Last February, after John McCain rescued President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense I wrote: As it stands, Republicans lack the zeal necessary to carry out the function of a loyal opposition. If Republicans had a caucus full of Ted Cruzs that might not be the case. So it is with this sentiment in mind that I looked forward to Senator Cruz’s filibuster (or, depending on your point of view, really long speech) on defunding Obamacare. Unlike Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster six months ago on the phony issue of the U.S. government dropping drones on its citizens, Obamacare is
I read the headline, saw by whom it was posted, looked at a couple of cmments and knew it was a totally negative article. The Palin Syndrome neing repeated. Is American Spectator getting desperate for printed lines.
Here is Goldstein´s bio from the Spectator, cutesied up to make it more palatable?
Aaron Goldstein began his political life as a socialist. But following the attacks of September 11, 2001, he gradually embraced the wisdom of conservatism. He uses his poetic license (which has been suspended on numerous occasions) to write about politics, music, clam chowder and anything else he darn well pleases. Born in Canada, Aaron has lived in Boston for over a decade.
And we are supposed to care whether Ted Cruz "has" him or not?
Pardon me my brother, but you are focusing on a thistle in your skin rather than focusing on the genuine good of Ted Cruz. This article is a total waste and something that just makes Aaron Goldstein feel good about himself. I am surprised that the Spectator bothered to put this online.
What I am curious about regarding the filibuster, also known as long speech, is why did he continue the recitation of Green Eggs & Ham after the change? - after the green eggs & ham have been accepted and rejoiced in? Without the latter half, it would have been a superb statement on Obamacare. With it, the symbolism turns into a prophecy of acceptance and success. Did he not get that? If so, what does that say about his state of awareness and, frankly, his intellect?
When I heard the performance, that did occur to me but I put it aside because of the initial brilliance. In retrospect, I can´t put it aside. And it´s not the first time I´ve noticed a curious flaw in his thinking - that was regarding foreign affairs. So, as they say on Shark Tank - "I´m out."
It´s very sad there are so few people old enough to actually remember the history of World War II and the Cold War so that Ted Cruz can get away with being all flash and no intellect. I thought Cruz was going to be one of our bright stars. I´m so disappointed.
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David Key, 9/26/2013 10:36:37 AM (No. 9537728)
Good Grief. Using the allusion that the Rinos in Washington are similar to Chamberlain in their desire to "get along" with people who have and do regularly and openly call their Republican opponents Nazis, isn´t close to the same thing. Our nation faces cultural and social genocide no less dangerous, using mild hyperbole as an excuse to nitpick and attack one of the few Republicans who have consistently stood up and opposed this radical attempt to rewrite the basic code of our Nation´s existence is just as rediculous if not more so.
I wonder if Goldstein complained about Joe Biden when he told Perky Katie that FDR would have gotten on television in the early 1930´s to rally the public about the economy. Katie sucked it up and never blinked..smirked..chuckled. Of course she is one of the enlightened who thinks there are a thousand countries in the world and they speak Austrian in Austria and pronounce corpsman "corpse-man".
Well at least we know the Chamberlain reference isn´t how Ted Cruz lost his contingent of l-dot detractors...IIRC it was around the time he got the backing of Sarah Palin.
Those of us who were saddened at the sniping at Sarah by posters who claimed to be conservative & hoped for a conservative fighter who might lack some of the things they said they didn´t like about Sarah see that Ted Cruz, without a voice/accent that grate on nerves, without a public university education, without an unwed mother for a daughter, no reality show exposure, no resignation of a governmental office, still manages to draw their ire. We are left to wonder what it is the 2 of them have in common that is so objectionable. I certainly hope it´s not prejudice against Evangelical Christians, but I have to wonder.
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