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October 26, 2013 - 1:05 pm
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Maybe we’ll look back on this event as the official start of the 2016 campaign. From most reports, the atmosphere was charged when Ted Cruz spoke to the faithful at the Reagan Dinner in Iowa and the Texas senator did not disappoint.

Even Politico described the speech as “a stemwinder.”

Sen. Ted Cruz exhorted the party faithful at Iowa’s Reagan Dinner Friday to join a grassroots insurgency against the Washington establishment, in a speech at an event that was part fundraiser and part tea party rally.

Cruz (R-Texas), who has achieved newfound fame since the government shutdown, delivered a stemwinder in which he blamed Senate Republicans for not holding the line against Democrats over defunding Obamacare, bashed the Washington consulting class, Obamacare and the media, and called on attendees to join the movement by signing up for his email list.

“I’m convinced we’re facing a new paradigm in politics,” Cruz, who spoke for 45 minutes without notes or a teleprompter, told the crowd of about 600 people at the Iowa Events Center. “It is the rise of the grass roots … it has official Washington absolutely terrified.”

“This new paradigm has been beta-tested, unlike the Obamacare website,” Cruz said to applause. “It was beta-tested in 1980 with the Reagan Revolution and it pulled this country back form the brink.”

The senator and potential 2016 contender defended his futile battle to defund Obamacare — which led to the two-week-plus government shutdown and damaged the GOP’s already suffering national image — that some in his party’s congressional leadership have since called a tactical blunder.

“One of the things we accomplished in the fight over Obamacare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans across this country,” Cruz insisted to the crowd.

House Republicans were “a profile in courage [who] stood strong and listened to the American people,” Cruz said, adding that Democrats who voted to give themselves what he called a special exemption on Obamacare would see that move come back to haunt them in ads in the 2014 midterm.

“We didn’t accomplish our ultimate policy goal in this battle and we didn’t because unfortunately a significant number of senate Republicans chose not to unite and stand side by side with House Republicans,” he said. “Had we stood together I’m.convinced the outcome of this fight could have been be very” different.

Yeah, whatever.

I suppose it’s not really important that Cruz actually believes that Senate Democrats would have agreed to defund Obamacare and the president would have happily signed it if only those mean old establishment Republicans in the Senate had listened to him. What’s important is that millions of Republicans do, which means Cruz is probably now the frontrunner for the nomination in 2016.

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It is precisely your attitude against Cruz that's the problem here, Mr. Moran. your "yeah, whatever" as in Cruz cannot be taken seriously that will haunt the Establishment in both parties. Cruz is winning despite you, there is no doubt.
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Your post assumes Rick can actually 'get with it'. Rick Moran is a RINO - AKA just another 'go along to get along' 'republican'.

44 weeks ago
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It's the working people of this country against Washington, and the RINOs are on the wrong side. Get with it, Rick.
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The only thing of overarching significance, is the 220 trillion in unfunded liabilities this country labors under. The ultimate goal is to vitiate that problem we have created for ourselves by turning to government to solve common personal problems, instead of leaving to it the few things a government is the best tool for.

The Morans of the world think we can skate on those issues, and think a government bigger than the constitution is a good way to handle them.

By saying, "Yeah, whatever.", to the real problems of the nation, he reveals again what he has already said in another post, that he has no idea how to fix what ails the nation.

Fancy he doesn't have the humility to get out of the way.
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up to I saw the draft 4 $5028, I have faith that...my... friends brother actually bringing home money part time at there labtop.. there mums best friend started doing this for only about six months and just now repayed the dept on there condo and got a great new Chevrolet. you can check here >>>>> http://x.co/2hNL1
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Seems like we are experiencing a re enactment of 1912 when the Progressives bolted the GOP and left the Conservatives in control. Now it's the other way around. I'm afraid that the only avenue for American Conservatives will be a 3rd party formation. This will result in several years of trying to convince the rest of the nation that Liberal Progressivism is the road to ultimate disaster. It will require good funding to keep us going. From where it will come will be one of our most important tasks. But it the end, the fight might be worth it. It may be our only real chance.
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Yeah, whatever? So in other words, the dems want Obamacare so let's all roll over. You, Mr. Moran, apparently have a hard time believing that some of are actually sincere about fighting this and other freedom- and prosperity-killing things to the U.S.

You, however, think we should all just accept the inevitable. Why?

You'll notice the left NEVER takes your attitude, AND you'll notice they get what they want.

Listen, I've voted for Republicans as a matter of course. I even sent Romney money. Now, though, I send only Ted Cruz money, and will never again vote for a candidate as wishy-washy as you are, or send any money to the RNC.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it. You have no idea how many ordinary Americans are sick to death of surrender monkeys who don't give a damn about us or the country, and are extremely enthusiastic to back someone like Cruz.

I'll make you this promise: From now on, I refuse to vote for a so-called conservative who isn't, and each time I don't, I'm going to credit you, Moran, for my decision. Hope you like that.

With your attitude, you and your fellow rinos will have a hard time getting enough voters to reach your goals. That is, if you had goals, other than supporting the opposition.
44 weeks ago
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Rick Moran, taking a page from the Valley Girl playbook, achieved the pinnacle of his intellectual acumen with 2 simple words: "Yeah, whatever."

I don't know if Senator Cruz will ever recover from such a devastating blow.
44 weeks ago
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Joe McCarthy...er..Canadian anchor baby...er...annointed King Ted Cruz for President! Like 51% of Americans are going to vote for this guy? Seriously? Cruz is driving the Party over the cliff and bizarrely folks on both sides are cheering, albeit for different reasons.
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>>"I’m convinced we’re facing a new paradigm in politics,” Cruz, who spoke for 45 minutes without notes or a teleprompter, told the crowd of about 600 people at the Iowa Events Center. “It is the rise of the grass roots … it has official Washington absolutely terrified.”>>

This is why Cruz is winning hearts and minds. He gets it and has the guts to say it and to live it. As Reagan intuitively understood and believed in America in his time, Cruz understands what is going on now in America, the forces of party corruption and our frustration and pain for the country we're losing. If politics shouldn't be about this, what should it be about?
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I can't believe you have such a dismissive attitude towards Cruz. Pretty shocking then again I shouldn't be surprised you DO have a radio show called the "RINO Hour of Power" granted I'm sure it's tongue in cheek- to you- but it certainly seems to represent your views. As other people have said another go along to get along Republican.
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I think those saying because of Ted Cruz the Republican Party is losing popularity and declining in the polls are right. Not for the reasons they spout but because Ted Cruz showed exactly what is wrong with the Republican Party today. The "moderate" (read RINO) Republicans that just want to go along to get along are dragging us down. By trying to lead the fight he showed just how bad it has become. It would be like trying to lead a platoon of doped up hippies into battle.
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There is a word for people like the author of this garbage.

Collaborator.
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