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The Political Genius of Ted Cruz
American Magazine, by Lee Harris

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 11/3/2013 9:05:37 AM

Why does the Tea Party love Ted Cruz despite his decisive role in the recent partial government shutdown, which many consider a debacle for the GOP? Why aren’t Tea Partiers blaming Cruz for their drop in the polls, as mainstream Republicans are busily doing for their own decline in popularity? A CNN-ORC International survey from shortly after the shutdown ended shows that 56 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party, while “only 28 percent” see it in a favorable light — the Tea Party’s lowest favorability rating since its emergence in the wake of the 2008


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Reply 1 - Posted by: grace1798, 11/3/2013 9:08:42 AM     (No. 9596206)

Sadly, this just tells me how people have gotten away from God and from what made America free. Shame on them!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 11/3/2013 9:12:14 AM     (No. 9596211)

The author fails to understand that the members of the Tea Party do not want to WIN, they want to save the country. This of course points up the biggest problem our country has, all too many people in the political process want to WIN, regardless of what that means for the future of the country. Those who consider themselves part of the Tea Party do not want to win for the sake of winning, their only interest in winning is to save the country from policies that they believe have it on the road to destruction. When your choice is between fighting a policy that you believe will destroy the country and losing and going along with a policy that will destroy the country in order to win, they prefer to lose. They would rather lose the fight to save the country than act as enablers to its destruction.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 11/3/2013 9:19:36 AM     (No. 9596231)

I´m not aware how the war to save the country can be won by only fighting rear-guard actions.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 11/3/2013 9:26:06 AM     (No. 9596242)

FTA:"In short, if the name of the game is to get liberals to hate you more than they hate your closest political rivals,"

How cynical can you get. The name of the game is to do the right thing and save the country from being stolen and controlled by it´s enemies.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 11/3/2013 9:39:49 AM     (No. 9596262)

So, standing in front of the entire nation to openly denounce Obamacare (which we all know is a disaster), and to try to stop it, is a rear guard action?

Right. Got it!

Still trying to protect the establishment GOP, are we?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 11/3/2013 9:52:20 AM     (No. 9596286)

#5, the reference was to the previous poster´s comment about preferring to lose.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LittleRedHen1, 11/3/2013 9:57:12 AM     (No. 9596294)

This horrible article is an exercise in sinful pride and blindly thinking inside the box. The author´s assumption that the TEA Party is wrong blinds him to the implications of the TEA Party being right. People do not put themselves on the line for a lie. OTOH, the author is ignoring Cruz´ prescience as Healthcare.gov hits the fan.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: chance_232, 11/3/2013 9:57:58 AM     (No. 9596296)

Since the Tea Party arose, the left and their lapdog media have done everything and continues to do everything that they can to define the Tea Party as racist wingnuts.

It´s how the left wins. And we better figure out how to counter it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 11/3/2013 9:58:09 AM     (No. 9596298)

Pluperfect, the men at the Alamo knew they could not win. However, if they had not fought, the Texas rebellion against Santa Ana would have failed. Sam Houston needed time to gather and organize an army. The war to save the country can only be won by fighting (whether that is a rear guard action or not). If you do not fight, you cannot win. The Republican establishment has failed to show that they are willing to fight.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ramona, 11/3/2013 10:01:17 AM     (No. 9596307)

WINNING is simply not good enough if it means winning with lily-livered Rhinos who will merely put a moronic happy face on the Socialist takeover of the Republic.

I want a WIN that preserves the Constitution. Why should I compromise on that?
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Gary39, 11/3/2013 10:02:55 AM     (No. 9596310)

What this liberal media mouthpiece fails to grasp that the Tea Party is neither radical
or irrational, but a populist movement of
normal main Street Americans whose strength is our tenacious crusade to rid the country of the democrat socialists ruining our country from Washington DC.
The Tea Party IS America.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/3/2013 10:03:12 AM     (No. 9596311)

...and the Japanese with the Germans thought the Allies especially the Americans were invading, crazed rapist only there to destroy Europe and Asia.
Yeah right!
I don´t care what the poll numbers are but the Tea Party is the only salvation along with Ted Cruz to stop this plundering by both parties left and right of this nation.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: spahrkl, 11/3/2013 10:03:17 AM     (No. 9596312)

The Tea Party is to blame? Name them! Site the facts where the Tea party has taken drastic action against anyone. the Tea party is an idea, Americans citizens seeing our laws which were made by the people for the American citizens to provide equal opportunity ignore and broken by politcians.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/3/2013 10:04:09 AM     (No. 9596315)

The author fails to touch upon the biggest political master stroke. Cruz goaded and trapped 0bama/Jarrett into going ahead with 0bmacare before the ´14 elections. The smart thing would have been to give in on the postponement in return for extending the debt ceiling and calling off future shutdowns till Jan ´15. It was the easiest bargain McCain, Graham, McConnell, Boehner, Ryan could not and would not have resisted.
Now, look what you´ve got!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: sunnyday, 11/3/2013 10:04:47 AM     (No. 9596317)

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Reply 16 - Posted by: brianod1, 11/3/2013 10:05:40 AM     (No. 9596320)

When Mitt Romney lost in 2012, I had to admit to myself that I know longer knew my own country. The country I thought I knew, if it is still there, just saw that the Republicans tried, several times and most recently in early October, to spare the nation from the idiocy of Obamacare. If the democrat party somehow makes it work, then they will be alright. If, as many suspect, this is just the opening act in the destruction of the planet´s finest health care system, well, the D party owns this lock, stock, and barrel.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: sunnyday, 11/3/2013 10:08:03 AM     (No. 9596324)

Why are republicans being blamed for the shutdown when the closed signs weren´t printed overnight?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Brittany, 11/3/2013 10:08:21 AM     (No. 9596327)

Unless I misunderstand the author, he has no clue about Ted Cruz or the Tea Party conservatives whose values (and courage) he represents. On his record he is brilliant, understands the Constitution, and has a way of integrating the wisdom learned from history with modern popular culture and humor. The liberals understand him in one way: His academic credentials can not be attacked, his debating skills are enormous, and he is bedrock Texan. He scares the h*ll out of them. They must destroy him or he will destroy any socialist person or idea that confronts him. I couldn´t care less about his future aspirations but he makes Obama look like a pathetic narcissist with no morals or care for the nation like his pathetic Utopian followers.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Rakasha, 11/3/2013 10:09:27 AM     (No. 9596328)

Those who believe that gold chains are better than silver chains will never understand those who believe that it is better to die than to wear any chains.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/3/2013 10:13:32 AM     (No. 9596337)

In other words, time to Palinize Cruz , according this writer´s ( and some posters) horse race mentality. There´s really no substitute for using big words and lots of them to prove to your readers that you slept through the elections in November of 2010. Are we to believe that there are now fewer Americans that are concerned about the direction of this country? Go on whistling past the graveyard while many Democrats either vote for a Ted Cruz or , at the very least, stay home in November of 2014.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: MissMolly, 11/3/2013 10:14:50 AM     (No. 9596338)

FTA: After all, who can forget the last Republican presidential primary, when the Tea Party willfully exposed itself to ridicule by fervently embracing one presidential hopeful after another, engaging in an orgy of serial infatuations reminiscent of the romantic turmoil through which many teenage girls go before choosing the heart-throb of their dreams. One week the Tea Party acclaimed Michele Bachman, while the next Herman Cain was their man. Rick Perry had his day in the sun, as did Rick Santorum.

That can´t happen again. We should make every effort to coalesce into one unit. Any faction demanding total and complete purity only divides us and we will be, again, conquered. If Cruz can pull that off, the unity, good for him. He seems to realize that, too, by vowing not to campaign against colleagues in primaries.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: EnsignO, 11/3/2013 10:15:13 AM     (No. 9596340)

Let´s try this one on: 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Cruz/Paul/Rubio/unknown - campaign slogan: "If you like the Constitution, you can keep it. If you don´t like it, then you can go about changing it the old- fashioned way - the Constitutional way."

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mws50, 11/3/2013 10:19:42 AM     (No. 9596350)

Folks, Texas gave our Nation a blueprint on how to win. Ted Cruz was a 2% favorite to win the Texas senate seat when he announced. He managed to get enough votes for a run-off with the establishment´s candidate, and beat that anointed one (Dewhurst) in the run-off.

Ted Cruz is our shining example to our Nation on "how to win". This is why the libtards and the establishment republicans ridicule and denigrate him on a daily basis. Senator Cruz can upset their privileged apple-cart, and they are in a major panic over that observation.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Midnight Rambler, 11/3/2013 10:31:18 AM     (No. 9596361)

FTA: the Tea Party’s lowest favorability rating since its emergence in the wake of the 2008 election of President Obama.

Stopped reading after this line, it´s misleading to say the least. The TP came into existence because of the Dimocrat push for healthcare reform. Nice try with the racism.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Safari Man, 11/3/2013 10:53:40 AM     (No. 9596390)

Why does the Tea Party love the man who led them to abject defeat?

Huh? It s was McCain, Graham, and McConnell who led the defeat. Boehner and a few other weak-kneed "republicans" in the house, like Peter King did their best to defeat the GOP and help Obama. The RINOs in the GOP fear the threat of losing their own influence to an upstart like Cruz more than they fear the destruction of the country from the likes of Obama. Cruz is about defeating Obama and the progressives, not about Cruz himself.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 11/3/2013 10:53:45 AM     (No. 9596391)

as for me and my house, or yors, there´s a choice to be made. Either be numbered among
a) Vidkun Quisling and Neville Chamberlain, and the "wiser heads" in the Republican Party, the tax collectors for the welfare state,
b) those who, like the brave at Thermoplylae, or the Alamo, or at Lexington and Concord, drew a line and said "no further". No matter what.
which group would you be numbered among?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/3/2013 11:07:24 AM     (No. 9596425)

The Tea party exists because the people think we are taxed enough already and want representatives that will stop spending not authorized by the People and the constitution. Ted is listening to and fighting for us.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: busterman, 11/3/2013 11:22:23 AM     (No. 9596447)

I voted for Ted Cruz and will do so again as long as he keeps this up.

This treatise is nothing more than propaganda to smear the Tea Party and Cruz. They are scared and know if they don´t get out there to distract the public from the very public fiasco of 0bamacare, they will LOSE.

In fact, what this author claims, wrongly, about the defenders at the Alamo, is actually what 0bama and the left are doing with 0bamacare.

They´re LOSING! They´re on the ropes and they know it. But if they distract enough, maybe they can regain their footing.

Hit them hard. Now.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/3/2013 11:25:54 AM     (No. 9596455)

People with young children will have to look them in the eye as young adults, and answer when they ask "How could you let this happen"?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: fritzilou, 11/3/2013 11:54:24 AM     (No. 9596498)

This is a disgustingly partisan article, by someone who more than likely has a chosen candidate already for 2016. Republicans are no more saintly when they set out to destroy a good person than the Democrats are when they do the same. Clearing the field for your friends is a non partisan activity and disgusts me.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: belwhatter, 11/3/2013 11:57:40 AM     (No. 9596502)

A truly terrible article fattened on democrat talking points. The writer hasn´t the first clue about the TEA party "yokels" nor their philosophy of country and constitution first. Senator Ted deserves nothing but our huge respect for doing just this, putting country[Americans] and Constitution above petty party politics.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 11/3/2013 12:25:49 PM     (No. 9596534)

Lee Harris thinks Ted Cruz is a political genius for appealing to what Lee Harris characterizes as the lunatics in the Tea Party.

With friends like you, Harris, we don´t need Democrats.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 11/3/2013 1:43:26 PM     (No. 9596639)

I hope this bozo never decides to ´praise´ me. I have never seen more negative terms in an article than I have in this one.

Lee Harris has given us a new cliche: "Damned by vicious praise."

And it starts with the lie in his first sentence: "Why does the Tea Party love Ted Cruz despite his decisive role in the recent partial government shutdown...?" [When our government has professionally printed "Closed" signs by the thousands and brand new barriers ready to be put up on day 1 of the shutdown, who do we think engineered and forced the shutdown?]

Your establishment Republican leanings are disgustingly obvious, Mr. Harris.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Lt.Mom, 11/3/2013 2:03:55 PM     (No. 9596679)

I´ll meet you halfway, #22 I´ll take Cruz/Unknown for 2016.

As to the article, it´s obvious that most comments here ferreted out this loser´s game. I doubt very much he would have liked those who fought the War for Independence, but I would not call him a Tory. He´s the kind of guy both sides would have shot for being a jerk.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Penney, 11/3/2013 2:09:32 PM     (No. 9596685)

Why Cruz? In a word, ´´integrity.´´ ...And another, ´´courageous.´´

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Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
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About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15 percent “never.” Click here for the poll results. President Obama has been accused by political opponents and media fact-checkers alike of telling falsehoods. Frequently cited: His repeated claim that under Obamacare “If you like your plan, you can keep

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
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With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
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FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
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The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

Michael Bloomberg: ´I Have Earned
My Place in Heaven´

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The Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Bill the Cat- 4/16/2014 9:15:28 AM     Post Reply
Former New York City mayor is pledging to spend $50 million this year to push gun control, the New York Times reports. For this and other deeds (such as taking on obesity and smoking), Bloomberg believes he´s going to heaven. “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close,” Bloomberg told the Times.

Climate change causing fish to
lose their minds, researchers say

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Climate change’s latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that’s being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts. In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported. The acid from atmospheric carbon dioxide seeps into sea waters, dissolves and ultimately lowers the pH balance, researchers said. The acidic waters then hamper the fishes’ sensory systems, so they’re not able to distinguish between smells any longer, the scientists went on. When the acid levels get really high, the fish lose their

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