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Stephen Kruiser

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September 25, 2013 - 11:45 am

Cannot make this up.

A couple of hours before Sen. Ted Cruz launched his doomed filibuster, his Republican colleagues staged an intervention.

They called him to the Strom Thurmond Room off the Senate floor, named after the late lawmaker who was famous for his filibusters against civil rights. They pleaded with their junior colleague to reconsider his plan to block a vote on legislation that would keep the government open. The filibuster, ostensibly in opposition to Obamacare, would do nothing to halt the hated health-care reforms, they said. It would make Republicans look foolish. It would leave House Republicans with too little time to avoid a shutdown. And it could cause Republicans to be blamed for that shutdown.

Cruz heard them out and then told them to take a hike. “I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand,” he announced as he launched his marathon filibuster.

His action hurt his fellow Republicans without doing anything to abolish Obamacare. But the filibuster did achieve something: It gave Cruz more TV exposure and further endeared him to the tea party. And for the ambitious senator from Texas, the most important thing has always been Ted Cruz.

The reality of this situation is that the GOP senators who were desperately afraid of moving forward are the small, egocentric and self-serving people, not Ted Cruz. Their only thought is maintaining the status quo and their easy jobs in the United States Senate, a profession second only to “Trust Fund Baby” in least amount of hours worked. Regular American Republicans pay attention to Ted Cruz and he genuinely feels an obligation to them. The John McCains of the world only care about job security and getting a nice blurb bone thrown at them from the MSM every now and then.

Which is why an upheaval in the upper ranks of the GOP is needed.

The MSM’s tactic to make Cruz appear “fringe” is pathetically transparent. He embodies everything that terrifies them: a political movement (Tea Party) that they have spent three and a half years attempting to marginalize and destroy but stays strong because of the involvement of normal, non-Beltway Americans. The Political Class and its professional propagandists in the press would prefer that you simply shut up and let them tell you what is good for you.

And Ted Cruz makes you louder.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Is it all about Ted Cruz?

No, but Cruz realizes the value of political theater and knows you don't get to be a leader by being a shrinking violet. You've got to be bold and do audacious things. You've got to articulate, in ways that are noticed, what people are thinking. Cruz does that, and does it well Cruz is brilliant and has a charisma that cuts through the BS and makes fools of those masters of obfuscation, like Obama, Feinstein and Durbin. That angers, frustrates, and worries a lot of people on the Left, and that is why they try to smear and minimize his efforts.

It's as much about Cruz, as it's been about Obama. The difference is, Cruz performs, Obama is nothing but hot air and an empty suit.
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Sometimes you fight, not to win, but simply to show you're willing to fight. McCain, Graham, and their ilk are simply pushovers for the marxist infused Democratic Party.
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Baloney. You fight sometimes, you bide your time others in order to win later. You never fight simply to show you're ready to fight, because that's both futile and stupid.

And no matter how much of an egotist Obama is, it doesn't negate the fact that Cruz is only about Cruz, and his ego painted him into the corner of fake filibustering a House-passed bill that actually does what he wants.
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"Baloney. You fight sometimes, you bide your time others in order to win later. You never fight simply to show you're ready to fight, because that's both futile and stupid."

You obviously don't know squat about politics.
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I know a lot about politics, and I know the Republicans would have control of the Senate but for morons who would rather "fight" than win and therefore nominated sure losers the Christine O'Donnel, Sharon Angle, Todd Akin, among others.

Politics is a chess game, not a suicide charge. You play to win, but sometimes you save your killer move for later in the game, when you've set the board.

Fighting and losing a battle now that you could win later through smart strategy is just stupid.
1 year ago
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I'm not sure I follow. If you don't fight, what do you win? Republicans who go along to get along might get control, but are those the sort of RINOs you want in charge?
1 year ago
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You just demonstrated that you know nothing about politics. If Cruz doesn't fight now, he won't get a chance to fight later.

Chess? that's a board game that's simple compared to the intricacies of politics. Try to come up with a realistic analogy
1 year ago
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If you play chess like you play politics, you probably lose within 10 moves of every game.
1 year ago
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Sure he does. Win back the Senate in 2014, then you have an opportunity to force Obama's hand. Now? You can't govern when you control one-half of one-third of the federal government.

The Cruz suicide mission of shutting down the government will guarantee Dem control of the Senate and possibly the House after 2014, giving Obama a final 2 years of free rein.

Even Cruz admitted they don't have the votes in the Senate, so what was the point of this whole exercise?
1 year ago
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The point: self-promotion for Ted Cruz, nothing more.
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"And for the ambitious senator from Texas, the most important thing has always been Ted Cruz."

They seem to have confused Senator Cruz with our Dear Leader I Me My Obama. Oh well, they are easily confused.
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