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Posted on 12/16/2015 11:57:36 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
If senators got report cards the way children do in school, Ted Cruzâs would say âdoes not play well with othersâ every time.
Heâs been called the Senateâs âmost reviled member,â and thatâs just among his fellow Republicans.
But the junior senator from Texas seems to like it that way. His failures inside the Beltway are successes outside, where he points to them to show he is the only one standing up to what he likes to call the âWashington cartel.â
The more Washington hates him the more those who hate Washington love him. Thatâs his operating assumption, and itâs finally beginning to show up in poll numbers. He catapulted to the lead in Iowa this week less than 50 days before the stateâs caucuses.
His surge is attributed to the collapse of Ben Carson, an Evangelical favorite who was embarrassingly out of his league when the debate turned to national security and foreign policy, and a lot of time spent courting the stateâs religious Right.
Cruzâs campaign strategy is tailored for a state like Iowa with its large and influential base of Evangelical and conservative Republican voters. It will be the key to winning the Iowa Caucus February 1 and early southern primaries in states with a strong Evangelical and conservative presence.
His message may appeal to a disaffected element of the partyâs base but it is unlikely to go over well with non-Orthodox Jewish Republicans and independent voters.
Cruz has spent a lot of time courting Orthodox and very conservative Jews, and it appears to be paying off, but they are a minority of a minority.
For most Jews, his hardline anti-abortion, anti-immigration, anti-gay marriage and anti-Muslim views are repellent.
Cruz has suggested that if elected his interpretation of the Bible would take precedence over the Constitution or anything the Supreme Court says.
Cruz seems to go out of his way to antagonize people ,particularly his fellow Republicans. He has called his party leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a liar, and former President George W.
Bush, in whose administration he served, said, âI just donât like that guy.â And it had nothing to do with running against brother Jeb.
A growing number of political pros and observers in both parties see Cruz as the most likely to dump Trump and become the GOP nominee â something that has the party establishment worried. That is pushing the party leaders toward Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been focusing most of his fire and ire at his colleague from Texas lately.
Both men are 44, sons of Cuban immigrants, serving their first term and elected as Tea Party favorites and have very similar views on domestic and social issues.
By style and design, Cruz has positioned himself so far to the right that Rubio comes off looking â unfairly â like a moderate.
The party establishment, never enamored of Cruz, is looking at Rubio as its candidate unless one of the also-rans makes a sudden dash for the roses.
Cruz tries to paint Rubio as a liberal who supports the Clinton-Obama foreign policy and is too anxious to start another war, while Rubio calls Cruz an isolationist who is weak on national security.
The choice between Cruz and Rubio seems to have split the GOPâs wealthiest Jewish power couple. The word from Republican sources is that billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who spent upwards of $100 million in the 2012 campaign, is impressed with the young Floridian, who has been calling him frequently to kibbitz about issues.
Dr. Miriam Adelson is reportedly impressed by Cruzâs hardline pro-Israel rhetoric.
The selection â possibly a split decision â could be made in Las Vegas this week following Tuesdayâs GOP presidential debate at Adelsonâsâ Venetian Casino Hotel.
Unlike Carson, who could not even pronounce Hamas, Cruz goes well prepared when he meets Jewish groups, even to the point of knowing the month of the Hebrew calendar. No one has courted Jewish support, especially Orthodox, more assiduously and effectively.
He walked out on a group of Christian Arabs who booed when he praised Israel, telling his audience, âIf you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you.â
He may have planned that encounter in advance, but the retelling wins him great applause from Jewish audiences.
One secret of his success with a small segment of Jewish audiences is his senior adviser, Nick Muzin, who is Orthodox and has close ties to that community, which he uses to boost Cruzâs campaign.
âI share a great many values with the Jewish community and the Orthodox community,â Cruz told Politico. Chief among them is support for Israel, he added.
Cruz has little interest in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and, unlike recent presidents, would not try to revive peace negotiations unless requested by Israel.
He shares Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuâs position that âunless and until the Palestinians can agreeâ to recognize Israel as the Jewish state and renounce terrorism âno lasting peace solution is likely,â Cruz said. Settlements, he adds, are an Israeli matter and none of the Americansâ business.
He refused to endorse the two-state solution when asked about it in an appearance before the Evangelical Christians United for Israel. âI donât think it is the role of the United States, or any other foreign nation, to try to impose a specific solution on the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.â
That view â which is more rigid than Netanyahuâs â may reflect Adelsonâs strident opposition to Palestinian statehood.
The prime minister, however, has endorsed the two-state approach, at least nominally, and it has been the policy of recent American presidents of both parties.
Cruz, like just about every other candidate with the possible exception of Donald Trump, has promised to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And, like all the others, he wonât. Itâs just an empty promise they all make but it wonât happen until both sides make peace, and Cruz has shown scant interest in bringing that about.
Cruzâs outreach to Jews, like that of the GOP, focuses on Israel, particularly support for the hardline Likud and Netanyahu approach. For Cruz and others in the GOP that includes strident opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, excoriating President Barack Obama for not using the phrase âradical Islamic terrorismâ and, while not going to Trumpian extremes, engaging in Islamophobia.
Thereâs sound reasoning behind that approach. Republicans know they have no chance with the overwhelming majority of Jewish voters, but the hardline rhetoric appeals to many Orthodox and the very conservative elite of pro-Israel mega-givers.
In Cruzâs mission to become the most conservative president in history, and the most right wing when it comes to Israel, he may win the big pro-Israel campaign bucks. But if nominated, both his positions on Israel and his focus on the most conservative Evangelical voters are almost certain to guarantee a record-low Jewish GOP vote next November.
The truth is that these are the only “real Jews” left in the world today! Too many of the rest are simply PC sycophants for Marxism and Islam.
The J Post would rather keep Obama who hates Israel. Ted Cruz would be one of the best friends Israel ever had. The Post editors better wake up to who is surrounding them before they start casting stones at Cruz.
Typical liberal lit piece.
What this writer is stating is "most Jews are pro-killing babies, pro-invasion from unknown hordes, pro-homosexual acts and pro-Muslim/Islam and Shariah laws over their God Jehovah and their own scriptures!
Sadly, but he speaks the truth!!!
“His message may appeal to a disaffected element of the partyÃ¢â¬â¢s base but it is unlikely to go over well with non-Orthodox Jewish Republicans and independent voters.”
Hmm.... Will have to take that under consideration.
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>> For most Jews, his hardline anti-abortion, anti-immigration, anti-gay marriage and anti-Muslim views are repellent.
Duh! Thank you Captain Obvious!
That’s why the great majority of liberal and “reformed” Jews vote DEMOCRAT.
Its true, my Mom’s four Jewish friends, could care less about Israel, their number one priority is making sure that women can still murder their babies that is all they care about
Bloomfield is a Washington insider and longtime Democrat partisan, not an Israeli.
At least the JP puts him in the Opinion section.
They’re all real Jews regardless who they support for the GOP nomination.
I think Sessions, Mike Lee and anyone who thinks themselves a conservative in the senate (that may be it) needs to come out and vigorously defend Cruz from this line of argument. The fact is that the Senate GOP has become an extension of the Democrat party under McConnell, refusing to do anything to reverse the leftist extremism of Barak Obama. Cruz has exposed them for holding show votes, for claiming they can do nothing when in fact they could, and for saying they will do one thing then doing another. They dislike him because he reveals their game to those who don't know what they are up to, and makes it harder for them to get away with it.
Anyone who is a conservative should be doing the same thing. It has nothing to do with "playing well with others." It has to do with the current composition of the Senate GOP, especially the leadership. If Cruz were elected in 1980, he would have fit right in, and been right there with Helms, East, Hatch, Gramm, Laxalt and the many other Senate conservatives, men who wielded power and chaired committees. Hatch has gone liberal over the years, but he was once a stalwart. They were stuck with Howard Baker and Bob Dole as leaders, but they got to push their views and get things taken to a vote. In 1994, it became even more possible to be a conservative Senator.
What causes Cruz trouble is that between 1994 and 2006, the GOP became the party of crony capitalism. Conservatism became a scheme that they used to get rich and powerful, not an end in itself. People like Hatch, Boehner, McConnell have been seduced by DC's siren song. So when a true conservative gets elected in 2012, he is now an outcast, separated from even his own party, because he believes what they claim to profess.
That is why Cruz can't get things done in the Senate. It's not that he doesn't play well with others, it's that others are on a different team, and he is not playing with them, but against them. Or rather, they are playing against him.
If true (which it seems to be) this is such a shame.
The Democratic Party and its Progressive worldview is the Baal, the wooden household idol, and the "high place" of the modern, liberal Jew. Such an awful shame. But then, this is to be expected. Read the Tanak for example after example of the people God chose choosing to not choose God.
Such a shame. Pray for these lost people.
I don’t understand this obsession with abortion. It’s sick. The Jews should be procreating after the vast amount of people who were murdered in the 20th century.
And your evidence for that which does not require the males to drop their pants is what, exactly? They can still spin a dreidel? They remember a little of the Yiddish their bubbe tried to teach them? They still have a savings bond from their bar mitzvah?
I don’t know about Orthodox here in the U.S. but most of the ones in Israel are about as bad as the Palestinians. But I was thinking the same thing as you... most of the secular Jews here are left of Hillary and Obama. Cruz would have no chance with them so why bother?
“In Cruz’s mission to become the most conservative president in history, and the most right wing when it comes to Israel, he may win the big pro-Israel campaign bucks. But if nominated, both his positions on Israel and his focus on the most conservative Evangelical voters are almost certain to guarantee a record-low Jewish GOP vote next November.”
And that would be different how? I don’t think we should look at them (Jewish GOP voters) as Republicans but as future Democrats that just need a slight touch to push them over the line. Really, I don’t think that group are going to be the ones that decide this election.
Jewish voters, overwhelmingly located in solid Dem locations, don’t make a difference. Jews aren’t a margin of victory except very locally, except for Florida. Even the Florida state exception goes Republican without Jewish support when the vote is close, so the Jewish vote there is less important than the numbers might indicate.
Jewish money is already far more evenly divided.
God bless Cruz. Of any of the candidates, he’s not ignorant about why he supports Israel. And he’s probably aware of the fact that most of them will hate him for it.
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