Hitting Jeb Bush on Immigration and Common Core, Ted Cruz Casts an Eye on Florida

Ted throws a few elbows into Jeb Bush as it becomes more obvious that Cruz is running for President (duh!).

Click here to read the full political blog from Sunshine State News of February 9, 2015.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, looks increasingly like he will enter the 2016 presidential contest, even as he gets ready to hit Florida, home state of two other likely Republican candidates: former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Cruz appeared on ABC News‘ “This Week” on Sunday and said he was looking at running in 2016 and stressed his disagreement with Bush on immigration, even as he offered him some kind words.

“Jeb Bush is a good man,” Cruz said. “He’s a good governor. I respect him

“If he chooses to run, it certainly looks like he’s going to, he’s going to have to make the case to Republican primary voters concerning his record, concerning certainly his support for Common Core, concerning his policies on immigration. And I think we’ll have a debate on that,” Cruz added. “But at the end of the day, I think Republicans are looking for a leader. What I would urge every Republican thinking about running to do, and this is true of senators, of governors – stand up and lead. I’d be thrilled if six months from now we have a half-dozen Republicans standing and leading and making the case that there is a better way we can get back to the free-market principles and constitutional liberties that built this country and made this country a shining city on a hill.”

Lure of White House Shredding Ted Cruz, Rand Paul Alliance

The full article from NewsMax.com dated February 5, 2014 is just a click away.

For years, they’ve been the best of political buddies, backing each others’ plays in the Senate, fending off attacks and generally agreeing on virtually every issue.

But the lure of the White House can break up the happiest of marriages, and Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are beginning to diverge on separate paths that threaten their previously happy partnership.

Part of the problem, The Wall Street Journal notes, is that both of the conservatives are chasing the same brass ring — grass-roots supporters rather than big money GOP backers, who are more likely to finance tea party favorite Cruz and libertarian Paul — and there’s only so much money to go around.

Members Of Congress Join Tea Party At Anti-Obamacare Rally At US Capitol

Driving on Cruz Control

Click here to read the full opinion piece of February 3, 2015 from Thinker.com.

Leading up to the 2016 election, there will be plenty of “free speech” coming from a slew of candidates, all but one of them Republicans.  Among them will be Ted Cruz, who from the inception of his political career a dozen years ago has used his rhetorical wits to establish himself as a true conservative.  The result is that the junior senator from Texas has become the darling of the GOP’s right flank, many of whom are enthusiastic about the idea of electing him our next president.  I’m not one of them.

It works to a political speaker’s favor to tell his audience what they want to hear.  Cruz was a champion debater in college, so he knows how to score points with the judges.  Certainly he feels comfortable in his conservative shoes.  But of late, Ted Cruz has tweaked this comfort zone a few notches to a rather self-serving, holier-than-thou assumption that he is the only viable Republican presidential candidate who holds consistently to conservative beliefs.

At the recent Iowa Freedom Summit, attended by some GOP wannabes, Ted Cruz took to the stage in a show of forensic flamboyance and warned:

In a Republican primary, every candidate is going to come in front of you and say ‘I’m the most conservative guy that ever lived.’  You know what?  Talk is cheap!  Look every candidate in the eye, and say, ‘Don’t talk; show me!’

Cruz is right.  Talk is cheap.  And it is generally cheapest for those who risk the fewest political consequences as a result of speaking out.  When a politician like Cruz comes from a “safe” state like Texas and isn’t going to be challenged for his seat any time soon, there’s hardly a political price to pay for a show of bravado.  It’s a win-win situation for Ted Cruz to stalk the stage, saw the air with his long arms, and suggest that he deserves an endorsement for his uncompromising fealty to the principles of the Founding Fathers.

Some have gently suggested that Cruz’s time to campaign for president has not yet come – that he needs a little more seasoning to run for the highest office of the land.  After all, he burst on the political scene in a meteoric rise not unlike that of Barack Obama.  Though they are political opposites, Cruz, like the man in the White House, was educated at Ivy League schools, served on his college’s law review, began his political career on the state level, caught his party’s eye, and moved quickly to become a U.S. senator.  While Cruz is not exactly what one would call “charismatic,” there’s little doubt that he is well-educated and very bright.  Still, his work resume, like Obama’s going in, is rather thin compared to the competition.

In a way, this makes it easier for him to stand in good stead with the base of his party, because the longer a political figure serves, and the more challenging the job and the harder it is for him or her to slip the bonds of compromise.  On the other hand, the more entrenched a politician’s reputation becomes as a philosophical die-hard, the less appeal he has to the general electorate.

Perhaps Ted Cruz is best remembered for his much-publicized twenty-one-hour filibuster on the floor of the Senate in September 2013.  He famously promised that he would “speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand.”  He threw in some Dr. Seuss and other tidbits for good measure.

But how good was the measure of his effort?  He lobbied to tie the funding for government programs to the defunding of the Affordable Care Act.  When this ploy imploded, the government was shut down.  A last-minute flurry by Republicans to pass small spending bills financing services like the Veterans Administration and the national parks went nowhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate.  Justified or otherwise, the albatross of a government shutdown was hung around the neck of the GOP, and it has become a liberal rallying cry ever since.

Ted Cruz was complicit in that action.  Yet rather than pay a political price, he is still regarded by many in the Tea Party as a man who bravely stuck to principle.  As luck would have it, voters in the 2014 midterm election had largely forgotten about the government shutdown in the face of more pressing problems.  But depend upon the marginalized opposition to resurrect it as a scare tactic whenever possible.

Contrast Cruz’s showy, short-lived filibuster with, say, the long, tough, principled road taken by Scott Walker in his battle against abuses by powerful labor unions opposed to his sound fiscal policies.  He faced an ordeal by fire in his battle to beat back a recall challenge, survive a trumped up “scandal,” and then get re-elected for a second term as governor of Wisconsin.  John Kasich, Chris Christie, and Bobby Jindal have also overcome formidable opposition in governing their states – not only surviving, but thriving.  They put their reputations where their mouths are in applying conservative principles of governance in states that Obama won.

Cruz needles Romney in front of South Carolina activists

Click here to read the full blog from The Houston Chronicle.

HOUSTON — Ted Cruz delivered on Sunday what looked like a dry run of his 2016 presidential stump speech to the South Carolina activists who will help decide that election.

In his first visit since October to the state, which will host the third presidential primary in February 2016, Cruz told the state’s Tea Party activists that nominating a moderate in 2016 would lead Republicans to lose just like they have when those moderates led tickets in the past.

This time, Cruz added a new name to the cadre of moderate losers: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has expressed interest over the past week about running for president for a third time.

“If we nominate another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney, all of whom are good, honorable, decent men,” Cruz said, “the same people who stayed home in ’08 and ’12 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again.”

Cruz’s speech to the 1,500 activists at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention gave him an opportunity to mingle with those who volunteer and raise small-dollar donations for presidential campaigns. Two other potential presidential candidates, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and neurosurgeon Ben Carson, also have that chance this weekend at the event in Myrtle Beach.

The state’s junior senator implored those activists to judge presidential candidates toughly, asking them to look beyond their conservative rhetoric and evaluate their conservative records.

“South Carolina is vital to ensuring Republicans nominate real conservatives to lead this country,” Cruz said. “And what I would encourage you — for every candidate who shows up in front of you — is ask the question: Show me your the stripes on your back. Show me the walk. Don’t talk.”

Cruz hit many of his usual points in his 20 minutes of remarks, asking Republicans to demand uncompromising conservative leadership that would repeal Obamacare, abolish the IRS and block Barack Obama’s “executive amnesty.” But he also hit on some lesser-touched themes, discussing at length his successful attempt to create enough public pressure to cause Mayor Annise Parker to retract subpoenas requesting the sermons of some area pastors.