[Rushtalk] What's Right about Ted Cruz & the Tea Party

Paf Dvorak notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
Mon Nov 25 21:25:28 MST 2013

I thought he wasn't a US citizen.

At 05:02 PM 11/23/2013 -0800, Carl Spitzer wrote:
>The only thing wrong here is the reference to 
>Lincoln who was the first war mongering RINO the 
>kind of which we need to purge from the party if 
>we are to become a party representing peace and domestic freedom.
>CWSIV      What’s Right about Ted Cruz & the Tea Party
>By Daniel Greenfield
>If you believe the Democrats (and some 
>Republicans) the biggest threat to the Party of 
>Abe is a man named Ted. It’s tempting for the 
>GOP to believe that all it needs to do is 
>practice some Cruz Control and wait around for 
>Americans to wake up and realize that it is the 
>sensible party with the moderate solutions.
>   And if that doesn’t work
 there are always 
> the elections of 2020 or 2024
 or 2124.
>If you don’t fight, you can’t win. That’s what 
>the Party of Lincoln, a party that tested its 
>mettle in a devastating national conflict, has 
>forgotten. Instead it has become a party of good 
>losers who would rather lose easy than fight hard.
>The GOP would like to win without fighting. It 
>wants to wait for the voters to come around and 
>recognize that it’s the better choice because it compromises.
>Like the nerd waiting for the pretty girl to 
>recognize his niceness, the Republican Party is 
>futilely courting an American voter who barely 
>even knows it’s there
 at least until he watches 
>the next Saturday Night Live skit depicting 
>Republicans as crazy evil billionaires who want 
>to power Christian nuclear plants with the corpses of minorities.
>And he’ll believe that is what the Republican 
>Party really stands for because the elephant no 
>longer roars loud enough to be heard, it 
>moderately whispers, and is outbrayed by every jackass.
>The Republican Party has allowed its enemies to 
>define it. Its moderation has convinced voters 
>that it’s crazy and dangerous because without 
>raising its voice and fighting back, the only 
>things they know about it comes from its enemies.
>Complacency has made it impossible for the 
>Republican Party to compete. It’s so busy being 
>reasonable that it unreasonably fails to realize 
>that no one is paying attention to its displays of moderation.
>Its reasonable and moderate candidates were shot 
>down twice. Meanwhile the last Republican to sit 
>in the Oval Office was a man that the media 
>tarred and feathered much more thoroughly than 
>McCain or Romney as an illiterate Texas hick who 
>loved killing black people and bombing countries.
>George W. Bush was not all that conservative, 
>but he was pugnacious, and that is a quality 
>that Americans admire more than moderation. Ted 
>Cruz is an actual Texas conservative and he is also pugnacious.
>The Republican Party has forgotten that it did 
>not win the midterm elections in 2010 because 
>voters saw how moderate and reasonable it was. 
>If those were qualities that impressed voters we 
>would be tuning in to another speech from 
>President Romney about the improving economy.
>The midterm reversal happened because a bunch of 
>people wearing costumes and waving yellow flags 
>began arguing with Democratic politicians trying 
>to sell their constituents on a disastrous 
>health plan. The plan is still disastrous and 
>the people with the costumes are still out 
>there, but the GOP would like them and Ted Cruz 
>to go away and stop interrupting their plan to 
>win in 2014 by impressing the public with their 
>moderate program of reasonable compromises.
>And if that doesn’t work there’s always 2224
 or 3224.
>Ted Cruz isn’t the biggest threat to the 
>Republican Party. He’s the only hope for the 
>Republican Party. Cruz understands that you have 
>to fight to win. You don’t get points for 
>compromise. Compromise is what it takes to run 
>the system, but voters elect candidates to do 
>specific things for them. They want politicians 
>who will represent their interest to the best of their abilities.
>Not compromisers.
>No one hires a lawyer to settle a court case. 
>The court case may have to be settled, but a 
>client expects his lawyer to get him the best 
>terms by fighting as hard as he can. A lawyer 
>who advertises his reasonable and moderate 
>willingness to make a deal as soon as possible 
>will have no clients. A party that advertises 
>its eagerness to settle on any terms it can get will have no voters.
>While the Republican Party worries about Ted 
>Cruz alienating voters, it might want to 
>consider the voters that Ted Cruz is bringing 
>in. Conservative voters have been staying home 
>from elections that don’t inspire them.
>Passion wins elections. Passion feeds turnout. 
>Passion makes voters feel like it’s their fight, not just another election.
>Instead of bringing passion to their fight 
>against the left, Republicans misdirect their 
>passion into circular firing squads. There have 
>been more passionate Republican attacks aimed at 
>Ted Cruz in a single month than there have been 
>against Barack Obama in an entire year.
>The deluded establishment still believes that it 
>would have won even bigger in 2010
 if not for 
>that pesky Tea Party. It believes we would be 
>listening to President McCain explaining to the 
>nation why we’ve been bombing Syria
 if only it 
>wasn’t for Sarah Palin. And it believes that 
>Mitt Romney would have won in 2012 if it wasn’t for
 that’s the question.
>The Tea Party was out of the picture. The 
>Republican Party had two men up front who could 
>quietly, calmly and reasonably make their case 
>to the nation. And their case was good. It was a 
>story about the American Dream, about small 
>businesses becoming big businesses in an economy 
>driven by vision, ambition and individual striving.
>And it went nowhere.
>American voters had a choice between two men. 
>One was passionate. The other was reasonable. 
>One was applying for a job interview. The other 
>was warning that their children would starve in 
>the streets and their daughters would take wire 
>hangers to themselves if he wasn’t reelected. 
>Despite the poll numbers, the turnout favored 
>the passionate candidate. It favored the 
>teleprompter demagogue warning that the sky, the 
>phones and the food stamps were about to fall.
>Elephants never forget. That may be true of 
>Loxodonta Africana, but Loxodonta Americana 
>never remembers. Ted Cruz is the new Tea Party, 
>the new Sarah Palin, the man in the middle of a 
>circular firing squad that is taking its 
>targeting orders from Democratic Party political 
>operatives in the media. African elephants 
>aren’t cannibals, but American elephants eagerly eat their own.
>The Tea Party was right about what it takes to 
>win. Sarah Palin was right. Ted Cruz is right.
>The Republican Party has two options. It can 
>learn to fight or it can give up. A political 
>party that fails to compete abandons itself to 
>the tender mercies of its enemies. And the left has no mercy.
>Ted Cruz tried to teach the elephant to stop 
>eating grass and switch to a diet of red meat. 
>The American elephant can either evolve into a 
>predator or devolve into a rhino and be preyed 
>upon by the wild asses of the Socialist desert.
>The Republican Party will never win by 
>out-moderating its enemies. Its last three 
>presidents who won reelection were not known for 
>being mild-mannered and soft-spoken types.
>Politics is not a game for the weak. It is not 
>the sport you play if you are afraid of hitting 
>or being hit. It has moments of greatness that 
>bring nations together and uplift peoples
>those moments will never be achieved by those 
>who fear to fight for what they believe in.
>Ted Cruz is not afraid to fight. The Republican 
>Party could stand to learn from his example.
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