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House Republicans: Ted Cruz killed our amnesty
Hotair ^ | 02/13/2014 | AllahPundit

Posted on 02/13/2014 4:51:45 PM PST by SeekAndFind

There’s no man or woman in red-state America these days with more power than Cruz to set a new conservative litmus test. But c’mon: How many of you need to be formally warned at this point by your favorite Republican that the House is looking to sell out border hawks on immigration reform? It’s like blaming Rand Paul for turning libertarians against the NSA. He plays a useful role in bringing attention to the issue, but those people turned on their own initiative ages ago. Same here.

Cruz won’t mind being blamed for this one, though.

House Republicans who supported the “principles” of immigration reform floated by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, late last month grumbled Tuesday that the plan was dead on arrival because Cruz blasted it as “amnesty,” spurring a blizzard of negative phone calls to House Republicans…

Later that day [on January 30th, when the House GOP released its immigration principles], while Boehner was closeted with colleagues miles from the nation’s capital, Cruz used back-to-back television appearances to invoke the politically charged word “amnesty” to characterize the legalization offered by Boehner’s plan.

By the time the GOP caucus broke up and Boehner headed back to Capitol Hill on Jan. 31, the House speaker was backtracking. Republican lawmakers so distrusted President Obama’s readiness to enforce any immigration law that GOP lawmakers would not support immigration reform before the 2014 midterm congressional elections in November, Boehner declared.

Asked about his influential remarks Tuesday, Cruz said the Boehner plan was “inconsistent with the rule of law” and “a political mistake,” adding that he was “glad to see Republicans in the House agreed.”

Would any tea-party Republicans in the House have embraced the leadership’s immigration plan if Cruz had kept quiet? It’s not pressure from big-name conservatives that keeps them in line, it’s the fact that they come from overwhelmingly red districts and know what backing amnesty would mean for their primary chances. The more interesting thought experiment is what would have happened if Cruz had shocked the world and declared that Boehner’s plan sounded promising. That might have shaken loose some conservative votes for amnesty; there’s no sturdier political cover on the right at the moment than being able to say that Ted Cruz supports your position. I wonder if he’s ever tempted to do it, if only to bigfoot rivals like Rubio and Rand Paul by showing them he can bring righties around on an immigration deal to an extent that they can’t. Or maybe he doubts that he even has that much cachet. If Rubio’s tea-party cred could be incinerated in one stroke by trying to lead on this issue, why on earth would Cruz touch it?

His next conservative venture, incidentally, is the State Marriage Defense Act, which he introduced with Mike Lee yesterday. That’s a response both to the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision last year, striking down part of DOMA, and to Holder’s announcement earlier this week that the DOJ will begin acknowledging same-sex marriages as legitimate for federal legal purposes (e.g., invoking the spousal privilege during federal trials) regardless of whether the underlying state law recognizes them or not. Cruz’s and Lee’s bill would force the feds to follow state marriage law as guidance on that. It’s going nowhere in the Senate, needless to say, but it’s a smart bit of politics in both tackling a subject of social conservative concern and proposing a federalist solution to it that centrists can live with.

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1 posted on 02/13/2014 4:51:45 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Go, Cruz, GO!!


2 posted on 02/13/2014 4:53:14 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 02/13/2014 4:54:06 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nice work Mr. Cruz. Doing what we sent you there to do. Another contribution is on the way.


4 posted on 02/13/2014 4:55:21 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Travis McGee

Ted CRUZ/Sarah PALIN 2016


5 posted on 02/13/2014 4:57:33 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

“House Republicans who supported the “principles” of immigration reform floated by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, late last month grumbled Tuesday that the plan was dead on arrival...”

Now it’s getting clearer why GOPe are turning on Boehner.

He failed his task.


6 posted on 02/13/2014 4:58:12 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: SeekAndFind

How difficult is it really to control the borders?


7 posted on 02/13/2014 5:00:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would prefer to see TED CRUZ become the SENATE MAJORITY LEADER.

JAMES MATTIS/SARAH PALIN 2016.


8 posted on 02/13/2014 5:01:52 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wouldn’t mind moving to his district just so I could vote for him...


9 posted on 02/13/2014 5:01:57 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good for Cruz. Keep cruzin Cruz.


10 posted on 02/13/2014 5:02:09 PM PST by mulligan (I)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank you Sen. Cruz, keep on truckin’.


11 posted on 02/13/2014 5:03:56 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Travis McGee

The very first vehicle that I see coming north on US Hwy 59 that has Mexican military markings on it will be met with a certain degree of hostility.

RAH!


12 posted on 02/13/2014 5:04:09 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is a damned good reason why we TEXANS busted our kiesters to put TED CRUZ into the SENATE.

We will put forth the same effort to remove that Back-Stabbing Quisling, John Wayne McCornyn.

Count on it.


13 posted on 02/13/2014 5:06:16 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Keep on jerking those quislings panties into a knot, Ted.

We got your back.


14 posted on 02/13/2014 5:08:14 PM PST by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

If one man can control the House, what does that say about the House?


15 posted on 02/13/2014 5:08:37 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sen. Cruz is definitely The Man. He’s playing chess,while his enemies are playing checkers.

Thank God for the wisdom of Texas voters.


16 posted on 02/13/2014 5:08:52 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

I have two primary points that cannot be compromised:

1) secure the border. Any federal official who doesn’t understand the treat posed by borders that are not secure should be removed from office.

2) No matter what we decide about the status of people who came here in violation of the law, stayed in violation of the law and who hold jobs in violation of the law, we must NEVER give them the right to vote.


17 posted on 02/13/2014 5:14:31 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: SeekAndFind

Senator Cruz,

May Peety King eat a bad cannoli and then choke. And in doing so, P!$$Off the Eyetalian baker what made it and render unto him great offense, that he might call his cousins Vinny and Guido to go see why Peety didn’t like his cannoli.

Senator Cruz, God Bless and God Speed.

Yoo Da Man!

BTW, Senator Cruz, getcherself one of those mirrors on a telescoping rod, and have a go looking under your car every morning.

Better yet, get the local demoKaRATZ committee man to start your car for you.

We’re talking RATZ here, anything is possible.


18 posted on 02/13/2014 5:18:59 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My wife and I proudly display Cruz 2016 bumper stickers. Every patriot should have one. Bob


19 posted on 02/13/2014 5:21:20 PM PST by alstewartfan (The dawn is turning away The ghost of Charlotte Corday. Al Stewart)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wish Cruz the best. But unless all Conservatives coalesce behind ONE conservative candidate and support him or her through thick and thin, the RINOs will nominate “Jeb” Bush in a replay of 2012. And then, if by some miracle, he WINS, we will have four years of slower progressive instead of a repeal of statist left-wing programs.


20 posted on 02/13/2014 5:23:44 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m adopting Sen Cruz as my senator until Alexander and what’s his face are replaced with Conservatives.


21 posted on 02/13/2014 5:25:07 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Jim Robinson
Go, Cruz, GO!!

God Bless Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz is standing strong for the United States Constitution.

22 posted on 02/13/2014 5:29:52 PM PST by sand88 (We can never legislate our way back to Liberty)
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To: Jim Robinson

Cruz smokes out the RINO’s and they hate him for it.

God speed Ted.


23 posted on 02/13/2014 5:30:55 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Paladin2

Nations all around the world do it.


24 posted on 02/13/2014 5:31:48 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Bryan24

A senator my friend. He covers a state not a district.


25 posted on 02/13/2014 5:32:49 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: SeekAndFind
John Boehner is a politician. Ted Cruz is a conservative.

There is really not much more to say...

26 posted on 02/13/2014 5:34:03 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m more impressed with Cruz each day. If he were Senate Minority Leader with 45 Republicans, he would tie the Senate in knots and make Harry Reed cry.

With McConnell we get nothing.


27 posted on 02/13/2014 5:34:41 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Howie66

What makes you think Mattis would be a good president?


28 posted on 02/13/2014 5:34:57 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Paladin2
How difficult is it really to control the borders?

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for controlling the borders, but the ultimate answer to illegals is denying them jobs.


29 posted on 02/13/2014 5:42:25 PM PST by 867V309 (I love potatoes-except, of course, Lena Dunham)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tsk, tsk

Feel so bad for them...not


30 posted on 02/13/2014 5:46:10 PM PST by Regulator
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To: Jim Robinson

Ted Cruz is trying to save what is left of our country, while whores and traitors like Boehner and the weasel Cantor try to deep six us.


31 posted on 02/13/2014 5:47:16 PM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: SeekAndFind

Cruz for President.


32 posted on 02/13/2014 5:48:14 PM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Couldn’t Ted serve in the Senate and also be the speaker of the House?


33 posted on 02/13/2014 5:59:42 PM PST by Sybeck1
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To: SeekAndFind

Man, the perks must be outstanding! They are scared to death they won’t get re-elected.

“We need to find men and women who go to serve instead of to cash in.”


34 posted on 02/13/2014 6:00:02 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: 9YearLurker

Since Obama has done NOTHING at all but diminish our Military in all areas (equipment, personnel, morale, etc) as well as encouraged and emboldened our Enemies across the globe, we are going to be required to have somebody in our White House that can re-establish TRUST with our Allies and instill the necessary FEAR in our Enemies while rebuilding our military that has been abused and neglected for the past 5 years, now.

In critical periods of our history, this country has turned to a former general to guide us through treacherous waters. I believe that JAMES MATTIS is decidedly qualified to do exactly that.

Besides, it’s about damned time that America have a MARINE as C-I-C.

OooRah!


35 posted on 02/13/2014 6:00:57 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Howie66

Yes, cruz for majority leader, Scott walker for President


36 posted on 02/13/2014 6:04:56 PM PST by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: SeekAndFind

IN YER HOWZ...

KILLIN' YER AMNESTY...


37 posted on 02/13/2014 6:08:06 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL! Go Cruz!


38 posted on 02/13/2014 6:10:01 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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39 posted on 02/13/2014 6:10:36 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Usagi_yo

I like Scott Walker, too. He’s a good guy.

However, I really want someone who knows and understands our Enemies and the very real threats to our country....Foreign as well as DOMESTIC. The mess that Obama and his minions have made will require a very strong and capable leader. One that understands and has felt the sting of battle.

You really don’t think that Obama and those toads are just going to slink off without some kind of crap, do you?


40 posted on 02/13/2014 6:11:04 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I LOVE THIS MAN!


41 posted on 02/13/2014 6:12:39 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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Primary the RINOs!!!

42 posted on 02/13/2014 6:17:05 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: ZULU

“...But unless all Conservatives coalesce behind ONE conservative candidate and support him or her through thick and thin, the RINOs will nominate “Jeb” Bush in a replay of 2012....”
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I agree if you substitute “RINO of choice” for Jeb Bush. You’ve nailed the ESSENCE of the 2016 campaign. ALL CONSERVATIVES NEED TO RALLY AROUND TED CRUZ FROM THE BEGINNING. Let’s let multiple RINOs run and split the RINO vote for a change-—no more conservative circular firing squads. Let’s ignore the PHONY conservatives such as Huckabee who may enter to help split the conservative vote.

And NO conservative should support the AMNESTY PROMOTING FAUX conservatives such as Rubio and Paul Ryan.

TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT 2016!!!


43 posted on 02/13/2014 6:17:07 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: SeekAndFind

The leader of the GOP as well as the Democrat Party is Barack Obama. We now have a one party ruled nation with any dissenters considered to be Enemies of the State. The entire security of this nation as well as it’s political system has been completely compromised beyond all hope.


44 posted on 02/13/2014 6:18:47 PM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Cruz saved the Republican Party against the wishes of the GOPe

I’m actually conflicted


45 posted on 02/13/2014 6:19:37 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ifinnegan

Ted Cruz is just one of US. What this really tells you is what the House “Republicans (In Name Only) think about US.

Note to House Republicans (In Name Only). Fear US! We are tired of your knifes in our backs. It ain’t just Ted. He’s got a frickin’ posse. We won’t stop even if Ted does. FOAD!!!


46 posted on 02/13/2014 6:20:43 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: House Atreides

Since Ted Cruz is the one doing the most to rub the GOPe nose in their own poop, I think he should top the list for everyone


47 posted on 02/13/2014 6:20:59 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: theBuckwheat
I have two primary points that cannot be compromised:

1) secure the border. Any federal official who doesn’t understand the treat posed by borders that are not secure should be removed from office.

2) No matter what we decide about the status of people who came here in violation of the law, stayed in violation of the law and who hold jobs in violation of the law, we must NEVER give them the right to vote.

That is essentially our Republican Rep. Steve Pearce's position here in NM. He is the only Republican from NM in Congress and his district borders Mexico, but he wins re-election for a couple of reasons, the main one being that his district holds the oil and natural gas that provide good jobs and funds the state. All but the most jaded Democrats recognize that the Dems and enviros in the rest of the state would like to shut down the industry. When jobs are on the line, they vote for the politician who will work to keep their job.

Regarding illegals he recognizes they are here, currently working and that we will never have the will to forcibly send them back. So his solution is to give them a "red" card to let them work legally (and pay taxes), penalize the employers who have workers without "red" cards and paying them off the books. Up front he wants the Feds to secure the border and later, if they want to become citizens, they get to the back of the line.

Of course the Dems want citizenship for them only so they will vote for Dems to stay in power. It really is that simple.

48 posted on 02/13/2014 6:23:26 PM PST by CedarDave (Obama - "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want" (02/10/14 declaration))
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To: SeekAndFind

Cruzing with Ted!


49 posted on 02/13/2014 6:23:53 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: House Atreides

And NO conservative should support the AMNESTY PROMOTING FAUX conservatives such as Rubio and Paul Ryan.

TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT 2016!!!

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Needs repeating.


50 posted on 02/13/2014 6:26:17 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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