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NASTY WATER carriers

NASTY WATER carriers

Ted Cruz is making all the right enemies, and they are out for him often and early.

For Marco Rubio the meme is WATER, for Cruz it’s NASTY.

The title of this NY Times article originally was Ted Cruz Runs Counter To The Senate’s Courtly Ways, but the title was changed to Texas Senator Goes on Attack and Raises Bipartisan Hackles at some point after publication (the original url continues).

Another NY Times Op-Ed is more blunt, The G.O.P.’s Nasty Newcomer.

It’s all part of the killing the baby in the cradle strategy at which The NY Times and other NASTY WATER carriers for the Democratic Party are so good.

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I’ll repeat what I said about the Republicans who piled on Sarah Palin along with the nutroots and MSM:

Zero tolerance is my position on cheap shots at Sarah Palin from the right.

I don’t expect people to like her or support her, but piling on is unforgivable to me because it just feeds the mainstream media, entertainment industry, and left-blogosphere beasts who will turn with a fury on whichever candidate Republicans nominate.

That’s how I’ll treat any Republican who piles on Rubio or Cruz or any of our other rising stars.


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If Ted Cruz is irritating the likes of Lindsey Graham and John McCain… good for him.

Of course the left is going to hate him. Their model of perfection was Ted Kennedy.

    Ragspierre in reply to Sanddog. | February 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Oh, yeah! Teddy was a model of decorum, and never showed any elbows (knives or razors)…

    But we could name many more. Bawbraw “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer, et al.

    Ragspierre in reply to Sanddog. | February 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm


    Aren’t these pasty white Times guys being raaaaacists, writing stuff critical of a man of color…!?!?

Start with the graphic.

Skim the nonsense Bruni barfs up.

Hagel is the absolute WORST nominee for SecDef in my rather long memory. Kerry the closest thing to a traitor (outright) person I could imagine serving as head of State.

BOTH these catastrophes follow on the heals of Hill-larry, who has been an absolute failure at State, and the lying POS Pinata as SecDef. Each of them, along with Pres. Sleeper, directly and indirectly are culpable for dead Americans and lying to the American people about the single worst failure against terrorists in decades.

Cruz wasn’t “nasty”. He was effective.

Yes, yes, yes. This is exactly my thinking. Our infighting is hurting us far worse than anything the other side is doing.

    Our infighting results from two decades of GOP capitulation — and that’s a charitable construction — to progressive policies put forth by Democrats; frankly, the Republican Party needs an enema, with the establishment wing being flushed out. Either that or conservatives will get their own party — since it’s obvious that conservatives are being played. Meanwhile, the nation moves further toward collapse.

      IMHO coalition politics involves, without conceding on essentials, having your allies feel better off with you than without you.

      While that isn’t easy, national conservatives exceptionally stink at it.

        HarrietHT in reply to gs. | February 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        Sounds to me like you’re putting the onus on conservatives, not the establishment. Am I wrong?

          You’re not wrong. Afaic the onus is on us to convert our electoral clout in the GOP into governance clout, while keeping RINOs in the tent and attracting swing voters.

          Maybe contributing a lot of raw votes is like piling up a lot of yardage. It’s not necessarily like making touchdowns, let alone winning big games.

Giving cover to the Minority Leader to cut them off at the knees. Just like Crybaby Boehner did in the House. You are to be seen and not heard. One of these days when these RINO’s are sitting in their cushy office lobbying those who booted them out of office I wonder if they’ll ever look back and wonder – WTF happened?

Cruz scares them. Smart, poised, competent, exemplary background and experience, and impeccable character.

This is not good news for for corrupt politicians, criminal defendants, and liberal propagandists.

We must publicize the positives (for Cruz, it should be easy), and get ahead of the vipers, not merely react to them.

Marco Rubio looks to be the heart, as in touch the emotional, Ted Cruz the hammer, as in accept no nonsense, new leadership. Both elected outside of the old guard accepted path of know your place. Both advanced by “racist ” elements outside the ken of accepted party process. The wooing of Rubio is well advanced by these types. Cruz is of the kind they would rather keep out of the parlor & drawing room.

    HarrietHT in reply to secondwind. | February 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Beware Rubio. All that glitters is not gold.

      Tortuga in reply to HarrietHT. | February 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      I agree Harriet. Too often he is sounding more like McCain.

      janitor in reply to HarrietHT. | February 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Rubio is Jeb Bush’s boy. He was far and away a better choice than Crist for Senate, but he’s already had some questionable financial issues, has a mediocre academic record, negligible real-world work record (largely faux legal career), and not much in the way of accomplishments or experience other than doing political schmoozing. I urge caution. (Compare, on the other side, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.)

1. Note that Cruz replied to the NYT’s questions by email rather than verbally. Smart & prudent. Not that an august institution with layers and layers of editors and fact checkers would misquote or distort, oh my, no…

2. Note that the NYT referred to Cruz as “Canadian-born”. Jerks.

3. Somewhere I read how, once upon a time long long ago, a newly elected New York legislator entered Albany accompanied by a marching band playing full blast.

You can bet that the powers that be were not amused and put the upstart in his place.

Whatever became of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, anyway?

4. Presumably Cruz knows what he is doing. Presumably he expects blowback, expects to surmount it, and expects to emerge with greater stature than had he gone along to get along.

5. I have three words for leftists who call Cruz a McCarthyite: Robert Bork’s America…

Unofficial Democrat motto: We can’t win fair, so we’ll win dirty.

OK I understand the drill. Freshman Senator Warren is heroic and outspoken but freshman Senator Cruz is nasty and engages in McCarthyism.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Zhombre. | February 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    And McCarthy was right, too.

      McCarthy was absolutely correct in identifying that subversion from within is the most insidious and therefore demands special attention.

      There is a fine line between the American left and the left-wing regimes that litter our planet. On more than one occasion, and with increasing frequency, these self-deluded individuals violate civil and human rights in our nation.

      That said, the resurrection of left-wing ideology is periodic. When in a minority, it is closely correlated with the dissociation or risk which follows from development of civilization. It represents a fundamental and pervasive corruption of individuals and institutions in a society. It obfuscates and defends exceptional corruption of individuals and cooperatives. It can only be addressed with a comprehensive (i.e. cultural) reform, including recognition of individual dignity and an intrinsic value of human life. It is mitigated by rejecting laws, policies, and standards which denigrate the former and diminish the latter.

        HarrietHT in reply to n.n. | February 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        More from you, n.n.; that was terrific.

        TrooperJohnSmith in reply to n.n. | February 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

        Wow. If you write elsewhere, please link to it. Even if it’s Amazon.

          I’m a “drive-by” act. I post my thoughts when sufficiently motivated or incensed, typically by nonsense or inconsistencies. I prefer to share residence with people of like-mind.

          As a general rule of thumb, I am guided by two principles: individual dignity and intrinsic value of human life. The challenge is to reconcile the first between billions of people, and preserve the second so that we don’t experience the selective treatment of historical regression.

          I recognize two motive orders in our reality: natural and conscious, where the latter is the motivation for the two axiomatic principles, but must be reconciled with the constraints imposed by the overriding former order.

          Well, that’s where I begin, and that’s where it becomes complicated.

        Tortuga in reply to n.n. | February 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        “It can only be addressed with a comprehensive (i.e. cultural) reform”.
        Would that it will be that easy. However, I fear that it will have to be “set right” with a more aggressive approach than “cultural reform”.

          It begins at home. While living in the Soviet Union, my family managed to preserve our heritage and principles despite the communists’ interest to marginalize and occasionally to eviscerate it. Even in a totalitarian state, the individual conscience reigns supreme and it is the responsibility of the mother and father to ensure continuity. The condition of degradation in America does not yet rise to the level where a community is prevented from accepting the larger role. Fortunately, the burden is not exclusively carried by the parents or individuals.

      And McCarthy was right, too.

      He was right and, per William F. Buckley, he did more harm than good.

The GOP is like the NCAA of yore, which didn’t allow freshman players on the varsity regardless of talent level, and even if it exceeded that of senior players.

    Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | February 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    How do you get more varsity…

    Senate Armed Services Committee
    Senate Judiciary Committee
    Senate Commerce Committee
    Senate Rules Committee
    Senate Special Committee on Aging

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | February 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      In my analogy, the freshman is on the team but cannot actually play. Cruz is on the team – has his committee assignments – but the GOP establishment doesn’t want him to play. They want him to sit back, shut up, vote as directed, and… learn, I suppose? (Constant capitulation is a learned skill).

        Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | February 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        You don’t put someone on these committees you don’t expect to hear from.

        It is the business of the committee members to be be active.

        And, brother, Cruz’s business is a’booomin…

          Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | February 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

          It is clear the hierarchy doesn’t appreciate Cruz’s out-front work (meaning the McCain/Graham wussy brigade), so there is an inconsistency there. Which is, ahem, consistent with the GOP oif late, lol.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | February 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm

          OK, here’s a poser…

          With VERY few exceptions, US senators are prima donas. They are known for their HUGE egos…well beyond MOST representatives.

          SO…is the chaffing at Cruz because of political issues, OR is it because the “chaffing dishes” resent anyone nudging them out of the limelight?

          Or is it choice “C”…?

TrooperJohnSmith | February 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Nasty? Anyone who counts Sheila “Crown Weave” Jackson Lee and Henry “Bat Boy” Waxman as members of their party dares call anyone else nasty?

As my daughter used to say when she was about 5, which is about the average maturity level of an average Democrat: “I’m rubber and you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.” [Bronx Cheer]

Fire with fire.

Speaking as a Texan who was EXCEEDINGLY EXCITED when Ted Cruz was elected, I am ecstatic at how he has performed so far. The gassier that the likes that McCain and Graham get with him the better.

More importantly, I’m glad to see that Senator Cornyn has realized what is best for his political future and is partnering up with Senator Cruz, not trying to squelch him.

Go Texas!

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to jnials. | February 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Same here!!

    I think part of Cornyn’s reticence was the fact that RINO Kay Baby Hutchison was always playing the “I’m the senior senator from Texas card”. Now that she’s finally doing what she does best – nothing – we have a pretty good pair of Senators, though Cornyn better stay away from the RINO cage.

      I disagree Trooper. Cornyn’s part of the problem. IMHO, Cornyn is wearing the same suit as McCain and Graham. Senator Cruz is the real deal.

        TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Tortuga. | February 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        True dat, Tortuga.

        Hopefully, Cruz will put some stiffener in his spine, and Cornyn will stay away from the RINO cage on his own. However, as the head of the GOP Senate Campaign conflab, or whatever it is, he has to toe the OLD (the O in GOP) party line.

        Maybe Greg Abbott wants to run.

What I like about Cruz is that he uses facts and cogent argument for his hammer, not hyperbole and straw men.

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to Henry Hawkins. | February 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    He graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law, and was editor of Law Review and other journals while at Harvard.

    However, what really distinguishes him, in my view, is that he was named the nation’s top debater one year, and came in second another year. Hundreds graduate from Harvard Law every year. But there’s only one person who can say they were the best debater in the country one year and the second best another.

I would love to have Cruz as my senator! Instead I am stuck with Carl Levin and Debbie Stab-a-cow. The lap dog media is going to go after him with a vengance. I hope he bites back BIG TIME! It is time to put these so called journalists in their place and call them out.

Can’t wait to see their attempts to discredit Dr. Ben Carson!

Bill Maher declares, “The Israelis are controlling our government” as he laments the treatment of “right-wing Republican” Chuck Hagel.

Let’s see if I can get my head around this logic … Bill Maher is upset about the treatment of a “right-wing Republican” and says that, based on statements coming from Republicans, it’s obvious the “Israelis are controlling our government.”

What’s funnier? Bill Maher upset about the treatment of a “right-wing Republican”?


The all-controlling Israeli government having so much trouble getting Hagel confirmed?

LukeHandCool (who recalls that line from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” … “People on ludes should not talk politics”)

The link: Listen as the crowd cheers Maher declaring that we’re controlled by the Israeli government … and the other two guests on the panel don’t utter a peep in protest of this insanity:

Congrats Senator Cruz on earring your first anti-MSM merit badge as a sitting US Senator.

When all is said and done, u will be a very decorated Senator

Keep up the good work. We need you.

“That’s how I’ll treat any Republican who piles on Rubio or Cruz or any of our other rising stars.” So, what do you have to say to those to POS RINO’s McCain and Graham?

! a por ellos!

Zero tolerance for piling on. Hmmm, And what of the 1st amendment? Guess that goes out with the bath water?

Who cares what the MSM says about politics. They have zero crediibility with anyone who has an education. They certainly have their agenda. Professor, if you really want to have a protected class of “Rising stars” then you are no better than the political elites. I hope you have more foresight than to curb criticism that is valid.

As for Rubio, when he gets high praise from the likes of McCain, I have to question his committment to principals with ringing endorsements from the “You can’t pick lettuce for $50/hr in Yuma” man.

    katiejane in reply to Paul. | February 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    There is a difference between having reasoned objections to someone’s positions and piling on with the personal attacks. The 1st amendment does not entitle you to ignore the principles the blog host operates his site on.

As I’m always telling the lib-monkeys, if you can’t take don’t dish it out.
I personally have no problem with name calling, personal attacks, biting, spitting, kicking, eye gouging, punching and bitch slapping. And I fully intend to keep doing it until the panty wastes start driving up the price of Kleenex. Attack attack attack. I want to see more nasty from the GOP. If the bitches are going to whine about nasty give them nasty till they’re whiny sacks of shit in the fetal position in some dark corner. Then kick them for good measure.

    Amen to that.

    NOTHING else works against these people, as it has been proven over, and over and over again. Nothing.

    As Lee Atwater knew — and demonstrated — jdkchem’s suggestions work brilliantly.

    The other option is failure — which seems to be a very acceptable option to many in the GOP.

Ted Cruz is my senator and he’s A+ as far as I’m concerned.

The only people attacking him are progressive liberal democrats and of course Republican RINOs like McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Boo hoo hoo… Keep it up Ted, I like most Texans are in your corner!

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“That’s how I’ll treat any Republican who piles on Rubio or Cruz or any of our other rising stars.”