Ted Cruz Diagnoses Washington's Problem (and It's Totally Not Him)

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Gospel According to Ted Cruz
Sen. Ted Cruz hit a new low -- or high, depending on your perspective -- when he tried to block the bill to increase the debt ceiling last week. Never one to miss an opportunity for more publicity, Cruz popped up on CNN on Wednesday night to discuss why (in the Gospel According to Cruz) he has become the politician Republicans in Congress might actually hate more than President Obama. The reason? They -- aforementioned Republicans -- are what's wrong with Washington, and he is one politician who can lead the country back to salvation. Or something.

As far as we can tell, his plan for "saving" his party involved forcing another and possibly more unpopular government shutdown or forcing some Republicans to vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling. The kind of thing that won't go over well in their home districts come re-election time.

In the interview, CNN's Dana Bash got right to the point. "I did not think it was possible to hear your colleagues, your Republican colleagues, angrier at you than they were after the government shutdown, but I actually think you've topped it," Bash said while Cruz kept a benign smile on his face.

"Well you know its interesting. I think last week is a perfect illustration of everything that's wrong with Washington," Cruz said, accusing his Republicans of being disingenuous because they were going to allow the debt ceiling to be raised without having to actually vote in favor of it.

You see folks, Cruz wasn't torpedoing members of his own party by staging a (much less impressive and Dr. Seuss-less) filibuster to force some Republicans to vote for increasing the debt ceiling to keep the entire country from shutting down. Again.

Oh no, that whole deal was an illustration of how the Republicans in question obviously weren't Republican enough, according to Cruz.

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HappyGuy
HappyGuy

I was so happy to see someone stand up against the Obamacare initiative.   In my circles, people whom have to pay for their own healthcare we've seen steep increases in healthcare costs with plans that have huge deductibles.  So they are pretty worthless.  So now we are being forced to pay for it.  Go America!    Cruz is a great example of someone who has seen the other side, or rather his father has.  So I see him as appreciating liberty and trying to protect it.   It seems like many here are happily giving that up.     

Elmer
Elmer

Cruz is a good example of why the Cubans were kicked out of their own country by their own people.

Elmer
Elmer

Cruz is a good example of why the Cubans were kicked out of their own country by their own people.

Elmer
Elmer

Cruz is an excellent example of why Cubans were kicked out of their own country by their own people.

popatop
popatop

As much as I hate the socialist democrats, I hate the Vichy Republican leadership more.  They contrived to make sure the debt ceiling was raised, while being able to say they voted against it.  Ted Cruz was right to call them on it.  If you think it should be raised, vote for it and face your constituants.  What McConnell and Cornyn wanted to do was Harry Reid level sleaziness. 

As for The Houston Press' constant barage of negative Cruz articles, it is par for the course.  The media apparently hates Cruz for standing up for 23 hours and denouncing ObamaCare and asking for a year delay.  According to the media malcontents, Cruz is a dangerous revolutionary for arguing for a delay that Obama later implemented unilateraly.  Yet the same media loves Wendy Davis for filibustering abortion restrictions in Texas.  Both used the same tactic to cast light on what they viewed as dangerous bills. But according to the press, Davis is a hero and Cruz is hated. 

Keep giving them hell Ted.  The people who voted for you don't care what the Washington elite or the Houston Press think of you. 

David627
David627

Cubans aren't eligible to run for president.

Puller58
Puller58

Cruz simply wants to grift.  Real propositions and proposals have yet to escape his mouth, so look to his bank account for your answer as to why he's doing this nonsense.

Anse
Anse

Ted Cruz is what the GOP gets for cultivating this Movement of Duh aka the Tea Party. I hope it ruins them. He's not stupid, he's just really good at manipulating very stupid voters. 

zyxwvu
zyxwvu

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Looks like it's come to the point of something like "paid placement" of attack pieces on Cruz.

The National Review - Economist - Weekly Standard guys have opened up the floodgates on their bank accounts to make sure the lone voice opposing the comfy "Dem-Lite" Establishment Republicans (a/k/a "French Republicans"), gets bashed and bashed again.   Which begs the question:   why don't the Country Club Republicans get it?

1. While you, Establishment Republicans, are desperate for Obama to invite you to the golf course ... WE DON'T CARE ABOUT GOLF.

2. While you, Establishment Republicans, keep telling us that "it's important to elect a Republican, any Republican, even if he/she is ... a RINO, a party-hopping Bloomberg, an Obama-kissing Christie ... WE DON'T CARE ABOUT DEM-LITE REPUBLICANS.

3. While you, Establishment Republicans, start weeping big fat tears whenever Obama tosses off a throw-away line ... "Even a barkeep's son can become Senate Leader, although he'll never be a Transformational President like me" ... WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR TEARS OF JOY OVER OBAMA'S SARCASTIC COMPLIMENTS (and yes, that means you, Johnny Baner Boner Boehner whatever).

Some say that IF there had been a conservative Republican candidate instead of the formerly-quiet-as-a-mouse and now Big-Mouth-on-Every-News-Show ... 2 years too late ... Ritt Momney ... the 2012 election would have been a lot closer, and maybe even would have resulted in a Republican Win ... because conservative Republicans would have been motivated to actually go out and vote.   Come on:   Romney-care, trying to criticize Obama-care?    How could there be better proof that today's Republican Party IS the Democrat Party ... the "Dem-Lite" wing.

You Limousine Republicans are way, way off the mark ... you've got it Bass-Ackwards, that's for sure.  Obama is dancing circles around you with a new initiative every week (convicted felons voting, anyone?) ... while you're playing last year's game talking about "let's do some commercials in Spanish so that Illegal Illiterates on Welfare will come running to vote for us".

Limousine Losers.

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coachv79
coachv79

It depends on what one considers the problem to be. If one thinks the government spending cannot be self-sustaining and could ultimately wreck the country as Ted Cruz does then he is not the problem. On the other hand, if one thinks that economic recovery will gradually end the budget disparity and his attempts to stall debt ceiling votes are dangerous to the country's economic health then Ted is the problem.


On thing is for sure, he said that this was what he was going to do if elected so it should not come as a surprise to anyone who paid attention during his campaign.

David627
David627

@popatop  You must be part of the cuban infrastructure wanting to take down the government. 

Anse
Anse

@coachv79  You've mischaracterized the problem. The debt ceiling must be raised to pay for the budget that was recently passed. Failing to fund the budget that was passed is the height of irresponsibility. I understand that Cruz did not vote for the budget. But a number of other Republicans did, including many who did not vote to raise the debt ceiling, including the coauthor of that budget, Mr. Paul Ryan. 


This is way past a liberal v. conservative thing. We're at a point now where we have one party--the Republican Party--that is attempting to engage in a kind of civil war with the rest of the country. If they are sincere in these efforts, they're telling us that they're willing to torch the land for their cause, a tactic that would do little harm to them, since most of them are millionaires anyway. They're trying to fight a war in which we will be the casualties. It's immoral.



coachv79
coachv79

@Anse @coachv79  It's a pity that your mind has been closed to the reality of the situation. As in all discussions with your ilk the tangent always heads to "social issues" "GOP is at war with....". The fact remains that the US Government is an addict that refuses treatment. BTW, last time I checked the other side of the aisle is equally loaded with millionaires. That, again, is another canard that the Dems care about the little guy. They care about themselves and their own self dealing. 



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