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5 Reasons Ted Cruz Would Be A Democrat’s Dream 2016 GOP Nominee

May 1, 2013 12:54 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 95 Comments A+ / A-

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In a move that only surprised people who assume there’s some limit to the ego of Ted Cruz (R-TX), the freshman senator from Texas has let it be known that he is considering running for president in 2016.

“If you don’t think this is real, then you’re not paying attention,” says a Republican insider. “Cruz already has grassroots on his side, and in this climate, that’s all he may need.”

“There’s not a lot of hesitation there,” adds a Cruz donor who has known the Texan for decades. “He’s fearless.”

There would definitely be a historical precedent for a Cruz candidacy, explains National Review Online’s Robert Costa:

His supporters argue that he’d be a Barry Goldwater type — a nominee who would rattle the Republican establishment and reconnect the party with its base – but with better electoral results.

It would be hard to get worse electoral results than Barry Goldwater, who only won 52 electoral votes and 38.5 percent of the popular vote. But that’s the kind of point you have to make when you discuss the potential presidential candidacy of Ted Cruz.

Cruz has the conspiratorial mindset of a Michele Bachmann (R-MN) with the Harvard education of a Mitt Romney. He won’t flutter out like a Rick Perry (R-TX), but he’ll charge full force into the GOP with rhetorical fury and unveiled disdain for his opponents.

And here’s why that would likely be a dream come true for Democrats.

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  • ORAXX

    You could add ‘the condescending arrogance’ of Dick Cheney to his list of attributes.

  • docb

    Perfect.. joe mccarthy cruz goldwater! And those 50+ electoral votes.. Mr. cruz appeals to a certain low caliber low information voter who like antics , posturing but not to be talked to at higher than a 3rd grade level!
    Go for joe teddy!

  • Urbane_Gorilla

    Barry Goldwater was bright and focused..Ted Cruz can’t think his way out of a paper bag. I heard he was chosen as the loser poster boy for “Smarter than a 5th grader”..

    • not_Bridget

      It appears that Cruz will be competing with our Governor Rick–perhaps for the next Texas Governor campaign or maybe the next Republican Presidential nomination. Or both.

      Brace yourself for months of soundbites as both these fools act “More Batshit Than Thou”–trying to drum up support from Their Base. Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert will get lots of amusing/horrifying footage.

      And maybe more of us Texans will finally wake up & realize that voting Republican is idiotic. Cruz is definitely the guy to bring out the Tejano vote–for his Democratic opponent!

      • Urbane_Gorilla

        Going to be interesting. I just want to see him work around being born in Canada.

  • Sand_Cat

    Don’t insult Barry Goldwater by comparing this moron to him!

    • adriancrutch

      He goes back to that era but not as Goldwater, more the Jack Ruby pimp mob bagman!

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    I continue to have the highest regard for Barry Goldwater, for whom I voted and all of whose books I have read and in whose campaign I worked. I long ago switched back to the Democratic Party of my youth when I saw what kind of creatures now call themselves conservatives and own the GOP. Barry Goldwater would throw up at the idea of being linked or compared to Ted Cruz, a belligerent, publicity-seeking extremist who even, to those of us old enough to remember this, facially resembles the late and unlamented Joe McCarthy (who’d love Cruz.) Barry Goldwater was thoughtful, willing to compromise, personally deeply liked and respected with many good Democratic friends such as JFK; Ted Cruz is a Texas, latino, Tea Party modern reincarnation of McCarthy. OH GOD DO I HOPE THE REPUBLICANS WOULD NOMINATE HIM!!!! He would be a Godsend for us Democrats.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749932758 Richard Auletta

      I, too, supported Goldwater, who did not hesitate to cross the aisle and work with Democrats. And I, too have been turned off by twenty-first century extremist GOP politicians, and I supported Obama in both 2008 and 2012. Ted Cruz is an extremist in the worst sense of the word, unwilling to compromise even with fellow Republicans, and with an agenda far to the right of Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan. Cruz could definitely turn Texas into a “blue state” in a presidential election, if he were at the head of the GOP ticket. Hillary would be an absolute shoe-in, running against the likes of Cruz!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      Everyone who would like to see him be nominated needs to stop and take a deep breath.

      Just because he is our ideal opponent, doesn’t mean he couldn’t win.

      Many elections are won or lost by one misquote, or one bad deed caught on video.

      Look at Romney. Without his statement about 47% of of the voters being losers, he could have been the President of the United States today.

      Of course, he compounded the problem by picking “Lyin’ Ryan” as his trusty sidekick.

      So goes history.

    • John Pigg

      Whilst I do not share your kind thoughts of Senator Goldwater, you are correct to suggest he would be outraged at any connection to modern conservatives.

      I think in the 90’s he requested to not be associated with the current conservative movement. Keep in mind that was in the 90’s.

      I am always amused by the GOP saying they want to return the US to a conservative Republic, most of their goals and idea’s are not historical at all and run counter to historically conservative views.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.ross.7505468 Michael Ross

    He’s also prone to promoting psychotic conspiracy theories. He was the one who vowed to fight the U.N. to protect our golf courses.

    If he does get the 2016 nomination, it’ll be for two reasons:

    #1: All of his opponents for the nomination are just as bad, if not worse.

    #2: The G.O.P. still thinks all they need to do to attract Latino voters is have somebody with a red tie and a tan come out and say “Hola, yo soy Republicano.”

    He’s going to get the nomination, in other words, because he has a Hispanic last name and Marco Rubio’s chances have already crapped the bed on him.

    • july860

      It’s actually very sad, because there are other repubs that are just as bad or worse; sad for them, good for dems!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    If The National Memo plans to join GOP conspiracy theorists they should, as a minimum, make an effort to be credible. That is, unless this is a sarcastic joke. Rafael Edward Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada. Are those who challenged the right of a man born in Hawaii to be president, suddenly supporting a man born in Canada to be President of the United States? The Constitution is still alive and well…

    • Germansmith

      I thought Canada was part of the US…kind of our 51st state.
      If Captain Kirk can come from Canada…why not our President?
      Anyway, I always thought Canadian were nice and polite…What happen to Cruz? Texas upbringing?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355735088 Alan Yungclas

        Captain Kirk to Gillian Taylor: “I was born in Iowa, I just work in outer space.”

        • Allan Richardson

          Good quote! Of course Captain Kirk is American, but William Shatner was born in Canada. I wonder if any town in Iowa has put up a “birthplace of Kirk” statue as Metropolis, IL did for Superman? Or a “birthplace of Dr. McCoy” statue in Macon, GA?

          Another of my favorite quotes is Kirk to Gillian about Spock: he had too much LDS in the sixties. NOT a typo!

          • NickDanger007

            Yep, there’s an Iowa town that claims to be Kirk’s birthplace.

          • ralphkr

            Riverside, IA, is the official birthplace of Kirk according to Gene Roddenberry. There is a plaque there stating “Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk March 22, 2228″. The city was going to put up a bust of Kirk but Paramount demanded $40K licensing fee so the town settled on the plaque plus a large scale model of USS Riverside and they have an annual Trek Week. The Riverside area has even been in the movies and I think the small museum is still in business.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

        Yup.

      • dbtexas12

        As I state repeatedly, there are a lot of really nice folks in Texas.

        • Germansmith

          I am sure there are nice people in Texas. My deepest apologies
          I am sure there are nice people in Iran, I am sure there are nice people everywhere you go
          My comments were not referring to those nice people, but I hope you will admit that most of your current crop of politicians in the national headlines that come from Texas are in need of serious mental health care or at least some lessons in civility.
          Those politicians are been voted in by somebody

          • dbtexas12

            Unfortunately, no argument from here. That said, I do get perturbed by the broad brush used to unfairly paint a rather large group of people. Among those “somebodies,” are, unfortunately, many relatives and friends. I was raised in very conservative circumstances in the segregated south (gives you a hint about my age). However, with time and reflection, I have moved solidly away from all things Republican. I lament that my representatives in politics include Ted Poe, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Dan Patrick, Debbie Riddle, and all the other major embarrassments. But, I belong to an active local Democratic Party group. We will continue to work on the message.

          • plc97477

            The pundits say that texas may become blue in the near future. I am looking forward to that.

    • Eleanore Whitaker

      Cruz and Calgary are all Big Oil. Anyone who has been to Calgary would tell you that there’s more oil in Alberta than in all of Texas. Just not as many Big Oil bois in Calgary as in Dallas, Houston or Austin.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scooter-Livingston/100000347103475 Scooter Livingston

      Cruz is White. Teabaggers will overlook his Canadian birthplace.

      • Allan Richardson

        Just like they did for Chester Arthur.

        • charleo1

          Just the fact you can reference Chester Arthur,
          on any subject, makes me a huge fan! Please,
          carry on!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      The Republicans TRIED to eliminate the Constitutional requirement of being a Natural Born Citizen so that Arnold Swarzennegger could run for the office of The President Of The United States.

      You have to laugh about the contortions they are willing to make to further their own cause, all the while restricting everything their opponents try to use.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        The GOP uses the Constitution the way most kids use a football. When they voted against the expansion of background checks to limit the availability of guns to criminals and the mentally ill they claimed to be defending the Constitution, even though one of its two clauses calls for the establishment of a well regulated militia. Now that they have a couple of presidential candidates who, they believe, may have a chance to defeat Hillary, they want to challenge the Constitution on the basis of ambiguity or poor syntax. These are also the same guys that are constantly claiming to support our troops, even though they did not mention our Armed Forces once throughout the RNC in Tampa, rejected the Veterans Jobs Act, and go no further than a video game to demonstrate their patriotism. The cynicism of these guys will never cease to amaze me.

      • Allan Richardson

        Actually, I would be in favor of modifying that requirement regardless of who would or would not be affected (besides, Schwarzenegger vs. Madeline Albright or Ariana Huffington would be a cool race!), because we are no longer a startup country that some Baron or Duke would love to take over by running for President. There should still be a minimum LEGAL residency requirement, and of course citizenship, however obtained.

    • mike

      You got it wrong again, he is eligible!!! There are so many scholarly papers on this subject and you again went for emotion rather than substance.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as president of the United States as follows: “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a Resident within the United States”.
        The “scholarly” disagreement to what should be obvious to everyone is based on the fact that the Constitution does not define the term “natural born citizen”. The other scholarly argument is that the topic has not been clarified or decided upon by the Supreme Court. I think it is important to note that the Constitution of the United States was written at a time when there was fear of foreign infiltration and when a large segment of our population was not born in the United States. The inclusion of language to extend privileges to legal residents addresses the latter.
        Should we assume that you do not share the “birthers” goals, or are there caveats in the Constitution that only a few privileged interpreters can understand?

        • Allan Richardson

          The 14th Amendment clarified it to the extent that slaves and Native Americans could no longer be called non-citizens, and Congress has made the rules based on the 14th that one can EITHER inherit citizenship from at least ONE parent, OR have citizenship from birth in US territory.

          I wondered, back in 1964, whether Barry Goldwater was eligible, having been born before statehood for Arizona, but that would not have been a problem anyway, as it was not a problem later for John McCain, because of two citizen parents.

        • mike

          Look, you made a declarative sentence, “he was ineligible”. What you forget is that the Senate in 08 passed a resolution that McCain was a natural-born citizen. George Romney ran into the same thing with Democrats saying he was not eligible. New York Law Journal said he was and that ended the debate.

          The Nonpartisan Congressional Research Service saying in 2011 that people born to U.S. citizens in a foreign countries”most Likely”qualify as natural-born citizens. In recent Fed. cases, as well as the majority of scholarship on the subject, also indicates that the term “natural-born citizen” would most likely include, as well as native born citizens, those born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents, at least on of whom had previously reside in the U.S., or those born abroad to one U.S. citizen parent who, prior to the birth, had met the requirement of federal law for the physical presence in the country.
          Looks like you missed again!!!

          • RobertCHastings

            And where are those findings written into law or judicial precedent? They aren’t, are they. Law school journals do not write Constitutional law, nor do they make judicial decisions regarding the constitutionality of enacted law, nor does the Congressional Research Service.

          • mike

            What they do is give guidance/opinion for Congress, it is up to Congress to decide on the direction it wants to pursue.

            I never said they wrote the constitutional law.
            Don’t put words in my mouth.

          • RobertCHastings

            If you will reread your original post on this issue, that IS what you said. And I believe that is the issue many other responders have with your posts. Whether you stated it directly or not is irrelevent. It is apparent from your wording that your intent was to give the authority of law to the findings of the CRS. I need not apologize to you if you took offense at my postings; however, I DO(as do the other posters here) deserve an apology because of your posting’s imprecision.
            As you continue in the rest of your original posting on this subject, recent scholarship and judicial findings “suggest” that McCain (and others with his status) is a citizen in no way validates his citizenship. Neither legal scholars nor judges write the laws, they can just interpret them. And legal interpretations change over time (Plessy v Ferguson).

          • mike

            I guess “mostly likely” is hard to understand and the words “had met the requirements of fed. law for the physical presence in the country”. CRS was pretty straight forward advice to the congress. My post never even came close to giving authority of law. CRS works for the Congress and is the research arm and basically the “think tank” of congress reviewing complex public issues/policies and assisting in the legislative process. Nothing more.

            I never SAID are qualified, I wrote what the report said: MOST LIKELY.

            I never took offense, because any 5th grader would understand the words “Most Likely”. The post that said Cruz was FLAT OUT ineligible, I thought he was wrong, he had every opportunity to support his position, to this day he has or can’t refute what I said.

            Love watching you read more into my post than is there. I don’t need anyone telling me about judges/scholars writing the laws, l never wrote those remarks.

            Apology?? Don’t hold your breath.
            “MOSTLY LIKELY” YOU WON’T LIKE THIS POST EITHER.

          • RobertCHastings

            Whatever, Mike. You certainly DID take offense, read your previous post and tellme that doesn’t express offense.

          • mike

            Attack the messenger. typical. I think incredulous would be the emotion I was expressing. The lack of common sense in understanding CRS opinion and jumping to poor conclusions was the kicker.
            Seems like you can’t find the words to refute my remarks. Tell you what, since you claim I was giving authority to opinions and making them into law, show me one law that uses “Most Likely” in its reading. Just one!!!
            Most likely you will think this offensive also.

          • RobertCHastings

            I find nothing of yours offensive, merely a manifestation of your ignorance.

          • mike

            Like I say when losing an argument you run after the messenger not the message. The message is there but you can’t handle the truth.
            Look in the your mirror for ignorance. When you do look at that face in the mirror you will see a person who couldn’t prove the facts wrong.

          • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

            John Sidney McCain, III, was born to American citizens on an American Naval base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936. Perhaps the fact that both McCain’s parents were American citizens and he was born on an American Naval base is why the resolution was passed. Aren’t our Military bases on foreign land considered U.S. soil?

          • mike

            Not unless they have a SOFA-Status of Forces Agreement.

          • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

            “A Status-of-Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the United States and Panama was combined with the Base Rights Agreement as part of the Panama Canal treaties” http://www.photius.com/countries/panama/national_security/panama_national_security_united_states_forces~754.html
            That is all I could find regarding SOFA and Panama Canal and unfortunately I do not know if it was the treaty that was in effect in 1936.

          • mike

            Interesting!!! Looks like I will have some fun looking. Fascinating stuff. I did read earlier that we have about 100 SOFA’s active at this time.

    • Allan Richardson

      I would hate to be living under a Cruz administration (for the same reasons I realized after the fact that I would have hated living — or DYING OF NUCLEAR BLAST — under a Goldwater administration. However, he is NOT ineligible any more than Obama, McCain, and Goldwater himself (Obama was born in a US state to a natural born citizen mother and a legal alien father; McCain was born in a US Naval hospital on territory “leased” from Panama to two citizen parents, and Goldwater was born in the Arizona TERRITORY before it became a state).

      All four of these men are eligible, because the only requirement is to be EITHER born in the U.S. (including territories not yet states) OR born to at least ONE U.S. citizen parent. The birthers have their Boolean logic inverted, claiming that a natural born citizen must have been born in a state or territory of the U.S. AND have BOTH parents citizens, which is not true. In fact any of the “GI babies” left in other countries, such as Vietnam, is a natural born citizen, and on reaching the age of 35, with the minimum amount of residency, would be ELIGIBLE to run for President. So where is the future President Nguyen now?

    • http://www.facebook.com/bearitone Peter Franzi

      His mother had US citizenship. He is eligible.

    • plc97477

      The gop ran someone who was born in panama in 2008. He lost but they still ran him.

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    Hey Birthers – what happened to Natural Born Citizen? You claimed if Obama was born in Kenya he could not run for President, than how come Cruz who was born in Canada is not a “Birther Issue”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      The “birtheres” are busy trying to define shades of white to be applied to Russian immigrants. These are the same guys who nominated and voted for Sen McCain, a man born in Panama. At least his Dad was a U.S. Admiral serving at the Panama Canal Zone. In Cruz’s case, his Dad was a Cuban refuge working in Canada when Rafael was born. I am anxiously awaiting amplification on what is bound to be one of the most bizarre re-interpretations of the Constitution in history.

      • stcroixcarp

        When did Cruz become a citizen? He needs to show his papers. Born in Canada…I’ll bet he is a secret liberal who will come out of the closet once elected and turn the US into a socialist state, single payer health system, Wall Street reform, gun control, government paid abortions, free birth control on every street corner…..

        • Eleanore Whitaker

          Nice try …There are NO liberals in any square inch of Texas.

          • midway54

            Correct, it is a huge piece of mostly flat, dusty real estate with a majority of citizens who have been duped and can hardly wait to vote against their own interests by filling the Congress with rightwing stooges. Oh, how they must love and are so very proud of their Louis Gohmert and this proto-demagogic Cruz and his brand of lunacy…and this is only two and the most prominent, or notorious if you will, of the gallery of rightwing characters the Loon Star State has foisted on the Country.

          • Allan Richardson

            One of the first leaders of the pre-annexation Republic of Texas (I forgot whether it was Houston or Austin) said that if he owned BOTH Hell and Texas, he would LIVE in Hell and RENT OUT Texas.

          • not_Bridget

            No, that was US General Phil Sheridan.

          • dbtexas12

            You Texas bashers need to do a little research. There are many of us disgusted with Gohmert, Cruz, Stockman, Perry, et al. That said, the Democratic Party is growing daily. Maybe you should keep up with Juanita Jean from Surgarland, a city just southwest of Houston – a city (Houston) that voted for Obama in both elections, by the way. http://juanitajean.com/

          • midway54

            I have discussed the majorities who are sending these characters to Congress, and am fully aware that the minority of voters are stuck with them, which is true as well of those in the minority within those States reliably voting in accordance with the rightwing Southern Strategy program.

          • plc97477

            One of the most prominent would have to be baby bush.

          • dbtexas12

            Wrong!

        • dtgraham

          Well, maybe not every single street corner stcroixcarp, but it’s getting warmer now and it’s always nice to hear the joyful jingle of the Dickie Dee birth control/quickie abortion trucks slowly making their way through the streets of Canadian cities. Ahh…the sound of summer for sure.

        • not_Bridget

          We need the “full” version of those papers!

      • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

        This should be interesting.

      • dtgraham

        This “natural born citizen” thing in the constitution is very unclear, and they’re already arguing that Cruz is a “natural U.S. citizen” in the conservative media. There apparently may be a provision for people like Cruz, born elsewhere with one non-American parent. May be. There’s something called section (301)c of the Immigration and Nationality Act that has attempted to define and redefine “natural born citizen”, for a long time, as extending to one alien and one U.S. parent giving birth abroad under certain conditions.

        His father was Cuban and not a U.S. citizen but his mother was an American who had established a U.S. residence, factoring into the equation her age, when Cruz was born, how long she had lived in the U.S. prior to his birth, and again, whether she had established a permanent residence in the U.S. for x number of years before the birth—-taking the age she gave birth into account. Then there are the retroactivity amendments that have subsequently been added over the years…concerning years of residency and age of the mother.

        This is a lot less straightforward than I thought. I generally do alright in the comprehension of fairly complex texts but the murkyness of this was causing me to lose interest after a while. This is likely to be argued for a long time and constitutional scholars will no doubt get involved. I’ll tell you Dominick, this is rich beyond belief coming from Republicans who never once considered any of this regarding Obama. They just hated the unconstitutional Kenyan Muslim based on nothing but a rumour. That was sheer race and partisanship…period.

  • Mark

    I can’t believe this guy is a Senator let alone consider him as President. I wouldn’t put this guy in charge of anything. He reminds me of Joe McCarthy in looks and actions. If the GOP did select him as their Presidential candidate he would virtually assure a Democratic victory.

  • Germansmith

    I am a Republican and Cuban born….and I would not vote for Cruz…he is too dickish and Texan to top it all.
    As many stupid decisions the GOP has taken in the last couple of years, I do not think they would graduate to idiotic.
    Cruz as candidate will remain a Democratic Dream…better wake up to reality and expect a more appealing candidate like Jeb, Christie or maybe even Marco

    • not_Bridget

      Yeah, we have fond feelings for Jeb–from the part he played in the 2000 election. Will his brother hit the campaign trail for him?

      • Germansmith

        George Jr may be the devil to Democrats. Probably the same way Republicans feel about Obama. Jeb did not do anything improper in the 2000 elections. If you want to blame somebody for George Jr. look at SCOTUS and Fla. State Attorney
        I do not think Jeb will run for President, but if he does, I do not expect George Jr. to do any campaigning for Jeb.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Yet another manufactured hit piece from the useful idiots in this “journalistic” sewer called The Memo. You leftist freaks really must fear Ted Cruz. After all, if you didn’t why start the smear campaign so soon? It’s completely predictable that ANY opponent of the DemonRATS will be the recipient of the politics of smear and personal destruction as a sort of advanced campaign strategy in support of whatever socialist scumbag you’ll throw into the next presidential election. How pathetic!!

    Have a nice day!

    “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.” – Margaret Thatcher, Speech, 1976

    • adriancrutch

      SMEAR? We’re just commenting on the FACT that the guy’s a self-inflicted egotist! He actually reminds me of Jack Ruby.

    • dbtexas12

      Well, thanks for the laugh! You’ve made my day.

    • Germansmith

      Hello friendly right wing troll.
      We do welcome your opinion here…after all, it give us an opportunity to remind ourselves that not all people that can read and write can actually think
      By the way….Cruz was not born in the US and therefore he may be good enough to be the bickering whining senator from Texas…but can not run for President

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamesabrt James Taylor

        Why not Cruz, you have one sitting in the White House now that wasn’t even born on the same continent, to a foreign father and a mother who had renounced her American citizenship.

        • not_Bridget

          I hope you Birthers are getting your campaign readyk, in case Cubano-Canadian Cruz tries to make a run for the White House!

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    It’s really sad that George W. Bush has created the trademark of bad politicians from Texas. But…there it is. Cornyn and Cruz are stuck in the Wild West cowboy template more than they think. When Bush uttered those fateful words, “MY way or the highway,” back in 2003 and his desire to “spend his political capital,” he likely was doing the TX swagger, swagger, boom, boom and gloating. He ruined it for Texas politicians. Now, thanks to George W. Bush, few Americans trust any Texas politician. So, this proves beyond a doubt, there’s a price for everything in this life. Texas wants to be the biggest, the loudest, the most powerful? The price for that is diminished voice in government. All that state is known for now is dumping the cost of oil spills on taxpayers in other states. Don’t look for a Texan in the White House for another 100 years.

  • howa4x

    Cruz is a republican nightmare if he runs. He will keep the right wing agenda front and center throughout the primary and if he wins one or two, he will have the mainstream GOP reeling. This will hurt any candidate who will try to moderate the republican position and if Rand Paul enters also, will drag the primary far rightward. This could be a redo of Romney/Santorum. Problem for the GOP is the base is shrinking and another pull rightward could send moderates fleeing. Cruz is nasty also so that will play well with national media. His half truths will be dissected by all the talking heads. This is actually a good chance for Rubio to forget about the far right and go for the center right away and let Cruz and Paul fight it out for the wackos

  • disqus_zwpqaC8YRM

    As a Latino, I would love to see Ted Cruz run for President. He would make history. He would be the first candidate to get zero (0) percent of votes from the Latino community.

  • mike

    If Goldwater had won, would there have been the Vietnam War and 50 thousand dead!!! Just a thought that never will be answered.

    • Allan Richardson

      More likely World War III and 50 MILLION dead, if we were lucky. Remember, he was the one who SAID he would nuke North Vietnam, which would have been the mirror image of Cuba nuking Florida, and would have started a nuclear exchange.

      • mike

        We will never know. I do know that the office has a real sobering effect on the individual once taking office. We still have 50k dead and the beginning of the drug culture, etc.. It interesting that he said Johnson policy was devoid of purpose, plan, course, “leaving only sudden death in the jungles and slow strangulation of freedom”

        • plc97477

          The office didn’t seem to sober up baby bush.

          • mike

            Now that is funny!!!!
            Just remember nothing matters except the Economy and as long as it doesn’t grow there will be no hiring, slowest recovery since 29, lowest labor participation since 79. Obamacare costing more, people losing coverage, premiums going up not down, pre-exiting conditions already tapped out so no new patients, business exchanges pushed back to 2015-consequence no hiring, uncertainty, debt rising, etc..
            All this will have a sobering effect on the 2014 election.
            Make fun, feel superior, and watch another midterm bloodbath.
            It’s the Pocketbook, Stupid.

          • GeoffLeo

            deficit’s shrinking brah u mad bruh?

          • mike

            Yes they are, and that is Good and Important. What you didn’t say is by 2015 they will be in going back up(CBO).

            Why is the question???? Rising govt. tax receipts(tax increases) and shrinking govt. payouts. Also, some payments from F. Mae, Fred. Mac has helped.

            Part of this is the Sequester and other cuts, domestic discretionary spending is falling. That is good.

            Just as important is the debt ceiling battles will not happen as soon, which could mean cooler heads could prevail.

            What is so misguided by your ilk is the idea we want this country not to be prosperous. That is so wrong.

          • mike

            Now that is funny, wrong in everyway. Such wit!!!

            Obama is on a drunken spending spree culminating in monstrous debt, drunken taxing spree to both rich and middle class(promised no new taxes on MC), Obama staggering into Obamacare-stopped accepting people with preexisting conditions, business exchanges pushed to 2015, premiums 4% to 25% higher, business not hiring because of uncertainty of healthcare costs, employees losing both jobs and healthcare insurance because of costs, employees forced into less hours and smaller paychecks-5/3/13 BLS report, intoxicated with 4000 new regulations which is costing business billions every year and again effects hiring,

            Inebriated with his own self worth even though as a leader he has said so many untruths-Stimulus would have unemployment below 7%, Benghazi based on video, rich not paying fair share (38% tax revenues from 1%), sequester he signed off on, etc..

          • ProudACLU

            I always get a laugh when “people” bring up President Obama as a big time spender. Which part of government is responsible for the purse again?

          • mike

            I know you can show me a Senate budget for these last for years. 2/3 govt. Democrat. Spending 6 trillion under Obama watch and it is all Bush’s fault. Obama budgets last 4 years voted down by Senate 90+ to 0 each time submitted.

            He is a big spending far left big govt. guy. No doubt about it.

            It has taken you 5 months to reply, strange!!!!

    • ralphkr

      A rather moot point, mike, since Eisenhower had sent our troops into Vietnam long before that election.

      • mike

        And we weren’t involved before Eisenhower? This goes back to Truman supporting the French. When Eisenhower left office there were 500 advisors. By 1962, Kennedy had 12,000 advisors. Kennedy was between a rock and a hard place, Bay of Pigs debacle, Berlin Wall going up made Kennedy look weak so he drew a line in the sand on Vietnam to stop communism.

        Pick your president they were all involved but please don’t be so selective with your answer. Had Kennedy lived maybe there wouldn’t be 50k dead and hundreds of thousand wounded and disabled. I believe he said the advisors would be home by 63.

        • ralphkr

          Since the Green Beret teams were not sent into Vietnam until 1956 (theoretically as non-combatants, yuk, yuk) and Truman was no longer president it is hard to claim that it was Truman instead of Eisenhower who sent troops into Vietnam. Yes, it is probably true that if Kennedy had lived that our involvement in Vietnam would have been far less as he had already pulled out 1,000 of our troops and intended to pull out 1,000 per month when he was assassinated. But Johnson became our president and reacted to the situation in Vietnam in typical Texas fashion.

          • mike

            Again, one more time. I said Truman SUPPORTED the French not with troops. By the way, up until 1959 only 4 deaths under Ike. Kennedy 196.

  • CrankyToo

    The Repugnicans who would support Cruz are multitudinous (like maggots) – but nevertheless insufficient in numbers to help him win any general election anywhere outside his own blood-red Texas Congressional district. Let’s face it folks, there just aren’t enough dumbasses in the country.

    That said, wouldn’t it be a hoot to watch that dipstick tap dance for the better part of 18 months running up to the 2016 Presidential election? I say, “Run, Teddy, run!”

  • charleo1

    The reason Republicans are even talking about Ted Cruz, is because
    the ultra conservative wing of the Party, contends that after Bush, the
    Party has failed to nominate a, “true Conservative,” candidate. They
    had a huge problem with both, McCain, and Romney for just this reason.
    Too moderate. And also, failed to call Democrats out as Communists.
    Ted not only believes all Democrats are Communists, he sees half of
    the GOP as Communist, or Communist sympathizers. Plus, he has an
    Hispanic, sir name. So, Cruz takes care of the problem of their candidate
    being seen as recognizing the Democrats, as a legal political organization.
    And reaches out to the Hispanics, by having an acceptable Latino name.
    Like, Tom/Ted Cruz. And not, Carlos Lopez, Jesus Gomez, or Pablo Garcia.
    Done, done, and done.

  • kathy

    He’s a real dipshit! Worse than Perry!

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