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  • Ted Cruz, In the Line of Fire

    03/31/2015 5:33:55 PM PDT · by The_Harlequin · 25 replies
    Thought Crimes ^ | 03-30-15 | Chris Shugart
    I occasionally like to cite the old saying, “If you’re not getting flak, you’re not over the target.” Applicable in so many situations, it can now be applied to Ted Cruz’s recent announcement that he’s running for president. At this early stage of the game, I’m not so interested in his platform, or his political record. But watching the criticism from the Democrats alongside the skepticism and tepid reception from the Republican establishment is the sort of thing that always gets my attention. You can always tell how much of a threat your opponents consider you to be by the...
  • Inside Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign headquarters in Houston

    03/31/2015 8:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    KTRK-TV ^ | March 31, 2015 | Tom Abrahams
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- On the seventh floor of a Greenway Plaza high rise, Senator Ted Cruz's campaign operation is in full swing. Sweet, modern open space complete with a playroom for children. Cruz, and his wife Heidi, have two young daughters. His campaign manager has a one-year-old. The national headquarters is divided into several sections. They include a large space for data collection, an area for the national press team, a policy area, administration, and in the back around the corner is an area reserved for finance. Both Cruz and his wife also have offices. Heidi, who works for Goldman...
  • Memo to Ted Cruz: It’s time to get better at speaking Spanish

    03/31/2015 2:37:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Fusion ^ | March 23, 2015 | Juan Vidal
    Ted Cruz won’t sit around and wait, because waiting is a loser’s game. Cruz, the first-term Republican senator from Texas, officially announced his candidacy for president of the United States early Monday morning. While there are many fascinating aspects to Cruz’s candidacy announcement—his climate change denials, his political grandstanding that led to a government shutdown— there is one question that immediately arises in my mind: What will he, a Cuban-American, do to speak directly to Latino voters over the next several months? Cruz has been dismissed in the past for not being “Latino enough.” And although he doesn’t speak fluent...
  • JOAN WALSH: America’s next top bigot: Why GOP’s upcoming primary is an anti-gay freak show

    03/31/2015 2:17:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Salon ^ | March 31, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    When it comes to LGBT rights, the 2016 GOP roster may be more ridiculous than the clown car of 2012. Thanks to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, we’re getting an early look at a field of GOP presidential hopefuls that is supposed to include some moderates who plan on expanding the party’s appeal beyond its right-wing base. And it’s pathetic. Before Pence’s odd press conference, where he promised to “fix” the bill but insisted there was nothing wrong with it, the top GOP contenders hustled to outdo one another in backing Pence and his divisive legislation. Let’s remember that in...
  • OPINION — White: Republicans should nominate Cruz for president

    03/31/2015 1:58:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Ted Cruz, a Republican junior senator from Texas, announced last week he would be running for the presidency of the U.S. before even forming an exploratory committee, which is a common first step in a campaign. Cruz has drawn the ire of several Republicans and Democrats alike on Capitol Hill due to his strident style, brash confidence and uncompromising political views — despite the fact he is still in his first term. With his announcement, Cruz has immediately differentiated himself from any other Republican candidate in a very deep field. Other major candidates such as Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rick...
  • Guest Opinion: Ted Cruz embodies the American spirit

    03/31/2015 1:39:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Macomb Daily ^ | March 24, 2015 | Alan Loncar, Special to Digital First Media
    If the 19th century English philosopher George Henry Lewes heard Senator Ted Cruz speak as he did Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, then Senator Cruz could convincingly be said to be the inspiration for Mr. Lewes’ quote that “originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.” Senator Cruz announced at Liberty that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president. Our story does not end there. Cruz’s speech touched on more than campaign promises or party platform. It touched — focused — on the senator’s beliefs, deeply felt, on government’s limited role in relation to man,...
  • Beware of Single Issue-ism, Folks

    03/23/2015 2:05:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 3-23-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's what I worry about on the Republican side. I told this to Ted Cruz. He asked. Don't sweat it. I wasn't volunteering things. He asked. One of the things I've noticed over the 25-plus years of doing this program, every Republican primary, doesn't matter, every Republican presidential primary, there's a series of candidates. Some are conservative, some are okay, some are bad, but they're conservatives. Some have been really good. And we take 'em out one by one because they're not perfect. I'll give you an example. One of the first days -- well, recent first days. One...
  • Rush: Here’s what to Watch Now that Cruz is In

    03/24/2015 10:33:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 37 replies
    TeaParty.org ^ | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Hey, hey. Hey, hey, hey, have you heard the news, folks? Have you heard the news? Some guy who has only been a senator for a short time, some guy without any real executive experience, some guy whose biggest qualification is he went to Harvard Law School, some guy with a foreign name and mixed ethnic background, some guy who has questions about his birth certificate, have you heard this guy’s running for president? Isn’t that crazy? And the Democrats are telling us this guy is not qualified, that he’s dumb, that he’s stupid, that he’s incendiary, and that...
  • Rush Limbaugh: As Predicted, Conservatives Attack Cruz

    03/24/2015 2:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday Ted Cruz makes his speech at Liberty University, and I shared with you the fact that I had spoken with Mr. Cruz on Friday. And I shared with you additionally that I had told him one thing after he asked. It's important for you to know that he asked. I did not sit there and tell him how to do his business. I warned him, I told him that something I have noticed in the last probably three or four presidential primaries, certainly the last two or three, what happens is that conservatives...
  • Voice of GOP Establishment Gives Thumbs Down on Ted Cruz Because of Government Shutdown

    03/25/2015 4:07:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I want you to hear Brit Hume. This was last night on The Kelly File. This is Brit Hume explaining why mainstream Republicans like him will not be with Ted Cruz. They just can't see supporting Ted Cruz. HUME: Ted Cruz has not won any friends among mainstream Republicans by his choice of tactics. There's a significant number of Republicans out there who believe -- and I'm not making this up -- that the government shutdown did not hurt the Republican Party, but actually helped it win the majority. Now, obviously I don't think that's so, but those are...
  • Ted Cruz's Dazzling Announcement Speech Scared the Heck Out of the Left

    03/23/2015 12:13:59 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 3-23-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Hey, hey. Hey, hey, hey, have you heard the news, folks? Have you heard the news? Some guy who has only been a senator for a short time, some guy without any real executive experience, some guy whose biggest qualification is he went to Harvard Law School, some guy with a foreign name and mixed ethnic background, some guy who has questions about his birth certificate, have you heard this guy's running for president? Isn't that crazy? And the Democrats are telling us this guy is not qualified, that he's dumb, that he's stupid, that he's incendiary, and that...
  • Inside Ted Cruz's Doomed Attempt to Start a Young Conservative Revolution

    03/31/2015 1:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 31, 2015 | Livia Gershon
    Speaking in New Hampshire last Friday night, Ted Cruz recalled a snarky aside written by New York Times columnist David Brooks, identifying Cruz and Karl Marx as the two people who "believe that power can be wielded directly by the masses." Being lumped in with Marx is a bit unusual for him, Cruz noted, but he's thrilled to be dismissed as a wacky populist by an Establishment shill like Brooks. Cruz, the junior Senator from Texas and first official Republican presidential candidate for 2016, was keynoting the New England Freedom Conference, put on by Young America's Foundation, a far-right group...
  • CT Gov. Malloy: GOP candidates who defended Indiana’s RFRA disqualified from the presidency

    03/31/2015 1:17:29 PM PDT · by rightistight · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/31/15 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    How do you know that you’ve won the argument? It’s usually when your opponent expands the scope of the issues well beyond their deliberately narrow parameters in the pursuit of more favorable terrain. Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel Malloy is desperately searching for higher ground. On Monday, Malloy humiliated himself and his state when he imposed a ban on state-sponsored travel to Indiana in protest of that state’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. Unable to respond to the fact that his state also has a RFRA that is even more protective of the sensibilities of religious adherents, Malloy has taken to making...
  • Ted Cruz Makes an E-Mail Fundraising Push

    03/31/2015 1:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ted-cruz-email-push-2016/2015/03/31/id/635475/
  • Ted Cruz’s ambitions impede his understanding of the issues [GOP-E and CoC Cheerleader Barf Alert!]

    03/31/2015 1:08:38 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 31 at 3:33 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Politico reports, “Ted Cruz thunders about what he calls a ‘fundamentally unserious’ U.S. defense policy, but when he had a chance to weigh in during Senate Armed Services Committee hearings, he rarely showed up. Cruz, who announced last week he’s running for president, has the committee’s worst attendance record — by far.” His spokeswoman responds, “Sen. Cruz is deeply engaged in defense and national security issues. He never hesitates to defend American sovereignty and has established a remarkable track record leading on these matters.” Cruz later chimed in, “It’s not like I’ve been at the beach drinking a pina colada.”...
  • Cruz'n for a bruisin' The GOP religious right vs. the GOP establishment. (Cruz v. Bush he says)

    03/31/2015 12:33:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | Roger Simon, chief political columnist
    The blood is in the water. The game is afoot. And the Republicans are brawling. While Democrats are usually viewed as the undisciplined, fractious party, it is Republicans who sharpen their knives and slice each other up when the White House is at stake. The struggle is between two groups within the GOP. The establishment finally recognizes that the party must broaden its base. If the party appeals to only white, Christian conservatives, it will wind up as a regional party, capable of winning Senate and House seats but incapable of winning a national election. We must nominate a presidential...
  • How do you solve a problem like the Clintons?

    03/31/2015 2:57:54 AM PDT · by CptnObvious · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    How do you solve a problem like the Clintons? Their incessant vacuuming of cash and skirting (no pun intended) of laws and regulations would place lesser mortals in danger of prison, yet the Clintons walk free, their money-making careers booming. “Dough, we fear, we need more, dear ‘Ray,’ the name of a Clinton foe Me, a name that fits myself Fah, as far from law I run So, I say when bending laws La, a shrug to follow so Tee (off), with me for lots of ‘bread’ Which brings us back to dough.” And lots of it. ... How do...
  • What the Constitution says about Ted Cruz--ZOT!

    03/31/2015 2:34:35 AM PDT · by aquapub · 48 replies
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3/31/15 | Robert Moon
    The debate over Senator Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for president revolves around conflicting information from several key authorities on the Natural Born Citizen clause. The question is whether a person is a "natural born citizen" (as intended by Section 1 Article 2 of the Constitution) by merely being born inside the U.S. (the rule of jus soli, or 'rule of the soil'), or by being born in the U.S. with one or both parents also being American citizens...or by being born anywhere in the world to one or more parents who are U.S. citizens (the rule of jus sanguinis,...
  • Juan Williams: Boehner’s Trip to Israel is Racist

    03/31/2015 4:02:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 52 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 31, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Juan Williams: Boehner’s Trip to Israel is RacistPosted By Daniel Greenfield On March 31, 2015 @ 1:03 am In The Point | No Comments “Something something racist.” A Democratic argument from 2008 to 2016.Juan Williams is back and he wants you to know that Boehner’s trip to Israel is racist. Also all trips are racist. And all planes. Especially white planes. The real issue here is the way Boehner is recklessly sowing division along party lines on Israel. He is also — intentionally or not — heightening the silent but simmering racial tensions that increasingly divide Americans on the subject.The...
  • 2016 Republican hopefuls rush to defense of Indiana religious freedom law

    03/31/2015 6:47:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A throng of likely Republican presidential contenders came to the defense Monday of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s signing of the state’s religious-freedom law, signaling a sharp contrast with Democrats on an issue that could extend into the 2016 race.
  • Peggy Noonan, Then and Now: Notice her reaction to 2 first-time senators running for President

    03/30/2015 7:52:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/29/2015 | Ed Driscoll
    Past performance is no guarantee of future results: Mr. Cruz knows his reputation as the angry, surly face of the dark side of conservatism. He’s the government-shutdown artist*, the living answer to the question “What if Joe McCarthy went to Harvard Law?” He says it’s a caricature.**He once noted to me in conversation that when people on TV call him angry and snarling, they never show video to illustrate the point. He says there is no angry, snarling video because he isn’t angry and doesn’t snarl. He never throws mud, he says, and won’t. He sees himself as a...
  • James Carville: Ted Cruz "the most talented and fearless Republican politician" since Reagan-5/2013

    03/28/2015 4:22:39 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 48 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 5, 2013 | James Carville
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQA4ww_AnQw
  • Washington Post Column: Don’t dismiss Ted Cruz

    03/31/2015 6:59:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/31/2015 | Marc Thiessen
    Ted Cruz is being called a Republican Obama, but he has not exactly gotten an Obama-like reception from the mainstream media. Liberal commentators have, predictably, beclowned themselves in the wake of Cruz’s presidential announcement. Chris Matthews (the guy who “felt a thrill going up his leg” when Barack Obama spoke during the 2008 campaign) compared Cruz to Sen. Joe McCarthy, even showing pictures of McCarthy and Cruz in the same pose. Ebony magazine Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux told MSNBC that Cruz likes country music because “nothing says ‘let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music.” On “Morning Joe,” Donny Deutsch...
  • TED CRUZ: I’m PROUD to stand with Gov. Mike Pence!

    03/30/2015 9:27:33 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 88 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 3/30/2015 | Right Scoop
    Unlike Scott Walker and more emphatic than Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz enthusiastically supports Gov. Mike Pence and urges all Americans to do the same: HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following statement today in support of Governor Mike Pence’s effort to defend religious liberty and protect against the government forcing individuals to violate their deeply held beliefs: “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition. There was a time, not too long ago, when defending religious liberty enjoyed strong bipartisan support. Alas, today we...
  • A staggering 40% of Millennials believe that homosexual relationships are 'immoral'

    03/30/2015 7:35:14 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/30/15 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    A further 33 per cent believe abortion should be legal in most cases Two-thirds said they believe schools need to offer more sexual education classes 71 per cent of millennials, people aged between 18 and 35, still believe in marriage
  • Ted Cruz Could Make It Difficult for Marco Rubio in 2016

    03/30/2015 9:52:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | Javier Manjarres
    This past weekend, word got out that Senator Marco Rubio had reserved the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida, for an event, possibly to announce his 2016 presidential intentions. Those close to Rubio quickly tried to dispel the original Tampa Bay Times story as being false. Asked about reports he had booked the Freedom Tower in Miami on that date for an undisclosed event, Rubio said he had not reserved a specific site yet. Senator Rubio himself has been reaching out to long-time supporters and donors asking them if they could attend his April 13th event. Other staffers have been charged...
  • Criticize Senator Ted Cruz’s bid for Republican nomination

    03/30/2015 11:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz set off a media firestorm last week by becoming the first to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in 2016. The media has generally described Cruz as a passionate, hard-line conservative and a polarizing figure. Writing for Fox News, Michael Goodwin argued that Cruz has a chance at becoming our next president, calling him “a brilliant man of clear conservative convictions, not muddled by the politics of calculation.” It’s a nice sentiment, but it also effectively illustrates the underlying problem with candidates like Cruz and with our political system in general: being “muddled” by a...
  • The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

    03/30/2015 8:19:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Japan Today / Thomson Reuters ^ | March 30, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    As Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) announced last week that he was running for president, his Virginia audience cheered. He dropped applause line after applause line on some 10,000 students at Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world. Cruz riffed, unimaginatively, on an “imagine” theme, asking the young audience to “imagine a president” who would repeal Obamacare and perform other feats. There was applause throughout. But one line prompted the students to erupt into a roaring, 30-second, standing ovation: “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with...
  • Republican nominee Ted Cruz’s aggression targets demographic

    03/30/2015 4:32:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The University of Miami in Coral Gables' The Hurricane ^ | March 29, 2015 | Andrew Allen, sophomore communications major
    Sen. Ted Cruz has been making headlines on his trek to become the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election. Cruz’s tactics are abnormally overt for a potential candidate, spreading what can best be described as fire and brimstone political sermonizing across the country. His words and demeanor aren’t just authoritative or passionate, they’re practically ecclesiastical. This approach says a lot about the current dispositions and the potential future of the extreme conservative right. While Cruz’s strategy may seem off-putting and baffling to many, there is a carefully calculated set of tactics backing his words. His politicized, Baptist preacher shtick...
  • What Was Ted Cruz like at Harvard?

    03/30/2015 4:19:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | March 30, 2015 | Metro.us
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz loved to argue as a Harvard student and boasted he'd get the best grades in his class, only to lose out to two other classmates. In a series of exclusive interviews with Metro, several of his former classmates painted a complex portrait of the Tea Party's most beloved presidential candidate. Laurence Tribe, a longtime Harvard law professor, said Cruz took his constitutional law class, challenged his teacher in interesting and "invariably right-leaning" ways at every turn. Tribe said Cruz bragged to many of his classmates that he would receive the highest grade in the class, which...
  • Ted Cruz's team says this is the proof that he can run for US president despite his Canadian roots

    03/30/2015 4:03:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 30, 2015 | Hunter Walker
    According to his campaign team, two top lawyers definitively settled the question of whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is eligible to run for US president with an article published in the Harvard Law Review earlier this month. In an email to Business Insider last week, Cruz's senior adviser Catherine Frazier said the campaign is pointing any reporters who ask about Cruz's eligibility to the March 11 article by Neal Katyal and Paul Clement. "Any coverage on this issue should include the Harvard Law Review article by Katyal and Clement," Frazier wrote. Questions have been raised about Cruz's eligibility as he...
  • Can Ted Cruz Play Well With Others?

    03/30/2015 3:12:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | March 30, 2015 | John Dickerson
    Ted Cruz defended his lack of executive experience this weekend saying that he is not a “community organizer.” The Texas senator explained that unlike Barack Obama, who also ran for president after one term in the Senate, he had accomplished more before becoming a legislator. Cruz pointed to his period as solicitor general of Texas—an answer that was itself a display of the debating talents his supporters say qualify him to be president. Cruz wasn’t answering the question as much as redefining the criteria. A lack of executive experience cannot be overcome by simply not having the attributes of the...
  • The Brief: Candidate Cruz Tours New Hampshire

    03/30/2015 1:13:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | March 30, 2015 | John Reynolds
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz attends a "Politics And Eggs" breakfast in Manchester, N.H. on March 16, 2015.The Big Conversation The reviews are in for Ted Cruz's first campaign swing this weekend through New Hampshire, a key early presidential primary state. The New York Times: "Mr. Cruz, a Texas Republican who is the only announced candidate so far, seemed comfortable on the stump. Though not exactly altering his message, he brought out certain aspects of his persona and platform depending on the crowd in front of him. ... And he continued to find sizable and attentive audiences, with at least 100...
  • SciCheck: Cruz on the global cooling myth and how he's like Galileo

    03/30/2015 12:51:30 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 56 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz cited a 1975 Newsweek article on “global cooling” to question the evidence of global warming, and in the process made several incorrect and unsubstantiated claims. The Newsweek story, which did warn of a “cooling world,” has been criticized and largely debunked — by its own author. Cruz’s claim that “advocates of global cooling suddenly shifted to global warming” ignores the fact that there was no scientific consensus in the 1970s about global cooling. Cruz said that “satellite data demonstrate that there has been no significant warming whatsoever for 17 years.” This is misleading. Though the trend line...
  • What Ted Cruz has to do to win the White House

    03/30/2015 12:31:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    El Paso, Inc. ^ | March 30, 2015 | Jonathan Martin, The New York Times
    When Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas declared his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election last Monday, he became the first to do so officially. Here is a look at what he will need to do if he hopes to win. The coalition To win the Republican nomination, Cruz will have to bring together the party’s anti-establishment wing, which is made of separate but overlapping voter blocs, including Christian conservatives, libertarians and Tea Party voters angry with the leadership of both parties. His ultimate goal is to get into a one-on-one campaign against whoever emerges as the favorite of establishment Republicans....
  • ESTHER CEPEDA: Written all over his face (Already grasping at straws to attack him)

    03/30/2015 12:21:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | March 30, 2015 | Esther J. Cepeda
    Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, native of Canada, junior senator of Texas and lover of Wagner, has thrown his hat into the ring to be the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election. But it's not his hat that many recoil from so much as it is the head beneath it. Let's talk about the elephant in Ted Cruz's presidential campaign: his face. OK, it's symmetrical in its composition, not too pudgy or gaunt -- all in all, a fine face, really. Some might even say he has the face of an angel. Not me, mind you, but some. Like the...
  • Cruz Could Ride ‘Unlikeability’ All the Way to the White House

    03/30/2015 12:05:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Fiscal Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | Eric Pianin
    In an era of rampant anti-Washington sentiment among voters, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wears his reputation as a conservative iconoclast and one of the least popular members of the Senate as a badge of honor. Days after becoming the first politician to announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, Cruz dismissed suggestions he’s too unlikeable and disdainful of the government process in Washington to win the White House. ---snip--- Cruz also articulated his credentials before coming to Washington, noting how they differed with Obama’s early background as a community organizer. “I spent five and a half years as the...
  • Conservative darling is not electable

    03/29/2015 9:55:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Bucks County Courier-Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | The Editors
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasn’t taking any chances the other day when he announced he will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Cruz launched his bid at what for him was the friendliest of venues: Liberty University in Virginia, a Christian school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. It would have been difficult for Cruz to pick a more receptive crowd for his announcement. And he didn’t disappoint. He asked Christian conservatives in the audience and across the nation to imagine a United States without the IRS, without Obamacare and without abortion rights. Said Cruz: “I believe...
  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 9:12:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Christian Post's Politics ^ | March 29, 2015 | Daniel Stratton
    NEW YORK – Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas, stressed during a closed-door meeting with New York City Christian leaders earlier this week that for the first time in history an astounding 65 percent of Americans do not think that their children will have a better life than them. Cruz, who is the first in an expected crowded Republican field to officially launch a presidential campaign, said that this depressing outlook is unacceptable and that there is a need to restore hope for those who have lost their faith in America's leadership. "America wants to believe that America has...
  • LETTERS: Ted Cruz, Cruising to Victory or Unguided Cruz Missile?

    03/29/2015 8:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | Various
    Regarding your editorial “The Cruz Candidacy” (March 24): Shades of 1964! For those of us old-timers who worked in the Barry Goldwater camp during that campaign, we see an ominous parallel shaping up because all of the ingredients are there. As ardent conservatives we admired the charismatic retired Air Force general who projected all of our conservative values. Sadly, as history reminds us, he attracted far too few votes from centrist and liberal Republicans, from the independent sector and from middle America in general during the 1964 campaign. This led to one of the worst electoral debacles in our country’s...
  • GOP FINALLY HAS TOOL TO REPEAL OBAMACARE

    03/29/2015 8:45:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 29, 2015 | by Mike Flynn
    Last week, the GOP-led Congress passed a budget resolution which, Republicans claim, will balance the budget in 10 years. The resolution is a policy document, intended to guide the appropriations process, and doesn’t itself have the force of law. More important than the details of the budget document, the action sets up the GOP to finally match its action to its rhetoric and undo the worst aspects of Obama’s fiscal policies. Over the next two weeks, while Congress is in recess, the House and Senate will begin to hammer out small differences between the budget resolutions that passed each chamber....
  • Cruz Pushes Back on Inexperience: I Wasn't Just a 'Community Organizer'

    03/29/2015 8:16:50 PM PDT · by rightistight · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/29/15 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash grilled Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his lack of experience being similar to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s when he ran for president . Cruz defended his qualifications saying, “In his time in the Senate he had basically been a backbencher; he had not been leading on any issues of any significance. In my time in the Senate you can accuse me of being a lot of things but a backbencher is not one of them.” “Unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate,”...
  • Rivals, critics doubt Ted Cruz’s credentials at their peril

    03/29/2015 6:44:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | March 29, 2015 | Tom Jackson
    As we have discovered since he jetted from the starting blocks as 2016’s first declared presidential candidate, Ted Cruz seems to be a lot of things: scholar, radical (or patriot), genius (or know-it-all), upstart, loner, throwback (or traditionalist) and all-around lightning rod. Unproven, however, is that Cruz, a devoutly conservative Republican, is not qualified to seek the presidency, which was the position staked out by feather-trigger snipers even as Liberty University students showered his announcement with standing ovations. (Yes, they sort of had to be there, but they didn’t have to be enthusiastic about it.) Cruz, 44, is a first-term...
  • What liberals could learn from Ted Cruz’s flat tax

    03/30/2015 11:38:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Vox ^ | March 30, 2015 | Dylan Matthews
    Ted Cruz has developed a reputation as the most conservative of the major 2016 Republican presidential candidates, but he hasn't taken many specific policy positions to earn that moniker. One exception? His longtime support for a flat tax. The flat tax dramatically lowers the top tax rate and exempts capital gains and dividends from taxation. It's astonishingly regressive: the rich pay far less, hedge fund managers and private equity types like Mitt Romney would pay literally nothing, and while the exact rate varies from plan to plan, it's certainly not going to be as low as 10 or 15 percent,...
  • Crazy Ted Cruz's presidential bid

    03/30/2015 11:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Iowegian's Raging Moderate Blog ^ | March 30, 2015 | Will Durst, award-winning, nationally acclaimed political comic
    Winter is over! Winter is over! Excuse the jubilation, but we ink-stained wretches love the ritual excitement that occurs every spring. This spring is extra exciting, because it comes with our big quadrennial first sighting of a red nose popping out of the presidential wannabe clown car. This seasonal harbinger is Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy for the highest office of the land. Throwing his 10-gallon hat into the ring at Liberty University, Cruz spoke to an assembly of students whose attendance was required. Mandatory attendance at Liberty University. Sounds like definition of the word "freedom" is fairly fluid...
  • CNN’s Dana Bash Tries to Take Out Ted Cruz, Fails Miserably

    03/30/2015 11:08:23 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 52 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03-30-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    This is the most hilarious interview with Ted Cruz I’ve seen thus far. Thank you CNN, for delivering this epic bit of blowback: [IVDEO] Please, somebody, help me, I can’t stop laughing. Bash tried to smack Cruz around by comparing him to Obama (funny, she didn’t have a problem with the current president having no executive or much political experience when he ran for the White House in 2008), hoping it would silence and embarrass the senator from Texas. She got a healthy dose of “you’ve got to be kidding” me instead. Two years in the Senate, not much experience...
  • Enough is Enough, It’s Time to Downsize the Federal Government

    03/30/2015 10:39:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/15 | David Coughlin
    Repair and realignment of our federal government The size of the federal government has exploded over the last century. The legislative and judicial branches of government have grown to serve the increased number of states and its growing population. The size and scope of the executive branch has grown to reflect an expanded role of the federal government over the last 100 years. Apparently the staffing of fourteen separate Cabinet Departments were not enough to manage the current executive branch, so Barack Obama felt the need to appoint a number of “czars” to focus on special emphasis areas. Recent studies...
  • OpEd: Latinos Fit Right In, See Ted Cruz

    03/23/2015 2:45:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 23, 2015 | BY STEPHEN A. NUŃO
    With the announcement of Ted Cruz's candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination and his speech at the convocation of the ultra-conservative Liberty University, the country finds itself jilted to the right on the ideological spectrum. Ted Cruz is quite the curious ideological torchbearer precisely because he is Latino. The general assumption in politics is that growing Hispanic Latino participation in politics will only mean an ideological shift to the left. This makes Ted Cruz' candidacy a welcome reminder that Latino candidates won't, for good or bad, necessarily stray from traditional American politics any time soon. The son of Cuban immigrants...
  • NH Poll: Walker Ties Up Jeb in Crowded Field

    03/30/2015 11:02:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 30, 2015 | Michael Warren
    A new poll of New Hampshire GOP primary voters from the Boston Herald and Franklin Pierce University finds Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are tied at 15 percent support, with a slew of other likely candidates close behind in the first presidential primary of the cycle. Here's the Herald on the implications of the survey: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has lost his front-runner edge in New Hampshire, not because GOP voters are sick of the Bush family but because conservatives are roundly rejecting him, a new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows. Bush is tied with Wisconsin Gov. Scott...
  • Matt Mackowiak Talks About Ted Cruz Campaign [VIDEO]

    03/30/2015 10:38:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    KFYO-AM ^ | March 30, 2015 | Jody Smyers
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)On Monday, The Chad Hasty Show was joined by GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak to recap the last week and weekend in state and national politics. Mackowiak talked about Ted Cruz’s announcement that he is running for president, and discussed standings of Cruz (R), Martin O’Malley (D), Hillary Clinton (D) and Elizabeth Warren (D). When asked how he thought Cruz’s campaign is going so far, Mackowiak replied, I think fairly well. Particularly the first two or three days, he earned a lot of media. Looks like he’s raised about three million dollars so far. He said he wanted to raise about...