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Scary Cruz control (Ted Cruz not falling in line like McCain/Rubio/Grahamnesty)
The Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2013 | Dana Milbank

Posted on 04/20/2013 1:51:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Is there nobody who can tell Ted Cruz to shut up?

The young senator from Texas has been on the job for about 100 days, but he has already turned the Senate’s ancient seniority system upside down and is dominating his senior Republican colleagues. He’s speaking for them on immigration, guns and any other topic that tickles his fancy; Republican leaders are seething at being outshone yet are terrified of challenging him.

Consider his news conference this week to promote the Republican alternative to gun control. With Cruz on the stage in the Senate TV studio: the bill’s primary author, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a 32-year Senate veteran and longtime chairman or ranking member of the finance and judiciary committees; Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (10 years in the Senate and eight in the House); and Dan Coats of Indiana (12 years in the Senate and eight in the House).

But Cruz took over the lectern and refused to relinquish it. He spoke 2,924 words for the cameras, more than Grassley (904), Graham (1,376) and Coats (360) — combined. Factoring in his dramatic pauses to convey sincerity and deep thought, Cruz’s dominance was even more lopsided. The others shifted uncomfortably and looked awkwardly around the room. At one point, Graham requested a chance to speak. “Can I?” he asked Cruz.

Cruz is 42, the same age Joe McCarthy was when he amassed power in the Senate with his allegations of communist infiltration....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Texas; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: amnesty; banglist; guncontrol; immigration; rinos; rubio; secondamendment; teaparty; tedcruz; texas
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Really? Pulling out the McCarthy card? And Joe was right, we later learned, or didn't you know that, Dana? And what are you, a racist? Senator Cruz is Hispanic, Dana. How does that feel? Hahahahaha!
1 posted on 04/20/2013 1:51:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Cruz was a liberal spouting the liberal agenda, WaPo would be hailing him for his fearless dedication and calling him the next bright star for the nation.


2 posted on 04/20/2013 1:55:05 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One can only hope he’s the next McCarthy.


3 posted on 04/20/2013 1:55:09 PM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; ken5050

Dana makes cranky, bitter, gossiping old ladies look normal.


4 posted on 04/20/2013 1:55:10 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Cruz is not offed by “the establishment” before then, he will be a serious contender for the presidency, if he wants it.

Heck, he’ll have far more experience than Obama did in 2008, and the experience will be a lot more than a litany of “present” votes.


5 posted on 04/20/2013 1:57:41 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

An Instapundit reader came up with the absolutely perfect parallel to highlight the depravity and idiocy of the “42 year old” McCarthy analogy:

“Can I play? Obama is 51, the same age Joseph Stalin was when he called for the liquidation of the kulaks.”


6 posted on 04/20/2013 1:57:43 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sounds like he's doing what he was elected to do. Dewhurst, on the other hand, would have gone along to get along.

/johnny

7 posted on 04/20/2013 1:59:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just more proof Sen. Cruz is doing a brilliant job, the metric for his success it the number of D.C. types he angers.


8 posted on 04/20/2013 2:00:00 PM PDT by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Cruz is 42, the same age Joe McCarthy was when he amassed power in the Senate with his allegations of communist infiltration

Hey Dana, though this may come as a shock to you, Joe McCarthy was right on the mark and so far Ted Cruz is too.

9 posted on 04/20/2013 2:03:03 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: cuban leaf
If Cruz is not offed by “the establishment” before then, he will be a serious contender for the presidency, if he wants it.

Unfortunately, Cruz was born in Canada and doesn't qualify.

10 posted on 04/20/2013 2:05:00 PM PDT by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Milbank sounds a bit concerned.
He is trying to sow unrest among the R’s by feigning concern over this upstart Senator.


11 posted on 04/20/2013 2:07:31 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: Jed Eckert

GO TED GO!


12 posted on 04/20/2013 2:08:23 PM PDT by mason-dixon (As Mason said to Dixon, you have to draw the line somewhere.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When you google this, you get a bunch of links to sources that all refer to it as the “Grassley-Cruz substitute gun bill”. Those are the two names of origin for the bill and its introduction. The others were johnny-come-lately sign ons.

As between Grassley and Cruz, the lead senators, WHICH ONE would be the best presenter of this bill??

The answer is obvious.

That’s why Grassley, whose name is first, wanted the second name, Cruz, to present it.

Anybody doesn’t like it, check with Grassley, or go pound sand.


13 posted on 04/20/2013 2:08:40 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear..."(Glenn Beck))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I love this guy.

Stay out of the Tidal Basin, Ted. You're doing great.

14 posted on 04/20/2013 2:09:04 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: cuban leaf

I hope that Cruz runs for Governor. We should not have another Senator as President without being Governor first. They tend to suck!


15 posted on 04/20/2013 2:09:04 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: Jed Eckert

>>Unfortunately, Cruz was born in Canada and doesn’t qualify.<<

As of 2008 being born abroad is no longer an impediment to the Presidency.


16 posted on 04/20/2013 2:09:37 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: Jed Eckert

Kenya yes, Canada no?


17 posted on 04/20/2013 2:09:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oooooh. Sen. Cruz is getting under Dana's skin, too. Dana, are you smarter than a 6th grader?
18 posted on 04/20/2013 2:10:54 PM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: txrangerette

Senator Chuck Grassley is an old Iowa farmer, and he looks and sounds like it, even with a $1,200 three-piece suit on. Not that there’s anything wrong with being an Iowa farmer, but Senator Ted Cruz is obviously more erudite and the smarter of the two.


19 posted on 04/20/2013 2:12:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Cruz is 42, the same age Joe McCarthy was when he amassed power in the Senate with his allegations of communist infiltration.”

I guess it NEVER ends...but to correct again:

“Cruz is 42, the same age Joe McCarthy was when he amassed power in the Senate with his NOW-PROVEN allegations of communist infiltration. “


20 posted on 04/20/2013 2:12:41 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: Jed Eckert; 2ndDivisionVet

Cruz knows he was born in Canada and says he does qualify.

So because his mother, a life-long American citizen, gave birth to him while working in Canada, he’s a....what?....a Canadian?

Do some research. And while you’re at it, as I mentioned, be sure to look up what Cruz says about it. And try to remember he knows a tad bit about the Constitution.

Boy this gets tiresome on every Ted Cruz thread.


21 posted on 04/20/2013 2:13:01 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear..."(Glenn Beck))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

John F. Kennedy was 42 when he ran for President and 43 when he took office.


22 posted on 04/20/2013 2:13:05 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: txrangerette

cruz is eligible...these people are paid to follow cruz for president threads and plant the idea that he isn’t eligible. why else would they do it?


23 posted on 04/20/2013 2:14:56 PM PDT by willyd
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“GOP lawmakers encouraged the rise of the tea party...”

They did, but not in the way I think this clown is thinking. The Republican leaders encouraged the rise of the Tea Party by treating conservatives like shit, to the point of picking sides and spending money in PRIMARY CONTESTS.


24 posted on 04/20/2013 2:15:12 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Grassley was smart like a fox wanting Cruz to present this type of bill to the public.

For the reasons you mentioned and more.


25 posted on 04/20/2013 2:15:17 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear..."(Glenn Beck))
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To: freedumb2003

“John F. Kennedy was 42 when he ran for President and 43 when he took office.”

And this country has been in a downhill spiral since.


26 posted on 04/20/2013 2:16:06 PM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, well my senator Rubio is Hispanic too.
Turning in to a schmuck but hey, he is Hispanic.


27 posted on 04/20/2013 2:16:11 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: freedumb2003; 2ndDivisionVet
As of 2008 being born abroad is no longer an impediment to the Presidency.

I guess you didn't get the memo. That only applies to Democrats. All others need not apply.

28 posted on 04/20/2013 2:17:10 PM PDT by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: freedumb2003; 2ndDivisionVet
As of 2008 being born abroad is no longer an impediment to the Presidency.

I guess you didn't get the memo. That only applies to Democrats. All others need not apply.

29 posted on 04/20/2013 2:17:10 PM PDT by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: Joe Boucher

They’re both Cubans.


30 posted on 04/20/2013 2:18:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: BobL

AND Joe served in the House. NOT the Senate.


31 posted on 04/20/2013 2:18:48 PM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: willgolfforfood
No, Joe McCarthy was a Senator.

Which is one of things that makes the liberals trying to pin HCUA on him so funny.

32 posted on 04/20/2013 2:25:24 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Promotional Fee Paid for by "Ouchies" The Sharp, Prickly Toy You Bathe With!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, shut up America! Stop voicing your opinion if it isn’t shared by Obama.


33 posted on 04/20/2013 2:29:00 PM PDT by toddausauras (FUBO x 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)
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To: Jed Eckert

He qualifies.


34 posted on 04/20/2013 2:30:51 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot.)
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To: freedumb2003

Cruz’s claim that he is eligible to run for President is based on the Founders and the defintion of “natural-born citizen”. According to him, natural-born means a citizen at birth, as opposed to later becoming a citizen by the immigration and naturalization law.

He claims citizenship at birth, having been born to a fully, unequivocally American citizen mother, who happened to be working in Canada at the moment of his birth.

It is that parental status, rather than on which side of a border, that he relies on along with the Founders intent by using the term “natural-born”.

Not one “i” or “t” of HIS claim rests on what happened with other candidates, or has anything to do with 2008 or any other year.


35 posted on 04/20/2013 2:32:19 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear..."(Glenn Beck))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s perhaps too early to say this, but people like Ted Cruz would make me consider joining the Republican party.


36 posted on 04/20/2013 2:33:19 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: toddausauras

No kidding. Cruz is doing what the people who voted for him want him to do. It’s a bad thing for a Senator to do the job he was sent to do? My, my....says a lot about the whiners.


37 posted on 04/20/2013 2:33:41 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Cruz is 42, the same age Joe McCarthy was when he amassed power in the Senate with his allegations of communist infiltration....

Have you no shame, Milbank?

38 posted on 04/20/2013 2:34:36 PM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Cruz is 42, the same age Joe McCarthy was when he amassed power in the Senate with his allegations of communist infiltration....

Oh, you KNOW they're terrified of they guy when they start whipping out the McCarthy comparisons. Problem is, they're associating him with a guy I think they unfairly skewered in public opinion, so it really doesn't help anyway.

39 posted on 04/20/2013 2:35:05 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: txrangerette; willyd
Cruz knows he was born in Canada and says he does qualify.

cruz is eligible...these people are paid to follow cruz for president threads and plant the idea that he isn’t eligible. why else would they do it?

Don't get yourselves all lathered up over my comment. If Cruz says he meets the definition of "natural born citizen" then I'll defer to him. I just never heard him comment on the issue. I would certainly vote for him if he ran.

40 posted on 04/20/2013 2:39:11 PM PDT by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Factoring in his dramatic pauses to convey sincerity and deep thought... The others shifted uncomfortably and looked awkwardly around the room.... Cruz is 42, the same age Joe McCarthy was when he amassed power in the Senate with his allegations of communist infiltration....

LMBO!!
Milbank is such a scumbag!
He is, however, the perfect liberal Democrat columnist for the liberal Democrat Washington Post.

41 posted on 04/20/2013 2:40:10 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: txrangerette
Just like McCain's being born in the Panama Canal Zone while his father was serving in the Navy.

One's American parents, serving anywhere in the world when their offspring is born, does not disqualify one for President.

42 posted on 04/20/2013 2:42:35 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We might have to annex Canada so that Ted Cruz can qualify.
Everybody for annexing the Western half of Canada so that Ted Cruz can be our next President, say Aye!

Aye!

My aye has carried the motion. :-D


43 posted on 04/20/2013 2:49:50 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: zerosix

Both Parents also have to be American citizens to be natural born. Ted Cruz’s father, did not become a US citizen until 2005. Cruz’s mom was born in Delaware. But, hey, since the current resident of the White House isn’t a Natural Born Citizen either, I guess anything is possible.


44 posted on 04/20/2013 2:54:07 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; JPG
...but Senator Ted Cruz is obviously more erudite and the smarter of the two.

As a student at Harvard Law, Professor Alan Dershowitz said, “Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant.” Cruz was also the first Hispanic to ever clerk for a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (William Rehnquist). I guarantee, you could easily plop Dana Milbanks' brain into one of Cruz's testicle sacs and shake it around.

45 posted on 04/20/2013 2:55:06 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The young senator from Texas has been on the job for about 100 days, but he has already turned the Senate’s ancient seniority system upside down and is dominating his senior Republican colleagues.

Oh, dear! Congress has the fiscal record and approval ratings to prove just how well the ancient Senators with senior status under the ancient seniority system have done their jobs. What would happen to the dream of "fundamentally transforming America" if Cruz kept this up? It's a good thing a deep thinker with the status and gravitas of Dana Milbank is taking Cruz to task!

46 posted on 04/20/2013 2:55:20 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: napscoordinator

No..no..no..we need Cruz right where he is! We have Greg Abbot we should run for Governor of Texas next. Anyway..that is my humble opinion for what it is worth.


47 posted on 04/20/2013 3:00:00 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This means he is doing the right thing. Now if all of us conservatives will do the right thing as well and stand behind and around Cruz....we may start heading in the RIGHT direction!


48 posted on 04/20/2013 3:00:58 PM PDT by zimfam007 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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