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Ted Cruz Spikes the Ball
Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 4:42 p.m. ET | Allysia Finley

Posted on 06/13/2014 6:01:35 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Ted Cruztook a victory lap of sorts this week after Eric Cantor's primary defeat. And why shouldn't he? The junior senator from Texas helped fuel the anti-establishment furies that devoured the House majority leader.

"This election should be a reminder to all in Congress—Republicans and Democrats alike—that the conservative base is alive and well, and the American people will hold us all accountable," said Mr. Cruz. "Each of us needs to do what we said we would do and tell the truth." If this sounds like a threat, that's because it is.

Mr. Cruz is wont to criticize Republican politicians who disagree with him as sell-outs or charlatans. Recall how Mr. Cruz last fall spurred a rump Republican caucus in the House into shutting down the government over a futile gambit to defund ObamaCare. He denounced a plan by House leadership to prevent the shutdown (by decoupling votes for the continuing resolution from defunding ObamaCare) as "chicanery."

Note too that Mr. Cruz has pointedly refused to endorse his Senate colleagues facing re-election, including fellow Texan John Cornyn and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Meantime, he has backed the Senate Conservatives Fund and written a fundraising letter for the Madison Project. Both groups have bankrolled primary challengers to Senate incumbents.

While Mr. Cruz has argued that "Washington insiders have a terrible record at picking winners and losers," no Republican Senator has lost a general election in the last two cycles. He's also said that "primaries should be decided by the grassroots in each state," yet he's endorsed his Republican acolytes in races for open seats like Ben Sasse in Nebraska and T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma. No doubt he hopes that they will repay the favor by dutifully supporting him if elected to the Senate.

This week,

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky; US: Nebraska; US: Oklahoma; US: Texas; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bensasse; cruz; ericcantor; johncornyn; kentucky; mitchmcconnell; nebraska; oklahoma; tedcruz; texas; twshannon; virginia

"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 06/13/2014 6:01:35 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Mountain Mary; MountainDad; aposiopetic; crazycatlady; killermosquito; tpmintx; ...
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 06/13/2014 6:01:59 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Mr. Cruz is correct of course, but the Republican old guard are totally invested in being only the supportive secondary party and power to the main party the Democrats.
That is why they refuse to act like an opposition second party, they haven’t had that in them for over a quarter of a century now.


3 posted on 06/13/2014 6:04:38 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ain’t much to read at the wsj....I won’t subscribe to read drivel.


4 posted on 06/13/2014 6:06:41 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: A CA Guy

Gingrich did his part in the 90s. He’s the only one post Reagan.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 6:06:46 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SoConPubbie

I want to move to Texas just so I can vote for Ted Cruz.


6 posted on 06/13/2014 6:06:48 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: SoConPubbie

I don’t remember the WSJ being THIS useless. Regardless, it’s useless.


7 posted on 06/13/2014 6:06:50 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: A CA Guy
It's much easier for them to be the Bob Michel Party...


8 posted on 06/13/2014 6:07:19 PM PDT 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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To: ilgipper

I think you are right, but after a while even he took his pictures with Hillary.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 6:09:13 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Right, a philosophy to be pushed by Obama’s Common Core teachings as well.


10 posted on 06/13/2014 6:10:09 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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Rand Paul On Shutdown: "Even Though It Appeared I Was Participating In It, It Was A Dumb Idea"
I said throughout the whole battle that shutting down the government was a dumb idea. Even though it did appear as if I was participating in it, I said it was a dumb idea. And the reason I voted for it, though, is that it's a conundrum. Here's the conundrum. We have a $17 trillion debt and people at home tell me you can't give the president a blank check. We just can't keep raising the debt ceiling without conditions. So unconditionally raising the debt ceiling, nobody at home wants me to vote for that and I can't vote for that. But the conundrum is if I don't we do approach these deadlines. So there is an impasse. In 2011, though, we had this impasse and the president did negotiate. We got the sequester. If we were to extend the sequester from discretionary spending to all the entitlements we would actually fix our problem within a few years.
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11 posted on 06/13/2014 6:12:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks SoConPubbie.


12 posted on 06/13/2014 6:13:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ilgipper

Governor Palin came out of 2008 as a lone fighter, her fighting and surviving helped embolden others to follow and to emerge, and a few republican conservatives to get bolder, she helped get us to where we are now.


13 posted on 06/13/2014 6:14:45 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Their weekly TV program makes me flip my lid. We subscribe, but I only pay attention to the fashion and cooking segments in the Off Duty section. Did you know bucket bags are back in?


14 posted on 06/13/2014 6:16:04 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: SoConPubbie
"Each of us needs to do what we said we would do and tell the truth." - Ted Cruz

The WSJ's Ms. Finley makes this sound like a dangerous idea, proving George Orwell's observation that "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." Viva Cruz!

15 posted on 06/13/2014 6:55:45 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: SoConPubbie

“Mr. Cruz is wont to”

Is there not a single competent editor left anywhere in America?


16 posted on 06/13/2014 6:57:29 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: ansel12

Excellent point and so true!

I’m in Anchorage and going to test out a boat I bought on a lake in Wasilla Monday. Lol, will say “hi” to Sarah for all freezers!


17 posted on 06/13/2014 7:10:16 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Mr. Cruz is wont to criticize Republican politicians who disagree with him as sell-outs or charlatans.”

Notice how no examples are given. Of course, they are sell-outs and charlatans, and Mr. Cruz would be right to call them just that, but he hasn’t done so. That isn’t his style.

This isn’t about “disagreements”. What a cheap rhetorical trick. If anything, Cruz isn’t making the ideological case ENOUGH, though he’s doing a better job of it than pretty much any other elected official. If we are not out to change hearts and minds, and stand on principles for reasons greater than getting 50.0000000% of the vote, then we are just trying to be the fiscally responsible, pro-life wing of the Left. Of course, no such wing can exist, which is the problem. Go Ted, and step on the gas even more!


18 posted on 06/13/2014 7:16:52 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: SgtBob

Had a snarky tone to it anyway.

WS/CNBC/Blankfein were all wringing their hands on Wednesday morning about what Cantor’s loss could mean for the market. As if Iraq in flames had nothing to do with the market going down. Snotty, self-important little gasbags..


19 posted on 06/13/2014 7:37:18 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Lurker

Uhh...you might want to look up “wont” in the dictionary.


20 posted on 06/13/2014 8:06:31 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: SoConPubbie

At least one of the two major Parties has people that will keep some in their Party accountable - GO VOTERS OF THE TEA PARTY !!!


21 posted on 06/13/2014 8:27:49 PM PDT by celmak
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To: SoConPubbie

The WSJ has become pure RINO trash — predictable and snarky.


22 posted on 06/14/2014 2:28:40 AM PDT by AdaGray (q)
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To: Lurker

“Mr. Cruz is wont to”

Is there not a single competent editor left anywhere in America?


You might want to look that word up in a dictionary...

HTH, HAND


23 posted on 06/14/2014 5:59:27 AM PDT by Peet (Liberals are the feces that are created when shame eats too much stupid. -Dale Gribble)
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To: lulu16
Did you know bucket bags are back in?

You don't say? ;-)

24 posted on 06/14/2014 8:09:13 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: SoConPubbie
I wish I could accept all the enthusiasm for a GOP sweep that I am hearing on talk radio, reading in opinion pieces, and seeing on these and these forums.

RAS shows any lead in the Congressional Generic ballot the GOP had last Nov or as recent as April has evaporated - IMHO it is still a matter of SPINELESSNESS in the current Congress. Take for example no action from the US House on the admin ignoring of subpoenas, and most recent the anointment of Cantor's replacement demanded in one week short time schedule - Cantor gets to pick.

Date Dem GOP
06-09-14 41% 37%
04-20-14 40% 41%
12-01-13 38% 43%

Generic Congressional Ballot
25 posted on 06/14/2014 10:04:59 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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