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The Electoral Stakes in 2014

sleroi Wrote: Feb 20, 2014 11:03 AM
Getting distracted by intra-party warfare is the only hope these people have. Obama will remain in office through 2016, and will veto any repeal efforts. Knowing this, the current feckless, cowardly leadership will accordingly do nothing while complaining their hands are tied. It is their M.O. and expecting anything different is the definition of insanity. The likes of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and their ilk must prevail and assume leadership roles if there is to be any chance of success.
Bills, not bold. Sorry.
The reality on the right is that current GOP leadership is just as progressive as the dems. In 2010 Boehner warned the democrats that there was going to be a new way of doing business in Washington. He then proceeded to cave in his very first fight, and has been retreating ever since. Oh, and he also ignored his majority in oral votes at the last convention, removed a handful of conservatives from leadership positions, and has passed how many bold with a majority of democrats. Add to that the fact that until Obama, Bush, with 6 years of Republican controlled house and senate, had achieved record debt and deficits. So, please, someone explain to me how a bunch of progressive (r)s replacing a bunch of progressive (d)s is going to change anything? Where is the evidence? The reality on the right is that if liberty is to prevail, it will require a fight against progressivism. If we recognize those who are willing to fight now, despite the backlash from the timid leadership, we may stand a chance. Some very tough decisions have to be made to turn this country around, and simply putting a bunch of proven cowards into a majority who will fail to act because of the alleged electoral consequences is a recipe for disaster.
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Cruz Control? Part II

sleroi Wrote: Feb 20, 2014 8:40 AM
So you open by slamming Ted Cruz, because the only party with the ability to change the country has to win the senate and the presidency. And you conclude by stating that said party lacks principle. What's the point in that? 6 years of Bush not vetoing a single spending bill wasn't enough for you? Maybe instead of chastising one of the very fee principled men in Washington, you should be encouraging your party to rally behind him.
Despite what you may think Ryan wants to do, the FACT remains that the Ryan/Murray budget undid the sequester, the one very minor victory the GOP was able to achieve. And Ryan believes that ten years from now Congress will voluntarily re-enact it.
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Cruz Control?

sleroi Wrote: Feb 19, 2014 2:06 AM
What happened George Washington? Why the name change?
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Cruz Control?

sleroi Wrote: Feb 19, 2014 2:03 AM
First off, for every statement that Obama made that made sense (providing one is gullible enough to believe a leftist spouting conservatism) such as his you can keep promises or his calling Bush's deficits unpatriotic, I can provide statements by him about spreading the wealth, the necessity of increased energy costs, and fundamentally transforming the country. You can find no such contradictory statements in Cruz's campaign. Next, you accuse Ted Cruz of looking out for Cruz. I see, but John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell were selfless when they voted for a clean hike. Oh wait, while they believed it was the right thing to do, yet they voted against it. Didnt want their conservative voting records tarnished heading into an election. Ted Cruz is one of a handful of politicians who is actually doing what he said he would do, which also happens to be what his constituents want him to be doing. I know, im a Texan and I happily voted for the man. And why in the hell would you bring up Germany? If your analogy is merely to point out the vulnerability of the country today, would this not be true of any candidate, not just Cruz? And what nefarious plot are you implying lurks behind Cruz's facade? This entire column is factually unsound, disingenuous and quite frankly embarrassing considering the author. Ted Cruz can speak conservative the way you used to be able to Dr. Sowell. What has happened to you?
So trading immediate increases now for cuts 10 years from now, on the backs of disabled vets no less, makes us a fiscally conservative party? Here's a clue, you cant accuse the President of playing numbers games, as Ryan so skillfully did in the run up to Obamacare, and continually accuse the President of punting, and then co-write and endorse a budget that plays number games and punts, and expect to have any credibility. And, to add insult to injury, Ryan voted against the debt limit suspension, even though it had to be suspended in order for his budget to actually take effect. He is either extremely intellectually dishonest or looney as a bird. And judging from his position on immigration, I'd guess the latter.
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The Underpants Gnome Caucus

sleroi Wrote: Feb 16, 2014 2:21 PM
Nobody is striving for perfect. What we want is honesty and integrity. If McConnell and Cornyn truly believed that a clean hike was what was best, "given the hand dealt them" by Boehner, then why didnt they vote for it? Because even though they felt it was what was right for the country, they didnt want to actually be on record as having voted for it. That would effect their conservative ratings that they always tout in their ads. So using your poker analogy, Cruz called McConnells bluff, and Cruz was correct.
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The Underpants Gnome Caucus

sleroi Wrote: Feb 16, 2014 11:10 AM
Then we fight.
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The Underpants Gnome Caucus

sleroi Wrote: Feb 16, 2014 10:43 AM
The problem is not Ted Cruz. The problem is McConnell, Boehner, Cornyn, cowardice and intellectual dishonesty. You state that the dems and the president will not negotiate. Why does that mean we have to capitulate? If the clean hike failed the senate, then Boehner would have to draft a new bill that included concessions, and then take the lead and work with McConnell to force the dems hand. it seems your real problem with Cruz is that he is putting leadership into the position of actually having to lead, and they have proven themselves painfully inept. The reality of your political reality is that it sucks. Ted Cruz is trying to restore the reality that John Boehner promised would exist after the 2010 midterms. I live in Texas. I voted for Ted Cruz because he promised to do, and appeared to have the character to accomplish, exactly what he is doing. Contrast that with Senate minority whip, Texas' John Cornyn. I wrote sen. Cornyn because I was upset about his cloture vote. His form letter response to me touted how he had sponsored a balanced budget amendment that included a provision that the debt limit could only be raised with a super majority vote! So even if we take the senate in the fall, with such cowardly, dishonest, hypocritical leaders still in place, how exactly are things going to change? The problem is not Ted Cruz.
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