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 Post subject: Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:17 am 
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Glenn Beck to appear with Cruz as he swats at Trump

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Conservative media personality Glenn Beck will make appearances with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Saturday in Iowa, ABC News reported late Tuesday.

The news came shortly after Beck took to Facebook on Tuesday to attack Cruz's rival Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee who endorsed Trump the same day.

"Small Government, lower taxes, fewer regulations and the constitution? Not any more," Beck wrote.

"Big government, bailouts, executive orders, not just abortion but partial birth abortion, nationalizing of banks, stimulus, pathway to citizenship."

He said all of these views were held by Trump during the Obama administration and asked what caused Trump to change his views so much.

Beck also accused Trump of giving money to prominent Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel after "Sarah and the tea party won a hard fought election and were under attack.

"I couldn't disagree with her more but she has played the game now for years," he wrote. "Perhaps she knows more than those of us still on the outside."

Beck, a longtime opponent of Trump, said last week that it will be a "gigantic mistake if this country chooses Donald Trump" as its next president.

As president, Trump would be a "monster much, much worse" than President Obama, Beck added at the time.

Cruz and Trump are battling for first place in polls in Iowa, which are less than two weeks away.

In an interview with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly last week, Beck said that ”Cruz is my guy."

"Ted Cruz is a guy who says I'm for these principles, exactly like Ronald Reagan was, these are the principles and I'm going to be tethered and tied to these," Beck said.

He added that if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wins the GOP presidential nomination, he'd vote for him, but he has "real deep problems with Rubio."

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/266405-glenn-beck-to-endorse-cruz-report


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Andrea Mitchell: Could you support Ted Cruz, if he ends up with the nomination?

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Once again, Ted Cruz is under attack for his campaign's tactics. On Sunday, his team posted a video showing a brief encounter between Marco Rubio and a Cruz staffer carrying a Bible. The subtitles to the video provided by the Cruz campaign made it appear as if Rubio looked at the Bible and said it contained, "not many answers." In fact—and the video isn't terribly ambiguous—Rubio said it contained "all the answers." So, for those keeping score at home, that's Cruz's campaign lying about Rubio's Christianity to make the point that Cruz is a better Christian. Perhaps they missed that commandment about bearing false witness. If only it was second on the list of ten instead of ninth.

Once the deception was revealed, Cruz apologized, explained that it is his staff who is dishonest and not him, and fired his communications director. It is remarkable how closely Cruz is hewing to the Nixon playbook; today's incident brings to mind November 17, 1973, when the 38th president declared that he was not a crook, but acknowledged that he had failed to supervise his staff closely enough, and that he would therefore be firing several of them. Not to give anything away in case anyone happens to be reading All the President's Men at the moment, but it turns out that, in fact, he was a crook.

Denials and deflections aside, it looks more and more every day like the same is true of Cruz. Indeed, Vanity Fair has a rundown of the underhanded stunts that the Texas Senator's campaign has pulled in just the last week. They include:

    Photoshopping an image of Rubio and Barack Obama shaking hands
    A false robocall (in Spanish) suggesting that Rubio supports amnesty for undocumented immigrants
    Another robocall exaggerating Donald Trump's opposition to the Confederate battle flag
    Yet another robocall falsely portraying Donald Trump as a militant on LGBT equality
    A fake Facebook page for Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) renouncing Rubio and endorsing Cruz
    An ad implying Rubio was responsible for the San Bernardino shootings
    Threatening to sue a South Carolina television station for airing a "defamatory" anti-Cruz ad
    Pretending to be fluent in Spanish at the GOP debate


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During the 2016 primaries, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were basically sworn enemies and at each other's throats all the time. The enmity lasted until the bitter end. Cruz gave a major speech at the Republican National Convention and didn't even endorse Trump, let alone say a bunch of nice things about him, as would normally be expected. Trump, for his part, has constantly referred to Cruz as "Lyin' Ted." So, no great love either way.

But now that the most recent poll shows Cruz only a single point ahead of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), Cruz has suddenly seen the light and has gone full Trumper. He now supports pretty much all of Trump's policies, even those he vilified repeatedly in the past. It is an amazing change and is undoubtedly completely phony. If Cruz wins, he will revert to being the anti-Trump tea party conservative he has always been. But his problem is there are a lot of pro-Trump Republicans in Texas, and his opponent is breathing down his neck, so Cruz has to pretend he likes Trump and his policies until the election. He has even invited Trump to campaign with him, which will be awkward at best given that the two men hate each other. Trump doesn't really want to help Cruz, but he does want to keep the Senate Republican, so he will do it. Most likely he will make the same compromise that Cruz made at the convention: He will come to Texas, mostly ignore Cruz, and talk about himself. That is not going to win over any fence sitters, but the purpose of the visit would be to rile up the GOP base and get them to the polls.


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Ted Cruz has got to be the most sleaziest human being to occupy this planet.


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 Post subject: Ted Fled
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Let us imagine that your home state is suffering through an unprecedented breakdown of the electrical grid, right in the middle of winter, with the result that millions are living in refrigerator-level-cold houses and a few people have even died. If you are one of the state's most prominent leaders, you probably should do something to make it clear you're sharing your constituents' burden, or at least that you're trying to help navigate the situation. What you surely should not do is galavant off to a warm, tropical location while things work themselves out. And yet, that is exactly what the alleged political genius Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) just did, heading off to Cancun while Texans freeze.

At this point, let us concede two things:

    Politicians have as much a right as anyone to take a vacation.
    As a U.S. Senator, he has relatively little influence over the situation.

And having said all of that, none of it matters one bit. Whether or not Cruz was within his rights to head to Mexico, and whether or not his family's vacation plans are the business of anyone besides the Cruz family, well - to borrow a line from one of Aaron Sorkin's finest screenplays - "the people have a funny way of deciding on their own what is and what is not their business."

In terms of optics, this is absolutely disastrous for the Senator. Even Aaron Sorkin could not have scripted a more perfect case of a politician shooting themselves in the foot, for at least three reasons:

1. Yin and Yang: It is bad enough to jump ship on your fellow citizens in the middle of a crisis. But the contrasts here are particularly striking: vacation/suffering, cold/warm, powerless/privileged, scared to death/not a concern in the world. If Cruz had headed out on a "fact finding" trip to, say, Ireland, then that would have been less than ideal. But it would also have been far less problematic than a trip that involves luxuriating in the sun on sandy white beaches.

2. It's Ted Cruz: As it has been pointed out many times, pretty much everyone hates Cruz. His enemies. His colleagues. His former co-workers. His former college roommate. Many of his constituents. One reason for that is because he has a well-deserved reputation for caring only about what's good for Ted Cruz. And taking a vacation under these circumstances serves only to crystallize that perception.

Another reason Cruz is hated is that he's perceived as a flip-flopping opportunist and a hypocrite. And guess what? Many times in the past, he has slammed other politicians for taking vacations he found to be inappropriate. For example, Cruz, like Donald Trump, Cruz had a near obsession with Barack Obama's golf outings, deeming Obama an "absentee president." The Senator has also attacked others for their travels, including Austin Mayor Steve Adler (D), for...traveling to Mexico. In that tweet, incidentally, Cruz described Adler as "a complete and utter hypocrite." Pot, meet kettle.

The point here is that other politicians might weather something like this if it was their first slip-up of this sort. But for Cruz, it's merely a very high profile and easily remembered manifestation of problematic things about him that have been a part of who he is for decades.

3. Soundbites: This is the real killer. As we have seen many, many times, the people tend to have short memories, and some difficulty wrapping their minds around more complicated scandals (like, say, the Ukraine Affair). However, this one is about as simple and understandable as it gets, and can be referenced with a single word: Cancun. When Cruz next runs for office, whether for the presidency or for reelection to his Senate seat, there are going to be Cancun jokes everywhere. Imagine, for example, that he agrees to only two senatorial debates rather than three. Jimmy Kimmel is going to say, "Cruz really wanted to debate a third time, but he has a trip to Cancun planned for that day." Or consider when Cruz reveals his Q1 2024 fundraising totals. Stephen Colbert is going to joke: "Cruz took in $12 million, and spent $6 million. Only $3 million of that was on souvenirs and Mai Tais in Cancun, however."

If that is not bad enough, scholars have long known that rhymes make things more memorable and more credible (think: If it doesn't fit, you must acquit). This is known as the rhyme-as-reason effect. And, as you can see from the headline, Cruz' current scandal has already acquired its own mnemonic rhyme: "Ted fled." It's only two syllables, it's easy to remember, and it perfectly encapsulates what happened. In other words, Cruz had his "Macaca moment" - assuming "macaca" also happened to rhyme with something in a pithy fashion.

For a short while, Cruz tried to ignore the growing furor, and continued to frolic on Mexico's beaches (try not to focus too much on the mental image of what it looks like when Ted Cruz frolics). However, he finally returned from Mexico, and issued a statement of "apology." The Senator said he just wanted to make good on a promise to escort his daughters to Cancun and that, "[L]eaving when so many Texans were hurting didn't feel right, and so I changed my return flight and flew back on the first available flight I could take." This is what is known, in Texas, as bullshit. Cruz only got busted because he was photographed at the airport en route to his vacation. And he was booked in Cancun through the end of the week, and not for the day or two it would have taken to merely escort his daughters. If he had not been caught, he would be in Mexico at this very moment, feeling not a scintilla of guilt.

With the usual caveat that in politics a week is a lifetime, Cruz's misstep will have big consequences. He's got no real shot at the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. He couldn't secure the nomination in 2016, and now his "lane" will be ultra-crowded, and he's got insurrection/Cancun hanging over his head. He may not even run now, and if he does, he'll get shredded by the competition. So what's left to him, presumably, is to try to be reelected to his Senate seat. Putting aside that he would have to violate his two-term promise, this is a fellow who eked out a fairly narrow win (50.9% to 48.3%) over a relative unknown in Beto O'Rourke in 2018. With 6 more years of demographic change and a presidential election year and the insurrection and this Cancun business? He is in serious danger of being knocked off. And with the Senate so close, every seat counts. So, an ill-conceived vacation could plausibly have a big impact on both the presidential race and the balance of power in the Senate in 2024.

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