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What Cruz Wrought
The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 7, 2013, | STEPHEN F. HAYES

Posted on 09/27/2013 11:41:15 AM PDT by Kenny

Edited on 09/29/2013 5:43:09 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade. And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party.


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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aca; congress; cruz
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1 posted on 09/27/2013 11:41:15 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: Kenny

Stuff it Stephen. Expect your RINO buddies to be looking for new employment over the next 3 election cycles.


2 posted on 09/27/2013 11:43:24 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Kenny

Was never that fond of Steven Hayes anyway but now....he can go f&*k himself.


3 posted on 09/27/2013 11:44:01 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Kenny
The girly-men DC metrosexuals don't like confrontation.
4 posted on 09/27/2013 11:45:14 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
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To: Kenny

We don’t want Deathcare and we voted in a Republican House to stop it. What’s so hard to understand?


5 posted on 09/27/2013 11:45:59 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Did you read past the 1st Paragraph?


6 posted on 09/27/2013 11:46:29 AM PDT by bunster
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Did anyone read past the first paragraph? He said that he supported Cruz, Lee, and the others. The first paragraph is the conventional wisdom of Washington, not the author’s opinion.


7 posted on 09/27/2013 11:47:14 AM PDT by mrs9x
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To: Kenny

My blood was beyond boiling when I read the 1st sentence and then . . . I read on.

My blood is still way over 212° after today’s vote and it taken every bit of restraint to be civil when talking with my elected officials (Isakson & Chambliss) office and expressing my thoughts on their traitorous votes in favor of Zero Care.


8 posted on 09/27/2013 11:48:40 AM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: bunster

Did you hear him pan Sen Cruz on the Fox Panel?


9 posted on 09/27/2013 11:50:07 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

You didn’t read far enough. He is lauding Cruz. He was just giving the GOPe view first.


10 posted on 09/27/2013 11:50:29 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: traderrob6

Read a little further. He is on Cruz’s side.


11 posted on 09/27/2013 11:51:04 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Don’t believe he was quite so supportive leading up to the vote.


12 posted on 09/27/2013 11:51:13 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: mrs9x
"Did anyone read past the first paragraph? He said that he supported Cruz, Lee, and the others. The first paragraph is the conventional wisdom of Washington, not the author’s opinion."

Correct, and actually the "conventional wisdom" of his Weekly Std. too. Authors should not write that way. News anchors do it too, putting a quote before saying who spoke it. Ignorant.
13 posted on 09/27/2013 11:52:38 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Kenny
He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe,

No, it is not the "fringe."

It is what is left of the actual republican party.

The rest of the GOP is nothing more than the butt kissing collaborator brigade that is hiding behind a phony "R."

Let the PRIMARIES begin.

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14 posted on 09/27/2013 11:53:57 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Cruz rocks, and we need thousands more just like him.


15 posted on 09/27/2013 11:54:27 AM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

He actually makes a good point (I think this is what he’s saying, or at least leading people into) ... there’s a heightened awarenes of Obamacare. RINOs aside, people now associate the effort to stop it with Republicans. Even if in being told that those Republicans are extremists.

The Dems acknowlege that it has flaws. Major ones. Ones that will be highlighted more and more as it’s rolled out. Ones that won’t be fixed because there won’t be the votes to do so. So when people start getting screwed by it, they’ll know that it was the work of the Dems that the GOP valiantly opposed.

Could be a game changer not only for repealing Obsmacare but also awakening the public to the slow but accelerating slide into socialism being executed by the Democrats.


16 posted on 09/27/2013 11:55:06 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Kenny

These people tell themselves what they want to be true.


17 posted on 09/27/2013 11:55:34 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Kenny
We say two cheers for Ted Cruz​—​and for Mike Lee

bttt
18 posted on 09/27/2013 11:57:15 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: bunster
Did you read past the 1st Paragraph?

LOL. Good question. You beat me to it. Apparently Freepers love to post a lot more than they like to read.

I'm glad Hayes is on our side on this one. He's basically a good guy. One of the few.

19 posted on 09/27/2013 11:57:40 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: tanknetter

He says that now, but based on reports here (I currently don’t get Fox) he wasn’t quite so supportive in the run up to the vote.


20 posted on 09/27/2013 11:57:49 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: mrs9x

It appears not.

I hope Freepers will go back up and read his second and third paragraphs.


21 posted on 09/27/2013 11:59:33 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Did you hear him pan Sen Cruz on the Fox Panel?

Can you give us the gist of it? Sounds like the guy's conflicted.

22 posted on 09/27/2013 11:59:51 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Kenny
I was GOP fringe, but no longer. The GOP is self-aggrandizing, power hungry, treacherous, conniving, perfidious, irresolute, recreant, unfaithful, traitorous, valor-less, untrustworthy, collection of knaves and miscreants.

They pretend to be the left tackle to defend liberty and purposely get out of the way of the block so the offense is stymied. They don't make the sack themselves, they just fail to stop it. If it were football, we would all think they were on the take and had some skin on the game at Vegas. Maybe the house will surprise me and stand resolute, there is a first time for everything they say.

23 posted on 09/27/2013 11:59:59 AM PDT by DaveyB ("When injustice becomes the law; rebellion becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kenny

LOL. With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth the past few days you’d think a bunch of demons had Holy Water sprayed on them or something.


24 posted on 09/27/2013 12:00:58 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
For better or worse I got my information on the Fox All Star Panel from FR. The comments were that nobody stood up for Cruz's efforts.
25 posted on 09/27/2013 12:01:43 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Kenny

Stephen,

William F. Buckley, Jr. ran as a candidate I the CONSERVATIVE PARTY. If he were alive today, he would fire your ass.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/27/remembering-buckleys-1965-run-for-mayor/?_r=0


26 posted on 09/27/2013 12:05:55 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Kenny

The “consensus in Washington” is usually the polar opposite of the reality outside the beltway.


27 posted on 09/27/2013 12:08:19 PM PDT by Adult Dog
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To: Kenny

1. Cruz has brought more attention to obamacare, and more people are becoming informed about what it.

2. Polarization is good. We get to see who is on what side of the war. A bunch of elected officials had to pick a side with everyone watching. We know who is the enemy and who is an ally.


28 posted on 09/27/2013 12:09:22 PM PDT by CPO retired
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Don’t be a tool. Read the entire article.


29 posted on 09/27/2013 12:10:26 PM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: gov_bean_ counter; traderrob6

Did you read past the first paragraph?


30 posted on 09/27/2013 12:13:17 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: 2ndDivisionVet
Initially yes. However, based on FR reports from the Fox Panels, he hasn't been too supportive.

So in large measure I stand by my original post.

31 posted on 09/27/2013 12:15:14 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Kenny
They succeeded in one crucial respect: Everyone is talking about Obamacare. And the more it gets talked about, the clearer its flaws are to an already skeptical public.

Even Stephen Hayes must grudgingly acknowledge this. And what a success ... as well as a crucial one! Therefore, Stephen, Senator Cruz does deserve three cheers! This is leadership. And left to his own devices, McConnell would have NEVER achieved this crucial success! Here's how Senator Cruz described this current GOP "leadership" in the U.S. Senate on Rush ......

I will tell you the single biggest surprise in arriving to the Senate is the defeatist attitude here. I mean, we don't even talk about how to win a fight. There's no discussion. We talk about, "Hey, let's get a show vote so we can go tell our constituents we're doing something." But I promise you, Rush, if you had to sit through one Senate lunch, you'd be in therapy for a month ... but they've been here a long time, and they're beaten down, and they don't believe we can win. They don't believe it can happen, and the answer they say on every issue is, "No, we can't do it. We can't do it."

Stephen Hayes and the GOPe apologists never. Senator Ted Cruz forever.

32 posted on 09/27/2013 12:18:43 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Kenny
Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade.

Just what the #&$% is "fringe" about NOT wanting to be a socialist tax-slave?!?

33 posted on 09/27/2013 12:19:51 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SaxxonWoods

I didn’t read far enough, either. Testament to how sensitive this issue is. I can’t imagine someone speaking out against Cruz in public in many areas and being left capable of walking away.


34 posted on 09/27/2013 12:22:05 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Kenny

Hayes is another worthless beltway faux conservative living, lying and pretending the be know it all for us, the peons outside of the beltway.


35 posted on 09/27/2013 12:22:57 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( When insane/feral Islamics are killing each other, stand back and let Allah sort them out!)
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To: 9YearLurker
I hope Freepers will go back up and read his second and third paragraphs.

It was stretching it for me to get past the title...it's Friday after all!

36 posted on 09/27/2013 12:23:04 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

You might learn to read the entire article before commenting.


37 posted on 09/27/2013 12:24:13 PM PDT by EDINVA (/1)
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To: Kenny

Hey Stephen Hayes...kiss my butt and then go sh*t in your hat!


38 posted on 09/27/2013 12:25:10 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: EDINVA
You may want to quit painting with such a broad brush.
39 posted on 09/27/2013 12:26:53 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: bunster
OK...now that I've read past the 1st paragraph I won't ask Stephen to kiss any part of my anatomy or ruin a perfectly good hat.
40 posted on 09/27/2013 12:27:00 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: Kenny

Ted Cruz has re-energized the conservative movement.

Waahh

At least one Senator refuses to do the bidding of the Democrats, this cannot be allowed.

//s


41 posted on 09/27/2013 12:27:04 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Caipirabob

I actually almost did the same thing—and TGIF!


42 posted on 09/27/2013 12:29:29 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Kenny

We aren’t the fringe. We are America.


43 posted on 09/27/2013 12:30:08 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: EDINVA
...and you may want to research Haye’s previous less than enthusiastic support of Cruz's actions.
44 posted on 09/27/2013 12:31:00 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Kenny

Hey, Steve. E. S. A. D.


45 posted on 09/27/2013 12:31:10 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: gov_bean_ counter; traderrob6

Did you read the entire article?


46 posted on 09/27/2013 12:36:29 PM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: DFG

Do you know Hayes’ previous position on Cruz’s actions?


47 posted on 09/27/2013 12:37:09 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Kenny

Thank you for another reminder why I dumped this rag and why I am so glad I don’t have to listen to this joker any longer! I dumped Fox News last November for The Blaze and am thankful daily.


48 posted on 09/27/2013 12:39:12 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

You didn’t read past the 1st paragraph?


49 posted on 09/27/2013 12:39:33 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: DaveyB
I was GOP fringe, but no longer. The GOP is self-aggrandizing, power hungry, treacherous, conniving, perfidious, irresolute, recreant, unfaithful, traitorous, valor-less, untrustworthy, collection of knaves and miscreants.

You really should learn to let it all out, don't hold back. You'll get an ulcer. Come on, tell us what you really think!   ;-)

50 posted on 09/27/2013 12:40:57 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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