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  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 11:49:01 AM PDT · 93 of 149
    irish_links to Jim Robinson
    “Of course not. Keep up the good work, loser.”

    It is something of a complement to be called a loser by an individual whose rate of success in picking winners has been somewhat less than perfect (O'Donnell, Angle, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum and a host of other RINO-killers whose names are long forgotten). Let us hope that Senator Cruz has more merit and greater success than these former champions.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 11:36:12 AM PDT · 91 of 149
    irish_links to Norseman
    ...Public in General: We don’t like Obamacare on balance either. What the hell are you doing, messing with our benefits because of that one lousy issue? Note that conservative retirees are likely to be much harder on their Dem Congressman, and liberal beneficiaries are mostly represented by Dem Congressman. So who’s going to get the most angry calls from constituents?

    You have distilled the issue to its essence. The ACA is not popular but neither are its opponents. The public is fickle and many will turn against those who appear to be using bullying tactics to get their way. Opinion quickly will turn against the insurgents.

    The knowledge of civics among Americans is poor, but they instinctively have a sense of fair play and an abiding respect for the democratic process. Any side that appears to supersede the process will be rejected by many. This sentiment will be compounded by the endless stories of woe that will be broadcast by the media, many of which will be authentically disturbing.

    The outcome you foresee could be possible if our goal is limited, perhaps a delay of implementation for a year. But an outright defunding will appear to be an overreach to many and voters will be reluctant to reward a group of undemocratic bullies throwing their weight around at the expense of grandmas, orphans, war widow and unemployed vets.

    I can assure you that Sen. Cruz does not play as well to the general public as he does to you. His charisma will not change this basic calculus. Follow him into the breach at your peril.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 11:21:57 AM PDT · 87 of 149
    irish_links to Vindication
    ...Will we win this battle? Maybe not but hell if I am going to be cowed by this corrupted culture and it’s hyenas in the Lamestream Media....

    I am sympathetic to your frustration. Those of us who support constitutionally limited government have had a tough 25 years.

    But we should not grasp at straws. We are fighting an intractable foe with a dominate voice in the wider culture. Winning this battle will be difficult.

    Senator Cruz and his allies propose a strategy that presents few risks to them. For the firebrands, mounting this Pickett's charge will only serve to burnish their resumes.

    But the inevitable loss will redound negatively to our side and serve to strengthen our opponent. So why fall into their trap and invite them to out flank us? It is folly.

    Sen. Cruz presents himself as a latter day Alexander, ready to conquer the East. Let him defeat a few Illyrians and feckless Greeks to demonstrate his skills in battle before you follow him across the Hellespont to take on the King of Persia.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 11:10:30 AM PDT · 83 of 149
    irish_links to Jim Robinson
    ...Hey, pal. If you do not wish to support our fight against unconstitutional big government then please post elsewhere. Defeatism is not welcome here...

    Politics are not the National Football League. Losses have real consequences: damaged economies, lost rights, murdered unborn and further decline of the culture, if that is even imaginable.

    It is my opinion that the strategy proposed by Senator Cruz is doomed to defeat. The cost of that defeat will be high. How high the cost I do not know. I prefer not to find out.

    As for the qualities of Sen. Cruz, I do not have enough information to form a solid opinion. He is certainly intelligent. But, he also is young and untested, and he seems terribly ambitious for a man with precious little experience at this game. I am wary until proved otherwise.

    For my money, Sen. Paul is a far cooler head and persuasive advocate for the causes that we share (how quick you are to assume that I do not share your objectives if I question your tactics). Let us not get too passionate in support of our “team” and lose sight of the goal.

    As in professional golf, one can't win a tournament on Thursday. But, one can surely lose it. Sen. Cruz is threatening to lose this tournament very early in the first round. I hope that cooler heads, like Senator Paul's, prevail.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:14:41 AM PDT · 65 of 149
    irish_links to Marcella

    ...I think irish needs to go to another forum, period....

    There’s the old spirit of open discussion and pursuit of the truth: banish the un-mutual non-conformist! I forgot for a moment that FR is dedicated to groupthink.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:10:10 AM PDT · 62 of 149
    irish_links to irish_links

    Sorry for the multiple posts. I’m having network problems.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:09:11 AM PDT · 61 of 149
    irish_links to Norseman

    ...Whoever votes to shut down the government just to save Obamacare has the losing side of the political battle on this one. Shut it down and let’s see who caves....

    It is important to avoid projecting one’s own enthusiasms on the broader public. The ACA isn’t popular, but it is more popular than denying grandma her social security check and the wives and children of soldiers in the AfPak theater their paychecks and a million other things that the mainstream media will seize upon. Whatever the echo chamber of FR leads you to believe, the country won’t be behind Cruz and Co. on this hopeless crusade.

    Did you not hear POTUS yesterday taunting the “extreme right” to go ahead and make his day? A shutdown is precisely what he wants. It saved Billie Jeff’s chestnuts in 1998 and it will save this charlatan’s in 2013. Don’t fall for this trap again.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:08:04 AM PDT · 60 of 149
    irish_links to Norseman

    ...Whoever votes to shut down the government just to save Obamacare has the losing side of the political battle on this one. Shut it down and let’s see who caves....

    It is important to avoid projecting one’s own enthusiasms on the broader public. The ACA isn’t popular, but it is more popular than denying grandma her social security check and the wives and children of soldiers in the AfPak theater their paychecks and a million other things that the mainstream media will seize upon. Whatever the echo chamber of FR leads you to believe, the country won’t be behind Cruz and Co. on this hopeless crusade.

    Did you not hear POTUS yesterday taunting the “extreme right” to go ahead and make his day? A shutdown is precisely what he wants. It saved Billie Jeff’s chestnuts in 1998 and it will save this charlatan’s in 2013. Don’t fall for this trap again.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 10:07:44 AM PDT · 59 of 149
    irish_links to Norseman

    ...Whoever votes to shut down the government just to save Obamacare has the losing side of the political battle on this one. Shut it down and let’s see who caves....

    It is important to avoid projecting one’s own enthusiasms on the broader public. The ACA isn’t popular, but it is more popular than denying grandma her social security check and the wives and children of soldiers in the AfPak theater their paychecks and a million other things that the mainstream media will seize upon. Whatever the echo chamber of FR leads you to believe, the country won’t be behind Cruz and Co. on this hopeless crusade.

    Did you not hear POTUS yesterday taunting the “extreme right” to go ahead and make his day? A shutdown is precisely what he wants. It saved Billie Jeff’s chestnuts in 1998 and it will save this charlatan’s in 2013. Don’t fall for this trap again.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 9:38:32 AM PDT · 40 of 149
    irish_links to max americana

    ” practically-minded Republicans, like Sen. John McCain (Ariz.). Now we are assuming he has a brain.”

    McCain is a slow motion disaster for conservatives, something like Chinese water torture. Cruz, conversely, will prove to be a very short-fused weapon of conservative self destruction.

    Using budget gimmicks to “force” the left to make an about face on the ACA will not succeed; indeed it will be a spectacular failure. Please, do not go down this path again.

    The GOP is in decent shape to make meaningful gains in the Senate and maybe the House in 2014. Regaining control of Capitol Hill is the only way to overturn ObamaCare. Don’t blow our only chance to stop this train wreck pursuing political theatre that will feel good for about 30 seconds before the stage collapses around us.

    Cruz is an ambitious man. He advances his political fortunes in this battle, win or lose. Be wary of following an ambitious and careless man.

  • Just How Extremist Are the Rebels in Syria?

    09/17/2013 6:00:29 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    irish_links to Gorilla44
    ...Nearly half of the rebel forces battling to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are jihadist or hardline Islamists...

    The other half consists of Sunni warlords and their various minions connected by tribal affiliation seeking to carve out fiefs from which to extract monopoly rents: i.e. protection money. I guess the definition of a Sunni moderate to State is a Sunni who only wants to make serfs or Dhimmis out of the unfortunates under his power. An extremist Sunni is one who seeks economic and religious domination of the population. A moderate says, “your money or your life.” An extremists says, “convert and submit to the will of Allah and then give me your money or you will lose your head and have the execution shown on heavy rotation on You-Tube.”

    Well, let's all get on board with the Arab Spring!

  • With Navy Yard shooters still at large, Obama warns of 'extreme wing' Republicans

    09/16/2013 12:40:49 PM PDT · 39 of 47
    irish_links to andy58-in-nh
    ...His formula is always the same: - Any opposition to him is characterized as “extreme” and said to be motivated by malice or cruelty, and never by principle...

    Thanks for this well articulated and spot on critique. This ad hominem attack has been employed so often that even the sophist's supporters should be demanding that it come to an end for the sake of fair play and detoxifying our politics. Instead, the media and the Left (I repeat myself) never fail to echo the same calumny, as you rightly point out. We live in shameful times.

  • The decline and fall of Barack Obama

    09/16/2013 7:11:57 AM PDT · 40 of 47
    irish_links to Netz
    ..Oh yeah, and I forgot, Hawaii 5-Obama...Steve Magarret and Danto, Kham Fong as Chin Ho....

    Indeed, Jack Lord is a national treasure. But, as my Christian name is Daniel, I must correct you, Jack's signature line was “Book him, Danno,” not Danto. You're stepping on hallowed ground.

  • The decline and fall of Barack Obama

    09/16/2013 6:22:35 AM PDT · 37 of 47
    irish_links to Netz

    ...So maybe this is it? Events of Biblical proportions?...

    I doubt that the events you describe could be set in motion by such a third rate harlequin. Our God moves with might not irony.

    But then again, the prophet Nathaniel asked whether anything good could come from Nazareth? Perhaps we should be asking whether anything bad may come from Hawaii?

  • The decline and fall of Barack Obama

    09/16/2013 4:40:27 AM PDT · 29 of 47
    irish_links to Netz

    ...He was (and still is) a mediocre Orator-Sophist that is lost without his teleprompter....

    This is one of the most concise and accurate assessments of the man I have seen. One can count on the ancient Greeks to provide us with everything we need to know about the foibles and weaknesses of men! Perhaps the last unanswered question is whom will history detest more, Alcibiades or this quisling?

  • Big Move Coming for Shep Smith at Fox News

    09/12/2013 3:07:51 PM PDT · 74 of 84
    irish_links to Buckeye McFrog
    ...Boy, that Roger Ailes sure can lay it on thick as he's easing you out the door, can't he?...

    This bon mot is hereby nominated for “Post of the Day.” Well played fellow Buckeye.

  • Italian priest gifts pope his old Renault

    09/11/2013 5:27:29 AM PDT · 23 of 26
    irish_links to TangoLimaSierra
    ...Speaking strictly as a lifelong atheist: this pope is making the right impression on me. Ditto that....

    Speaking strictly as a Roman Catholic, if you liked Liberation Theology, you'll be even more impressed by His Holiness in the future. As for me, I miss Ratzinger so much at times I weep.

  • Catholic Bishops Push for Immigration Bill

    09/10/2013 9:43:54 AM PDT · 32 of 38
    irish_links to stanne

    ...And you can take you animosity toward the Blessed mother to your pastor or to a priest for clarification or tho the father of lies if you wish, but it won’t do you any good here...

    Thanks for posting this so I didn’t have to. May the Saints in heaven (especially or Lady) bless you.

  • Unless he’s serious, vote no

    09/06/2013 5:27:38 AM PDT · 14 of 27
    irish_links to Oldeconomybuyer

    Frankly, I would prefer an unserious shot across the bow to a serious war. Doesn’t Charles realize by now that serious wars have serious consequences? Can the War Party at least wait until we enounter an actual threat to our national security before launching the next serious war?

  • Rand Paul ready for a standing filibuster 2.0 on Syria? (Video in the link)

    09/05/2013 5:32:39 AM PDT · 62 of 63
    irish_links to Chickensoup
    ....We are already ruled by mob, bullies and totalitarians. If we don’t show some size and force, history will say of us as Solzhenitsyn said ....

    More accurately, we are governed by an Administration of unscrupulous ideologues. But this is a democratic republic. The people have the power of free speach and right to exercise the citizens’ franchise. We are not yet a Third World banana republic, and I would prefer to keep it that way.

    Organizing baying mobs to shake fists at the Capitol Building is not the proper way to effect change. Calling your congressman's or senator's office and expressing your thoughts, writing letters to the editor, gathering on the village green with picket signs: these are the actions of active citizens in a democracy. Conversely, unsubtle threats of violence are the tactics of the Left: ‘no justice, no peace,’ and similar nonsense. Let us refrain from this.

    If I were a “kid” it is unlikely that I would express this view. Indeed, I am not and have lived through the disorder of the Sixties and the despair of the Seventies. I have seen how high the price of freedom was for people who actually lived under totalitarian governments, as Solzhenitsyn did. Therefore, I wish to preserve our Republic, a government that rules by the will of the people and abides by the rule of law. Introduction of rule by the largest and most potentially destructive mob will only lead to chaos, followed by tyranny. Count me out.