On PBS’s “NewsHour” on Friday night, New York Times columnist David Brooks warned that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and similar legislators’ rise to prominence threatens the traditional Republican Party. (Snip) “What’s going on in the House, and a bit in the Senate, too, is what you might call the rise of Ted Cruz-ism,” Brooks said. “And Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada through Texas, is basically not a legislator in the normal sense, doesn’t have an idea that he’s going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances, and he is going to pass a lot of legislation. He’s going in
Actually it´s been many, many years since the RINOs or the Democrats in the House and Senate have been willing to make a coalition with normal people, so it´s time to pull their plug and get ´em out of there.
WHAT traditional Republican party? The one taken over by elite democrat lites? The ones who have been there so long that they forgot who put them there? The ones who once HAD a desire to live up to their oath yet didn´t? THOSE Republicans?
Ted Cruz is doing what we who elected him SENT HIM TO WASHINGTON TO DO! To represent the people who elected him! I know, it is a novel concept in Washington. He was not sent there by Texas to GET ALONG! GET OVER IT, BROOKS!
David Brooks hasn´t got a clue. Personally, I would like to see a huge case of Ted Cruz-ism hit Congress like a lightening bolt.
The left´s meme of ´Canada through Texas´ is going to be a tricky one to knock down. I have noticed that even some Ldot commenters are believing that nonsense. I hope Cruz has a plan for that. It is something that needs to be slapped down for once and for all.
Obama said he was elected to stop the wars. Ted Cruz would be elected to uphold the constitution. Which one do you think is closer to the real job description of the President? Ted Cruz is our last best hope. I am behind him all the way.
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rock n robin, 9/15/2013 11:42:34 AM (No. 9521758)
FTA. . . “Two things that are interesting that are happening, especially being talked about this week,” Brooks said. “One, leadership in both bodies, the leadership’s inability to force any discipline. That’s partly because a lot of these people just are not interested in the committee assignments, the normal leverage the leadership has, in part because the earmarks are gone, some of the spending favors.”
Sorry David, that´s right. Cruz, et. al. are not interested in joining the republican-democrat DC corruption mob. I guess we know you where you stand. While you mourn the rest of us will be celebrating. I dare say the celebratory obituary we write will supersede that written by the the abused kids/adults in Reno.
FTA: Brooks hypothesized the reason the leadership in the House and Senate is unable to control the so-called Ted Cruz-ism movement is that members of it have become uninterested in any of the perks that the leadership has to offer.
translation: what good are politicians if they can´t be bought or bribed???
Because the rise of modern liberalism has been such a great thing for us. Right?
The greatest fear for a closet liberal like Brooks is the rise of those who believe we should actually honor the Constitution all our elected politicians promise to defend in their oath of office. Such a novel idea, don´t ya know?
Why, in the name of Abraham Lincoln, would any "reasonably prudent" Republican pay attention to the babblings of a New York Times columnist/PBS "superstar" "famous" for the following observation?:
"I remember distinctly an image of-we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and perfectly creased pant, and I´m thinking (a) he´s going to be president and (b) he´ll be a very good president."
Brooks is the biggest NOBODY on TV these days. He´s trying to be somebody, but alas, nobody is paying any attention to the skinny little rat. When Ted Cruz and his ARMY of like minded Senators and Congressmen take over the Party, I hope the first thing they do is take David´s Republican membership card away from him and tear it up into teeny, tiny pieces! He is NOT a Republican and hasn´t been since OBAMA was elected. He just uses the Republican name because it´s the only way he gets a seat on the MSNBC panels! Nasty little Twerp!
If this was not so tragic, it would be downright funny. What Brooks is saying is that the old "rewards" of the political system that worked in the past no longer work. They may have been blackmail, but hey, that´s the way congress has always worked. Being bought and paid for by your party always brought the results the "party" wanted. Now it no longer works and they are stymied. The old tried and true system was corrupt, and Brooks has no clue that the voting public views it as such.
I truly believe it is not just that part of the old system crumbling, but the new Tea Party guys have nothing in their background that would permit the party leaders to blackmail them. Time to give the corrupt, criminal scury crew that has been in Boomtown forever, the old heave ho.
Watching those dinosaurs it´s obvious why NPR has to cut staff. Holy cow! David Brooks is beyond despicable. His creepy little uncomfortable giggles send me up the wall and tell me he is both egotistical, dismissive and insecure at the same time. I also question his sexuality. Something is very strange about him. And he´s becoming obsolete. I bet no one under 50 reads is crap.
It´s perfectly o.k. for someone to say they want to transform the whole of America, but some believe it is terribly wrong for someone to want to transform just one of the parties of the walled city that is D.C.
Glenn Beck said recently that there are those in politics (and the parties are indistinguishable and most of the media and political science people are all part of the same group think) do not like people who do not play "the game" because they do not understand "the game" or these people do understand "the game" and don´t want to play it. When I heard Beck saying this I wasn´t too clear as to what he was talking about, but now that I read the way Brooks thinks, I think I now understand what Beck meant.
The water rose and Brooks overflowed his banks. He needs to go back to Journalism school and learn how to be a journalist, not a partisan hack posing as one. We have more informed, better news hosts on our local stations. Many of us want Senator Cruz to act just as he is doing and we want Congress to represent we, the people.
Cruz was both a US and a Canadian citizen at birth. If he has not formally renounced it, he remains a Canadian citizen. I like him. Unlike many others on this site, I believe he is constitutionally eligible. However, I will not vote for a Canadian citizen to become President of the United States. If Cruz formally renounces his Canadian citIzenship, I will reconsider.
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