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What are the Republican doughboys afraid of?

What are the Republican doughboys afraid of?

When it comes to Ted Cruz, they pull no punches

What are the doughboys afraid of? (to paraphrase the old Ben & Jerry’s ad campaign.)

He’s just one person, with a handful of sidekicks. You are the many and the powerful.

If you’re in Congress and you don’t like what he’s doing, vote against him.

Or are you afraid to vote against him, so you seek to undermine him in other ways?

Via Mediate, Fox’s Wallace Stunned: GOP Leaders Sent Me Opposition Research on Ted Cruz:

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said Sunday morning that he’d received opposition research from other Republicans about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in advance of Cruz’s appearance this morning, a serious indication of how upset the GOP is with the Senator leading the risky charge to defund ObamaCare.

“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”


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Tell us who they are. the American people and Republican voters have a right to know.

Shhhh, I know a secret that Karl Rove doesn’t; Americans are tired of the Rovian wing of the GOP. And to us, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are national heroes.

So Rove thinks that Cruz, who was elected by Texans, and not by the French Republicans in the halls of the federal Senate, is not playing by his rules and has a problem with Ted Cruz doing exactly what we Texans sent him to D.C. to do, destroy the establishment spineless Republicans, hanging them on their own petards.

The more that the Rovians, like Pete King, rail on Ted Cruz, the more popular Cruz will become with rank and file conservatives. And what did Chris Wallace just prove? That the French Republicans are a nasty bunch worried about their own tony seats in the halls of the swamp, not the American people they represent.

You know darn well that Cruz, Lee, Paul are doing something right when the RINOS start to bellyache. This is the first time, in a long time, that I feel someone’s on our side.

Chris Wallace shouldn’t be forced to divulge his sources, and he doesn’t have to.

we ALREADY KNOW who the spineless, gutless, squeamish, simpering cowards are:

A few of them were highlighted in the video: Corker, and King, for example. Add in the perennial fair weather progressives of Graham and McCain, and look at and see how has NOT committed to defunding Obamacare AND opposing a reintroduction of funding via amendment.

It’s pretty obvious and it’s not rocket science. The people already know who these backstabbing “anonymous” sources are.

So “Top Republicans” are upset that Cruz doesn’t approach them on his knees, kiss their rings and wait to be told how to vote?

Cruz is brilliant, in a simple way. He’s advancing an important cause (raising consciousness over the evils of Obamacare and the power already within the GOP to stop it) while drawing out the corrupted and perfidious GOP. Each thing he’s doing is reinforcing the other. It’s such a simple formula — do the right and courageous thing with enough tenacity and one is BOUND to reveal the true nature of the GOP ruling class. Boehner and the others are both infuriated and scared because no one has ever done this. Rand Paul has gotten close but he just seems ultimately too politically cautious to take it to the next level. Cruz is doing just that.

    Paul in reply to raven. | September 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Raven, you hit the nail on the head with your analysis of Rand being too politically caution to “up his game” to the next level. Cruz is exactly the type of “no-nonsense, tell it like it is” person of integrity that we need to shake up the Senate.

    Rand has his pros and cons, but ultimately he doesn’t quite reach the top of his game. Kind of a like a Jimmy Conners/John McEnroe (Cruz) vs. Bjorn Borg (Paul) in the US Opens from ’76 – ’81.

      platypus in reply to Paul. | September 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      To be fair, the comparison is not straight across. Cruz has a fat deep conservative resume, and Rand is a relative newbie. Give Rand a few years to both get out from under his dad’s shadow and also to find out where the traps are in D.C. We will be much better able to take the measure of the man after awhile than we are now.

        In all candor, I left the Republican party because of Rand Paul. He opposed Chuck Nagel in debate, then deferred to the President’s choice when the rubber hit the road.

        If he can’t understand that his VOTE is the “Advise and CONSENT” and not his debate, then I fear for his longer term prospects.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to raven. | September 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Sarah Palin struck 24 ct, genuine Alaska gold when she endorsed Ted Cruz. He’s playing from the book that only the two of them in the entire GOP can read. Rand Paul, as you say, Raven, is too cautious to have a copy of the book.

Oh and look at the “Don’t Fund Obamacare” website. Hello ORRIN HATCH!!! Not pledging to defund Obamacare, HUH, must not be an election year. OH YEAH, that was LAST YEAR when we should have gotten rid of him. Graham and McConnell have got to go! Along with both of Tennessee’s and Georgia’s senators. They constantly are siding with the democrats on procedural moves, but like John Kerry, take safe votes against bills after they vote for them for cloture. It’s time to get rid of these French Vichy Republicans.

huskers-for-palin | September 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm

using the GOPe logic, the 18th amendment shouldn’t had been overturned as it was “law of the land”.

They are afraid of us.

As Sarah Palin said:

We the People will rise up, and we will make our voices heard. Right now, Ted Cruz is speaking for us in this Obamacare fight. God bless him for it.

As with immigration reform, I get the feeling that the GOP establishment doesn’t really want to defeat Obamacare.

I smell the stank of Karl Rove all over this

“God, I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”

For the GOP leadership to feel such pressure from a handful of party conservatives tells me something about the results of their internal polls. The base is to be allowed a seat at the adult’s table now. How nice of leadership. CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?

As a conservative, I love that this guy is pissing off all the right people. I keep seeing courage, a refusal to veer. His few, small errors have been matters of exuberance rather than reticence. He actually is smart as a whip. He speaks very well and can raise campaign money. A financially and socially conservative populist Republican with principles and a willingness to fight. Hmmmm.

Start taking notes, saving pages – this *might* be the birth of a remarkable Washington,DC political career by Ted Cruz. US Senator already, potential US president, or VP, and he’d be fine by me on the US Supreme Court.

Having spoken to him personally, I strongly suspect that Pete Sessions is behind this, and John Cornyn, too. Texas can do better than these two, and we will.

I got to ask Ted how I could best pray for him in May, and he said “I need peace and wisdom”. So far, it looks like God’s given Ted what he’s asked for. I’ll keep praying for him- he’s got a target on his back and is getting it from both sides!

I am not sending money to the national Republican organizations at this point. I will give to funds which support conservative candidates for the House and Senate. Go Cruz!

    Another Voice in reply to tarheelkate. | September 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Ditto that. Funding any of the National Republican Party chests with hopes they send these funds to the key district races is a lottery for the candidate. Some of the best candidates are coming into local government via a independent registration and are progressing by their principles of good government and accountability. Receiving funds directly from the National and State Party as their sole source is funding they accept as a consideration and subject to “play by my rules”. Picking up more independent funding has helped bring more solid home grown representatives at the state level who have gone on to Washington. We need more Cruz’s as the example of how to succeed.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to tarheelkate. | September 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    SarahPAC. She brought us Ted Cruz.

I love it.
It’s time for Rove and the grease boards to shove off.

Richard Burr is another cruless Senator who says trying to defund Obamacare is “crazy”. This he tells to Huffington Post. Don’t these people read the polls? Don’t they know that even many Democrats want this monstrosity gone? I hope Burr gets a challenge next election cycle. I will not support him again. He is weak and marches in cadence with the establishment. All these mealy-mouth milquetoasts need to be gone.

Interesting that Wallace protected his sources of oppo’ research. Usually sources are protected for other reasons. This time he is protecting them from “we the people”.

    Well, yes but that’s because he wants them to give him more juicy tidbits in the future. If he names them, game’s over.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Midwest Rhino. | September 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

    There are only maybe a dozen or so GOP members in and outside of Congress whom Wallace would call “top level”, so it shouldn’t take the liberal media long to get them all on record as to whether they are among those Wallace references. They’d love nothing better than to fan the flames of GOP infighting.

The GOP seems bound and determined to force a real TEA Party candidacy in 2016.

And this is why I am no longer a Republican. I am done with them.

I just hope Cornyn pulls a challenger next time. Texas can do better.

    platypus in reply to jnials. | September 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    If you aren’t a Republican, you can’t help fix the party and you have no real basis to complain about the party.

      JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to platypus. | September 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      I’m not a Dem, I have no idea how to fix _that_ party, but it doesn’t stop me from criticizing them.
      I see your point but pro-American citizens deserve better than the Repubs.

      The GOP can be fixed by defeating its Progressive candidates and members. That can be done from outside.

        audax in reply to Pablo. | September 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

        not really…most states (like Texas) require you to be registered as a Republican to vote in the Republican primary. Another way you can change the party from inside is to be a VOTING MEMBER as a precinct committeeman. Only precinct committeemen can vote for the national GOP committee chairs from each State. Only precinct committeemen go to local, state and national party conventions and set on, for example, the rules committee or the candidate selection committee, etc.

“I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”

Did he use it?

The answer to the Cruz question is simple… He’s merrily stating what most of us are thinking.

That’s not good news to the mealy mouthed Republicans, RINOs and democrats who all fear the truth.

Go get ’em Ted!

An insurrectionist lawyer walks into a Republican bar and calls out the “doughboys”

sweet. very sweet. I got yer six professor.

Rove started talking on that second vid and I yelled at the computer screen. Most of the words started with ‘F’.

Vote out all the Tame Republicans.

Cruz hasn’t exactly been nice in the way he’s referred to other Republicans, has he?

Or is it okay for him to smear and mock them, but not for them to hit back?

    arnonerik in reply to Estragon. | September 22, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Your bias is showing if you think there is any comparison between Cruz who has acted with nothing but truth and class to his vile back-stabbing RINO opponents. They might as well become Democrats officially with all the deception, mis-information, and mis-direction they are guilty of. How come they never show this much fight against the other Party?

    What???? Did you watch the video?? Cruz was given a chance to throw rocks and specifically declined to do so!!! Cruz is a class act!

On PBS, they are claiming that Obama is remaining “above the fray” whilest taunting the Republicans.

This is like saying that Charles Whitman was remaining “above the fray” while he in the University of Texas clock tower.

Back in 1964 Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough wrestled Sen. Jesse Helms outside a committee room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building , over a hotly contested nomination.

I suggest Ted Cruz do the same thing with Rove, Jeb Bush or (even better) Senate RINO snakes like McCain, and not just to “wrestle” them, but to beat the livin’ snot out of them and leave them for their Dem brethren to administer ineffective (as is always the case with liberals) First Aid.

Now, THERE’s a match tens of millions of americans would pay to see, and applaud!!!

I love Cruz! He may be the leading the salvation of the Republican Party. Before this is over we will know exactly who to paint with the RINO brush. Actually, by revealing themselves, they are holding the brush. When we go to vote we will know exactly who the enemy within is.

I think most of the GOP leadership has become stuck in cringe mode.

They have forgotten that sometimes you have to fight, even if you don’t know you will win.

Did you see Dr. Coburn on tv this morning talking about defunding Obama care? I think he was trying to explain why the house voted to defund, he said they have received a massive amount of calls from and he almost had to bite his own tongue off to stop from saying the people – then he changed it to say it was special interests who called.

The GOP leadership follows an old political model, refreshed for the 21st century by Rove, et al, where you identify where your opposition is located – the Democrat far left, at this time – and park your own party ju-u-u-st to their right, to own as much of the spectrum as you can. The GOP establishment has chased the far left Democrats all the way across the spectrum and are now themselves left of center – 1,000 miles away and over the horizon from their base back on the right.

Cruz, Palin, Lee, Tea Party, conservatives, etc., are trying to explain to the GOP establishment that the band of supporters they drag behind them on their march narrows with each step they take to the left. Their recent acquiescence to the base tells me their internal polling supports our thesis and the GOP establishment foundation may be cracking. They’re figuring out they’re living right next door to the Democrats but in a whole different town from their base. Lines of supply and communication are stretched precariously thin.

Cruz says: “Return to base or you’re on your own – the people are with us.” The GOP is aghast, but not because he’s wrong.