Ted Cruz, R-TX

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Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby kurt_w » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:16 pm

Interesting commentary about Ted Cruz here, from Josh Marshall whose wife was in Cruz's class both at Princeton and again at Harvard Law.

Ted managed to distinguish himself as a arrogant a#@hole at Harvard Law School, which is an amazing accomplishment since the competition there for that description is intense.

Cruz has apparently been busily pissing off most of his GOP Senate colleagues, and it sounds like that's a bit of a longstanding personality trait rather than a temporary aberration.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby Sandi » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:23 pm

Yes. Cruz has a lot to learn.

He shows his inexperience when he threatens to filibuster, or take this or that step without first discussing his plans with his colleagues. He may have ruined his chances for the R's Presidential nominee.

A much better plan would have been to go with a one year delay instead of defunding Obamacare. He would need, and get, other on board, including a few dems for more bi-partisan support.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby wack wack » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:41 pm

Mr. Haney is quickly losing whatever credibility he had. Just a few years until he's an answer to a trivia question.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:47 pm

Sandi wrote:A much better plan would have been to go with a one year delay instead of defunding Obamacare.

What would be the purpose of a one year delay?

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby minicat » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:51 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
Sandi wrote:A much better plan would have been to go with a one year delay instead of defunding Obamacare.

What would be the purpose of a one year delay?


The longer that implementation can be delayed, the more the right's misinformation campaign can sway the uniformed.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby Stebben84 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:55 pm

I put this in another thread but it belongs here:

Now that Ted Cruz is on his little "cruzade," it furthers my belief that he, much like Rand Paul, are playing these little games to further their own agenda and careers. They are elected by the people for the people, yet their little games do nothing other than try and move them closer to a higher level of authority. What is Ted Cruz's stunt going to prove? Nothing. Many in congress are a joke, but he is leading the pack.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby fennel » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:07 pm

Stebben84 wrote:Now that Ted Cruz is on his little "cruzade,"...
Actually, the spanish is "cruzada." And Ted would be a "cruzado." I couldn't find the translation for wingnut, but the meaning is implied.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby fisticuffs » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:07 pm

He doesn't seem to understand the filibuster and is having one right now for some reason:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... t=My+Yahoo

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby mrak » Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:12 pm

fennel wrote:
Stebben84 wrote:Now that Ted Cruz is on his little "cruzade,"...
Actually, the spanish is "cruzada." And Ted would be a "cruzado." I couldn't find the translation for wingnut, but the meaning is implied.

For Ted, it might be more relevant to find out what it would be in Canadian.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby DCB » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:26 pm

I'm not going to repeat the Senator's crazy talk. I'll just quote
what Digby said:
That's Ted Cruz in his pretend filibuster. And he's not comparing the Democrats to the Nazi appeasers. He's talking about his fellow Republican Senators. Oh s-nap.


Because they won't follow him down the highway to nowhere. Klassy.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby rabble » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:29 pm

minicat wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:
Sandi wrote:A much better plan would have been to go with a one year delay instead of defunding Obamacare.

What would be the purpose of a one year delay?


The longer that implementation can be delayed, the more the right's misinformation campaign can sway the uninformed.

Yeah that's the plan. In my own humble opinion it had only a slightly better chance of success than a shutdown threat (which Hillary just dared them to make good on) but it also would have fucked up the rollout schedule. It would have made them feel better.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby pjbogart » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:40 am

Cruz is described as an incredibly intelligent guy, but I'm wondering if his ego got in the way of his ambition. His speech certainly endeared him to primary voters, the kind of people who are still screaming about Kenyan Marxists and death panels, so his chance of winning the Republican nomination in 2016 seems greatly improved.

On the other hand, there's 21 hours worth of rambling inanity, including a potential Presidential nominee reading "Green Eggs and Ham" on the floor of the Senate, all in an effort to avoid the inevitable and perhaps cause the economy to take a huge dip just to satisfy Ted Cruz' ego.

He's toast. The Republican Party is practically forced to crucify this guy just to make sure they have a legitimate candidate in 2016. For a smart guy, that was a pretty dumb move.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby green union terrace chair » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:43 pm

Right after his 23-hour fake filibuster yesterday, he goes on Limbaugh and talks about how any Republican who even votes to call the question (a procedural vote), let alone voting for the spending bill, is collaborating with the Democrats and in effect "voting for Obamacare."

Then later that afternoon he does exactly that.

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Re: Ted Cruz, R-TX

Postby Zoti Bemba » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:31 pm

Maybe if he weren't stuffing his head with "fun" facts like where Panama hats are made and Chinese gooseberries are grown he would notice how utterly ridiculous he is.

Every once in a while we get a living reminder that there is a huge difference between "smart" and "politically smart."


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