Why Republican Leaders Joined Obama in Attacking Cruz and Tea Party

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This is from Clash Daily.

Republicans attacking Ted Cruz are not leaders

they are gutless misleaders.

It is time to put up Tea Party candidates to make these

RINO‘s extinct.


These three men are the problem not the solution.


The finger pointing and savaging of the Tea Party and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz began weeks ago and it has been unrelenting. Many in the senate had been laying in wait all through the summer as Senator Cruz traveled the nation calling attention to Obamacare and its potentially devastating impact on Americans and their families.

Instead of locking arms in solidarity many of the Republicans in the mainstream joined the liberal pundits and President Barrack Obama in undermining the very facts that Cruz and other Tea Party leaders had been presenting. The Obama scare machine was in full effect and much of its fuel was supplied by so-called Republican lawmakers like Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham. These beltway insiders were attempting to deal Cruz and the Tea Party a fatal knockout punch after Cruz’s twenty-one hour senate filibuster.

When the president recently refused to negotiate over the shutting down of the government which he and his senate bagman Majority Leader Harry Reed of Nevada had engineered, Republican pundits attempted to tar and feather the freshman senator from Texas.

What seemed clear to even the most moronic liberal attackers and the mainstream media henchmen was they had to do precious little to undermine Cruz. Instead, they let Republican RINO spokesmen do the hatchet work on the Tea Party and its Congressional Caucus in the House.

With each day of the government shut down came the renewed howls from Congressional republicans like Congressman Pete King of New York, who decried the principled position taken by Tea Party loyalists. King vilified their efforts, but saved his strongest verbal barrage for Ted Cruz, whom he would have all of America believe was evil incarnate.

Of course, this type of congressional behavior is to be expected and is certainly not new to either chamber on Capitol Hill. The stakes for the control of the Republican Party have shifted since 2010, and Congressman King and others want to wrench it back. When the Tea Party revolution carried sixty-four new congressmen to the House and gave Republicans the majority and John Boehner the Speakership the moderate Republican leadership did not welcome the change.

Since that time, Tea Party elected officials in the congress have left comfortable Republican lawmakers with the “unenviable job” of actually doing the job they were elected to fulfill. Tea Party lawmakers focused attention on controlling the growth of government and focusing attention on the exploding seventeen trillion dollar U.S. deficit. Business as usual was over and RINO congressmen hated it.

Then from Texas, came a new target for the liberals, the White House and the RINOs to eviscerate, since they had done the same to Sarah Palin. Ted Cruz came to Washington, D.C. with an agenda which was as large as Texas and as important as the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Cruz was putting the deal making cronies of Capitol Hill on notice that the power belongs to the citizens of this nation and they wanted that power back!

The liberals and Republi-crats of the congress just waited their time and hoped that Cruz and his senate Tea Party companions Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky would simply melt into the abyss of senate parliamentarian rules. But unlike the senators of lesser principles, they decided to chart a different course.

They exposed to the nation the utter hypocrisy of the new Obamacare legislation and how the president had, time after time, given his supporters relief from the health care law’s severe conditions. The Tea party backed senators were quite clear: if ordinary Americans had to be afflicted with this onerous bill and its conditions, then congress, the president and all those friends of Obama’s had to suffer along with them. In America there are no ruling classes that are allowed exemptions while others suffer under the oppressive weight of this law.

The president dodged the hypocrisy and the RINOs looked the other way while the mainstream media continued to savage the Tea Party senate trio through the summer months into the fall.

So now, after a little over two weeks of Capitol Games playing where the Republicans in the House voted time after time to reopen the government, and the senate and the president rejected those overtures, America suffered.

Will this compromise mean anything to the American people? Probably not, because in large part they may not have even noticed that the government was partially shut down except for Obama’s barricading of national monuments like the World War II Memorial, where he intended to make veterans feel the pain.

The winners can be said to be the Tea Party, and perhaps not in the way that the liberal and RINO congressional leaders and their sycophant pundits believe. The Tea Party Caucus in the House stood together and fired up a base out in the heartland of the nation that is growing steadily.

The RINOs in congress and their mainstream Republican apologists are at a crossroads in the history of this nation. Their way of cultivating contempt for bonafide leaders from the heartland is not working. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and House Tea Party leaders are not backing down or backing away from the reason they were sent to congress.

On Wednesday Senator Cruz told the nation he was not giving up the fight, and stressed, “”Unfortunately, once again, it appears the Washington establishment is refusing to listen to the American people,” Cruz said.”The deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare …. It provides no relief to all the single parents who have been forced into part-time work, struggling to feed their kids on twenty-nine hours a week.”

While the liberal and RINO pundits are trying to convince Americans that the nation dodged a fiscal bullet from going over the cliff, in reality, in ninety days or less, a stronger, more energized Tea Party at the grassroots will be targeting those RINO senators and house members that vilified conservative principled leaders.

The war for America’s soul is real and the line has been drawn between retaining a ship of fools in the congress or sending a battleship of Tea Party leaders to replace them in 2014. You make the decision!



Ten Biggest Lies of the Showdown


This is from Town Hall.

Lies and Damned Lies.


There is plenty of angst to go around as conservatives lament the surrenders that led to the most recent meaningless “deal” crafted between Democrats and their willing Republican accomplices.

But as we move forward amid a web of strategic arguments over how to proceed, it is important to close this month’s chapter with some clarity over what happened and what did not, what is true and what is false.

So toward that end, here are the Top 10 lies of the October Struggle:

1. We just dodged a nearly fatal economic bullet.

Please. The talk of default and unpaid bills was a complete load of hooey, a scare tactic part of a larger scheme– the left’s narrative that any interruption in government largesse is to be viewed with the urgency of an approaching asteroid.

2. The American public was heavily against the conservative wing of the GOP.

Okay, I believe the polls that showed general disdain for even a 17 percent government slowdown. But this does not mean equal numbers of disapproval for what conservatism instructs in this ongoing scuffle.

Majorities still doubt Obamacare’s attributes. They know we are spending far too much. They oppose these constant upward prods to the debt limit.

Our task– the very definition of leadership– is to get people to see that bold measures are required if we are ever to see progress toward fiscal sanity.

Democrats are not going to suddenly nod and say, “Oh, we get it. Yes, dismantle Obamacare. cut spending deeply and lower the nation’s tax burden.” (Sadly, many Republicans will not say this either.)

So we will have to rely on that old adage: nothing succeeds like success. We must elect real conservatives to pass genuine conservative reforms so that their successes can enlighten the low-information voter and humble the statists.

3. This chapter has been ruinous for GOP chances for the Senate in 2014.

That election is still more than a year away. If Obamacare itself is not in tatters by then, its reputation will be. The incumbents and challengers who were on the right side of this issue and the debt debacle will be rewarded.

4. This chapter has been ruinous for the Republican presidential field in 2016.

Only for those who fail to deliver what an energized conservative base wants. Clones of McCain and Romney can save their time and money. GOP primary voters will be looking for a candidate that truly inspires. Throw in a possible battle against Hillary Clinton, and the search will be on for vigor and clarity.

5. This was horrible for the grassroots.

Call them Tea Partiers, grassroots activists, liberty-lovers, whatever you please. But the wishful-thinking narrative of the dominant media culture– that this deal will quiet the loudest voices against Obamacare and spiraling debt– will be disproven quickly.

One of the great attributes of true conservative warriors is that they are not hounded into submission by adversity, they are prompted to regroup- and reload.

6. Ted Cruz is damaged goods.

You’ll hear this from more squishy Republicans than Democrats. The Dems are split– some fear him, some just chuckle derisively. But find me a Republican speaking ill of Ted Cruz and I’ll find you someone personally threatened by his ascent.

Some are threatened with their very careers, others simply jostled from their comfortable perches of moderation and pragmatism.

Cruz rocks a boat that desperately needs rocking. Not every Republican needs to match his intensity, but they would do well to stop condemning it.

7. The defund effort was a waste of time.

Cruz, Lee and others who drove the defund train have been asked incessantly– do you regret that strategy? Didn’t it hurt you and the party?

The hero status of such unwavering souls is going up, not down. If they were needed before this unholy Reid-McConnell alliance was struck, they are surely needed now, to carry the voices of those who know this deal is bad and will not tolerate another like it.

8. America was inflamed about the government slowdown.

Shutting a few government doors did not win majority support on Main Street. But that is a far cry from the shrieks of distaste heard daily in the mainstream media.

No family was safe from TV cameras if any reporter sniffed a moment of uncertainty that the cell phone bill would be paid. And when real stories arose of important services denied to righteously aggrieved citizens, there was no balancing story to offer the view that this short shared sacrifice was for a larger goal that would accrue to the good of all.

But even with a full court media press designed to make us hate every second of the shutdown and its infernal onscreen ticking clocks. most Americans reacted with a yawn as they went about their uninterrupted business.

9. It is too late for primary challenges to some of the offenders who enabled this useless deal.

Deadlines are deadlines, and they are approaching fast in many states. But do not underestimate the enthusiasm and money that will be shown a worthy candidate stepping in to take out an obstructionist RINO, even on short notice.

This is not a guarantee of success in those challenges– sometimes you get Ted Cruz, sometimes you get Christine O’Donnell (I say that with love).

But a win is not the only measure of success. A Tea Party primary opponent can be just the elixir for a lazy incumbent unwilling to meet the new higher bar for conservative passion.

I can almost literally feel the wheels turning inside the heads of those wondering whether to challenge Senator X or Congressman Y from the right.

I would say do it. Worst case, an entrenched establishment incumbent hears the language of genuine conservatism and maybe learns to speak it.

10. Next year’s budget and debt ceiling battles are just going to end the same way.

Not necessarily. We may or may not have another government shutdown. But the ranks of courageous Republicans will have been swelled by shows of support in word and in contributory deed.

We will have dispensed with this month’s silliness that real conservatism has been benched. Its blood will flow strongly, and so will campaign dollars, toward those men and women willing to actually fight an agenda that threatens our nation in multiple ways.

Republicans slow to appreciate those passions will get a burst of clarity that could make 2014 a year of more bold colors and fewer dull pastels.


THE CRUZ REBELLION: Lessons From A Defiant Ted, RINOs Take Note

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This is from Clash Daily.

I will be working to replace Indiana’s RINO Dan Coats.

Every RINO and DemocRat needs to be replaced.

Ted Cruz is the new face of the Republican Party.


MICHAEL WALSH- In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz’s epic performance on the Senate floor, a few observations:

After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican party. Ditto his mini-me, Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, the entire Old Guard of business-as-usual “comity” fans passeth. When you care more about what the other side thinks, it’s probably time either to switch teams or step down.

There is new leadership in the GOP, whether the party wants to admit it or not: Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions, and the others who stepped into the breach to spell the senator from Texas.

The popular reaction to Cruz will be immediate and noticeable; the more the old bulls carp, the more the public will rally to Cruz’s side. The country has been spoiling for a real fight since the election of 2008, and now it has one.

Conservatives have finally realized that, as it’s currently constituted, they have no home in the Republican party, which is the Washington Generals to the Democrats’ Harlem Globetrotters, the designated losers who nevertheless are rewarded handsomely for their sham opposition.

To that end, conservatives understand that rather than form a third party, their only hope is to seize control of the corrupt, rotting hulk of the GOP, which they now can do with the help of a reinvigorated Tea Party — especially with Lois Lerner’s IRS off its back.

The Cruz faction in the Senate, and its allies in the House (whose leadership is now up for grabs) must now press their advantage. The louder the Democrats squawk, the more they are wounded; the one thing they’ve long feared is a direct assault on their core beliefs as translated into actions, and the deleterious effects of Obamacare, just now being felt by the population, are the most vivid proof of the failure of Progressivism that conservatives could wish for.

Win or lose, the battle is now joined: First the struggle for the GOP and then the battle for control of Congress and the presidency. Cruz just struck at the kings he could reach — the Republican “leadership” — and has most likely dealt them a fatal blow. Now the Tea Party hordes must back him up by eliminating his opponents (who tend to be geriatrics, and thus “leaders” by longevity rather than talent or commitment) through the primary process wherever possible. If he can carry off this coup, he and Senator Paul will very quickly find themselves elevated from back-benchers to commanders.

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Ted Cruz’s Father: ‘Obamacare Is Going to Destroy the Elderly’

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This is from ABC News.

Rafael Cruz is 100% correct in his assessment of Obamacare.

 Sarah Palin said the same thing back during the 2008 election

she was savaged by the Lame Stream Media.

The Obama Media will once more savage Rafael and Ted Cruz for

telling the truth about Obamacare and the death panels.


AMES, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the subject of endless 2016 presidential speculation, and if he does decide to run, he’s already learned one important lesson.

“You all had the opportunity earlier this afternoon to get to know my father. And as you saw, my dad is very soft spoken,” Cruz joked during a speech in Iowa this weekend. “I will confess, I am today violating what has been a cardinal rule, which is never, ever, ever follow my father at the podium.”

Cruz and his father, Rafael, a Texas pastor, both addressed a gathering of Christian conservatives in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, and the elder Cruz — speaking without notes — recounted his imprisonment and torture in Cuba during the 1950′s and subsequent immigration to the United States.

“A young charismatic leader rose up, talking about hope and change,” Rafael Cruz said in a veiled reference to President Obama’s 2008 campaign themes. “His name was Fidel Castro.”

For nearly 20 minutes, the pastor regaled the audience with a fiery pro-Christian, anti-Obama speech that drew a boisterous standing ovation from the crowd at an annual summit organized by the Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative group.

“This administration has both their hands in your pocket,” the 74-year-old Cruz said. “They’re going to take everything you have.”

Near the end of his speech, he declared: “Obamacare is going to destroy the elderly by denying care, by even perhaps denying treatment to people who are in catastrophic circumstances.”

If his son, a first-term U.S. Senator, does decide to run for president, it’s clear that his father will be an impressive surrogate on the campaign trail. Cruz is no stranger to the media limelight, and he has been taking on a more public role as his son’s star has risen.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last month, Cruz called his son “gifted above any man that I know.”

“God has destined you for greatness,” he said of the senator.

And Rafael Cruz is about to get a lot more attention soon.  Later this month, he will embark on a “Defund Obamacare Tour” organized by the Heritage Foundation, which will take him to cities across the country between Aug. 19 and Aug. 29.


Rubio to PJM: ‘We Don’t Need an IRS as Big as It Is’

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This is from PJMedia.

Senator Rubio your Big Government side is showing.

I respectfully disagree with you on the solution for the IRS.

We need to totally dismantle the IRS.

We need to have a flat tax or a fair tax.

We do not need armed agents running around like Al Capone

and his thugs.

We do not need people ending up owing hundreds of thousands    

dollars of interest because of a small math error .

Like a man from Florida did over underpaying  his taxes

by one lousy penny.


Said Senate should take cue from the House on scandal hearings.

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio told PJ Media that the Senate should exercise more oversight of the Internal Revenue Service, adding that Congress should reduce the size of the IRS by simplifying the tax code.

PJ Media asked Rubio on Capitol Hill what he thinks should be the next step for Congress in addressing the IRS targeting tea party and other conservative organizations.

“Full investigation – like they’re doing oversight hearings in the House,” Rubio said.

“I wish there were more going on in the Senate.”

The House Ways and Means Committee held ahearing on Tuesday with six groups whose tax-exempt applications were delayed by the IRS.

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz joined lawmakers who have said the U.S. should adopt a “simple flat tax” and “abolish” the IRS.

“I think we ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax where the average American can fill out taxes on postcard,” Cruz said.

“Put down how much you earn, put down a deduction for charitable contributions, home mortgage and how much you owe. It ought to be a simple one-page postcard, and take the agents, the bureaucracy out of Washington and limit the power of government.”

Rubio was asked if he agrees with Cruz that Congress should begin dismantling the IRS by pulling back on its reach.

“I believed that before the scandal. I think our tax code is way too complicated. We don’t need an IRS as big as it is and we wouldn’t need it that big if we had a simplified tax code,” Rubio told PJ Media.



Left Grows Impatient on Gun Ban

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This is from Fox News Politics.

The left is becoming more unglued over not getting their way.

Thank God for Senators like Sen.Ted Cruz (R-Tx.)


“The politics of a lot of these issues are tough and members sometimes are scared about making the right decisions and they’re particularly scared because they are subject to pressure from special interest groups and well-financed organizations that may be pushing in a different direction.”

— President Obama addressing donors to his permanent campaign group on Wednesday.

Taking umbrage at Ted Cruz has become a very “in” thing to do in Washington.

The junior senator from Texas has gotten the warm reception of a skunk at a garden party since taking office at the beginning of the year.

The latest umbrage Olympiad was the Thursday hearing on a gun ban bill before it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote. Cruz asked Sen. Diane Feinstein, the California Democrat and sponsor of the bill that mirrors 1994 legislation she also championed, if she thought other constitutional rights could be similarly infringed.

If the federal government could ban certain weapons, he asked, could it also ban certain books? Or could the federal government exclude certain people from Fourth Amendment search and seizure protections? His point was that the language in those other amendments was the same as the language in the second amendment.

Feinstein was flabbergasted at his lack of senatorial deference, scolding Cruz for “lecturing” her and talking about her knowledge of the deadly power of firearms. She did not answer the question but instead gave Cruz a dressing down.

Thus began a round robin of umbrage taking.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois scoffed at Cruz’s original question, observing that the government restricts pornography. (Of course, it does seem unlikely that today’s Supreme Court would uphold a federal law that identified specific publications or subjects–save those involving children).

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the committee chairman, jumped in next, mocking Cruz’s home state for restrictive school reading lists, saying that such prudishness was something they would never do in his home state of Vermont. That’s not the same as the government banning books, but it does reinforce blue-state self-satisfaction about social permissiveness and general loathing of Texas.

After a good round of harrumphing, the committee moved on to pass the doomed legislation. Without the support of red-state Democrats and a few Republicans the bill will not pass, but Leahy, Durbin and Feinstein could know that they had stood on principle and denounced Cruz in the process.

Cruz gets some umbrage from his own party, notably Sen. John McCain who called him a “wacko bird.” But Cruz, being Hispanic, gets extra protection from the old guard in Washington since the leaders of his party are in a desperate dash for demographic outreach. Add to the fact that Cruz is already very popular with the GOP base, and you see how Cruz gets protected status in the GOP.

But for Democrats, he is probably target number one in Congress today. Yes it’s because he refuses to act like a back bencher, but it’s also for the issues on which he’s making his stands, especially guns.

Gun control is part of the big three issues for liberals today, the others being global warming and same-sex relations. With primary season 2014 and an open 2016 nominating process just around the corner, Democrats are eager to show that they care about the big three.

Vice President Joe Biden, perhaps the most accomplished gun control advocate in his party, has been pushing hard on the issue. He published a flurry of tweets in support of the Feinstein legislation as it headed to the full Senate for a ceremonial sinking. Biden has taken up the task of seeking a gun ban with real zeal.


It would help the president to get a budget deal before turning to social issues like guns and immigration.


This is a matter of conviction for Biden, no doubt, but like other gun ban backers, it’s also good primary politics. Possible 2016 contenders Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado have all gotten behind state-level gun bans. New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a possible presidential contender of some kind, is pushing his personal fortune behind primary challenges to pro-gun Democrats.

But the president himself, now beyond the grasp of primary voters, has been more muted on the subject of late. His permanent campaign organization lists gun control as a top concern, but the president has other business to attend to right now.

Feinstein has lamented a lack of presidential leadership on the subject and other liberals are starting to wonder whether Obama will do what Bill Clinton did 20 years ago and start spending his own political capital to get the controversial measure through Congress.

Obama’s implicit promise is that he can use his own well-funded special interest group to counter the other well-funded special interest groups pushing Congress to help deliver a gun ban, but not today.

Today, Obama is trying to break out of a politically damaging cycle of budget battles. The new wisdom in Obamaland seems to be that the president needs a spending and borrowing deal that will carry the federal government through the 2014 election cycle.

That means getting Democrats to yield on entitlement programs in an effort to entice Republicans into raising taxes again. Based on the two budget blueprints put forward in Congress this week, there’s a long way to go. And while Republicans remain open to tax changes if not increases, Democrats are fully shunning the question of entitlements.

So here is Obama, at last talking to Republicans, and there are Democrats, digging in their heels on entitlements and ramping up the pressure on gun control.

The president can achieve many liberal aims on global warming by jackhammering carbon-centric industries through the EPA. He is already doing his best on gay things, including a reversal of his previous position that states could ban same-sex marriage as seen in his administration’s effort to reverse California’s ban.

But guns are big right now and ambitious Democrats, including the vice president, are not going to be silent on the subject. It would help the president to get a budget deal before turning to social issues like guns and immigration.

But if Biden, Bloomberg, Feinstein and others keep shoving guns forward it will divide Democrats at a moment of much-needed unity. Obama’s promise of total victory after 2014 may not sound appealing to those on the left who have long been disappointed by Obama’s willingness to fight for their causes. If the president wants to try entitlement changes before he seeks a gun ban, those old fears will be quickly rekindled, burning up the needed capital on the left to get changes to Medicare, etc.

But if Obama were to get back in front of the gun ban movement, he won’t find as many moderate Democrats willing to stand with him on a budget deal.

Such is life of a lame duck. You’re trying to live for the moment while your party is living for the next election.

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Ted Cruz shoots down Dianne Feinstein gun ban: ‘Real assault weapons’ are already illegal

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

I can just hear Di-Fi and Little Chuckie Schumer talking down to Sen.Cruz.

They think how dare this little upstart challenge our facts.

There is the problem their facts are not facts but lies.


As Senate Democrats unveiled an “assault weapons ban” encompassing a variety of rifles, shotguns, and pistols, the newest lawyer in the U.S. Senate pointed out that “real assault weapons” have been illegal since 1934.

“Washington politicians shouldn’t be taking advantage of recent tragedy to try to push an aggressive gun control agenda,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in a statement today. “Real assault weapons—machine guns—are already functionally illegal, and they have been since 1934. This proposal would have done nothing to prevent the terrible murders in Newtown, but it would limit the constitutional liberties of law-abiding citizens.”

Through the National Firearms Act of 1934, Congress imposed “a tax on the making and transfer of machine guns and certain other weapons, as well as a special occupational tax on persons and entities engaged in the business of importing, manufacturing and dealing in those weapons,” according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The tax was $200 (in 1934, the U.S. dollar was valuable enough that 200 bucks was a lot of money). Congress passed a ban on machine gun ownership in 1986.

Cruz was responding to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who proposed a new assault weapons ban today. “Getting this bill signed into law will be an uphill battle, and I recognize that—but it’s a battle worth having,” Feinstein said in a statement today. “We must balance the desire of a few to own military-style assaults weapons with the growing threat to lives across America. If 20 dead children in Newtown wasn’t a wakeup call that these weapons of war don’t belong on our streets, I don’t know what is.”

Feinstein’s bill is co-sponsored by several top Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who went back and forth with Cruz about gun control on Sunday’s Meet the Press.

“The bottom line is that during the 10 years that the Assault Weapons Ban was in effect, the use of those weapons in crimes went down a significant percentage,” Schumer said.

Cruz countered by noting that the use of those weapons for crimes has continued to drop without a gun ban. “The Assault Weapons Ban was one of the least successful bills that has ever been put in place,” he told NBC’s David Gregory. “And in fact, when the ban expired, there were roughly 700 murders using all rifles. Today, there are roughly 300. There’s less than half. This is not designed to actually solve the problem of violent crime. This is designed to assuage liberal partisans who want to push their agenda forward.”


Ted Cruz cruises to Texas GOP Senate primary win



This is from Human Events.

The next task for the people of Texas is to elect Ted Cruz Senator.

We have put the establishment Republicans on notice your fired.

We want people who are going to be Conservative Republicans.

We fired an establishment Republican Dick Lugar of Indiana.

We will send Tea Party Republican Richard Mourdock to the Senate.

We do not want that smug deal making punk Joe Donnelly as Senator.

The most expensive — $37 million so far — and possibly the hardest-fought U.S. Senate nomination fight ended Tuesday night as Ted Cruz — hero of the Texas tea party movement and many national conservative groups — won the Republican run-off in Texas for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The 41-year-old Cruz, former solicitor general of Texas and onetime law clerk to the late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, rolled up 53.9 percent of the vote over Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.

In terms of national politics and political history, the contest in Texas is important. Like Republican Senate nominees Richard Mourdock of Indiana and Deb Fischer of Nebraska, first-time office-seeker Cruz ran as an anti-government, anti-tax “constitutional conservative” and had strong backing from the tea party. Moreover, as the son of a Cuban immigrant, Harvard Law graduate Cruz becomes his state’s first-ever senate nominee of Cuban heritage and, assured of election in the fall, will be the third Cuban-American member of the Senate — the others are Republican Marco Rubio of Florida and Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey. Obviously sensing Cruz’s national potential, more than a dozen radio and TV news outlets, including Fox News, booked him as a guest on the day of the run-off.

As syndicated columnist George Will pointed out, “[o]n 99 percent of U.S. Senate business, Cruz and Dewhurst would probably vote alike.” Their differences were primarily stylistic and in terms of who was in their respective corner. National conservative figures and groups such as Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the Club for Growth, and Freedomworks all weighed in for Cruz, who was often likened to such tea party movement heroes and 2010 Senate winners as Republicans Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah), and Pat Toomey (Pa.).

Cruz, in fact, pulled off something of a political coup when he brought in Sarah Palin to stump for him last Friday. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee inarguably helped other tea party winners in Senate races such as Mourdock in Indiana and Nebraska’s Fischer, but in their primaries — and most other races in which she has become involved — Palin simply endorsed them and rarely campaigns for anyone. In coming to the Lone Star State to appear with Cruz, she gave him swatches of publicity and, few doubt, some last minute momentum.

The 66-year-old Dewhurst, who has overseen a pro-business and anti-tax record as presiding officer of the state senate, campaigned as a strong conservative. A born-again Christian, he held a fund-raising event at Chick-fil-A. But Dewhurst’s support clearly played into the hands of Cruz supporters who charged he was the establishment candidate. Dewhurst was strongly backed by Gov. Rick Perry — with whom many tea party members have grown disappointed since his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this year — and 18 of the 19 GOP state senators.

“No, I don’t think there was a much of a difference between the candidates on issues,” former state GOP chairman and longtime conservative leader Tom Pauken told Human Events last week. “But in terms of exciting the grass-roots conservatives, Ted had a big advantage. And they’re the people who turn out in July heat here.” They did.


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