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Exhibit A as to why we needed Ted Cruz in the Senate (Update: Exhibit B — Chuck Hagel)

Exhibit A as to why we needed Ted Cruz in the Senate (Update: Exhibit B — Chuck Hagel)

One of the great frustrations the past several months (years) is completely inarticulate leadership on the Republican side.  The “fiscal cliff” was just another typical debacle in failed ability to explain ourselves.

Compare almost any press conference or speech or other communication by almost any Republican figure with the performance Ted Cruz gave this week at hearings on gun control legislation.  The ability to present a case to the voters, who are the jury, is a talent we need more of:

Update: Exhibit B, taking apart Chuck Hagel which had Chuck Todd pleading for him to stop:


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Thank you, Texas!

2nd Ammendment Mother | January 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Didn’t you hear? The Tea Party is dead…

Cruz was effective because he did what too many of the Reps have refused to do – 1. his homework and 2. he called BS on the Dems.

How many blatant lies did Obama and his surrogates put out during the election that were left in the public view as truth? I just sat and watched a Dem economist argue that a -.1 GDP was actually wonderful news. Data may suck, but if you don’t even try to give the public the facts, don’t expect them to support you.

2nd Ammendment Mother | January 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm

FYI – Gayle Trotter was excellent too.

Feeling pretty good about our Ted.

BUT, rest assured he will be watched carefully and steered right if he wanders off.

The day when we elect even good people and go to sleep is GONE.

listingstarboard | January 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Sorry but I find Mark Kelly a despicable leftist shill–and I notice he got up and scurried off when Cruz started reviewing the facts. I will never forget Mark Kelly promoting the idea that Palin was responsible for the shooting of his wife. Ted Cruz is awesome.

Texas Cruz Missile right on target.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | January 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm

He’s off to a great start. I’m not gay, but I’m developing a man-crush on Senator Cruz.

Ted Cruz is the freaking James Bond of the Republican Party!

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to jacksonjay. | January 31, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    He tears ’em up with truth, facts and most damaging, their own filthy words. So… how long until the Left, the Fifth Column Media and the DNC try to do to him what they did to Joe McCarthy?

      AmandaFitz in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | January 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I’m sure it won’t be long- he has a target painted on his back now. He makes Obama and the Dems look stupid and like liars, so they are probably sending out their cadres of private investigators even as we post. They’ll try to smear and/or blackmail every person who has ever crossed his path and will go after his family, business associates, friends, babysitter, housekeeper, you name it.

      I think Ted Cruz is outstanding and a credit to the Senate. He just needs backup.

Cruz – Ted Cruz

Thank you for this post Professor. It is telling. Senator Cruz was concise, on message and on point in making a relatively difficult case to a crowd with a notoriously short attention span. They already know what they know to be true. LaPierre was meandering, obtuse, ineffective & muddied the stream Cruz was developing. Cruz, what should be done. LaPierre what has been done.

Henry Hawkins | January 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm

If NC hadn’t gone full GOP in our congress and governor’s office, I’d be packing my bags for Texas right now.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | January 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Cruz destroys Hagel in his confirmation hearing afte Hagel once said in an interview that America is the world’s bully. Cruz has the confidence and stature of someone who’s been in the Senate for 30 years, not a month. Impressive dude, for sure:

    listingstarboard in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | January 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Just watched the Hagel segment–I can honestly say watching Ted Cruz has given me the first glimmer of hope for the Republic since November 6! I do believe “he’s the One”

Colonel Travis | January 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Thank dear God in heaven I got to vote for the guy.

Darn. I missed all the fun. We had power/cable/internet outages in this part of NY after last night’s storm until about an hour ago. Gotta love Con Edison! Anyway, with the little bit of cell service I had, I followed Jennifer Rubin’s awesome Twitter feed (@JRubinBlogger) of the Hagel hearing.

Thanks for posting the clip here because there’s no way it’ll be on any network news tonight.

PS: Twitchy has a post up now of the media lapdog blame game with lead dog Chuck Todd throwing a few left hooks at Cruz.

TrooperJohnSmith | January 31, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I think that old sourpuss Patrick Leahy pissed his pants making sure Senator Cruz didn’t get a second chance to speak.

huskers-for-palin | January 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Anyone remember when Cruz was only 2% in the polls (Margin of error was 3%)? Then three little things happened: An energized TX conservative base, the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.

I’m glad I support all three.

Viva Cruz!!!!!

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to huskers-for-palin. | January 31, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Oh yes. I remember she wore the boots that Perry had given her .

    I think Ted & Sarah just have to make a public appearance together & all hell will break loose.

    Ted Cruz is everything I ever thought a Us Senator ought be & only in the job 2 weeks.

    Puts Mr Earnest Backstabber (r Wi). To shame.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | February 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

      Yep I know Mr Earnest B is House.

      Cruz’s interrogating skills are one of the few times I have seen that gives lawyers a good name. his skill really shows up a flabby headed ho across the table.

      He engages at a point that does not allow squirming.

      I think we are seeing the rise of an actual American intellectual – maybe even a giant.

      Sarah who? Oh, that’s right. Sarah Palin who is now looking for a new gig.

      Sorry, Banned, but Sarah Palin had little, or perhaps nothing, to do with the fact that Texans, not Alaskans, elected Ted Cruz. You see, his history proves he’s not a quitter.

Damned… It’s sure nice to see a conservative senator who is articulate and has his facts straight. The bonus, he’s my senator!

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Thank you, Gov. Palin!

    retire05 in reply to Juba Doobai!. | February 1, 2013 at 12:19 am

    “Thank you, Gov. Palin!”

    For what? Showing up one time in the Woodlands when the election was just weeks away and we Texans had worn out massive shoe leather getting out the vote for Ted Cruz?

    Heck, 90% of the people that voted for Ted Cruz didn’t even know that Palin was coming/came to campaign for Ted.

    Yeah, I know, Ted Cruz thanked Palin for her help. So what? He thanked a lot of people for their help, including Mark Levin.

    Is there anything good done by Republicans that you Palinistas can’t attribute to her?

Marco Who?

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | February 1, 2013 at 4:37 am

Thank God for Sen Ted Cruz, and especially to all the voters who elected Ted Cruz to the US Senate. He is truly our Reagan Tea Party Constitutional Conservative who will not only speak the Truth with a backbone of courage and conviction against the lies and propaganda of this anti-American socialist marxist islamist rogue regime, and it’s cronies and henchmen, in addition, he will not be intimidated and bullied by the liberal progressive GOP RINO establishment oligarch hierarchy either.