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High on Alabama Win, Democrats Target Ted Cruz’s Seat

High on Alabama Win, Democrats Target Ted Cruz’s Seat

Good luck with that

Democrat Dog Jones pulled off an upset in Alabama’s special Senate election, barely beating embattled Republican Roy Moore.

High on the Alabama win, Democrats are experiencing delusions of grandeur, believing bamamentum will carry over to the Lone Star State.

And even a former Senior Bernie Sanders aide:

The narrative is building for one specific reason — if Democrats want to prevent the GOP from retaining the power of fillibuster heading into 2019, they have to defeat Ted Cruz. Texas is their only chance.

Politico mused:

If Democrats can legitimately put Texas in play — still an if — it would be an important moment for the party going into the next election. Raising money for 2018 would be a lot easier if they can inspire donors with a message of potentially taking the Senate, as opposed to just stanching the bleeding.

Still, senior Democrats are quick to tamp down expectations about their chances in the Lone Star State. Last year, Democrats had a favorable map and were bubbling with confidence about their prospects of winning the Senate — only to experience a disaster on Election Day.

Their focus is on reelecting endangered incumbents and keeping the GOP from a filibuster-proof majority in 2019, which would allow Republicans to run roughshod over Democrats.

As did Business Insider. Drunk on the kool aid, The Week even suggested, “Victory is a real possibility,” when writing about a potential Cruz upset.

Everyone on the “Cruz is vulnerable” train points to Cruz’s low favorability ratings at home as a harbinger of things to come, boast that even the scandal-laden Moore was better liked by his would-be constituents, and note that assumed Democrat primary opponent Beto O’Rourke is just the man to bring Cruz down. But Ted Cruz is no Roy Moore and Texas is a completely different beast than Alabama.

Cruz’s refusal to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention, his Senate grandstanding, and his run for the presidency so soon after ascending to the Senate upset many a diehard supporter back home. But given a choice between a Democrat or Cruz, the choice is easy for Texans.

No election is a lock and life loves to throw curve balls in the midst of surety, but trying to knock off Cruz without a major scandalous strike is a fool’s game.


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Sisyphus would be proud.

Hey, the Collective could just recycle the T-rump smears of the primary.

Of course, nobody with a brain believed them for a hot minute.

    YellowSnake in reply to Ragspierre. | December 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Nobody with a brain believes Trump. But if promulgating the truth works, I am all for it. If registering all citizens and getting out the vote works, Texas can become purple.

    BTW, the dems got out the vote despite Alabama’s voter suppression laws. Maybe they need to bring back literacy tests. You know – Who was the Alabama Lt. Gov in 1852? What was his wife’s sister’s 1st born’s married name? Spelling counts!

      Ragspierre in reply to YellowSnake. | December 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Since you self-identified as a pure troll some weeks ago, why are you bothering to even be here.

      If you were a contrarian voice, I’d support you. But you aren’t, and by your own admission.

      Go. Away.

        YellowSnake in reply to Ragspierre. | December 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm

        When did I describe myself as such? Are you sure you are taking it in context and that I wasn’t being sarcastic or doing a parody?

        Besides ignoring a perfectly valid comment on that basis is BS.

        I am not a troll and you know it – even if people here would prefer to believe that rather than deal with some unpleasant truths.

        Do you deny that there were literacy tests as unfair as the above parody? Do you believe that republicans are not involved in voter suppression?

          “Do you believe that republicans are not involved in voter suppression?”

          I know that Democrats are involved in voter fraud and always have been.

          You are a troll you have no valid comments. N. Korea best Korea boi. Leave now before you get schooled.

          tlcomm2 in reply to YellowSnake. | December 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

          You neglect to point out that the “literacy tests” you parody were creations of Democrats in power. Republicans put an end to those days 😉

          YellowSnake in reply to YellowSnake. | December 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm

          @Shane Yes, Yes. You have to make me an acolyte on N. Korea to discredit me.

          You couldn’t school a bunch of fish.

          YellowSnake in reply to YellowSnake. | December 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm


          Republicans put an end to those days

          That canard? It was not modern day conservative republicans. Certainly not Trump who actively fought desegregating his buildings.

          It was liberals – some of whom gave their lives

          You need some new and better talking points.

        “I’d support you.”

        You did, right up until the commie rained on Cruz.

      alaskabob in reply to YellowSnake. | December 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Are we talking suppression of illegal voting or legal? What were those forms of suppression?

      I agree that if I were to attempt a literacy test of ebonics, I might fail.

        alaskabob in reply to alaskabob. | December 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

        After a Supreme Court decision weakening the Voting Rights Act, Alabama passed a strict voter identification law, notes Slate’s Jamelle Bouie.

        Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that 2013 opinion, and Tom Perriello, the Democratic activist, wrote yesterday on Twitter: “I imagine Justice Roberts is appalled by Roy Moore, but he may well have cast the most important vote to get him elected. The new AL voter suppression laws are a direct result of his decision to gut the VRA and perhaps pave Moore’s path to the Senate.”

        So… ruling that a law is unconstitutional is “gutting” the law is classic. Preventing anyone from legal voting is criminal, preventing voter fraud is just as important!! The Left continues to say no fraud… right…

          YellowSnake in reply to alaskabob. | December 14, 2017 at 8:59 pm

          The Supreme Ct is just another political body. Otherwise how do you explain the republicans holding any nomination by Obama after Scalia’s timely death.

          Fraud. Prove it. Of course, I imagine there are right wing fanatics who claim they can. So where are the convictions? Kobach convicted 9 out of 1.8 million registered in Kansas! None of them, BTW, involved the use of fraudulent ids or voter impersonation. Not one was an illegal alien.

          You believe this sheet because the alternative is not acceptable to you.

        YellowSnake in reply to alaskabob. | December 14, 2017 at 9:07 pm

        You couldn’t pass any test based on history or civics.

        ‘Ebonics’ – sarcasm noted. BTW, a citizen whose primary dialect was Ebonics would have a right to vote. Stopping that person from voting by putting artificial or arbitrary barriers before him is exactly what is meant by voter suppression.

        You don’t like that you might become part of a minority? Too bad.

      MarkSmith in reply to YellowSnake. | December 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Why you making a big deal about the test. The test givers could not read either.

      “Maybe they need to bring back literacy tests.”

      Ah, the democrat party tricks. The republican party cleaned that up.

      Now, the Dems resort to illegal voting to try and maintain power.

      Pretty soon that will get cleaned up as well.

        YellowSnake in reply to Barry. | December 14, 2017 at 9:17 pm

        I am sure people like you will do whatever you can to try to maintain power. But don’t claim to be on the side of right, or to love this country or to support the Constitution. Just get on with it and use all the sophistry you can muster.

        Before too long, the military, the police, the medical profession, the legal profession, the local governments are not going to look like you. What are you going to do then? Trump isn’t going to help you. He is too busy helping himself. Do you really believe Trump is going to be hurt by the tax ‘reform’ bill? If you do, you are too much of an idiot for me to have wasted this comment.

          “I am sure people like you…”

          People like me created the great and free country of the USA.

          People like you murdered 100 Million + in the last 100 years.

          See the difference?

          You are a communist. Corrupt to the very core. You and the party that pays you will corrupt any and every institution to hang on to the power to enslave.

      When you argue with an idiot, you then have two idiots arguing.

      Today we have about 8 – including the original idiot.

    If anyone knows about unbelievable smears of President Trump, you would be the one.

      Ragspierre in reply to SDN. | December 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      I know the unbelievable smears BY Der Donald against Cruz and his family.

      Prove any smears by me OF Der Donald, liar.

Here’s to hope the Dims will spend a ton and a half on defeating Cruz. “Little Dreamers, dream on!”

Yes, please Democrats, please base your delusions of grandeur on your “Historic Win” of a Senate seat that you basically have very little chance of keeping in 2020, lol.

buckeyeminuteman | December 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Now that the “you’re a rapist but we have no evidence” card is proven to work, expect Democrats to use that in every election. I’m sure they can find some obscure woman who poured Ted coffee at a diner in Pueblo, Texas in 1982 and pay her enough money to make a wild accusation.

    By next summer, people will be tuning out the decades-old-highly-questionable-accusations routine.

    They’ll have to ratchet it up a notch from the pedophile rapist thing.

    Maybe Gloria Alredd will show up at a presser steadying and crying with Amanda Carpenters cat or sumthin.

Bucky Barkingham | December 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Cruz may in fact be vulnerable. Remember that his Roll-Over Party colleagues in the Senate are not fans of his, so if Granny McConnell decides to abandon him the way he did Moore Cruz may have a problem.

    Doubt it, Cruz is a seen an as outsider (like Trump) to the political establishment. This hasn’t changed since his election as a Tea Party candidate.

    I agree with Bucky. The uniparty is stronger than you think. They messed up Al. so why not Texas. Wake up call.

      Ragspierre in reply to MarkSmith. | December 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      You poor idiot. The “uniparty” didn’t screw up Alabama.

      Look into what Donelle T-wamp has threatened against Cruz for not being sufficiently sucky to The Great Goad Cheeto.

      Look for a Mean Gurl primary idiot to oppose Cruz.

      As always, I’m happy to see anyone meet a primary challenge. But make no mistake about T-rump’s ego involvement. He’s pathological.

        MarkSmith in reply to Ragspierre. | December 14, 2017 at 10:49 pm

        Well I would say the 30 M spent on supporting Luther was a big mistake.

        Your shortsightedness to only focus on Trump shows your lack of ability to see outside the basement windows.

        You can pretend that McConnell did not screw things up,but it falls squarely on the the GOPe. The GOPe was played by the DNC on AL and they are too stupid not stop it again.

        You complain about Moore, but if the GOPe keeps putting crappy candidates out there like Gillespie or Strange, they are hosed.

        Morris is really clueless.

    It’s always amusing to see people outside Texas talk like they think they know how Texans vote.

    For one thing, the more Cruz does to piss off the GOP leadership in DC, the more votes he gets back home. People forget that when he was first elected to the seat, he had to DEFEAT the GOP-e candidate, Dewhurst. He’s always run against Washington, he always will.

    And Beto O’Rourke is a sad-sack sacrificial lamb. I will tell you today what the voting total will be for the 2018 Senate Race – Cruz 61%, O’Rourke 38%, just like the Abbott/Wendy Davis race that dems were sure she could win.

      AmandaFitz in reply to Tom Servo. | December 14, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      I still love Ted Cruz- ever since he ran against Dewhurst. “Beto” is a joke- notice that the Dems weren’t willing to sacrifice one of the Castro twins on this race!!!

      However, I am finally going to go ahead and sign up to give Cruz’ campaign a monthly donation so that he has plenty of money to counter the Soros money and the tort lawyers dollars.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | December 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Knocking off Cruz seems like a pretty low probability event, but portraying it as a high probability event seems like a great fund-raising tactic.

    Windmills gotta come down, one an all.

    A fun bit of trivia that no one outside of Texas would ever pick up on – O’Rourke is a Dem house member from El Paso (Which is why he is such a dedicated Open Borders supporter) In the last 150 years of Texas political history, NO ONE from El Paso has EVER been elected to a state wide office. Not in 150 years.

    There’s a good reason why; Texas is big enough to have at least 5 distinct cultural regions (some say more) and winning a race for statewide office means having a strong base in at least one of them and strongly appealing to at least 2 more. El Paso is seen by the rest of Texas as this strange little far off island that ought to be part of Mexico, but which Texas ended up owning through a fluke of history. But nobody in the rest of the state pays much attention to it, and less to any pols from there.

4th armored div | December 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Cruz has a large Countrywide following and support = for the
(D)imwits to beat him there would have to be 3 bluemoons in a row – ainta gonna happen.

There were some aspects of the Cruz campaign in 2016 which I didn’t care for — the evangelical Christian appeals in particular (and I am, myself, a conservative Christian, although not of Cruz’s denomination). But really, putting him in the same category as Roy Moore is a BIG stretch. Cruz has a sharp mind and excellent legal training. Once the Trump administration began, he has worked with them to the extent he can ideologically, and that’s been quite a bit. The idea that Dems can knock him off “just like Moore” sounds like a pipe dream to me.

    Ted would do himself a favor to build a YUGE wall around Glenn Becks mouth and run the other direction when Beck is nearing.

    At least Cruz can put a couple sentences together. Moore is not a very good public speaker.

    However, if the progs sense any vulnerability, cue the shrieking sex allegations.

    It’s been shown they work.

    And Rags will have to support the womens…

I thought there were groups of people being bused in to vote in Illinois to vote. My guess they did that in Al. I bet they were able to squeak out 5 K with of votes with their little scheme. I would not underestimate their ability to do that in Texas. Just with illegals alone they could get 10 K worth of votes.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to MarkSmith. | December 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    My thoughts exactly.

    98% of the “black” vote going to Jones?

    Not only statistically improbable, but statistically impossible in a proper and free election.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | December 14, 2017 at 8:01 pm

The Dems “taking” the election from Roy Moore was their first mistake in the 2018 and 2020 elections.

The Dems have peaked too soon……

Cruz is a polished speaker who can resonate with his conservative audience AND good-faith independents. Moore was never any part of that.

Cruz is an unquestioned Constitutional scholar, respected by both sides of constitutional issues. Moore is a clown.

Cruz has led a life in public service, not unlike Moore. What IS different is that Cruz was never removed from office, and has no history of acting like a nut.

For the sake of the idiots here, I never believed “the women” when T-rump (that lying sack of shit or his bath bois here) was smearing Cruz. There are quite a few reasons for this, but it doesn’t matter. Because…idiots.

Bear in mind that that kind of sexual allegation (which was survived) is supposed to be unanswerable, deadly, and easy.

Cruz will cruise to a re-election. Cruz is a LOT of what Moore could NEVER be.

And idiots abound here now. They flourish. This is a shame.

    “…I never believed “the women” when T-rump (that lying sack of shit or his bath bois here) was smearing Cruz.”

    Another of your considerable number of lies. Trump didn’t trot out any women to smear Cruz.

    MarkSmith in reply to Ragspierre. | December 14, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Morris, do you really believe that the 30 K of illegals voting are really going to care how polished Cruz speaks?! When God was handing out brains, you thought he said trains and said “I missed mine.”

    Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | December 14, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I make few predictions.

    I predicted Moore was toast.

    Some idiots were predicting he would win handily.

    I stand by my Cruz prediction. Idiots notwithstanding.

      “I make few predictions.”


      “I predicted Moore was toast.”

      True. You also predicted Trump was toast. Multiple times.

Any politician. especially Republican politicians, running in 2018 can be brought down. Why? Because, anybody can bring forth unsupported allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior to smear them with. And Ted Cruz in not impervious to that. He stands a better chance of surviving than Moore, as he is a member of the GOPe and it is unlikely that the party would abandon him. But, he better develop a very thick skin. Of course, there is always the possibility that he will be primaried out by an anti-establishment candidate, as Luther Strange found out.

    Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | December 14, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Another nutter comment by a nutter.

    I expect a T-rump freak-a-zoid to primary Cruz. You’ll LOOOOOVE it.

    It will be crushed.

    I will laugh.

      While I am not on the anti – Cruz bandwagon and hope he remains, do not forget he could not break 50% in the Texas primary. Not everyone in Texas holds him in such a high opinion.

      He is susceptible to the same political folly as any other candidate.

      I realize that you are an ardent Cruzbot. But, there is NO guarantee that Cruz will not be primaried out by an anti-establishment candidate. Remember, Cruz attempted to position himself as an anti-establishment candidate from the first day in the Senate. However, he is closely allied with the Bush clan, Goldman Sacks and the financial establishment and in no way stopped, or even slowed the progressive juggernaut in Congress. And sufficient voter knew that to pick Trump over him.

      Now, I have no desire to see Cruz out of office. He is not bad, as members of the establishment go. But, he is vulnerable to both the Dems and to anti-establishment voters. He probably will not be primaried out. And, he will probably defeat a Dem challenger in the general, as the GOPe will not abandon him as it did Moore. Cruz would further the republican installation of jurists. But, Cruz will never support the Trump agenda, unless his Establishment masters wish it. And, the anti-establishment voters all know that. Just as they knew the same about Strange. We’ll have to see what kind of a campaign Cruz decides to run.

        Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | December 15, 2017 at 3:07 am

        What a nutter.

        How many Goldman-Sachs REAL alumni has T-rump, the ultimate INSIDER, surrounded himself with?

        Poor, stupid thang…

          Why the obsession with GS? Yeah, I get that most people don’t understand investment banking, but that doesn’t make it an illegitimate business. What, they engage in capitalism? The horror. What they employ 35k people? Fire them all, lousy fat cats. Would you prefer he selected life-long politicians?

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | December 15, 2017 at 9:26 am

          Actually, I have very little against Goldman-Sachs, though we all know some of their conduct stinks.

          Mostly, I just stick it back in the faces of T-rump cultists who slime Cruz with GS, and screech that his associations make him unfit or some such stupid nonsense.

          See the nutter Mac45 for an example.

          “Mostly, I just stick…”

          In other words, you practice dishonesty because you believe others are unfair…


          Goldman Sacks is in the heart of the financial Establishment that Cruz was supposedly running against in 2016. Yet he had, and still does have, very close ties to GS due to his wife’s long time employment there. In other words, the Cruz family income relies directly, to a hefty degree, upon the interests of one of the financial giants that Cruz was supposedly running against.

          This is what frost’s Rags cookies. Cruz, a brilliant politician, recognized the growing frustration of the electorate and fully intended to cash in on that frustration by casting himself as an anti-establishment Senate maverick. It probably would have worked, too. Except for the entry of DLT. But, Cruz, the man/politician, does not look anything like Cruz, the candidate in 2016. Much, if not most, of his career has been closely tied to the Bush family. Staunch members of the Establishment. His wife is a long time employee of Goldman Sachs, a staunch member of the financial Establishment. His brief foray into private practice saw him working almost exclusively for the interests of large corporations against the little guy. Not exactly the portrait of the anti-Establishment outsider that he chose to exhibit during the 2016 elections. Rags response to these points is always the same. The person making them is either a liar or crazy and should not be listened to and that Trump has close ties to the Establishment as well. The former is simply stupid and the latter is true, but discounts the fact that Trump is keeping his promises, to the extent that DC allows him to. And Cruz, though he made loud noises about fighting the Establishment in the Senate, had no affect on any legislation which the Establishment wanted passed.

          Trump also has close ties to the financial Establishment, through his development businesses. However, he never really ran against the financial establishment, except in the sense that MAGA would cut into the profitability of their overseas investments. He ran on creating US economic dominance and removing Establishment interests who were an impediment to that goal.

          Will Goldman Sachs make money on a revitalized US economy? It sure will, eventually. It will simply shift its investments to domestic concerns and away from international ones. Will it, and the rest of the financial Establishment, be happy about the change? Not really. It means that a lot of time, effort and money has been wasted on international investments, some of which will be lost. And, that means that GS, as well as the rest of the major investment banking community in initially invested in maintaining the status quo. There is absolutely nothing wrong with GS, or any other legitimate business making money.

          MarkSmith in reply to Ragspierre. | December 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm

          Ballotpedia 2012

          Republican Ted Cruz 56.5% 4,440,137
          Democratic Paul Sadler 40.6% 3,194,927

          900k difference. Pretty big to overcome, but making a big deal about it will get money flowing to the Dems.

          This is an off year election and I would recommend that nobody sit back and not go vote.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | December 15, 2017 at 10:33 pm

          Mac45…like his man-crush…is an economics moron.

          He’s also a proponent of tyranny.

          There’s only ONE way any “financial interest” would curtail its international investments, and that would be via coercion by BIG GOVERNMENT. Force, and gross distortion of the markets.

          That will have the OPPOSITE effect of “MEGA”. It would hurt millions of Americans, while benefiting a very few special interest groups. It is identical to the Bernie Sanders’ idea of trade policy, and the wet dream of unions for decades.

You know who else is targeting Cruz’ seat? McConnell and the GOPe.
Take a look at the list of announced candidates for the 10 GOP seats up in 2018, and you’ll find three categories:
1) GOP Senators with no GOP primary opposition (about 7 of them).
2) Special circumstance elections like retirement/resignations. Everyone thinks that’s their meal ticket, so there are lots of challengers.
3) Ted Cruz: a popular Senator who Bannon said he wouldn’t primary. Yet strangely, he has at least two primary opponents.

McConnell just lost us a seat in Alabama. Is there no end to this man’s treachery?

Allow me to amend my previous post:

Cruz has FIVE GOP challengers and two independents!
I hope they burn all of their donors’ money and their reputations up in the effort.