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Ted Cruz Is Calling Time-Out on His Role at NRSC—For Now
National Journal ^ | March 10, 2014 | Michael Catalini

Posted on 03/11/2014 7:58:56 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Senate Republican leaders can avoid awkward small talk with Ted Cruz at fundraisers for GOP incumbents this primary season. Generally speaking, he won’t be there.

The way Cruz sees it, there’s just no way he can, in good conscience, get involved in Senate Republican primaries. To get involved is to side with incumbents, and to side with incumbents is to back Washington’s elite. It could anoint electable candidates, but not always the most conservative ones.

“If it were up to Washington insiders, Charlie Crist would be in the U.S. Senate instead of Marco Rubio,” Cruz said.

“If it were up to Washington insiders, Arlen Specter would be in the U.S. Senate instead of Pat Toomey. Rand Paul wouldn’t be here. Mike Lee wouldn’t be here.”

As Republicans fight to capture control of the chamber in November, Cruz is emerging—again—as a voice of dissent in his party, boldly renewing objections to the GOP’s involvement in primaries and saying he won’t facilitate such efforts.

This time GOP leaders are hesitant to criticize him, suggesting both how Cruz has lassoed the conservative tea-party wing of his party and how much influence—if not outright leverage—that segment could exert in the election.

Cruz’s approach might be excused, given his politics, except that the Texas Republican serves as the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s vice chairman for grassroots outreach. On the NRSC website, his mug shot floats alongside those of Chairman Jerry Moran of Kansas and Vice Chairman Rob Portman of Ohio.

But a united triumvirate, this is not.

In their effort to win a majority in the Senate, establishment Republicans are focused on reelecting longtime members such as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Pat Roberts of Kansas, and Thad Cochran of Mississippi, all of whom face primary challenges. Cruz’s decision not to endorse in primaries matters because his backing would carry significant tea-party heft.

“The goal and the reality is that when he started, he had just come through a campaign in which the grassroots—the tea-party aspect of the Republican Party—had been involved in his campaign,” Moran said. “We wanted his expertise and advice as to how we function as a broad party designed to win elections, and that’s what he’s provided.”

But Cruz is cutting that expertise off, at least for now.

“When I signed on to be vice chairman of the NRSC, I made it very explicit that I don’t believe the NRSC should be involved in primaries, that its appropriate role is to help elect Republicans in general elections,” he said. “Subsequent to that time, the NRSC made a different decision, to get actively involved in primaries. I don’t agree with that.”

Asked why he doesn’t resign from his NRSC post, Cruz said he still wants to see Republicans win in November.

“I support the ultimate objective of helping elect Republicans in general elections,” he said. “But at this point, I disagree with the approach they’ve taken, and so I don’t intend to facilitate that approach.”

Cruz’s ability to frustrate his fellow Republicans is no secret.

During the October government shutdown, he pushed the defund-Obamacare legislative strategy that ultimately failed and cost the party in the polls. Recently, he forced a difficult cloture vote on raising the debt ceiling—something the GOP-controlled House passed overwhelmingly—and perhaps most galling, he has in the past supported conservative groups that targeted Republican incumbents, though Cruz has since agreed to hold his fire during primaries.

For their part, though, Moran and Portman describe their working relationship with Cruz positively, if not in great detail.

“We work together,” Portman said, declining to elaborate, before highlighting the committee’s candidate recruitment and fundraising. “We have great candidates, and we just had our best month ever.”

Added Moran, “He is helpful on specific projects [when] asked to be engaged in.”

How is that going?

“It’s going fine,” Moran said. “He’s been helpful.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; tedcruz

"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton

 

"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan

 

"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine 1792

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams

 

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

 


1 posted on 03/11/2014 7:58:56 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; exnavy; MarMema; skinkinthegrass; Bikkuri; o2bfree; 12th_Monkey; 230FMJ; TWhiteBear; ..
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 03/11/2014 8:00:12 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Go, Ted, GO!!


3 posted on 03/11/2014 8:03:26 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: SoConPubbie

In what alternative universe is electing Mitch McConnell winning?


4 posted on 03/11/2014 8:07:23 PM PDT by anonsquared
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To: SoConPubbie

Take that Rand Paul!!!!!


5 posted on 03/11/2014 8:08:01 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Jesus said Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Jim Robinson

DITTO!!!! GO TED GO!!!
RUN TED RUN!!!!
WIN TED WIN!!!


6 posted on 03/11/2014 8:11:36 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: SoConPubbie
“I support the ultimate objective of helping elect Republicans in general elections,” he said. “But at this point, I disagree with the approach they’ve taken, and so I don’t intend to facilitate that approach.”

IOW, " I refuse to be an enabler to the GOPe."

7 posted on 03/11/2014 8:15:14 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: SoConPubbie
If it were up to Washington insiders, Arlen Specter would be in the U.S. Senate instead of Pat Toomey.

That would be Rick Santorum, who we discovered was still giving big money to Specter for 2010.

8 posted on 03/11/2014 8:15:52 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: SoConPubbie

I thought Spector was dead.


9 posted on 03/11/2014 8:18:54 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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To: SoConPubbie

“...raising the debt ceiling—something the GOP-controlled House passed overwhelmingly”

This ‘dig’ is too cute by half. Boehner only managed to get twenty-some Republicans to vote for it.

Cruz is doing the right thing- and doing the right thing for the Party too. Whatever small appeal the Republican Party will have to conservatives in November will be thanks to his efforts.


10 posted on 03/11/2014 8:20:19 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: SoConPubbie

I quoted a guy from Breitbart Texas who summarized last week’s Senate results: Ted didn’t endorse any non-Cornyn candidates because he needs to control Cornyn.

750K voted for Cornyn, 580K voted against Cornyn. If Ted had run for that seat, he’d have won with 100%.

Texans back Cruz to the hilt, but only back Cornyn 57%.

Ted’s our General, and Cornyn now has to defer to him.

If Cruz had backed a contender, who won, that winner would have no power as a noob. Cruz is playing hyper-chess.


11 posted on 03/11/2014 8:21:24 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Lisbon1940

He is.


12 posted on 03/11/2014 8:25:27 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: SoConPubbie
“If it were up to Washington insiders, Charlie Crist would be in the U.S. Senate instead of Marco Rubio,” Cruz said.

“If it were up to Washington insiders, Arlen Specter would be in the U.S. Senate instead of Pat Toomey. Rand Paul wouldn’t be here. Mike Lee wouldn’t be here.”

If it were up to insiders, David Dewhurst would be Senator from Texas instead of Ted Cruz.

13 posted on 03/11/2014 8:27:18 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: PghBaldy

Someone should tell Ted.


14 posted on 03/11/2014 8:35:51 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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To: SoConPubbie

WHAT? Ethics in DC? How dare Cruz.

Betcha the Cruz Voodoo dolls are getting more pokes than Liz Taylor.


15 posted on 03/11/2014 9:19:45 PM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: TBP

And who can forget Scozzafava?


16 posted on 03/11/2014 9:42:29 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: Lisbon1940

He’s a dimmacrat, and he still votes!


17 posted on 03/11/2014 9:44:55 PM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: SoConPubbie
To get involved is to side with incumbents, and to side with incumbents is to back Washington’s elite. It could anoint electable candidates, but not always the most conservative ones.

Still waiting to see the evidence that Washington elite moderates are more electable.

18 posted on 03/11/2014 9:46:44 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: txhurl

Brilliant.


19 posted on 03/11/2014 9:46:54 PM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Unfortunately, the Republican party USA has be co-opted by these “PROGRESSIVES”. In the guise of being a “CONSERVATIVE” republican, they have “WORMED” themselves into the leadership position Let’s be clear on what they are after, they are after power, and once they have that power, it will take all of us to drive them out of that leadership position. Oh, they’ll say, “IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE THAT WILL AGREE WITH YOU 80% OF THE TIME, HE or SHE WOULD BE BETTER THAN SOMEONE THAT DOESN’T AGREE WITH YOU AT ALL”. That is a phony argument, especially when they take over the leadership position.


20 posted on 03/11/2014 10:05:41 PM PDT by gingerbread
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To: gingerbread

All you need to know Rand endorsed the Turtle McConnell and Ted Cruz didn’t. One wants change and one wants failed leadership and will make a deal to make them like him(Rand).

Which man stands for his Principals even when it makes him as popular with the GOPe as Cancer.


21 posted on 03/11/2014 11:39:40 PM PDT by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Just mythoughts

Take that Rand Paul!!!!
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Yeah; take that you little twerp.


22 posted on 03/12/2014 1:17:52 AM PDT by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: txhurl

Hmmmm..... Your Post #11: Very good points.


23 posted on 03/12/2014 1:20:10 AM PDT by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: txhurl; All

Please hold onto this for the General Election this fall when people begin to lament having to vote for Cornyn or skip that election and go to lower ballot races. Remind them that Ted Cruz is smart. Cornyn has the power in the Senate, but Ted Cruz has the heart of the people. So, Ted can “indirectly” control Cornyn because Texans are virtually behind Ted Cruz 100% and only 57% of Texans are behind Cornyn. So therefore Ted has control over the person with the power in the Senate.

HELL YEAH! Hold onto this txhurl.


24 posted on 03/12/2014 1:25:11 AM PDT by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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