Ted Cruz is doing something very unusual

The Daily Caller (h/t Legal Insurrection):

David Brooks warns of ‘the rise of Ted Cruz-ism,’ takeover of Republican Party

On PBS’s “NewsHour” on Friday night, New York Times columnist David Brooks warned that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and similar legislators’ rise to prominence threatens the traditional Republican Party.

Brooks insists the motives of Cruz are less about legislation and policy and more about the politics of undermining the Republican establishment.

“What’s going on in the House, and a bit in the Senate, too, is what you might call the rise of Ted Cruz-ism,” Brooks said. “And Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada through Texas, is basically not a legislator in the normal sense, doesn’t have an idea that he’s going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances, and he is going to pass a lot of legislation. He’s going in more as a media-protest person. And a lot of the House Republicans are in the same mode. They’re not normal members of Congress. They’re not legislators. They want to stop things. And so they’re just being — they just want to obstruct.”

“And the second thing they’re doing, which is alarming a lot of Republicans, is they’re running against their own party,” he continued. “Ted Cruz is running against Republicans in the Senate. The House Republican Tea Party types are running against the Republican establishment. That’s how they’re raising money. That’s where they’re spending their money on ads. And so they’re having a very obstructive role which is going on this week, and I think it’s going to make John Boehner’s life even more difficult.”

Brooks hypothesized the reason the leadership in the House and Senate is unable to control the so-called Ted Cruz-ism movement is that members of it have become uninterested in any of the perks that the leadership has to offer.

“Two things that are interesting that are happening, especially being talked about this week,” Brooks said. “One, leadership in both bodies, the leadership’s inability to force any discipline. That’s partly because a lot of these people just are not interested in the committee assignments, the normal leverage the leadership has, in part because the earmarks are gone, some of the spending favors.”

Brooks continued that the policy goals of Cruz and others weren’t actual policy goals, but a means to take over the Republican Party.

“[S]o the leadership can’t impose any discipline on a Ted Cruz,” Brooks said. “There’s nothing they can punish him with. And, remember, what these people, Ted Cruz and some of the tea party people, their object is not to win Obamacare. Their object is to take over the Republican Party. So, they really are running against the Republicans. And for Ted Cruz, it’s potentially to get the nomination. And taking this down, if it can mobilize enough Republicans so he can take over the party and become — really transform the party, then that becomes the object. And one little straw in the wind, the Heritage Foundation, a very prominent conservative think tank, is running against Republicans. And that’s part of the change that is going on here.”

Nobody ever ran for office promising to be a toady for the party bosses. They all promise to stand up for your values and fight for your issues. They promise to fight the special interests. They promise they won’t be like all the others.

Ted Cruz is doing something very unusual for Washington DC – he’s keeping his promises.

You don’t have to like Ted Cruz. You certainly don’t have to vote for him. (As far as I know he’s not on any ballots right now anyway.) But you have to admit that he’s doing exactly what he said he would do.

I find that refreshing. I spent too many years voting for people who didn’t keep their promises. I understand that in politics sometime compromises have to be made. But I expect the people I vote for to put up a fight, not just roll over and play dead. If he has to give ground on one issue in order to gain ground on another that’s one thing. Making deals to further his own career or increase his bank balance is another kettle of fish.

Ted Cruz represents the voters of Texas, not the Republican party. What the party leaders in Washington or the voters in California and New York think of him is irrelevant.

Caveat – As WMCB always says, never fall in love with a politician. Corruption is infectious and pernicious in Washington DC – any politician who stays there long enough eventually succumbs. The only ones who don’t are the crazy ones, like a certain senator’s father.

Lastly, only a Village Idiot Washington Insider would criticize the take-over of a party by its own grassroots. Both parties could use a healthy dose of chlorine in their pools.

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104 Responses to Ted Cruz is doing something very unusual

  1. Lulu says:

    Cruz is what Obama was touted to be only much more so with a conservative/libertarian twist. Minority immigrant father (but who stuck around), brilliant student, astonishing legal career that took off like a rocket while he was young, speaks in complete paragraphs without notes or teleprompter, taught law (while state solicitor general of the state of Texas), ran for the US Senate (and won) against the establishment Republican party, argued (and won) several cases before the US Supreme Court, pisses off elder party dunderheads and elites, etc. Marketers made Obama up. Then Cruz comes along to prove it. The reaction to him reminds me of the elitist reaction to Big Dog, Palin, and LBJ which is how can this hick be smarter than moi. How dare he, he should know his place and stay there!

  2. t says:

    I appreciate his politics even when I don’t agree with him. However, what he’s doing probably is a detriment to Republican political power…and so much so, in fact, that don’t be surprised if Democrats fund him next election. His politics aren’t popular with mainstream Republican citizens.

    I only wish the Dems would become infiltrated with the same kinds of folks.

    • Lulu says:

      Exactly what Republicans? The ones in DC or the ones in flyover country? I am not being snarky as I really would like to know. The only Repubs that I know that are not crazy for him are the old party hacks and with them it is because he is cutting them to ribbons. He is currently the biggest fundraising draw they have and they don’t like it.

      • cynic says:

        Yup, attended dinner last week with a few higher-ups in the party. They knew that I was unhappy with our Congressman. I had been very active in his campaign in the past; walking the precinct, phoning, attending fundraisers, walking in parades, etc.

        They are still singing his praises, even though he doesn’t seem to be representing his constituents too well.

        They told me in no uncertain words that the guys I like, (Cruz and Paul)
        were there to destroy the Republican party. Guess I’m resigning my position in the Party.

        • DandyTIger says:

          Or stay and be on the side of change from the inside.

        • Lulu says:

          Party hacks always resist change. They have little spheres of influence and don’t want to loose it. The problem for the Republican hacks is that the party changed anyway and they either don’t know it or won’t admit it. Hacks don’t really have ideologies but rather power centers and their ideology is very flexible. This is why the Tea Party, libertarians, and ex-moderate to conservative Dems scare the crap out of them as they are wiggling their way into power over the old hacks. It is very interesting to observe. If you are a Repub stay in as it is changing.

        • cynic says:

          I am fairly new to politics and shamefully didn’t try to get educated until 2008. My son enlisted, and I wanted to make an educated decision as to whom to vote for. I spent hours doing research, and realized that I was no longer a Democrat (had been raised in a union/democratic household).

          The evening dinner started with me asking the ‘educated ones’ to explain exactly what a Blue Dog, Yellow Dog, Liberal, and Progressive was.

          I really don’t think they understood that I was trying to explain that there are many out there that have a different idea as to what the government should be doing for us. The Dems have many different philosophies under one tent, and the Republicans can have the Libertarians, Conservative, Tea Party types. Doesn’t seem to be that way in my neck of the woods. But hey, I’m from Illinois. Are there two parties here? Just heard that Rahmbo isn’t going to endorse Quinn, but is singing the praises of the Republican, Bruce Rauner.

      • t says:

        Nope, middle American Republicans. They may like him in spirit, but they aren’t for his policies, especially in terms of things Obamacare.

        Middle American Republicans see the disaster of defunding Obamacare while keeping its awfulness in place. What they want instead is real reform.

        Ted Cruz is a trainwreck for the Republicans.

        And I say that while liking his macho.

    • There are at least two views of the national GOP. The current wimps enjoying rolling over on principle whenever asked, and the few that don’t. Of course the wimps don’t want changes. That would mean looking into a political mirror and seeing reality. Horrors!

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Both parties could use a healthy dose of chlorine in their pools.

    I so agree !

  4. The Klown says:

    Washington Examiner:

    In April 2012, the Obama re-election campaign posted a photo of a staff meeting on its Tumblr account. The aides in the picture were young, casually dressed, and enthusiastic — and nearly all white. The campaign took heat on the Internet for a remarkable lack of diversity, particularly since the staff was working to re-elect the first black president in U.S. history.

    Now, a new book filled with inside information from the campaign reports that top Obama aides were also taking heat from key donors and supporters. In The Message: The Reselling of President Obama, author Richard Wolffe writes that influential black supporters were unhappy with the lack of black aides in top campaign roles. The supporters were so unhappy that they forced the campaign to search for African-Americans to fill senior roles in the effort. After months of searching, the campaign found exactly one.

    “Inside the campaign to re-elect the country’s first black president, there was an embarrassingly low number of African-Americans in the senior ranks,” Wolffe writes.

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  6. The Klown says:

    Surviving Whole Foods

    Whole Foods is like Vegas. You go there to feel good but you leave broke, disoriented, and with the newfound knowledge that you have a vaginal disease.

    Unlike Vegas, Whole Foods’ clientele are all about mindfulness and compassion… until they get to the parking lot. Then it’s war. As I pull up this morning, I see a pregnant lady on the crosswalk holding a baby and groceries. This driver swerves around her and honks. As he speeds off I catch his bumper sticker which says ‘NAMASTE’. Poor lady didn’t even hear him approaching because he was driving a Prius. He crept up on her like a panther.

    As the great, sliding glass doors part I am immediately smacked in the face by a wall of cool, moist air that smells of strawberries and orchids. I leave behind the concrete jungle and enter a cornucopia of organic bliss; the land of hemp milk and honey. Seriously, think about Heaven and then think about Whole Foods; they’re basically the same.

    The first thing I see is the great wall of kombucha — 42 different kinds of rotten tea. Fun fact: the word kombucha is Japanese for ‘I gizzed in your tea.’ Anyone who’s ever swallowed the glob of mucus at the end of the bottle knows exactly what I’m talking about. I believe this thing is called “The Mother” which makes it that much creepier.

    Next I see the gluten-free section filled with crackers and bread made from various wheat-substitutes such as cardboard and sawdust. I skip this aisle because I’m not rich enough to have dietary restrictions. Ever notice that you don’t meet poor people with special diet needs? A gluten intolerant house cleaner? A cab driver with Candida? Candida is what I call a rich, white person problem. You know you’ve really made it in this world when you get Candida. My personal theory is that Candida is something you get from too much hot yoga. All I’m saying is if I were a yeast, I would want to live in your yoga pants.

    There’s more and it’s all good.

    • Jadzia says:

      Oh, my God, how yucky. Makes me appreciate living in a rural area where we just have regular old supermarkets.

    • Lulu says:

      We ate at some hipster restaurant in Austin last year. The chef person comes out and around telling us that everything is organic. My spouse said you don’t have to worry about all that stuff if you just wash the fruit and veg. The chef person said their meat is organic too! Spouse said you don’t have to worry about that if your meat buyer doesn’t buy sick stock to save money as they only give antibiotics to sick animals and then sell them. The look on chef’s face was priceless. You would think we shot his dog.

    • Constance says:

      Sounds like Dave Berry

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Never ever been in one of them. 🙂

    • wmcb says:

      “I’m not rich enough to have dietary restrictions” BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    • Propertius says:

      Like the author I live in Boulder – she’s not exaggerating about the atmosphere in the Whole Foods parking lot here. A couple of years ago a driver hit someone in the crosswalk in front of the store. As the pedestrian struggled to pull himself up off the ground, the driver got out of his car, punched the man he’d just hit in the face, got back in his car, and drove off. “Namaste” indeed.

      I can safely say, however, that I’ve never left WF with a vaginal disease.

  7. DandyTIger says:

    Honk, honk. More grassroots politicians that stick to principle and fight please. I don’t have any delusions that he or others will stay principled, but it’s fun to see the corrupt insiders squirm.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Sarah stayed principled as gov which upset both parties. I swear the GOP let the Dems drive her out of office. Did you know when the grassroots set up a defense fund for her (set up exactly like Bill Clinton’s for Monicagate), someone called it illegal, shut it down and made them return all the funds. Most of us signed those checks back over to SarahPac. Crickets from the GOP gov association.

      She campaigned and endorsed Cruz for Senator, he won and now he must be destroyed 😉

    • wmcb says:

      Exactly. Rock the entrenched power structure. Shake it up!!!!

  8. Jadzia says:

    I got 3 paragraphs into the Daily Caller excerpt and the thought, “David Brooks, fuck you AND the horse you rode in on,” it just JUMPED into my mind!

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  12. Anthony says:

    Interesting read:

    AMSTERDAM — King Willem-Alexander delivered a message to the Dutch people from the government Tuesday in a nationally televised address: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.


    • Jadzia says:

      My interest in hearing about cutbacks from a dude who gets an 800,000-plus salary (in euros! not including castles and parades!) for the sole reason that he is a member of the lucky sperm club? Limited.

      Also, the frames of reference are so different over here that a Dutch “personal responsibility state” (and again, King Willy, why don’t you dust off your resume and try to find a job on your own merits, or is that just for the peasants) would, I suspect, look very much like what Americans think of as a “welfare state.” Politicians over here talk that big talk all the time, but in the absence of a true economic collapse, the only thing that ever happens is moving money around, making cuts around the edges, and localizing some services that formerly were performed at a higher level of government. I think that, just to give an example, if the Dutch government (particularly egged on by a hereditary monarch) were to really try to dismantle universal health care, the Dutch might just run over here to try to borrow some of our old guillotines. (Hey, we’re not using them.)

      I don’t mean this to be nasty to YOU, Anthony — it is an interesting read! The Dutch proponents of cutbacks, I think, probably should have chosen a different messenger, though.

  13. conner43 says:

    As a devout East Coaster, I don’t pretend to understand Cruz’s appeal.
    That said, even if he represents the Second Coming, can he win ? The Dems will keep flogging abortion, which is a State’s Rights’ issue, and increased entitlements. Considering the low brow status of today’s electorate, it seems to be working, and a candidate Hillary will surely take it to the next level.
    Republicans cannot win on ‘feelings’, that’s Democrat territory.
    If I have to hold my nose to vote for the anti Hillary, anti Big Gov. candidate who can actually Win, I will gladly do it.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think anyone after Obama can win, unfortunately it might be a Dem as long as the Republicans let the Democrats frame them like they did Romney as the evil, hating, rich white guy.

      I predict Cory Booker to be the darkhorse for the Dems in 2016. He should easily win the Senate seat which will put him directly on Obama’s “historic” path, only with more experience ( popular Newark mayor ). He’s the new blood the Dems desperately need infused. BUT, they didn’t give him a prime speaking slot (like Obama had) at the last convention. It’s up to the grassroots Dems. What’s left of them 😀

  14. The Klown says:

    Believe it or not, this came from Vogue:

    Wearing dad jeans, a snail-patterned tie, and cuff links fashioned from gold coins given to him by his mother and father, the former congressman and libertarian folk hero Ron Paul, the senator accepts another compliment on his resistance to government surveillance. “I appreciate it,” says Paul in his Texas drawl. “I’m a strong supporter of the Constitution.”

    The speech he’ll deliver here is replete with polished laugh lines about wasteful government spending on a “$325,000 robotic squirrel” to study animal behavior, zingers about Washington’s being run by people with “big hearts and small brains,” and red meat such as his refusal to give “one penny more for countries that are burning our flag.”

    None of this is particularly new. But what has changed since Paul first shocked the political establishment by winning his Senate seat in 2010 is the air of expectancy around him—one that becomes palpable as the banjos stop, the crowd hushes, and a local official comes to the podium to introduce Paul as “our senator, considered by many to be the next president of the United States.”

    The notion of President Rand Paul would once have been absurd. Three years ago, he was a Kentucky ophthalmologist mounting an outsider campaign for Senate, still very much in the shadow of his father. But the younger Paul rode a Tea Party wave to Washington, and quickly became the movement’s most intriguing and charismatic spokes­person—an ambassador for libertarian values who takes obvious relish in skewering critics, regardless of their political affiliation. While his father was content to remain a dissenting voice from the margins—or from one end of countless presidential-debate stages—Rand clearly wants to win. His stunningly swift rise in the GOP also amounts to one of the most fascinating tightrope walks in national politics. On the one side is his raucous Tea Party base. On the other is his courting of donors, establishment Republicans, and traditional Democratic constituencies.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Rand Paul was pushing this on his FB page 😀

      And the notion of President Obama was never absurd? Dear God, it still is !

      • conner43 says:

        denise, I may be a little slow to catch one, but if America is truly the racist swamp that O and his cabal would have us believe, why did he ever run for office ? Why did he dare to think Wall St would support him ? More smoke and mirrors from Chitown?

        • Lulu says:

          The stories of Obama hanging around Wall St with a “For Sale” sign around his neck is what got him Wall St. The media hushed them up. They were hilarious as they thought he was a doofus and a sponge which he is. They bought him so he is their doofus and sponge.

    • conner43 says:

      Very interesting Klown, Paul is the only one who makes sense to me..Went to one Tea Party rally for Allen West, support Mr. West completely, but it slipped into God and ‘Christianity’ way too fast for my liking. As an old line ‘live and let live’ Catholic, I am exceedingly uncomfortable about anything less than the strict separation of Church and State. Am also married to a secular Jew, any religion in political discussion makes me break out in an instant rash. Plus, I think going there is a loser for the R’s.

  15. The Klown says:
    • votermom says:

      I looked up the cost of sending your kid to that college:

      Cost of Attendance In-state: $21,328
      Out-of-state: $25,818
      Tuition and Fees
      In-state: $10,078
      Out-of-state: $14,568
      Room and Board
      Books and Supplies
      Other Expenses

      Wasting your parents’ money by parodying Miley Cyrus instead of studying: Priceless.

      • Jadzia says:

        Apropos of this, I am getting paid to teach here something like 1/6 of what I got paid to teach at a state law school in America. And you know what? I actually don’t mind that. Am kind of proud of it, really. Because my new employer is not spending $$$$ on buildings more fit for a monarch than for classrooms, hot tubs that seat 50, administrators out the wazoo, big-time football programs, and all the other things that make some colleges cost $50K/year. Our students pay something like five hundred bucks a year, and in exchange they get an education, and the people who are teaching them are doing it because they love it, not because it’s the best job in the country that pays WAY more than they could ever get in the private sector, and also they can never be fired.

        I guess I should say that this strong dislike of university attitudes toward getting moneymoneymoney while consigning their students to a lifetime of nondischargeable debt is primarily directed at (a) top administration types (college presidents, deans deans deans, and the like); and (2) law faculty, because I know that people who teach REAL academic subjects get paid a hell of a lot less than the overpaid natterers in my little part of academia.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    The slobber, it is deep at this Politico article on looking at Obama’s positive qualities. It sucks you in because you keep waiting for them. All I got out of it was his nice smile and has dinner with his family every night ?


    It’s the comments that saved my sanity on this babble since NO ONE seemed to agree with the article 😀

  17. The Klown says:
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    • wmcb says:

      Obama kept a close team of younger male staffers to manage his immediate needs, and that was all he needed. “He needs the guys to play cards and golf, and tell him where he’s going next and why,” said a former aide. “But beyond that, it’s what function you have. And if you can’t fulfill that function anymore, or someone can do it better, you’re gone.

      What, he’s an insecure misogynist piece of crap who needs an entourage of young yes men to stroke his ego? Whoda thunk?

  19. wmcb says:

    One of the things that makes me ill about the old dinosaurs like Brooks whining , “These teaparty types are running against Republicans, how DISLOYAL!” Is that the same toadies utter not a peep when some in the party support/endorse an actual Democrat over the R nominee when they don’t like who the rank and file chose.

    Just like the D’s before them, loyalty is a one way street. The grassroots is supposed to fall in line when the Party’s choice wins (and they mostly do), but the poobahs have zero responsibility to get behind the choices of the their voters when a grassroots guy wins

  20. wmcb says:

  21. Question for you all: Who was the reporter (plant) in the WH press room during George W’s presidency? The one who had been a prostitute previously? I can’t remember his name. Was it Gannon?

  22. wmcb says:

  23. Lulu says:

    “What’s wrong with President Obama?” http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/whats-wrong-with-barack-obama-96970.html?hp=t1_s
    “Across the capital, anxious friends and chortling enemies alike are asking: What’s wrong with Obama?”

    He has always acted like an asshat. Why are these morons just now noticing?

  24. votermom says:

    Market up as Bernanke announce the quantitative easing will continue to flow

    • wmcb says:

      Russia and Europe started dumping US treasuries bigtime in July. The Fed is trapped at this point. They have no choice but to continue….. until they can’t. It’s going be ugly when it hits. Worse than the 2008 crash.

  25. wmcb says:

  26. wmcb says:

    Finally, a few people are bringing this up. It’s the elephant in the room:

    • Constance says:

      We need a mental health debate. See when someone calls the police and says voices are talking to him and threatening him and he needs help, don’t just laugh at him and call him a nut. There needs to be some place to take people like that and like Adam Lanza.

  27. wmcb says:

  28. helenk3 says:

    Since the establishment republican party forgot the purpose of representing the people of the US a shakeup would be a great thing.
    The democrats are a lost cause but just maybe the younger republicans can put the country on the right track. do I expect them to be super heroes NO. I expect them to be people of principles

  29. helenk3 says:


  30. The Klown says:

    I went recycling this morning, now I’m taking mom to Walmart.

  31. wmcb says:

    Here’s the deal. I see the arguments on both sides of the abortion divide. But it really pisses me off when the Left continually claims that prolifers hate women, that’s it’s all nasty old white men who are prolife. Bullshit. WOMEN are prolife. More women are prolife than are prochoice. Argue the facts, argue your ideas. But this tactic of trying to shut down opposition by calling it “antiwoman” is bullshit. People are not prolife because they hate women, or want to enslave women. That’s simplistic and utterly false. It’s just demonizing and a way to avoid having the argument. Prolifers are women, too. Stop trying to say they are not.

  32. elliesmom says:

    I cannot believe the number of scam phone calls that come in our house since we became “seniors”. I don’t answer them, but I’m running out of numbers I can block on my phone. The “don’t call list” is as much of a scam as the people calling. The latest is “your doctor has ordered a medic alert tag for you, and if you just give us your credit card number, we’ll mail it to you”. Scum. Praying on older folks.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I noticed that my mother’s memory was fading (she is 90). She was picking up calls she would have ignored before so I programed the her phone to ring only if the name is on the very short contact list. She always asks me what the blinking little lights are when I get home and I just tell her they are wrong numbers that hung up. The young sales person gave her a new number when I added the line and she only gets maybe one or so a week. I also blocked texting in both directions. She was actually getting more of those than calls and they just confused her. The scammers really do prey on people least likely to catch on fast or fight back.

  33. wmcb says:

    Yeah, he’s a crazypants. But he’s right about some stuff.

  34. wmcb says:

    The most awesome fisking of a whiny gun control letter, ever. Freaking hilarious.


  35. The Klown says:

    I’m home, but my dogs are barking. I declare Beer-Thirty!

  36. The Klown says:

    Thanks to CA Recycling I am now the owner of Pitch Perfect and Stand Up Guys.

  37. helenk3 says:


    this makes sense to me. the way illegal immigrants are now welcomed in to this country, using the Mexican border as a way in to this country training Hispanics to be terrorists make sense

  38. helenk3 says:

    I want to see this movie when it comes out in Nov

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