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Ted Cruz Is Making Life
Miserable For House Republicans

Business Insider, by Josh Barro

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 9/17/2013 2:30:47 PM

For the last few weeks, House Speaker John Boehner has been trying to find a way to convince his caucus to vote for a bill that keeps the government open after Sept. 30 without picking a fight over Obamacare. But a minority of his caucus has been insisting on defunding Obamacare, egged on by outside conservative groups and a handful of far-right Republican Senators, most importantly Ted Cruz (Texas). This has been pretty annoying for a lot of House Republican members and staff. Jonathan Strong and Andrew Stiles of National Review got an anecdote out of a closed Republican Study Committee


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 9/17/2013 2:37:43 PM     (No. 9524815)

They do not like it because they can not hide.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 9/17/2013 2:39:41 PM     (No. 9524823)

There are no House Republicans. There are Democ rats, wannabe democ rats who merely call themselves Republicans and the Tea Party.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/17/2013 2:44:03 PM     (No. 9524835)

Senator Kruz, keep up the good fight for justice and the American people!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Robert Ives, 9/17/2013 2:52:37 PM     (No. 9524856)

Good golly, Ted Cruz is irritating all of the right people.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Lonestarlarry, 9/17/2013 2:52:58 PM     (No. 9524858)

Senator Cruz is doing just what we sent him up there to do.
Senator Cornyn, you better take notice of that. All you need to do is to mirror Senator Cruz´s votes.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 9/17/2013 2:55:49 PM     (No. 9524865)

Po widdle house pubbies, they are annoyed.

Get used to it fellas, there´re more where they came from and we´re sending them next fall.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 9/17/2013 3:05:42 PM     (No. 9524884)

#5, Senator Cornyn was making his own decisions before Ted Cruz got into long pants. If I thought Cruz really believed in his mission, I might be more supportive of it, but Cruz is too smart to believe this effort will succeed. Cynic that I am (and yes, I voted for Cruz), I tend to think he is simply building his own reputation as a RINO challenger and he knows his fans will love him whether or not the government gets shut down and whether or not the shutdown is blamed on the GOP. It´s a win/win for Cruz.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Refried, 9/17/2013 3:09:02 PM     (No. 9524892)

Noticed on Rasmussens polls this AM that 51% want the Repubs. to defund Obamacare even if it shuts the gov. down.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 9/17/2013 3:11:02 PM     (No. 9524896)

Yea Ted! You get them from that side and we can get them from this side and maybe they can start to represent us instead of U.S.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Freeloader, 9/17/2013 3:15:36 PM     (No. 9524902)

"Hey there people...What do you know?...If you´ve got team spirit...Than let it show!"

Annoying a lot of House Republican members and their staff? God Bless Senator Cruz!...Here´s hoping he exposes the name, rank and serial number of every cheese eating surrender monkey in Congress!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dman, 9/17/2013 3:27:45 PM     (No. 9524920)

"egged on"? "outside" conservative groups? "far-right" Senators? "annoying"? "essentially irrelevant"?

Ya´ think this might be a hit piece?

The Establishment types are annoyed? We´ll show you "annoyed" in 2014 and 2016.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ben Around, 9/17/2013 3:36:06 PM     (No. 9524930)

#7 You believing the propaganda that obamanation care cannot be defunded? Anything can be undone, even something done by a messianic black president. Where in the Constitution does it say it is forbidden?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 9/17/2013 3:43:49 PM     (No. 9524943)

"Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans"

Gee, the headline makes is sound like that is a BAD thing.

No, that is a great thing to many of us. Someone needs to remind them that they are not Demon-RATS, even if they act like them most of the time...

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Reply 14 - Posted by: atexaslupine, 9/17/2013 3:47:40 PM     (No. 9524947)

Exactly why I voted for him--he´s a man of action and of his word. Some on this forum were for that smarmy Dewhurst character....

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rafter, 9/17/2013 3:49:46 PM     (No. 9524951)

#7, it should be a win-win for Sen. Cruz...

And... "Not that there´s anything wrong with that!"

Cruz is smart, he´s good, and he´s taking the right positions.
Probably a better and more mainstream nominee than, say, Rand Paul would be.

Go Cruz, Go!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: StormCnter, 9/17/2013 3:53:01 PM     (No. 9524957)

Of course it can be defunded, but it will not be successfully accomplished in this way and Ted Cruz is plenty smart enough to realize that. Did you read the article? If Ted Cruz is truly going into districts (John Culberson is a cousin) and claiming defunding Obamacare will be "easy", he is not being honest and sincere. He´s posturing.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Kerryman, 9/17/2013 3:53:51 PM     (No. 9524959)

Remember during the Carter Administration that they said the Government was too big for one man and they tried to have Reagan take Ford as his Vice(Co)President? Well, Cruz has been a game changer when added to Lee, Paul and to a lesser extent Rubio. DeMint´s addition to Heritage has given him more heft as an ally. These guys that don´t want to fight have a big pblem. Expect a fight over the Hastert Rule.

Culbertson is a Gas Bag from DeLay´s old seat. In the Establishment inside the Beltway but acts like he´s Ted Cruz Jr. on local radio.

They are hitting Ted and the rest with all they have to no result. This reminds me of a quote from Tarawa. "Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning." Colonel David M. Shoup.

Semper Fi

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Reply 18 - Posted by: StormCnter, 9/17/2013 3:58:47 PM     (No. 9524964)

#17, just a few corrections to your post. Tom DeLay´s district was the 22nd. John Culberson (there is no t) represents the 7th district, which was George H.W. Bush´s district. It´s a solid, long-time Republican district.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 9/17/2013 4:02:40 PM     (No. 9524969)

Gee #18 that was only one correction. You said you have others?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: god of irony, 9/17/2013 4:04:18 PM     (No. 9524971)

I´ll take Cruz over the bury heads in sand to avoid conflict big government moderates any day of the week.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 9/17/2013 4:16:19 PM     (No. 9524997)

Ted Cruz is MY HERO!!!!
He is fearless and WE DON´T CARE IF HE HAS THE VOTES because we want someone standing up for us, and a vote forces the rest of them to show their true colors!!!!
If we can get the ball rolling for a Constitutional amendment for a 12 year term limit in congress, the RINOs can be annoyed and miserable at their own house.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 9/17/2013 4:17:39 PM     (No. 9524999)

No, that was two. The District and the spelling of Congressman Culberson´s name.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: StormCnter, 9/17/2013 4:18:27 PM     (No. 9525001)

Thank you, #22.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Pros7767, 9/17/2013 4:23:44 PM     (No. 9525009)

He may only have 30 or 40 house members on his side but he has 51% of the population, including Warren Buffet.

Go Ted. We love you!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Susannah, 9/17/2013 4:25:15 PM     (No. 9525010)

Okay, let me see if I get this straight. What Cruz is doing is pointless, and possibly destructive to conservatism, and won´t result in the repeal of Obamacare, and will just alienate more of the general public from the Tea Party, but that´s fine, because he´s standing up for your rights. Your right to what? Ensure Democratic rule?

Have a nice day.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/17/2013 4:40:08 PM     (No. 9525045)

The Congress critters do not want to stop obamacare. After all, they got their exemption.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: TXknitter, 9/17/2013 4:50:30 PM     (No. 9525056)

Cruz and co. at least have a strategy which is more than we can say for the R leadership of House or Senate. It is very telling when Cruz is criticized for being ambitious.
Senator Cornyn will continue to support Cruz if he is wise.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 9/17/2013 4:51:44 PM     (No. 9525057)

I guess #25 is right. Let´s do what Republicans always do and just surrender now and get it over with. We´ll play nice, while the Demon-RATS get exactly what they want and the public realizes, once again, that we have no spines.

Not just no, but HELL NO!!! If Ted Cruz had that defeatest attitude, he never would have even dreamed of running against Republican extablishment big dog David Dewhurst in the primary. Øvomitcare is about to get it´s tenticles into every aspect of our lives and destroy our healthcare system. We have one chance to slow it down, and that is exactly what Cruz and company are doing. If we don´t do something now, it´s over.

There already is little hope for the future of our nation. We need mavericks and pit bulls taking the lead. The establishment Republican lap dogs sure aren´t going to!!!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: MissMolly, 9/17/2013 4:54:47 PM     (No. 9525061)

There is no strategy, #27, except to elevate Senator Cruz´s image as a fighter. Beyond that, there´s nothing. He won´t mind if destruction lies in the wake of those who fall in line with him. Not very many on this thread actually read the article, it appears.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: sherlock, 9/17/2013 5:02:55 PM     (No. 9525071)

Hmmm.... is that tag team 21-22 family? or the same person?...just sayin`

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Reply 31 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 9/17/2013 5:15:21 PM     (No. 9525088)

FYI, #7 is well-known on this site as a Palin-hater too, so we know where he/she is coming from.

Ted Cruz is doing exactly what every republican in DC should be doing - it is the whole reason they won the house in 2010. If they chicken out now, they could lose everything.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: kennedylaw, 9/17/2013 5:31:40 PM     (No. 9525109)

Bummer dude. It sucks to be a RINO.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: oh-heck, 9/17/2013 5:51:38 PM     (No. 9525133)

You can´t keep your doctor, he´s retiring. The cost curve has been bent up not down. If you are young and healthy you need to help pay for the older and sicker. Surely you won´t mind if a couple of hundred thousand folk who are on Medicaid use the honor system to get a premium payment tax credit for a premium they don´t pay. Oh and by the way, our preexisting condition pool is running 4X the cost of past state run programs. Brought to you by Dems and Establishment GOP.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 9/17/2013 6:00:49 PM     (No. 9525149)

I stand with Ted !

Damn the torpedoes !

Full speed ahead !

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Reply 35 - Posted by: formerlyphelps, 9/17/2013 7:39:37 PM     (No. 9525272)

Reading stuff like this thread can make one despair for the republic.

Trying to rally (‘scuse me: ANNOY) people into actually voting to defund 0-care is just about bolstering Ted Cruz’s image. Got it.

Those 41 symbolic repeal votes? GOP is all over it. Ask them to do something substantive, forget it – they might lose the next election, but I guess we’ll never know, will we? The ones putting up a spirited fight? Annoying. Why don’t you tea partiers just shut up and join with Sauron…

Obviously the only way to “win” so that we can reduce the size of gov’t is to not pass a budget, to borrow money, print money, raise the debt limit without conditions, fund the healthcare bill that Americans want repealed, agree to business-stifling regulation, etc ad infinitum.

When that is done, repeat.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: TXknitter, 9/17/2013 7:44:47 PM     (No. 9525280)

Thank you #35. It is a but despairing as some days, if one is a Cruz supporter, you are merely someone who did not read the article.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: RoseOfTexas, 9/17/2013 11:35:59 PM     (No. 9525485)

Culberson´s my congresscritter & he usually gets it right, but I will be watching him more closely now.

Once I saw who was with my senator in the photo accompanying this article, I understood more clearly some of the sentiments expressed here.

As to the article itself, this gem sums up my reason for my opinion on the author´s thoughts: "more practical-minded Republicans, like Sen. John McCain."

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Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
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President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

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