Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade. And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party. That, at least, seems to be the consensus in Washington. We’re inclined to a somewhat different view. We say two cheers for Ted Cruz— and for Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and their fellow crusaders. They succeeded
Be sure to read past the first paragraph. I really like Hayes.
FTA: They succeeded in one crucial respect: Everyone is talking about Obamacare. And the more it gets talked about, the clearer its flaws are to an already skeptical public.
Yes, but also I think Cruz pick a scab that needed to be picked -- the shadow-scared old boys club gop needed to be exposed for their weak kneed approach to the most serious threat to freedom of our time. And he riled up those of us who really needed to be given hope. Now, can the momentum be maintained, or will the defeatist attitude pervade?
Stephen seems to think normal citizens are "the fringe". What an arrogant DC elitist assumption, and oh-so typical of the vermin that hang out in DC. The fool thinks 70% of Americans are members of "the fringe" that do not like obamacare.
Stephen, you have no clue what will happen in 2014. If you could remember what happened in 2010 when "the fringe" was upset with the massive government take-over of our health care system, you might start to have a clue. Then, remember 2012, when you DC elitists picked Romney,one of your own, for president and 5 million+ of "the fringe" stayed home.
Per today´s Lucianne photo and caption re the One and how Cruz can talk for 21 hours without a teleprompter...the guy was lucid to the end, and made the key points about replacing Obamacare with real health system reform all night.
Of course he does not change the "calculus" of the Senate.
What he did was get America´s focus on Health Care Reform.
"conservative fantasyland" and "GOP fringe" are words which Stephen Hayes is putting into the mouths of Ted Cruz´s opponents. It becomes clear as you read the rest of the article that his opening three sentences do not represent his view of Ted Cruz.
I will say that he misses the point. All too often those who are attacking Cruz for his filibuster have attacked everybody who has proposed actually doing something the conservative base wants (such as fighting Obamacare). It is time for those who oppose Ted Cruz´s tactics to take action, not just talk about alternative strategies.
He fought back and the country (I think even the world) was it. They claim the capitol switchboard was flooded with calls. Watching the dems try to shut down his last half hour of the grand speech, was telling. Watching the dems slam their hands on their desks yesterday and call names and claim (along with some notable republicans)that obamacare is the law of the land and NOTHING can be done about it, was telling. He, and the phone callers, frightened the dem/gop party! You go get them Sen. Cruz.
Let me see if have this straight. A person who is standing up against government tyranny and defending libery and freedom is a dark side nut and an abortion nut in Texas who apparently wants the right to kill a baby well past the point of viability,is a national hero.
How can you not say that Satan is now the president of this country?
How long would a republican candidate last if it came out they´re were having cyber sex with a stripper in Oregon?
"And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party. That, at least, seems to be the consensus in Washington."
That my friend is why we need to turnout the old guard and get some more fresh blood in Congress, Executive and Supreme court when the opportunity arises.
We ought to find out what’s good in it, what’s bad in it.”
This, all of it, should have been explained before the bill was passed.
$ Still, no one has read the bill.
$ Implementation of what was in the bill was not in place before it was passed.
$ "We have to pass the bill to find out what´s in it.? Why? Why not find out what´s in it first? (rhetorical question)
$ The bill is not about health care - it´s about controlling people and money.
The prospect of a unified Republican message was gone. So these conservatives launched their outside-in campaign, using grassroots activist groups and the growing conservative angst about the president’s health care...
The Republican Party has stood for nothing, and so they will fall for anything. Cruz and those who stood with him are heroes, since the rest are not listening to us.
For more than a couple of decades, Republicans have been saying, "We have to win first before we can change things." Well, the people´s desires are not being met by the very people we elected to win for us.
So the cycle of "win first, fix later" never gets implemented. Then we have the same ossified crowd of our guys saying, "We have to win first."
Why do we win some elections and lose the battles?
We CANNOT lose this Obamacare battle. If the bill gets stripped to acceptable form, it will only be a matter of time before what was stripped out will be put right back in.
It would be wise to pass individual small bills instead of this flesh-eating, spirit-crushing, suicidal bill.
At some point, Americans must say, "Sorry, GOP. You have been given enough chances to get your minds right and you have once again failed us." Apparently, now is that moment.
We´re losing this war anyway. Why not lose it with dignity?
All of what the author says is true. The problem lies with the American attention span which is about the equivalent of a fruit fly. Going the long, legal and arduous route MIGHT have worked (very doubtful, however), but by day 2, with no friendly press (msm) giving that approach airtime, Americans would absolutely have become bored and tuned out. Meanwhile, the democrats would be on their t.v. stations hawking their flawed plan, castigating republicans and continuing down their (and our) disastrous road. With Cruz´ filibuster, even the lowest info voter got to hear some of the problems and objections to this egregious bill. I Cruz did the right and appropriate thing given the current climate of this once great country.
I want to know what´s going on in the cloak room. Under the table. Behind closed doors.
I want to know what Dingy Harry has promised to the "D"s and the "R"s if they vote for cloture, and against We, The People.
That´s the game. Goodies. Pork. I´ll guarantee you, there are billions in Goodies just waiting for the ones who vote against We, The People. And which side of the aisle you come from does not matter a whit. We all know John McCain will sell his soul to the devil for a glowing headline in the New York Times, and Miss Graham waits for crumbs from McCain´s table.
And yeah, people really should read the article in full before jumping Hayes. By the time you get to the fifth sentence, it should be clear what Hayes is saying.
I´m enormously impressed with Cruz. Voted for him. But I´m not going to get too far into Hero Worship. I´ve seen too many "idols" with feet of clay. I don´t think it´s going to happen with Cruz. I think he´s in it for a fight to the death. I think he´s the real deal. Fingers crossed.
"The focus should now be on the two provisions of Obamacare that are most difficult for the White House and congressional Democrats to defend ?—? the Obamacare exemption for members of Congress and their staffs and the selective enforcement of the law’s mandates."
And of these two the single most heinous is the selective enforcement, the exemptions passed out by Obama. Dictators and kings grant exemptioss from the law, not presidents in representative democracies.
Even so, what is described in the quote is just a Plan B. One should always have a Plan B, but it is still too soon to give up on Plan A - a united Republican "no" vote on cloture to try to force the CR through with the defunding language approved in the House. Make Obama veto it. Make HIM shut down the government rather than defund Obamacare.
Oh, and one more thing. We all know by now of Huma´s Muslim Brotherhood family ties. And I had asked similar questions about Elizabeth O´Bagy: Who is she? Who is her family? Who sent her?
The video today of Cruz´s father´s speech answers those questions about Ted Cruz, and the answer is: he´s the real deal. That´s why he scares them so badly. Thanks for the video.
Hayes needs to get to the support of Cruz much earlier in his article. I almost didn´t get past the first paragraph because it appeared to be just another eunuch republican sell out. However, he supports Cruz and actually wrote a good article. He just waited way too long to get to the point; not good in these angry times.
Hayes makes a telling mistake: The OLD guard are NOT the leaders of the GOP. And the Dems rushing to get this monster passed before Christmas-----before ANY had read the bill is another Huge problem.
Gov. Sarah Palin was among the first to read the Bill and that was why her two words "DEATH PANELS" has finally soaked through the ´swuishy´ brains of a few.
The majority of Congress people still do not know what is in the bill and those setting up the Rules and Regs of it by their own reasoning for their requirements have already had a massive disruption to the economy just to appease the ´crack smoker´ in chief.
Some astute observations by Hayes. Cruz changed the conversation. Other methods might have been more effective in terms of changing the bill, but this method was effective in changing the conversation. In Washington, sometimes it is impossible to change the bill until you change the conversation.
I like Cruz. I don´t like the name-calling on either side of the Republican divide. When you resort to name-calling, it generally ns that your power of persuasion is limited. We see this all the time with Obama name-calling Republicans in front of friendly Dem audiences. I would hope that Republicans could make their points without the use of this childish device.
There are a lot of posters here who are completely misinterpreting what Steve Hayes was trying to say. Perhaps some of you should go actually read the whole article and attempt to understand it. He is not agreeing with the Peter King/John McCain wing of the RINO Party. He is pointing out that he does not see it that way. And it is a fair assessment of the Senate process Cruz tried to deploy, ending with a lot of praise over the exposure Cruz brought to the issue. I agree.
# 4 is exactly right. I realized this when Pelosi, with her gigantic mallet and band of cell phone holders, waded into a march by regular Americans to protest Obamacare.
She was so smug and all the phone holders were waiting to hear all sorts of derogatory words and insults. I knew right then they have no idea who we are. They are totally out of touch with most of America. As for Cruz, I admire what he did and if he can keep it together, he´s has an outstanding future. But nasty McCain and the boys will get to him - just watch.
See, that´s where we differ. I like calling things what they are. People forget that Reagan was heavily criticized for calling the old Soviet Union an "Evil Empire." They said it was insulting and inappropriate. Only two problems with that: The Soviet Union was evil, and it was an empire. Reagan told the world a truth it needed to hear.
I recognize that direct and descriptive language sometimes increases the resistance people have against accepting the truth and may add to the level of friction in our society. But sometimes truth is stronger than friction.
I feel a March on Washington coming on, which will make the one on 9/12/2009, which I attended with well over one million attending, will pale in comparison as this monstrosity of Obamacare takes effect.
Just remember Obamacare passed without a single Republican voting for it. Hopefully Republican Congress Critters will remember.
Cruz has done us all a great favor by lighting a fire under people who were giving up the good fight. As Winston Churchill said: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
so many of you posters reveal your ignorant arrogance - you who think and act like you know so much - didnt even bother to read the article and then spouted off in all your stupid glory - to your own shame.
Yes many did not get past the first paragraph, however I must disagree with two points. One, he continues to wrongly call Republicans conservatives; and two, the following:
FTA:"claiming that conservatives who disagreed with his tactics were part of a “surrender caucus” and even likening them to appeasers of the Nazis. Many conservatives?—?both inside the Congress and out?—?have dedicated the better part of the last four years working first to fend off and then to derail Obamacare. Because they disagree with Cruz on a tactical issue, they’re now the surrender caucus? Nonsense."
It is not nonsense, it is spot on. Lucianne is the second stop for me every morning (Obit´s first just to make sure I´m not listed)and then here to this Salon. I simply do not recall much action from the Republicans on 0bamacare since it has been passed. If the Republicans REALLY wanted to slay the beast why did they wait until the last minute? This fight could have happened last year.
I read the whole piece and am not ashamed to label Hayes´ article as what it is: a perfunctory, if polished, attempt to alibi the Gelded Obama Patsy Old Guard´s failure to provide a principled and courageous leadership. That, and damning Cruz with faint praise.
I´m one of the blades of grass from ye old grass roots and I don´t think the Washington pundits have our number. Let them pontificate, they are part of the appeaser crowd. Cruz speaks for us, they don´t.
For the record I like Steve Hayes it´s the only reason I read the article. The Republicans inside the beltway and members of the ´old boys´ club sipping cocktails at parties with democrats do not realize they are coming to their demise in two more elections if they don´t embrace Ted Cruz and the Tea Party. 2016 might be the last you will ever see of the Republicans once the country slips into communism and one party rule. The highwaymen and thieves in Washington better all realize that they are all tax cheats for taking an exemption from Obamacare. That´s right John Roberts called it a tax so the idiots in Washington and their staff are dodging their taxes. This could be used as an argument to defund it as a tax. Ted Cruz is the face of what the rest of Washington denies, representing the people and upholding the Constitution. It´s a sad day when you are considered a dodo bird, whacko for being an American. That´s how far the government has slipped into darkness. McCain still owes us for the plane he crashed so why should I listen to that dodo bird? Obamacare is a TAX!
No One should underestimate the effect Cruz had on the Americans who are paying attention. We just wanted, for once in a very long time, someone to stand up and say NO to the left and not walk it back in disgrace. The contrast between this man and Manchin and all the others who have said what is right, only to apologize for it later, is what we have been praying for. When you are wandering in a desert and find a real oasis and not a mirage it is very refreshing.
At the very least, Cruz stood up and he stated his opinions clearly and forcefully. You don´t have to agree with every word and every strategy but you have to agree that this stinking pile of excrement has to be removed, somehow. Postponing the individual mandate for a year would be a good first step.
Last time I talked to Br´r Hayes he had a camera with him and we were awaiting the arrival of Sarah Palin out at a park in Falls Church.
He thought Senator McCain would probably live through two terms of the Presidency considering how long his mother had lived. I pointed out that he was already showing signs of serious mental deterioration, so we´d be wanting him gone long before the end of the second term.
My thoughts about the man were based on an Australian long term study of folks who´d been POWs for lengthy periods in WWII.
I know I won the debate, and I´m sure he had that on his mind for several years now. Frankly, at the time I totally dismissed Obama´s chance of winning ~ little did we know the Democrats had signed up about 13 million new Democrat voters and totally plummed the depths of possible mind numbed robot like knee jerk leftists in so doing ~ We´d know that later as ACORN ~ and 69 million voters.
And here, Hayes is showing wisdom and judgment tempered in the fires of political reality ~ to wit: CRUZ did it without a teleprompter!
And, he had more to say about it that was relevant than we´ve heard from McCain and the other members of the Senate over the last 5 years ~ nay, even 25 years.
Is he polite? Yes. I found that brief personal encounter to be a demonstration that Hayes is and can be extraordinarily polite even when discussing the most difficult of topics ~ e.g. WHEN THEIR HEADS EXPLODE
Hey, Stephen, Conservatives are not the fringe. We are not extremists. You are falling for the progressive meme that because we want lower taxes, we want government to stop pushing its way into every area of our life, we want the law to apply to all of us or none of us, and we will not sit down meekly and watch the unraveling of this nation by a bunch of anti-American communists that we are extreme. Do not fall for this. We are the backbone of this country and are fed up with the way Washington works.
Sen. Ted Cruz and his colleagues took the fight to the ruling class and we stood up and cheered him on and will do so again. The Republican establishment wasn´t interested in doing the hard work and finally a few Republicans had the courage to stand up. Thank God they did. Either we fight the scourge that is ensconced in the White House or we condemn our children to a much different America than we have enjoyed. Conservatives choose to fight.
Hayes is a typical attention grabbing Washington whore using words like "fantasy land". Ted Cruz auditioned for leadership and won. He spoke of many things, no teleprompter. The curent imposter with the forged birth papers, could not talk sensibly for even afew minutes without help from his team of 60 writers in the WH basement. Ted Cruz stepped up. The audition was a huge success. Ted Cruz is the FIRST ELECTED to give honest Americans REALITY TV ! Ted Cruz can now take the helm and bring out the very best in the growing Tea Party. Ted Cruz can get other reluctant, scared, republicans to come out of the closet of communist inimidation of all other democrats and old Diane Sawyer TV media. All those blind, corrupt TV news actors are starting to look as untruthful as they really are.
Ted Cruz has set a new standard. Now, let´s see how tough and straightfoward he can get. We do not want Ted truning into another soft spoken nice guy like Mitt Romney.
Get tough, Ted, recite all the wrongs, don´t stop, rally all the good people around
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE! The old guard and the dems have shown exactly who they are. They are against the American people with their negative and accusatory words. Their language alone should turn any thinking person away from them and their so-called ideas for our betterment.
Yes, it´s immediately obvious who did not read Hayes´ piece, but stumped their toes on his opening sentences, never walking on down to the sentence stating "We´re inclined to a somewhat different view." No one is required to read a posted article, but those who don´t should refrain from firing a comment.
Ted can do something no politician ever does. Ted can do something that helped to make John Wayne the true superstar he still is in the history of film. John Wayne always had a wonderful supporting cast of ongoing fellow actors. He generously shared the screen with a virtual staff of reliable, fine people. Ted Cruz can now do the same thing and point out, welcome, other people who are fighting the good fight. Not just Rand Paul, Scott Walker, but some really tough truth seekers like Judge Andrew Napolitano, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Michelle Bachman, Sarah of course, Hannity, even Rush Mark Steyn, Steve Forbes, Donald Trump, Drudge, Breitbart, Lucianne. NOW is the time to give these winners and presenters of truth, a lot of generous acknowlledgement and credit. Ther are no rstrictions tothis generosity. Now is the time to create both a critical team of fellow electeds, and the amazing variety of the New Media and to top it off, the Tea Part!. Ted Cruz has has the first time opportunity to take advantage of all the ground gained technologically in the New Media. And the fake fencesitters like Bill O´Reilly can either get on board, or stay behind the obvious new leadership of Ted Cruz.
When the GOP had control of all 3 branches of government, they loved the power so much they made no effort to cut spending and corruption. Ted Cruz seems to be the voter´ dream come true. There are even some dem voters who realize there are basicly two classes of people in the U.S.: the Washington DC ruling class and everybody else, who , with taxes pay for their enrichnent. the msm recently lionized a parasite who has been in pcongress 40 or 50 years. He is no public servant, he just found the public teat, and latched on. GO CRUZ AND COMPANY!
The sick twist in our WH announced this week: "The final transformation of the USA will take place in 5 days with the funding of Obamacare"....
Call..DEMAND..call the Republicans who are considering going along with cloture...call the Dems who are up for re-electin in a red state...copy and pass on this info to your entire email list...Stand..and speak out
STATE SENATOR PHONE CONTACT INFO CLOTURE TO FUND OBAMACARE AK Murkowski, Lisa 202-224-6665 AL Sessions, Jeff 202-224-4124 Opposes Cloture AL Shelby, Richard 202-224-5744 Opposes Cloture AR Boozman, John 202-224-4843 AZ Flake, Jeff 202-224-4521 Opposes Cloture AZ McCain, John 202-224-2235 Supports Cloture FL Rubio, Marco 202-224-3041 Opposes Cloture GA Chambliss, Saxby 202-224-3521 Supports Cloture GA Isakson, Johnny 202-224-3643 Supports Cloture IA Grassley, Chuck 202-224-3744 Opposes Cloture ID Crapo, Mike 202-224-6142 ID Risch, Jim 202-224-2752 Opposes Cloture IL Kirk, Mark 202-224-2854 IN Coats, Dan 202-224-5623 Supports Cloture KS Moran, Jerry 202-224-6521 KS Roberts, Pat 202-224-4774 Opposes Cloture KY McConnell, Mitch 202-224-2541 Supports Cloture KY Paul, Rand 202-224-4343 Opposes Cloture LA Vitter, David 202-224-4623 Opposes Cloture ME Collins, Susan 202-224-2523 MO Blunt, Roy 202-224-5721 Supports Cloture MS Cochran, Thad 202-224-5054 MS Wicker, Roger 202-224-6253 NC Burr, Richard 202-224-3154 ND Hoeven, John 202-224-2551 NE Fischer, Deb 202-224-6551 NE Johanns, Mike 202-224-4224 NH Ayotte, Kelly 202-224-3324 NJ Chiesa, Jeff 202-224-3224 NV Heller, Dean 202-224-6244 OH Portman, Rob 202-224-3353 OK Coburn, Tom 202-224-5754 Supports Cloture OK Inhofe, Jim 202-224-4721 Opposes Cloture PA Toomey, Pat 202-224-4254 Opposes Cloture SC Graham, Lindsey 202-224-5972 Supports Cloture SC Scott, Tim 202-224-6121 Opposes Cloture SD Thune, John 202-224-2321 Supports Cloture TN Alexander, Lamar 202-224-4944 TN Corker, Bob 202-224-3344 Supports Cloture TX Cornyn, John 202-224-2934 Supports Cloture TX Cruz, Ted 202-224-5922 Opposes Cloture UT Hatch, Orrin 202-224-5251 Supports Cloture UT Lee, Mike 202-224-5444 Opposes Cloture WI Johnson, Ron 202-224-5323 WY Barrasso, John 202-224-6441 WY Enzi, Mike 202-224-3424 Opposes Cloture
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Cruz was magnificent. What a leader and fighter. I nominate Cruz for Secretary of Defiance. McCain made me absolutely sick. Juan McLame is the symbol of everything that is completely wrong about the state of the Republican Party today. Him and his twin loser Grahamnasty and the rest of the Roll Over Crew in the Senate need to be dumped with the garbage every election they come up on until we have new like minded Constitutional Conservatives like Cruz and Lee and others that will fight to actually save the once free nation. So help them God.
The conservative fantasyland that Hayes references are those on the right who apparently think that Republicans control the Senate. They don´t . Once Corey Booker wins the special election in two weeks in NJ, the Democrats´ 8 seat majority will swing back to a 10 seat. Only having 45 or temporarily 46 Senate seats ties Senate Republicans´ hands legislatively. That´s reality and math. And then there´s Obama. Jim DeMint , with a straight face , actually told a town hall that he thought Obama would sign a law defunding Obamacare. After Harry Reid and 5 or 6 unnamed Senate Democrats went along with Republicans. Now, that´s a whopper of a fantasy. The other fantasy they sell is that if a shutdown occurs and Republicans are getting hammered , Obama and the Democrats are going to cave and defund Obamacare. Who believes this kind of silliness ? Rip Van Winkle Republicans who have slept though Obama´s past 5 years ? If Cruz and Lee had spent the past 8 months trying to flip the 6 Democrat Senators they needed to pass the bill and then a total of 15 more to get a total of 21 Senate Dems to override Obama´s veto, that would have made sense. That would have made defunding a possible reality. Instead Cruz and Lee attacked the party out of power , instead of going after the Democrat Senators who could have made a difference. And shame on # 5 .
Sorry #61 but I could not let your litany of capitulation stand unchallenged.
"If Cruz and Lee had spent the past 8 months trying to flip the 6 Democrat Senators" is one of your complaints. Tell me, what has the Republican Elite Leadership done since March 23, 2010 to do anything from allowing this bill to destroy this country.
As stated by others, they may not have been able to change the calculus, but at least people are talking about 0bamacare. That means they have accomplished more than any other Republican.
I reject the premise that Lee and Cruz accomplished nothing, the long litany of ´ifs´ listed is nothing more than the death rattle of the GOP.
Kim Strassel had a great piece in this morning´s WSJ making the point that as admired as Cruz and Lee´s effort is among their supporters, what they have accomplished is moving the spotlight away from the Democrats who designed and forced through the healthcare bill and to the Republicans who declined to join up. These are the same Republicans who fought the healthcare bill in the House and Senate, stood against it on the vote, campaigned against it in 2010 and 2012 and are dedicated to destroying it. But, Senators Cruz and Lee had a different objective, hoping to defund it now (with the help of Senate Dems and the White House) instead of destroying it after the next election when we have defeated vulnerable Dems and taken control of the Senate. I have little hope we can change the discussion back to solidifying the House and taking the Senate. Too many of us have guns pointed at our own, instead.
Hayes and like minded Rove Republicans like to play it safe and only tackle things in a way that have a high likelihood of success.
I would like to know what great things have ended up the way they were first envisioned? Change and compromise are almost a forgone conclusion. But that doesn´t mean you START from a compromise position because then you have to compromise from that position.
You START from your principles and your original vision. Then you fight to support that position. After the opposition makes it´s original position clear, then you look for common ground and possible compromise. The concept of compromise for the Dems is "do it their way". Sorry, that doesn´t fly. You look for synergistic solutions first and then, failing that, BOTH SIDES make trade offs.
There is nothing bad about starting from a strong position and fighting for it.
As to BO´s "no negotiation" response, is that another "red line" bluff that we better not call him on? The public, by a significant margin thinks he SHOULD negotiate. His position on this is untenable. Further, if the BOCare rollout is the disaster that everyone is expecting it will weaken his position even more.
The challenge to the Republicans is to sand firm and not be too willing to crumble to defeat.
As to the timing of this issue, Cruz et al brought the focus to BOCare just as its fatal flaws are becoming glaring. Perfect timing. Keep the heat on.
The establishment republicans only want the appearance of resistance. The usual apologists, their hypocrisy exposed, one again lament the fact that guns are drawn by republicans against republicans. Feel free to stand down.
The Senators opposed defunding are Senators whose personal stake in this bill is high. Take a look at the connections between McConnell, Hatch and a biotech called AMGEN. Dr Frist and Health Corporation of America. These are not principled guys, and the liberal republican sycophants on this board know that. For all his faults Matt Bevins would still be an upgrade. Cruz has shown who is with us and who is against us. You ought to be clear on what their motivations really are.
The transformation of Republican Party is alive and doing well. In fact, we should be called the GNP...the Grand New Party. That old saying...you either lead, follow or get out of the way, should become a new motto. Instead of being cautious and afraid, it time to push off the doom and gloomers and move forward. At this time, Ted Cruz is the assumed leader. He´s energized the electorate and if he continues to play his cards of behalf of the American people he could go all the way. Let not forget, Ronald Reagan was no sell out.
Okay! Next up - a staged, well-planned and entirely phony "attack" on Zippy and his family for the purpose of declaring martial law and seizing guns. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you. The go-along-to-get-along Republicans will be the first to turn theirs in. The real, red-blooded American patriots will refuse and so insurrection begins. Cloward and Piven, folks.
The one thing on which you can bet the farm is the ability of the republicans to compromise their principles, appeal to the democrat base, demonize their supporters and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
As Cary Grant (as newspaper publisher Walter Burns) said to Rosalind Russell (as reporter Hildy Johnson) in the movie His Gal Friday, ´Who´s going to read the second paragraph?´ Many in the general public aren´t going to read past the first paragraph. They don´t have time. Equally important, the opening sentence and opening paragraph are the most important part of the article. They frame the issue. I read most of the comments here. I wouldn´t click on this article if you paid me. Hayes did nothing to stop the destruction of the country and its delivery to the radical left. So, he´s of value to the left, not to me. A commenter posted a portion where Hayes claims the GOP has been working gangbusters to stop O´care. This is quite false. The GOP has always loved O´Care. The GOP House refused to ever allow an ObamaCare defunding measure to come to the floor.
My little state might have a budding Cruz. Tennesseans fed up with LAMAR (Alexander is in Obama´s hip pocket) ´´Joe Carr seeks to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in Washington because he believes our country is in crisis and Tennesseans are hungry for strong, principled, conservative leadership.´´
If nothing else, Carr is David to Alexander´s Goliath.
These are the republicans that voted to fund Obamacare:
Alexander (up for re-election in 2014) Ayotte Barrasso Blunt Boozman Burr Chambliss Chiesa Coats Coburn Cochran (up for re-election in 2014) Collins (up for re-election in 2014) Corker Cornyn (up for re-election in 2014) Graham (up for re-election in 2014) Hoeven Isakson Johanns Johnson (WI) Kirk McCain McConnell (up for re-election in 2014) Murkowski Thune Wicker Two Republican senators did not vote: Flake Hatch
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Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t on the ballot next year, but as candidates meet Monday’s filing deadline for Republican primaries, he appears ever-present. Cruz’s tea party-fueled, come-from-behind trouncing of David Dewhurst in the Senate race last year has provided him a gravitational pull that is moving GOP candidates further right and producing scores of would-be first-time officeholders. “You’ve got two things happening,” said Republican political consultant Bill Miller. One of them is the “Cruz phenomenon, and he is the phenom at this moment,” he said. “The other is that conservatives believe that if they’re going to succeed — with the Democratic administration in Washington
Six months after the Internal Revenue Service´s inspector general revealed that the tax-collection agency had been targeting conservative organizations for added scrutiny and delaying their applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS has proposed new rules for handling political activity by nonprofits. The proposed rules would plunge the agency deeper into political regulation. The rules would upset more than 50 years of settled law and practice by limiting the ability of certain tax-exempt nonprofits, organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, to conduct nonpartisan voter registration and voter education. Such organizations would be forbidden to leave records of officeholder votes
Fact: The IRS targeted conservative and tea party groups requesting tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. That’s a fact. Congress held hearings — embarrassing hearings. Three top Internal Revenue Service officials resigned. No heads rolled, but for the Obama administration, and the lawless Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., that amounted to a major scandal. Even White House spokesman Jay “Circus” Carney called the IRS’ actions “inappropriate.” Fact. But President Obama, in an interview last week with sycophant Chris Matthews, now says the entire scandal was made up by the media. “When we do things right, they don’t get
Bob Dole once made a droll crack to the New York Times about Newt Gingrich, then the speaker of the House. “Gingrich’s staff has these five file cabinets, four big ones and this little tiny one,” Dole said. “Number one is ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number two, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number three, number four, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ The little one is ‘Newt’s Good Ideas.’” Here’s one from Gingrich’s little file: he has been pushing back against some of the more thoughtless conservative reactions to the death of Nelson Mandela. The backlash has ranged from the merely tone-deaf—think of Rick Santorum drawing comparisons between Obamacare and
More than any other subject, apolitical sorts will ask me about Fox News. “Is it really crazy?” my British friends inquire, flashing the sort of smile that a botanist might exhibit while examining a newly discovered species of moss. “Is it, like, really right wing?” The question has always slightly irritated me, showing as it does that the considerable success that the Left has had in demonizing its opposition extends even across the Atlantic. Certainly, both Fox’s commentary and its ostensibly straight reporting are marked by the right-leaning proclivities of its owners. But the notion that the network is unique in
The good news, if you want to call it that, is that roughly 1.6 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare so far. The not-so-good news is that 1.46 million of them actually signed up for Medicaid. If that trend continues, it could bankrupt both federal and state governments. Medicaid is already America’s third-largest government program, trailing only Social Security and Medicare, as a proportion of the federal budget. Almost 8 cents out of every dollar that the federal government spends goes to Medicaid. That’s more than $265 billion per year. Indeed, already Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for 48% of federal spending.
On Wednesday afternoon, a bunch of twentysomethings were summoned to the White House to hear an infomercial from Barack Obama himself. He was pitching health insurance. “The product is good. It’s affordable,” the President told them. “… We’re going to keep working through any glitches, problems that may come up.” He urged them to spread the word. “So if you’re a student body president, set up a conference on campus … If you’re a bartender, have a happy hour … Post something on your Facebook or Instagram.”Mr. Obama desperately needs healthy young people to sign on to Obamacare in order
Hillary Clinton may be the overwhelming front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but she’s going to have to deal with some knotty problems sooner or later. She can’t ignore forever either her party or the media’s entreaties to talk on important subjects. The first problem surely is health care. President Obama won’t allow it to be repealed, so the Affordable Care Act will be hanging there, damaged and disliked for Clinton to address. Will she throw it and her former boss overboard, call for a single-payer plan as a sop to the left and risk scaring off the
What will history make so far of our five-year voyage with Barack Obama? What will it make of hope and change — other than a sort of hysteria of 2008 that was a political version of the Pet Rock or the Cabbage Patch Doll derangement? Did we really experience faux-Greek columns and Latin mottoes (vero possumus) as Obama props to usher in the new order of the ages? What exactly made David Brooks focus on trouser creases, or Chris Matthews on involuntary leg tickles? How could any serious person believe a candidate who promised to change the very terrain of the
House Republicans say they’re proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama’s regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years. The bitterly divided Congress will pass fewer laws in 2013 than any year in modern history. As a result of the gridlock, President Obama has turned to his administration’s regulatory authority in pursuit of key policy goals, including efforts to tackle gun violence and climate change. While House Republicans have pinned the blame for Congress’ anemic legislative output on Senate Democrats, they make no bones about their efforts to blunt Obama’s rulemaking power. “We’re left
The Grinch — and anyone else trying to dampen the holiday spirit — should stay away from Texas this year. A group of Texans is coming out in full force to protect Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday celebrations and to make sure students, teachers and parents have the right to observe their holidays at school. “It’s time to end the war on Christmas and stop forcing our schools to bow at the altar of political correctness,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, which is spearheading a Merry Christmas Texas effort. After legal battles that prevented a student a decade ago from handing
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
President Barack Obama’s Facebook page on Saturday posted a message honoring the dead from Pearl Harbor—accompanied by a picture of Obama descending the stairs next to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground. The post´s statement reads: Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served. President Obama The Obama Administration´s current shipbuilding plan shrinks the size of
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack,
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the hapless, goalpost-shifting so-called "architect" of Obamacare, told Fox News´ Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama´s promise "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was absolutely true--with one important caveat: if you like your doctor, "you can pay for it." Wallace grilled Dr. Emanuel, challenging his false claims that California´s enrollment was keeping pace with the percentage of the young population necessary to keep the system afloat, and pointing out that the president´s promise on doctors would collapse once people lost their insurance or their
A veteran Washington adviser who has worked for four Presidents on both sides of the political aisle said that the stunning Government Accountability Report report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare over three years ago is an indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the Obama administration has bordered on "malfeasance." "I have no doubt the White House is right, that Secretary Sebelius was in several group meetings with the president about health care," Gergen caveated, "but the whole
Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I
The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.
Many people could die as extreme weather becomes common. There will be more freak winds like the October storm, which killed four people. Heatwaves will be lethal and the sea level will rise, leaving coastal towns at risk of being swamped by storm surges. Sir Brian Heap, president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, said he felt “obliged” to issue the warning after a new study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It comes on the back of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which has killed more than 5,000 people. Sir Brian said: “Given the tragic events this
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly
Call me Grinch, call me Scrooge. Call me Lord Voldemort of the Yuletide. None could be worse than sending me a holiday card with glossy photographs of your lovely, smiling family. My wife, Emily, and I place your cards like trophies on our shelves, continuing an old-school practice that began about 175 years ago as a way of maintaining relationships as families and friends moved far and wide. Today’s cards may appear more personalized — with photos of spouses, kids and pets, and distribution lists much smaller than a sprawling collection of Facebook friends. But when I flip over the photo