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GOP complaint: Ted Cruz is no team player
Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2013 | By Jonathan Capehart

Posted on 10/07/2013 9:56:09 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

To say that Cruz is not held in high regard by Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill is an understatement.

...That lack of strategy certainly rankled one influential Republican member of Congress, who bemoaned President Obama’s disinterest in rescuing the GOP from itself to a bunch of reporters last Thursday, speaking on the condition that he not be quoted by name:

“[L]ook, Cruz and company lost a lot of influence in the House when he gave them exactly what they asked for and [Senate Republicans] couldn’t produce what they promised. Most of us thought they never were going to be able to produce what they promised. But some people did. And if you remember, [what] dropped from the junior senator’s talking points pretty quickly was, if the House stands united, then there’ll be 41 Republicans standing strong. Well, there weren’t. There were 19. I mean, he couldn’t even get a majority of his own conference. He couldn’t get the majority of the minority in his own body. So, look, he’s pretty gifted at positioning himself and he’s a brilliant communicator. And I probably agree with him on 95 percent of the issues. But I’ll tell you one thing: He’s never played team sports in his life.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; gop; gopestablishment; liberalagenda; rinocare; rinos; surrender; zerocare
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1 posted on 10/07/2013 9:56:09 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

When the “team” is willfully scoring points for the opposition, it’s time to blow the roof off the farce.


2 posted on 10/07/2013 9:57:31 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Oh no! The Compost does not like Ted Cruz!

I’d say that’s a good point for Ted Cruz - he must be doing something right!


3 posted on 10/07/2013 9:57:32 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
19 Constitutional Patriots to 27 RINOs.

We obviously need a 24/7 open season on US RINOs.

4 posted on 10/07/2013 9:57:52 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is the problem with the GOP elite/ruling class.

For us, the fact he’s not a team player is a tremendous positive.


5 posted on 10/07/2013 9:57:57 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Finally , a few true Republic-ans that will not participate in the D.C. circle jerk .

The people of the United States should descend on that place , pull them out of their offices and send them home with the order “ do not return “


6 posted on 10/07/2013 10:01:13 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

per the team sports comment...

there are a lot of assholes on a team.

plus, politics is NOT sports. sports games in the grand scheme of things, don’t mean jack sh1t.

people in politics with real convictions they won’t cave on, now that’s what we’re looking for.

not someone who thinks an issue is about “politics” and out-maneuvering opponents just because they want to score a point, or be the ones in control of some oppressive new law.


7 posted on 10/07/2013 10:01:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Screw the gop/mcnutts.


8 posted on 10/07/2013 10:02:41 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Real leaders usually aren’t team players. They LEAD and coach the team players and by doing so, they form the team.


9 posted on 10/07/2013 10:03:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Cruz is actually looking out for America & Americans...unlike most of our other politicians (who are out for themselves).


10 posted on 10/07/2013 10:03:31 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I like Cruz, just fine.


11 posted on 10/07/2013 10:03:43 PM PDT by BAW (My people skills are fine. It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Exactly whose team is he supposed to play on? The washed-up quasi-democrat RINO Obama-bootlickers? Or the team of those who elected him, and who supports what he is doing 100%?

Screw the bootlickers, and screw the comPost.


12 posted on 10/07/2013 10:04:25 PM PDT by Ironfocus
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
To say that Cruz is held in highest regard is total understatement. Please let's keep doing all we can to keep our electorate strong! Make calls, send email, Tweet... don't let go of momentum.
13 posted on 10/07/2013 10:04:54 PM PDT by GizzyGirl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
GOP complaint: Ted Cruz is no team player..

GOOD, if my team was that incompetent, I believe I'd start my own team, which he did, or quit, which he wouldn't, and made them look as bad as they are..

14 posted on 10/07/2013 10:05:40 PM PDT by carlo3b (RUFFLE FEATHERS, and destroy their FEATHER NEST!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The GOPe thinks Cruz is "arrogant" as opposed to Juan, Linda, Hatch, Boxer, Feinstein, Dingy, Schumer, Turban Durban, Leaky Leahy, et. al.

Give me a break....

15 posted on 10/07/2013 10:06:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Just Damn! Teds a Prima Donna?

If only he could be a Team player like McCain......


16 posted on 10/07/2013 10:06:39 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ok I’ve had it. And just what is the goal of said “team”? Dear God, I wish McCain would retire and spend his golden years with his family. I don’t like the way I feel about him


17 posted on 10/07/2013 10:06:44 PM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I didn’t hire him to be a team player.


18 posted on 10/07/2013 10:07:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Nonsense. All you need to know about this article is its source: Washington Post. The content falls quickly into the gutter.


19 posted on 10/07/2013 10:07:56 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Speaks volumes that the place these ‘Republicans’ go to air their complaints is the Washington Post


20 posted on 10/07/2013 10:08:13 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Teds “team” is his constituency NOT the GOP or even the Senate. Too bad all Congressmen don’t think and behave like Ted Cruz. A truly great Patriot!


21 posted on 10/07/2013 10:09:48 PM PDT by uncitizen (Obamacare IS TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sure he is.

You just don’t like that he isn’t on your team.


22 posted on 10/07/2013 10:09:58 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m going to bed.

To the GOP, go pound sand. Go take a long walk into the sea, and take a dump! (It’s better in Yiddish)

The Jews are sick of you, and they are a very small minority. But you are really just a money whore!


23 posted on 10/07/2013 10:11:23 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

You know what Jonathan Capehart?

I never played team sports either.

Today team sports consist of every one having group hugs and everyone gets a prize.

Bahhh!

Oh I know the value of a team.
But I reserve the right to go it alone.


24 posted on 10/07/2013 10:12:09 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Excellent point.

We hired him to stir the old guard up.

He has been brilliant.


25 posted on 10/07/2013 10:13:26 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Paladin2

Yes. He is smoking out the hidden opposition.


26 posted on 10/07/2013 10:17:15 PM PDT by Piranha (Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have - Saul Alinsky)
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The GOP can to go Hell. Ted is on our team.


27 posted on 10/07/2013 10:18:16 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

WP is censoring conservative pro Cruz comments on this article. Just FYI. Flood it FReepers!


28 posted on 10/07/2013 10:19:13 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Message to Repubs: Lead. . .follow; or get out of the way. And stop whining!

OMG. . .so many RINO's; so little time.

29 posted on 10/07/2013 10:20:55 PM PDT by cricket
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Hang the team! The team sucks!

Ted Cruz represents his constituents. He has honor.

30 posted on 10/07/2013 10:21:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

31 posted on 10/07/2013 10:25:22 PM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
19 Senate votes was darn good, given that Cruz was fighting the establishment. We wouldn't be winning against Obamacare now were it not for Cruz.

That comment smells of envy.

32 posted on 10/07/2013 10:26:43 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

BTW, I know I am preaching to the choir here.. but the non-Conservs in the party need to go the way of the Whigs (whatever it takes).


33 posted on 10/07/2013 10:30:49 PM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ted seems to be working just fine with Mike, Rand and Louie plus several others.....

McCain is just upset that he has been “exposed” as a “Establishment Toadie so called Maverick”


34 posted on 10/07/2013 10:33:25 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The question should be why aren’t the other GOP senators on Ted’s team?


35 posted on 10/07/2013 11:11:45 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Oh no, Cruz is messing up our old boys club here for everyone, why won’t he get on board and feed at the trough like the rest of us, there’s more than enough taxpayer money to go around, but he’s putting the brakes on our gravy train! Plus, Pelosi crossed me off the guest list for her next boozer!”

“If Cruz doesn’t shut-up, the constituents are going to actually get the idea that we’re here to represent them!”

What’s the odds right now as to whether this is McCain, Graham, Boehner, or another of the usual suspects?


36 posted on 10/07/2013 11:23:58 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: penelopesire

It’s so funny to hear this meme being pushed that Ted Cruz has ‘no plan’. Are they all daft?

I hit up that idiot Charlie Dent who pranced over to CNN to declare his frustration with Ted. Suggested he might want to shy away from dem talking points lest folks get the idea he is on the wrong TEAM. Oh, and the plan, for the sad sack, get me a waiver/exemption, stop spending, pretty simple plan.

What planet did I land on??!


37 posted on 10/07/2013 11:36:01 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: All

38 posted on 10/07/2013 11:40:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Jonathan (left) & boyfriend, Nick

39 posted on 10/07/2013 11:53:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Capehart advised and wrote speeches for Michael Bloomberg during Bloomberg’s 2001 run for the mayoralty of New York City.


40 posted on 10/07/2013 11:55:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Cruz is doing what he was elected to do, the will of the people.


41 posted on 10/08/2013 12:08:53 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Chamberlain was a team player. Churchill wasn't.
42 posted on 10/08/2013 12:13:59 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Who wants to play ball with quitters and losers? Not our future President, that’s for sure.


43 posted on 10/08/2013 12:17:52 AM PDT by alstewartfan ("Guardian angels, wherever you may be Reach down and keep my soul for me. Al Stewart)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Huge problem: it sounds like no matter how great Cruz is, he is about to be Palined. The media will soon have republican and dem low infos hating him and thinking he is crazy.

It does us no good to sit on FR and adore Cruz. At least half the country has to feel that way. It has to be a morni g in America Reagan appeal or we get another Romney type. No way can a good person be conservative, really conservative, and be treated as less than stupid and crazy by the media.


44 posted on 10/08/2013 12:25:47 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: penelopesire

Capehart is one of the Wash. Post’s character assassins, aka “hitmen”, along with Dana Milbank and E.J. Dionne, among others.

Just change the name of the paper to Pravda, Izvestia or Tass and is would read the same in Russian as it does in English, pure leftist bullshit.


45 posted on 10/08/2013 12:26:11 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; All

Poor babies! Senator Cruz is making them look bad (Do they imagine that they didn’t *before* he spoke up?) & they don’t like it.

Like him or not, Senator Cruz & his fellow patriots seem to have roused Speaker Boehner from his reverie & that’s a VERY good thing!

The only “team” these wimps are on is losing.


46 posted on 10/08/2013 12:28:41 AM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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Remember. Ron Paul was banned from the convention while Joe Lieberman was a featured speaker.


47 posted on 10/08/2013 12:35:00 AM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: carlo3b
GOP complaint: Ted Cruz is no team player..

Neither were those pesky colonists...

48 posted on 10/08/2013 12:44:00 AM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Yaelle

So then what’s the answer? Since we aren’t the only ones who know what’s happening with the media and Cruz.....maybe it’s the media we should be going after before the election picks up steam.

Which begs...how?


49 posted on 10/08/2013 12:44:33 AM PDT by caww
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<...”Cruz is doing what he was elected to do, the will of the people”....>

And the other “people” will go for Hillary as well as the media.....

Further they’ll do more then what we see now to Cruz before this over...and the Gop will be on it as well.

So no matter how you look at it there will be three fronts to battle. Which Cruz is doing already on his own pretty much.

The media is giving him press now because of the situation....along with the Reb’s and others....that will change as election rolls around....he’ll not get the press unless he has another plan to sidestep them or “play” in their game somehow.


50 posted on 10/08/2013 12:49:09 AM PDT by caww
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