Ted Cruz embraces 'wacko bird' label

 
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Senator Ted Cruz is deliberately casting himself as a conservative firebrand, a Texan Tea Party purist to whom "compromise" is a dirty word.

Some Republicans despair of both his tactics and his ego.

But he won't care - he has embraced John McCain's description of him as a "wacko bird". Reading Dr Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham from the floor of the Senate can only elevate him from Daffy Duck to Roadrunner in the esteem of his public admirers.

Many Americans think their politicians spout childish nonsense, but rarely have they actually revelled in doing so.

Just about all Republicans loathe President Obama's healthcare reform law and for some of them any attempt to destroy it is to be applauded.

Ted Cruz has earned himself a lot of team points from the Tea Party, but fewer from his peers in Congress.

Some Republicans think what he is doing is either pointless or dangerous. Pointless because this is not a classic filibuster - it stands no chance of actually killing the bill.

Beyond that, it is odd, because the bill he is delaying couples paying the government's bills to defunding Obamacare. That linkage is a core conservative tactic, which Mr Cruz himself agrees with.

While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to take out the latter when it goes to a final vote, it was the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that put it there in the first place.

But some Republicans worry that approach itself is wrong - if the government did come grinding to a halt they might get the blame for real economic harm and a blow to America's image abroad.

It raises questions not just about individuals and parties but the fitness of the whole system. It is perhaps little wonder that in one recent survey just 7% of Americans thought Congress was doing a good job.

As Dr Seuss once wrote: "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"

 
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  • rate this
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    Comment number 146.

    To LucyJ please check the ratings of your dumb out of subject comments and IF you are that "smart white a..",zip it up for good!!Ah Ah Ah

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    Comment number 145.

    Griff: Native Americans

    My experiences are
    1) Arizona on family trip we went to NA festival and had to leave after it turned violent+ we were getting threatened

    2) California for cousin's wedding whose family grew up on Indian reservation, the NA at wedding told us how badly white people treated them in past but said they loved my cousin+ her family
    and would do anything to protect us

  • rate this
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    Comment number 144.

    to 132 Well such a person (There are many like that in the US,we've
    gotten 1 right here in LJ) could pack and move to Greenland,very good idea,or Scandinavia-N Europe,where they came from,or the barren lands
    of Canada,(they may see Eskimos ) there is plenty of room to settle in Antarctica...Whites in Russian Federation would not welcome those retarded US Cross $ Guns urban/suburban hicks,lol!!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 143.

    141.
    LucyJ

    There is a difference between the ones who come here legally, assimilate, speak English and love USA.

    --

    How fluffy wuffy, over simplistic Walton Mountainesque. Of course loving your country is decided by your definition and perceptions.

    How's your Mohawk, Osage and Shoshone coming along btw?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 142.

    I received notice from my insurance company, (a large one in Pennsylvania) that my policy is cancelled effective January 1, 2014. It was voided because I will have different choices next year. Ted Cruz doesn't realize that even if he is successful in his endeavor, since I WILL NOT HAVE ANY INSURANCE, that my option to get it at 63 would then be almost nil next year. HE gets free insurance.

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    Comment number 141.

    Griff: one of those Latinos you claim are trying to take over

    There is a difference between the ones who come here legally, assimilate, speak English and love USA
    versus the ones who come here illegally, don't want to assimilate, only speak Spanish and dislike USA

    I have respect for the first group but no respect for the second group because they have no respect for me or my country

  • rate this
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    Comment number 140.

    139.
    LucyJ

    All I ask is they assimilate to us and come here legally
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    Do you represent the Borg? I wonder how the Native Americans feel about your assimilation into their culture?

    -
    several of the 9/11 terrorists were illegal immigrants
    who we didn't even know who were in our country
    --

    Errr addressing your strawman, you wouldn't know, they were illegal O_O

  • rate this
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    Comment number 139.

    Griff: who's father was a Cuban immigrant

    Cruz speaks English, loves USA+he came legally

    All I ask is they assimilate to us and come here legally

    There are more and more problems w/ Latino gangs
    not to mention
    several of the 9/11 terrorists were illegal immigrants
    who we didn't even know who were in our country

    McJ: because I am sad and Lucy is mad

    Only mad like the Mad Hatter

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    Comment number 138.

    113. Scott0962 Are you willing to apply that rule to the FOX/GOP/TEA/NRA Party too? It appears that you folks only think force is bad when the OTHER side does it but your s.... smells sweet, as in the GOP HR trying to force their will on everyone else.

    As Forest Gump might say "Dumb is as dumb does."

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    Comment number 137.

    136.
    LucyJ

    Thank the dear Lord for Ted Cruz

    When you see people like Mr Cruz
    you know there is still hope for our country

    --

    Yes. Ted Cruz, who's father was a Cuban immigrant. You know one of those Latinos you claim are trying to take over your country.

    Oh the irony.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 136.

    What Mr Cruz has shown Americans is an act of bravery

    I, for one, am inspired by his true Americanism in opposing something that is so obviously unconstitutional and just plain wrong

    At least there's one person in DC fighting for us
    even if he's the only one

    Thank the dear Lord for Ted Cruz

    When you see people like Mr Cruz
    you know there is still hope for our country

  • rate this
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    Comment number 135.

    72.
    Sen Cruz I am.
    Cruzify the nation I will.
    My way is the Right way.
    and that way is right down the hill.
    Obama is bad, because I am sad and Lucy is mad,
    so we'll hold or breath till we're blue,
    unless what we want's what you do!

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    Comment number 134.

    133.
    LucyJ

    Scott: the best way to assimilate them

    I think they are assimilating us

    Illegal immigrants are definitely outsmarting our govt
    not just illegally sneaking in but identidy theft, etc
    --

    Your bigoted paranoia is limitless.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 133.

    Scott: the best way to assimilate them

    I think they are assimilating us

    Illegal immigrants are definitely outsmarting our govt
    not just illegally sneaking in but identidy theft, etc

    Going back to Cruz
    some may call him wacko
    but if and when he runs for President of USA in the future
    he will be able to say I was against Obamacare and I tried to stop it

    Thank you Mr Cruz

  • rate this
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    Comment number 132.

    51. francis saurel Where would a person move to who dislikes non-whites and non-Christians? Greenland is out as they probably dislike the native people too, as is any European country that is not all white and totally anti-Socialist.

    Give them a break, there is no place left for them unless they all move to North Carolina, Texas or WVA and secede. We can hope but it won't happen.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 131.

    @9 We may have survived worse, but we shouldn't entrust the government of our republic in the hands of the unsound of mind and ill-educated. Our founding fathers were in favor of rule by the sane and well-educated. A party composed of ignorant, incompetent, corrupt, religious totalitarians, etc. should be laughed out of existence.
    @15 Don't wait, expel the dumb, theocratic states now!

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    Comment number 130.

    Scott: assimilate them

    Many who don't want to be assimilated want to turn USA into South America

    That being said have you noticed the increase of violence at baseball games in California in which it almost always involved Latino gang members?

    Not to mention in Utah an all hispanic soccer league( only hispanics allowed) in which a player hit a ref b/c he disagreed and the ref died

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    Comment number 129.

    124. Scott0962
    "We should be less concerned about how they got here or where they came from and more about the best way to assimilate them"

    I hope they can afford & pay health insurance PDQ,as the name parasites seems quite popular,what a welcome!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 128.

    124.Scott0962
    Legal or illegal once here every group of immigrants has added their cultural contributions and we've survived and thrived. We should be less concerned about how they got here or where they came from and more about the best way to assimilate them."
    **
    I just hope they stay here.Otherwise we're not going to have enough folks to fund Soc.Security down the road.

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    Comment number 127.

    125. Yes, Cruz as Texas AG had a career about as checkered as his boss (sic) Bush Jr.: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/us/politics/a-history-for-senate-candidate-ted-cruz-and-supreme-court.html Not pleasant reading. And born-again (sic) Jr. executed more than any other Governor: http://www.commondreams.org/views/061700-102.htm Red neck Texas in action!

 

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