/2014 7:49:25 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: staytrue
Among Ohio Republicans, Ted Cruz is regarded as a vitriolic buffoon.

Even if that were true, so what?

If what you say is true, they more than likely would feel the same way about Reagan if he was a potential candidate for POTUS.

Once again, so what?

If Senator Cruz gets nominated, which I hope happens, then they will have a choice to make, either vote for a Marxist (Democrat), a loser independent, or Senator Ted Cruz.

Which one do you think a majority of them will choose?
23 posted on 03/03/2014 7:50:48 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

I sure hope so....and I hope that it makes Kristina Pierson the next candidate for the House instead of that weasel Pete Sessions


24 posted on 03/03/2014 7:57:09 PM PST by Nifster
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To: SoConPubbie

25 posted on 03/03/2014 8:04:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: SoConPubbie
Last year, Mr. Cruz led the push to deny funding to President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan, resulting in a 16-day government shutdown.

The Lie, repeated.

26 posted on 03/03/2014 8:11:19 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Texas primaries tomorrow?? anyone in TX have any input on which way the wind blowing in regards to ousting Cornhole?


27 posted on 03/03/2014 8:25:46 PM PST by rainee (Her)
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To: staytrue

“Among Ohio Republicans, Ted Cruz is regarded as a vitriolic buffoon.”
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Sir, have you been drinking?


28 posted on 03/03/2014 8:38:42 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

2DV those are great - got a link to the vendor?


29 posted on 03/03/2014 8:42:11 PM PST by corkoman
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To: VerySadAmerican
I’m hoping the bad weather in Texas tomorrow will keep the rino/LIVs away from the polls.<<

Me too!..but my biggest concern is the weather never seems to affect the “dead” voters...

30 posted on 03/03/2014 8:42:25 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: MuttTheHoople

Very good !

I’ll be glad when the phone calls and junk mail cease.

They call so I tell ‘em I already voted then they ask who I voted for ?!

I tell them that’s my business, goodbye:)


31 posted on 03/03/2014 8:44:39 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: House Atreides

Ohio “republicans” are the type that gave os McCain, Dole, and that ilk of big government fools. Talk about REAL BAFFONS


32 posted on 03/03/2014 8:47:00 PM PST by BereanBrain
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To: corkoman

http://www.cafepress.com/+ted_cruz_2016_v2_225_button_100_pack,982903020


33 posted on 03/03/2014 8:49:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: corkoman
Check this one out:


34 posted on 03/03/2014 8:51:34 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s cute I guess.


35 posted on 03/03/2014 8:52:40 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Let me guess? “Sexist?”


36 posted on 03/03/2014 8:54:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: rainee

I voted for Dwayne Stovall...hoping for a run-off and the bouncing of Cornhole rino.


37 posted on 03/03/2014 8:54:23 PM PST by superfries
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah, we know they’ll scream somehow. So why not that way.


38 posted on 03/03/2014 8:55:12 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: staytrue

It sounds like they need to dust off their copies of the US Constitution and maybe read a few quotes from Reagan. They seem to have lost their way.


39 posted on 03/03/2014 9:06:44 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: VerySadAmerican; All

I’m hoping the bad weather in Texas tomorrow will keep the rino/LIVs away from the polls. I sure would love to see Cornyn fall.
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Be encouraged: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3129021/posts


40 posted on 03/03/2014 9:10:58 PM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: staytrue; All

Among Ohio Republicans, Ted Cruz is regarded as a vitriolic buffoon.
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Who gives a crap what people in Ohio think? I lived in Michigan for 10 years; just 30 minutes from the Ohio border. Ohio has the dubious honor of being the state with the most child molesters, per capita, of any state in the Midwest. Like anyone cares what a bunch of perverts think?


41 posted on 03/03/2014 9:15:38 PM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: SoConPubbie; staytrue

Your Post #15 to staytrue is spot on!


42 posted on 03/03/2014 9:18:18 PM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: rainee

anyone in TX have any input on which way the wind blowing in regards to ousting Cornhole?
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I think we’re looking at a run-off between Cornhole and either Steve Stockman (gag me), Dwayne Stovall, or Linda Vega. He is running scared and having to use a whole helluva lot of his campaign war chest. And, I’m thinking God isn’t even for Cornyn. See the link below:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3129021/posts


43 posted on 03/03/2014 9:26:04 PM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Love it. I don’t know who created that bumper sticker but, they are sitting on a gold mine. Hold onto that for another year.


44 posted on 03/03/2014 9:28:15 PM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: Windflier

Patterson makes me sick! He’s a buddy of Strauss...who REALLY makes me sick!


45 posted on 03/03/2014 9:36:47 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Nature abhors a vacuum, especially one of leadership.

Ted, we've been waiting for you...

46 posted on 03/04/2014 4:04:34 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Those are great.

Thanks for the link! I hope we all can have a little Fun in the upcoming 18 months - Ted is becoming both a Hero and anti-hero in the sense that he is never seen with a fake plastic politician smile. That pin with those eyebrows and his distinctive face - priceless. Genuine.

I am so proud of his emphasis on being principled and I am seeing others noticing the valor associated with this quality.

47 posted on 03/04/2014 7:09:00 AM PST by corkoman
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To: SoConPubbie

He’s a young man, so he can lead the way for a long time, but the Dems and Rep establishment will have the long knives out for him.


48 posted on 03/04/2014 7:53:54 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: corkoman
Values, Principles, valor are the requirements for being a Right wing Conservative Tea Party Activist.
My only humble question is :
Why are the hottest chicks always Right Wing Conservative Tea Party Activists?
The face of Liberals is Helen Thomas.
Now back to the regular issues.
TWB
49 posted on 03/04/2014 2:23:10 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin, the Flame of the North)
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To: SoConPubbie

LOL!

Ted Cruz tells the truth, and all the cringing GOPe pansies wet their panties. Disgusting.

Ted Cruz for President.


50 posted on 03/04/2014 2:25:25 PM PST by NorthMountain
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