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The Unconventional Ted Cruz: He's doing precisely what he promised on the campaign trail.
National Review ^ | 02/05/2013 | Andrew Stiles

Posted on 02/05/2013 6:37:33 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has been a United States senator for only 34 days, but already he is making his mark on national politics. His conspicuous presence and aggressive tone have thrilled his conservative cheerleaders, while inducing fits of rage in liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough.

In the past week alone, Cruz has tangled with veteran Democratic spin-master Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Meet the Press, sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, introduced legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, and recorded “no” votes on major items, including Hurricane Sandy relief, raising the debt ceiling, filibuster reform, and the confirmation of John Kerry for secretary of state. He also made headlines with his aggressive interrogation of prospective defense secretary Chuck Hagel.

Additionally, Cruz’s quick rise to prominence appears to have offended the sensibilities of the political press. During Hagel’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, I overheard multiple groans from other journalists covering the event whenever Cruz began a pointed line of questioning. On Twitter, they noted their exasperation in more colorful ways.

If anything, the 41-year-old Texan has made clear he does not intend to abide by the conventional playbook for new members: Keep your head down, keep your mouth shut, and learn the ropes before inserting yourself into the national conversation.

That’s not Cruz’s style. More important, it’s not what he campaigned on. “If I go to Washington and just have a good voting record, I will consider myself a failure,” then-candidate Cruz said on the campaign trail in 2012. Last week, in an interview with conservative radio host Mark Levin, Cruz expressed disbelief at “how shocked people are when you actually do what you said you would do.” “In most of America that’s to be expected, and yet oddly enough in Washington, D.C., that seems to be unusual,” he said.

Republicans are delighted that Cruz, whom many regard as a skilled advocate for conservatism, has decided to play such an active role right off the bat. “Any member who has a point of view on a topic should not feel shy about expressing that,” says one Republican Senate aide. “For someone as talented as Ted Cruz, it’s vital that we have eloquent conservatives out there arguing for our side.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) sang Cruz’s praises in an interview with National Review Online, calling the freshman senator “one of the smartest, most articulate guys you’ll ever meet.” “He’s ready for prime time on day one, which is pretty unusual for somebody who just got sworn in,” McConnell says. “He’s a deadly weapon.” He is also “good company,” according to McConnell, who recently accompanied Cruz on a delegation to Israel and Afghanistan.

Republican leaders have already sought to deploy Cruz’s talents in critical areas. In addition to being tapped for coveted slots on the Judiciary and Armed Services Committees, Cruz was named vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, where he is likely to play a key role in selecting and advising candidates in the 2014 midterm election.

Senate conservatives are similarly pleased to count Cruz among their ranks. “For the forces of those who favor limited government, Senator Cruz is a powerful addition,” says a conservative GOP Senate aide. “Based on our numbers, and the youth of many of these members, we’re going to have a much stronger voice in the public debate.”

Cruz may consider a solid conservative voting record to be a meaningless metric for success, but he has already established one for himself. The Washington Times noted that Cruz has been on the losing end of all eleven votes he has taken so far this year, a record the Texan is perfectly content with.

For example, he voted against the $50 billion Sandy-relief bill, which he decried as a pork-laden mistake. “Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy.”

He was one of only three senators to vote against John Kerry’s confirmation to be the next secretary of state, citing the Massachusetts Democrat’s “longstanding less-than-vigorous defense of U.S. national-security issues and, in particular, his long record of supporting treaties and international tribunals that have undermined U.S. sovereignty.”

Cruz was also one of the first Republican lawmakers to voice skepticism about the Senate framework on immigration reform, citing “deep concerns” about the proposed pathway to citizenship. “To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally,” he said.

Cruz’s position has put him at odds with Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), who helped draft the framework. The political relationship between the two Hispanic Republicans will certainly be something to watch over the coming months.

Cruz has sought to shape the political discourse in other ways, beyond the confines of Capitol Hill. Last week, he issued a colorful retort to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s call for mass-scale divestment from firearms manufacturers.

Cruz sent a letter to the CEOs of gun makers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co, as well as to leaders of Bank of America and TD Bank, financial institutions that Emanuel specifically urged to cease their relationships with the firearms companies. He slammed the mayor’s actions and urged the companies to bring their business to his home state.

“In Texas, we have a more modest view of government,” Cruz wrote. “We do not accept the notion that government officials should behave as bullies, trying to harass or pressure private companies into enlisting in a political lobbying campaign.”

Matt Mackowiak, a Texas-based Republican consultant, praises Cruz as “someone who really understands the outside game,” who spends his weekends “aggressively” traveling the state and meeting with constituents and grassroots organizations. It’s only a matter of time, Mackowiak says, before Cruz masters the inside game and “starts to have a real impact.”

Cruz supporters see him as a natural heir to former senator and soon-to-be Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), one of Cruz’s earliest backers. “DeMint changed the whole paradigm in the Senate, shook it up in way that you can be a freshman and have a national profile and be aggressive and still be effective,” Mackowiak says.

Like DeMint, Cruz has already become a favorite target of the establishment press. The New York Times penned an editorial on January 20 urging Republican leaders to “marginalize lawmakers like Mr. Cruz,” which began: “Ted Cruz, the newly elected Tea Party senator from Texas, embodies the rigidity the public grew to loathe in Congress’s last term.”

The mainstream press was particularly incensed by last week’s Hagel hearing, where Cruz pressed Hagel to explain remarks he made in a 2009 appearance on Al Jazeera. The senator’s staff had rolled a big-screen television into the hearing room to play clips of the appearance, in which Hagel concurred with a number of controversial statements from Al Jazeera viewers — that the United States is “the world’s bully,” and that Israel has been (referring to a specific past event) complicit in a “sickening slaughter.”

Cruz’s blunt approach, and perhaps unorthodox tactics, became a lightning rod for liberal critics, especially after many of them had all but given up defending Hagel, whose performance was widely panned on both sides. Cruz was derided for his “bogus attack” on Hagel, for “hectoring” the nominee, for turning the hearing “into a clown show,” and even for channeling the spirit of Joe McCarthy.

For conservatives, that may be one of the surest signs that Cruz is doing something right.

— Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review.


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1 posted on 02/05/2013 6:37:44 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How many more could the Republican party have like him. He will outshine Boehner within six months.


2 posted on 02/05/2013 6:43:00 AM PST by YukonGreen
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To: SeekAndFind

Keep it up, Ted!

The Eyes of TEXAS are upon you!


3 posted on 02/05/2013 6:46:52 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: YukonGreen
"He will outshine Boehner within six months."

That is a very low standard.

From the article: In the past week alone, Cruz has . . . sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, introduced legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, and recorded “no” votes on major items, including Hurricane Sandy relief, raising the debt ceiling . . .

Oh dear! If Cruz runs for president, he might not carry NJ, or IL. Senate Republicans are supposed to vote "moderate" positions to improve their chances of losing narrowly in big liberal states.

4 posted on 02/05/2013 6:48:03 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank goodness we got him in there. Gooo Texas.

I hope he will train and recruit other conservatives and give that big mouth, loser Rove a swift kick.


5 posted on 02/05/2013 6:48:18 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: SeekAndFind

McConnell’s praise of Cruz is a pleasant surprise.


6 posted on 02/05/2013 6:49:47 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: YukonGreen

I like this guy !


7 posted on 02/05/2013 6:51:56 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: SeekAndFind

Senator Cruz has probably sunk the Hagel nomination. He showed Hagel appearing on al Jazeera. This is the Arab network founded and financed by the same people who financed and motivated the 9/11 attackers. Less than a decade after the the worst terrorist attack America has ever suffered, Hagel appears on that network and calls America the “world’s bully” and suggests the United States should unilaterally disarm. Secretary of Defense? Maybe in Stockholm. Kudos to Senator Cruz.


8 posted on 02/05/2013 6:54:19 AM PST by allendale
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To: Graewoulf

Not just TEXAS, the eyes of AMERICA. This guy is a real leader and already has me missing Jim DeMint a lot less.


9 posted on 02/05/2013 6:57:21 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow, Ted Cruz being a real Republican. Give’em Hell Ted!


10 posted on 02/05/2013 6:58:03 AM PST by Patriot365
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To: TheMom

For later . . .


11 posted on 02/05/2013 7:00:36 AM PST by TheMom (Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Jim DeMint did an awesome job of finding Senators like Cruz, but Sarah Palin put him over the top with her endorsement. Pray for Cruz as his actions will not stand with the R-e, D's, or the press "he is not supposed to act like this, he is a freshman senator".

Go Ted Cruz, I think he may be smarter and more articulate than Rubio. Love them both, thank you to God for their lives.

12 posted on 02/05/2013 7:02:05 AM PST by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: YukonGreen
He will outshine Boehner within six months.

Wrong chamber. But Cruz is already outshining Mitch McConnell.

13 posted on 02/05/2013 7:15:54 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Vigilanteman

Jim DeMint in THE MEDIA, means that things are “turning to the Right,” to borrow an old Oil Patch drilling phrase.


14 posted on 02/05/2013 7:20:39 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: thirst4truth

The MSM, Clintoon, Soros, and Nobama machines are now running at full capacity to find dirt on him. Let’s how he stays strong and doesn’t Roberts us.


15 posted on 02/05/2013 7:21:54 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

What an idiot Sarah Palin was for endorsing this guy. Not.


16 posted on 02/05/2013 7:34:09 AM PST by glorgau
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To: SeekAndFind
...inducing fits of rage in liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough.

Same thing.

17 posted on 02/05/2013 7:39:12 AM PST by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gotta love Ted Cruz .... he is the JJ Watt of the US Senate.


18 posted on 02/05/2013 7:39:28 AM PST by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: SeekAndFind

God bless and protect him!

Go Cruz!!


19 posted on 02/05/2013 7:42:27 AM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

He seems pretty sharp,
he is no Sharon Angle/Todd Akin for sure.


20 posted on 02/05/2013 7:45:29 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: Pollster1; SeekAndFind
I like Ted Cruz, however this may be a problem for him in any effort for higher office.

“Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where his parents, Eleanor Darragh and Rafael Cruz, were working in the oil business.[8][9] His father, in 1957 during the Cuban Revolution, was a Cuban immigrant to the United States.[10] His mother, an American, was reared in Delaware, in a family of Irish and Italian descent.[9][11] Cruz's family returned the U.S. when he was four years old”

21 posted on 02/05/2013 7:49:29 AM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416)
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To: RedWhiteBlue

JC Watts?? If that’s who you meant I totally agree. I miss J.C., he was a great politician. :)


22 posted on 02/05/2013 7:50:13 AM PST by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: SeekAndFind
Ted Cruz acts like he's the senior Conservative senator from Texas and I love it!

Ted Cruz makes John Cornyn look like Kay Bailey Hutchinson!

23 posted on 02/05/2013 7:51:55 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: sickoflibs
he is no Sharon Angle/Todd Akin for sure.

I still can't believe how those two and the other forgettable idiot from Indiana p*ssed away perfectly winnable U.S. Senate seats. It is almost like the Democrat party paid them enough to take a dive.

24 posted on 02/05/2013 7:56:05 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thankfully, La Raza Rick Perry didn’t get his way or Cruz would never have made his way to Washington, he would still be in Texas.


25 posted on 02/05/2013 8:06:14 AM PST by South40
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26 posted on 02/05/2013 8:08:24 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: Sporke

No, LOL, a different football player, JJ Watt. He broke records this season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMH7ndLqxjU

Just like JJ, Cruz is going to do his best not to let anything get past him.

JJ’s a really nice guy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NsKlUFVKx8


27 posted on 02/05/2013 8:08:40 AM PST by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: Vigilanteman; Impy
RE :”he is no Sharon Angle/Todd Akin for sure.
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I still can’t believe how those two and the other forgettable idiot from Indiana p*ssed away perfectly winnable U.S. Senate seats. It is almost like the Democrat party paid them enough to take a dive.”

And the colateral damage they caused too, because then ya got the defenders showing that there is many more than one who believes stupid stuff.

There are still more than a few here who claim those should be our model candidates., one recently told me it is *our* fault they lost, if only *we* defended them better they nwould have won, not kidding.

28 posted on 02/05/2013 8:10:07 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: TexasCajun
Ted Cruz makes John Cornyn look like Kay Bailey Hutchinson!

Cornyn has always looked like Kay Barely Republican. What's interesting is that Cruz has shown such bright conservative light that Cornyn has had to move significantly to the right to be seen at all. This is good.

29 posted on 02/05/2013 8:30:18 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: SeekAndFind
For conservatives, that may be one of the surest signs that Cruz is doing something right.

Exactly.

30 posted on 02/05/2013 8:34:01 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We need 50 more senators just like him.


31 posted on 02/05/2013 8:49:26 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SaraJohnson

Every now and then the voters get it right.

Texas and now America is lucky we found Ted Cruz!

Once other real conservatives see they can be real conservatives and survive, they will begin coming out of the woodwork.

Like Japan did at Pearl Harbor, the over-reaching liberals have awakened a sleeping giant with a terrible resolve.


32 posted on 02/05/2013 9:03:59 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: EXCH54FE

First and foremost Cruz is a strong Constitution loving patriot. He will be the first recognize his lack of NBC.

Cruz does not need to be POTUS to be a good leader.


33 posted on 02/05/2013 9:09:42 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: EXCH54FE

That’s OK, I’ll be happy when he’s the Majority Leader in the Senate.

He would do more than the last two Republican Gutless Wonders who came before him.


34 posted on 02/05/2013 9:11:33 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: RedWhiteBlue

Ok, I feel totally stupid now. lol

I should have known that name. I’m starting to follow the Texans more now, since my Cowboys suck. :)


35 posted on 02/05/2013 9:28:48 AM PST by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t Cruz just vote to let the Egyptian MB have those F-16’s?


36 posted on 02/05/2013 9:31:14 AM PST by crosshairs (All we are saying, is give a high cap piece a chance.)
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To: South40

Come on... Gov Goodhair really has done a hellofa lot better for Texas than ANY alternative.


37 posted on 02/05/2013 9:42:23 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: EXCH54FE
“Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where his parents, Eleanor Darragh and Rafael Cruz, were working in the oil business. His father, in 1957 during the Cuban Revolution, was a Cuban immigrant to the United States. His mother, an American, was reared in Delaware, in a family of Irish and Italian descent. Cruz's family returned the U.S. when he was four years old”

The Constitution? I didn't know anyone still believed in following that old piece of paper. [Actually, if Cruz is not natural born citizen, I would not vote for him. I just didn't know he was born in Canada.] Was his father a US citizen when Cruz was born?

38 posted on 02/05/2013 9:43:03 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: South40

BUT, I must add, Perry was wrong on Cruz.

He didn’t have a good political option considering he needed to keep working with Deworst. Lucky he didn’t have much effect on the Cruz Primary.


39 posted on 02/05/2013 9:46:04 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: shove_it

Sell Out McConnell is up for re-election next year, so he is saying lots of things. He reminds me of a nerd version of McStain.

Senator Cruz watch your back you are in more danger from those in your party that claim to support and have your back than you are from obama, the democrats/media.


40 posted on 02/05/2013 10:32:42 AM PST by sarge83
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To: X-spurt
Come on... Gov Goodhair really has done a hellofa lot better for Texas than ANY alternative.

Saying Perry was/is better than the alternative is not saying much. He should have backed Cruz and he showed his colors when he didn't. He even went as far as to tell Palin and others to stay out of Texas' business. Apparently, he failed to realize that who Texas sends to Washington is everyones' business. But La Raza Rick Perry isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, that much is clear.

41 posted on 02/05/2013 12:30:15 PM PST by South40
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To: SeekAndFind
Mr. Stiles needs and editor.

'liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough.'

Should read ' liberal detractors including Joe Scarborough.'

42 posted on 02/05/2013 5:52:53 PM PST by PAR35
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To: SeekAndFind
Mr. Stiles needs an editor.

'liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough.'

Should read ' liberal detractors including Joe Scarborough.'

43 posted on 02/05/2013 5:53:28 PM PST by PAR35
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To: sickoflibs

It looks like your boys Rove and Romney did a bang up job this last election.

Oh, wait. It looks like “your boys” are just as incompetent as you say Angle and Mourdock supposedly are.

I’m “sickofRINOs.”


44 posted on 02/05/2013 7:06:45 PM PST by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Where can we find 50 more Senators like him?


45 posted on 02/05/2013 7:18:19 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
In the past week alone, Cruz has tangled with veteran Democratic spin-master Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Meet the Press, sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, introduced legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, and recorded “no” votes on major items, including Hurricane Sandy relief, raising the debt ceiling, filibuster reform, and the confirmation of John Kerry for secretary of state. He also made headlines with his aggressive interrogation of prospective defense secretary Chuck Hagel. Additionally, Cruz’s quick rise to prominence appears to have offended the sensibilities of the political press. During Hagel’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, I overheard multiple groans from other journalists covering the event whenever Cruz began a pointed line of questioning. On Twitter, they noted their exasperation in more colorful ways.
Sounds like some Twittering partisan twits need to find actual jobs.


46 posted on 02/05/2013 7:19:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: ConservativeMind; Impy; Vigilanteman
RE :”It looks like your boys Rove and Romney did a bang up job this last election.
Oh, wait. It looks like “your boys” are just as incompetent as you say Angle and Mourdock supposedly are.

As I 'say they are' ? Did they get elected in your fantasy world? Well then Coffee time, Reid is Senate Majority leader.

Are you one of those nutbags who claim that Angle and Akin lost because of Rove and Romney? I have read that before.

47 posted on 02/05/2013 7:22:53 PM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: SeekAndFind
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48 posted on 02/05/2013 7:25:02 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: sickoflibs

Reprise: Ted Cruz is the Real Deal!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Cruz


49 posted on 02/05/2013 7:30:09 PM PST by donaldo
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To: donaldo

I have seen him in interviews and he is pretty sharp,
he had David Gregory interrogating Schumer on NBC MTP when they debated on it.


50 posted on 02/05/2013 7:33:27 PM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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