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  • 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: Dont dismiss Ted Cruz

    03/31/2015 6:59:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 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: Im PROUD to stand with Gov. Mike Pence!

    03/30/2015 9:27:33 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 86 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 Pences 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 · 44 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 Cruzs bid for Republican nomination

    03/30/2015 11:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 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. Its 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 Cruzs 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. Cruzs 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 arent just authoritative or passionate, theyre practically ecclesiastical. This approach says a lot about the current dispositions and the potential future of the extreme conservative right. While Cruzs 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 · 64 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 Texasan answer that was itself a display of the debating talents his supporters say qualify him to be president. Cruz wasnt 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. Cruzs 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 · 67 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 partys 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 hes 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 Obamas 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 · 77 replies
    The Bucks County Courier-Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | The Editors
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasnt 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 didnt 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 countrys...
  • 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 doesnt 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 Obamas 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 CNNs State of the Union, host Dana Bash grilled Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his lack of experience being similar to then-Sen. Barack Obamas 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 Cruzs 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 2016s 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 didnt have to be enthusiastic about it.) Cruz, 44, is a first-term...
  • What liberals could learn from Ted Cruzs 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...
  • CNNs 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 Ive seen thus far. Thank you CNN, for delivering this epic bit of blowback: [IVDEO] Please, somebody, help me, I cant stop laughing. Bash tried to smack Cruz around by comparing him to Obama (funny, she didnt 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 youve got to be kidding me instead. Two years in the Senate, not much experience...
  • Enough is Enough, Its 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. NUO
    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 Cruzs announcement that he is running for president, and discussed standings of Cruz (R), Martin OMalley (D), Hillary Clinton (D) and Elizabeth Warren (D). When asked how he thought Cruzs 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 hes raised about three million dollars so far. He said he wanted to raise about...
  • Ted Cruzs favorite Thomas Jefferson quote and the message it sends

    03/30/2015 10:26:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's Morning Mix ^ | March 30, 2015 | Fred Barbash
    In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. Thomas JeffersonDont be embarrassed if you dont instantly recognize those words from Thomas Jefferson. Theyre not etched in marble on his memorial in Washington. While they express a common sentiment of the founding generation that since men are no angels, the Constitution is necessary to control their baser acts the occasion for Jeffersons chains was anything but common. The words come from Jeffersons draft of the Kentucky Resolutions, in which he...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook on Indiana Bill: 'There's something very dangerous happening' in America

    03/30/2015 8:07:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 245 replies
    There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law. Others are more transparent in their effort to discriminate. Legislation being considered in Texas would strip the salaries and pensions of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples even...
  • RUSSIANS TO PARTICIPATE IN JADE HELM 15 MARTIAL LAW DRILL/DISSIDENT ROUND UP DRILL

    03/30/2015 5:29:05 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 34 replies
    Christian Patriots ^ | 3/29/2015 | Daniel Crane
    I spoke with my best source and he has information that the Russians training at Ft. Carson, CO., will a part of the Jade Helm 15 drill. This is in line with the Russians being allowed to train for the highly sensitive Grid Ex II drills in November of 2013. Further, this is also consistent with the omnipresent treason of letting the Russians train in the highly secure war games drill known as RIMPAC. In the following video, my BIN colleague, Lisa Haven, links Jade Helm 15 to the FEMA camps and Civilian Inmate Labor Camps. (Watch video at link)...
  • Texas Hasn't Been This Bad In Two Years

    03/30/2015 10:10:07 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 3-30-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland March 30, 2015The crash in oil prices is hammering the Texas economy. The latest manufacturing outlook index from the Dallas Fed plunged again in March, to -17.4 from -11.2 in February, indicating deteriorating business conditions in the state. Expectations were for the index to show a reading of -9. But the most important part of this report is the commentary from Texas business leaders, who have given an on-the-ground picture of how the decline in oil prices is affecting one of the country's economies most driven by oil. In March the tune didn't change, as it sounds as...
  • Texas economy hasn't been this bad in two years

    03/30/2015 8:04:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/29/2015 | Myles Udland
    The crash in oil prices is hammering the Texas economy. The latest manufacturing outlook index from the Dallas Fed plunged again in March, to -17.4 from -11.2 in February, indicating deteriorating business conditions in the state. Expectations were for the index to show a reading of -9. But the big most important part of this report is the commentary from Texas business leaders, who have given an on-the-ground picture of how the decline in oil prices is impacting one of the country's most oil-related economies. In March, the tune didn't change, as it sounds like things are still tough in...
  • Perry tells tea party group he was right to back Dewhurst over Cruz in 2012 primary

    03/29/2015 7:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Says loyalty bound him to his lieutenant governor, says more of this quality is needed in US politics.Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a tea party group Sunday that he supported his lieutenant governor against Ted Cruz in the 2012 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate out of loyalty a characteristic, he said, that is sorely missing in American politics. During a conference call hosted by Tea Party Patriots, Mr. Perry said he endorsed then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst because of the strong relationship they had developed over the years. If nothing else, I am a principled, disciplined and loyal...
  • Ted Cruz doesn't have to win to 'win'

    03/29/2015 3:15:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal ^ | March 29, 2015 | Gil Smart
    The left lost its collective grip last Monday, when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced he was running for president. Really, it was the mirror image of the visceral way Republicans react to Hillary Clinton. Its no overstatement to say that Cruz is absolutely hated by the left, loathed as the embodiment of right-wing insanity. Which, of course, makes conservatives love him even more. Following Cruzs announcement, lefties comforted themselves by reassuring everyone within earshot that Cruz has no chance of winning. It will never happen, was the title of a post on the Talking Points Memo blog by...
  • Ted Cruz defends presidential credentials

    03/29/2015 2:55:27 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | MARCH 29, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — They’re both Harvard Law School graduates, constitutional lawyers and senators who launched presidential campaigns during their first terms.But Ted Cruz has little else in common with Barack Obama, he said Sunday.“I think there are a lot more notable differences between us than the similarities,” the Texas Republican told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”He said he’s had much more influence in the Senate than Obama, who he said was a “back-bencher” during his four years there.“He had not been leading on issues of any significance,” Cruz said. “In my time in the Senate, you can...
  • Letter to the editor: Cruz campaign doomed by his own views

    03/29/2015 1:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | March 29, 2015 | Michael E. White, Pryor, Oklahoma
    Im not concerned about Sen. Ted Cruz running for the presidency. His extremist views doom his chances and predestine his failure, but will provide some needed amusement and head-scratching peculiarities necessary to punctuate the merciless bore of an endless presidential campaign. Surrounded by a massive infestation of indoctrinated followers, he preceded his announcement with a paint-drying, self-aggrandizing preamble trying to the patience of all but his most ardent acolytes. Even its earnest pomp and magnificent solemnity were threatening glazed eyes to crust over and anesthetized enthusiasm to reach for that relieve only found in liberating slumber. Oh, I could tell,...
  • Ted Cruz wants to bring his aversion to compromise to the 2016 fight

    03/29/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Washington Post's The Post's View ^ | March 23, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    LET’S SEE, why does this sound familiar? A charismatic constitutional scholar, with an inspiring life story, still in his first Senate term, promising a dramatic change of direction . . . . But wait: it’s 2015, and the candidate, officially as of Monday, is Sen. Ted Cruz. Here’s one way to tell Mr. Cruz (R-Tex.) from the winning constitutional scholar of 2008: Sen. Barack Obama promised to unite the country. Mr. Cruz — not so much. In fact, the most notable characteristic of Mr. Cruz’s brief time in elected politics has been his aversion to values that are essential to democracy’s functioning: practicality, modesty...
  • Sen. Cruz: America Should Not Dictate Two-State Solution to Israel

    03/29/2015 12:49:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 11:39 AM | Greg Richter
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said the United States should not be attempting to tell Israel how to negotiate peace with the Palestinians, and he wouldnt do so if elected president. Israel is a sovereign nation, and I trust the leaders of Israel to determine whether they want to adopt a one-state solution or a two-state solution, Cruz said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNNs State of the Union. The Obama administration has demonstrated an arrogance that Americas going to dictate the terms of security in Israel. Its not our place to do it, Cruz said.
  • Kathleen Parker: Ted Cruz Obviously Will Not Become President

    03/29/2015 2:40:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Appearing on Fox News MediaBuzz on Sunday, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker demonstrated a complete 180 degree change of heart surrounding Senator Ted Cruz presidential prospects. At first, Parker argued that hes obviously not going to win the presidency before insisting that when it comes to Cruz the Washington media are really out of touch with real America. Parkers comments came during a panel discussing surrounding the medias treatment of Ted Cruz in which liberal journalist Juan Williams insisted that Cruz received just as much criticism from conservatives as he does from the liberal media. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Parker went on to argue...
  • Huckabee on GOP Field: No Outright Liberal in the Whole Bunch (eh? barf)

    03/29/2015 12:31:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 12:18 PM | Greg Richter
    Voters are more concerned with finding a candidate to restore their personal economic outlook than they are with how conservative the Republican Party is, expected GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Face the Nation on Sunday. Huckabee told host Bob Schieffer he knows there will be a big brouhaha over which Republican candidate will be most conservative, but added, there really isnt an outright liberal in the whole bunch. There may be degrees of conservatism from policy to policy, he said, but, compared to the current administration, all of us are conservative. Huckabee said voters dont care about the horizontal...
  • Wrong kind of hero: Why feminists diss Hirsi Ali

    03/29/2015 10:52:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 27, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be the perfect feminist hero. In theory, she fits the role on multiple levels: Shes an escapee from an abusive patriarchy. Shes an African immigrant who made her own way in a Western country, the Netherlands. Shes a fierce advocate for womens rights. Shes a target for deadly violence by angry men who want to shut her up. She left her religion and became a scourge of its repressive practices. Except for the blemish on her record: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a dissident from the wrong religion. Raised a Muslim in Somalia, subjected to genital mutilation...
  • Your Predictions: By Which Primary Will Jeb Bush Finally Bow Out And Throw Support To Ted Cruz?

    03/29/2015 12:21:57 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 91 replies
    And unless there are any changes, this is the order. Iowa, New Hampshire,Colorado,Minnesota,New York,Utah.Then from Feb.6 thru Feb.23,we have Nevada,South Carolina,North Carolina and Michigan on the 23rd. Obviously the odds of Bush even winding up in the top three are about the same as the odds of Joe Biden taking the Democrat Nomination in 2016. The far left media will probably keep Bush in the top three with their "Left Leaning Polls". Should be interesting to watch their reactions when Jeb wont even make the top four in Iowa.
  • 'My problem with Cruz is that he's very, very smart'

    03/29/2015 11:57:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 29, 2015 | Dan Joppich
    If establishment pundits cant deny a Republicans intelligence, then they have to claim his intelligence is a problem. The other day, NPRs Robert Siegel assembled his usual suspects from the New York Times, Washington Post and Brookings Institution to provide a balanced review of the week in politics, including the latest from Ted Cruz. These two short sentences provide a perfect example of the uphill climb Cruz and any Republican has ahead: DAVID BROOKS of the NY Times: My problem with Cruz is that hes very, very smart hes going to Wall Street these days and impressing people with...
  • Talk show primary: Cruz may be trailing in polls, but winning big among conservative radio hosts

    03/29/2015 12:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 28, 2015 | Hadas Gold and Jonathan Topaz
    Glenn Beck wants listeners to pray for him. Mark Levin says Fox News is out to get him. Hugh Hewitt calls him an intellectual leader. Rush Limbaugh thinks his campaign launch was masterful. Laura Ingraham hails him as Reaganesque. Erick Erickson considers him a good friend. Ted Cruz may be trailing in the polls and strapped for cash, but the first declared candidate of the 2016 race is winning in at least one key contest the conservative talk-show primary. Tens of millions of listeners and potential GOP primary voters tune in each week to the biggest right-wing...
  • Poll: Bush Still Tops List of GOP Candidates, But Cruz Rising Fast

    03/29/2015 11:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 29, 2015
    Link only: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-poll/2015/03/29/id/635137/#ixzz3VncIuLew
  • Commentary: Irksome Ted Cruz is a stickler for process, a lightning rod for controversy

    03/29/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | March 29, 2015 | Marc Fisher, The Washington Post
    The Texas Republican's devotion to principle or an unyielding insistence on getting his way could propel him to the front ranks of Republican contenders for president or render him unelectable.Ted Cruz looked out over a sprawling audience of Iowa farmers and agri-business leaders, people who rely on federal subsidies of ethanol, and the man who would be president stuck it to them. I know youd like me to say Im for the renewable fuel standard thats the subsidy of their product thatd be the easy thing to do, he said. But Im going to tell you...
  • Price decline hits oil patch

    03/29/2015 10:19:40 AM PDT · by Perkinsbob54 · 4 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 3/25/15 | Kevin Robinson-Avila
    At least 2,000 jobs will likely be lost in New Mexicos oil and gas industry in the coming months because of sharp declines in the price of crude oil, according to estimates by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.