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Summing Cruz up, a remarkable story..
#11
Ted Cruz just got what was coming to him Has any losing political candidate ever deserved his humiliation as richly as Ted Cruz does?

Donald Trump crushed Cruz in Tuesday's Indiana primary, and in doing so he crushed Cruz's last, slim hopes of winning the Republican nomination, as Cruz would go on to drop out of the race on Tuesday.

This situation is especially pathetic for Cruz because he spent the first six months of this campaign nakedly sucking up to Trump, proclaiming him "terrific" and "brash" and saying that he "speaks the truth" — and because Trump has thanked him by unleashing baseless and bizarre personal attacks on Cruz and his family, most recently claiming Cruz's father wassomehow linked to President John F. Kennedy's assassin.

As we know now, Cruz's praise was part of a cynical strategy to ingratiate himself with Trump's supporters, in hopes that they would shift to him after a Trump flameout. Cruz told the Christian Broadcasting Network in March that he refrained from attacking Trump early on because he was afraid that Trump's attacks would hurt him like they hurt other candidates.

But the cynicism for which Cruz deserves his punishment goes back further than the start of the campaign.

Trump preys on the penchant for unserious thinking in the Republican electorate. But before him, so did Ted Cruz.

Trump tells Republicans that Mexico will pay for the border wall; Cruz tells Republicans he can abolish the IRS. Trump says he can cut taxes $10 trillion and without entitlement cuts because he'll "make us so rich"; Cruz said a government shutdown strategy could force President Barack Obama to undo Obamacare.

The Republican Party descent into a reality-distortion field, in which validating institutions are ignored and the truth doesn't matter, enabled Cruz's rise before it enabled Trump's. Cruz was killed by the machine he helped to build. He did not realize the danger until far too late.

On Tuesday morning, we finally got to see what I think is the real Ted Cruz, unloading on Donald Trump after the JFK-assassination flap. But the most revealing part of Cruz's criticism of Trump was how he prefaced it.

"I'm going to do something I haven't done for the entire campaign," he said. "I'm going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump."

In other words: I'm finally going to stop lying to you.

As Cruz's "running mate," Carly Fiorina, once said, Cruz "says whatever he needs to say to get elected." For a while, he thought that what he needed to say was dishonest praise of Donald Trump.

Now that he knows he cannot win no matter what he says, he is finally free to tell the truth.
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#12
Apparently, Ben Carson didn't get the memo (see beginning of this thread)

Quote:During a Wednesday interview on Fox News Radio, Ben Carson, who will likely help Donald Trump choose a running mate, proposed making Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Trump's attorney general and then nominating him to sit on the Supreme Court.
Ben Carson: Make Cruz attorney general then nominate for SCOTUS - Business Insider
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#13
Even Ann Coulter doesn't like Ted Cruz..

Quote:Coulter laced into Cruz throughout the interview, calling the former Republican presidential candidate a “little wild sometimes” and arguing he was a “kind of tedious nails on a blackboard speaker.”  “At one point or another, everybody would kind of get a queasy feeling,” the 11-time New York Times bestselling author said of Cruz.

"This idea that he’s kind of an opportunist, and maybe he was going with the Bush team, remember he worked on Bush’s first election," she added, referring to former President George W. Bush. "And then he gets shunted out of the White House into, what was it, the Federal Trade Commission. People just — he seems to have kind of a grating personalty.”

Coulter said that Cruz perhaps did the “outsider role” a “bit too much.” “I mean, you can fight for your principles without being the most hated member of the United States Senate,” he said. “And he was not telling the truth. There was a reason Donald Trump called him ‘Lyin Ted.’ Now, he was at least smart enough unlike the rest of them, to imitate Trump’s positions.” “But he was born in Canada, not a natural born citizen, can’t be president.”

The “final straw” with Cruz came when he delivered his “utterly self-indulgent speech at the Republican National Convention,” Coulter said. “I mean, don’t give a speech if you’re not going to endorse the candidate,” she said. “We’re a party and this has been happening throughout Trump’s campaign. He keeps extending the olive branch. He keeps trying to play fair with the RNC and the party. He takes the pledge.”

Coulter has found herself in a bit of an awkward position this week, as Trump has considerably softened his immigration stance — the one thing she said could cause her to retract her support.
Ann Coulter rips Ted Cruz, unsure on reelection support - Business Insider
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#14
Still the opportunist masquerading as a principled guy..

Quote:The Donald Trump campaign chief turned to Twitter on Friday to react to news that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would back the Republican nominee for president. “Hell froze over today,” campaign manager Kellyanne Conway wrote. “And it feels like heaven.” Conway thanked Cruz and affirmed that she is “#NeverHillary.” Cruz shocked the political world when he announced that he would support Trump in the November election. The Texas senator had previously shaded Trump at the GOP convention and spent months on the campaign trail sharply criticizing him as unfit to serve as president, and his decision drew sharp condemnation from some members of the Never Trump movement. "It's hard to see this as anything other than a political calculation," Ted Newton, a former communications adviser to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, told Business Insider. "Nothing has changed between the convention and now to warrant a change of mind."
Trump campaign manager on Ted Cruz endorsement: ‘Hell froze over today' - Business Insider
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#15
LOL..

Quote:Donald Trump suggested Ted Cruz's father had conspired to kill John F. Kennedy. He threatened to "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife, Heidi. He sent a tweet suggesting Heidi was ugly, especially compared to Trump's third wife who, like Trump's first wife, was a model.

He argued Cruz was ineligible to be president on account of his birth in Canada, and questioned his religious faith, noting, "not too many Evangelicals come out of Cuba, OK?"

When the National Enquirer alleged that Cruz had had five extramarital affairs, Trump issued a written statement saying he had "no idea" whether the Enquirer story was true, then adding "they were right about O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others."

After all this, Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump for president.
What a cuck.
Ted Cruz endorsement of Trump proves he should've listened to me - Business Insider
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#16
Quote:Tensions between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his old antagonist, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have reappeared in the high-stakes negotiation over healthcare reform. Cruz is insisting on a reform to the Senate GOP bill that senior GOP aides say is a nonstarter with much — if not most — of the Republican conference. While Cruz sought out Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to play what he promised would be a constructive role in the debate, senior GOP aides say Cruz is no longer being agreeable.

Instead, he is again being a thorn in McConnell’s side, much like he was in 2013, when he insisted on blocking a government spending bill unless it included language halting the implementation of ObamaCare, the staffers argue. Two years ago, Cruz famously called McConnell a liar on the Senate floor amid a debate on the Export-Import Bank. GOP aides say the proposal that Cruz and his allies are framing as the potential key to passing the stalled healthcare bill is a nonstarter with most Republicans in the upper chamber..
GOP tensions rise over Cruz proposal | TheHill

Has Cruz ever been "agreeable" in the first place?? That's news to us..
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#17
Cruz is at it again, inventing stuff why he voted against Sandy relief but in favor of Harvey relief

Quote:New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not mince words Wednesday for Sen. Ted Cruz, launching into harsh criticism of the Texas senator's seemingly different approach to Hurricane Harvey after voting against a relief package for Hurricane Sandy in 2012. During an appearance on CNN's "New Day," Christie attacked Cruz for defending his vote against a $50 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package. "I see Sen. Cruz, and it's disgusting to me that he stands in a recovery center with victims standing behind him as a backdrop and he's still repeating the same reprehensible lies about what happened with Sandy," Christie said.

The attack was part of a string of appearances in which Christie pushed back against Cruz's claim during an interview Monday on MSNBC, in which Cruz claimed that "two-thirds of the bill had nothing to do with Sandy" and that it was full of "pork." While some funds were allocated to long-term restructuring projects and projects addressing relating to other disasters, Christie and others have argued that almost all of the money was used to rebuild and repair areas affected by the storm in 2012. During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Christie said that Cruz "made it up" when he said two-thirds of the Sandy relief bill was "unrelated pork." "What was wrong was for Ted Cruz to exploit the disaster for political gain — that's what he was doing," Christie said. Christie, when asked for a one word to describe Cruz, simply said: "Crap."
Hurricane Harvey: Chris Christie attacks Ted Cruz on Sandy vote - Business Insider
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#18
Cruz is disgusting, and a liar too..


Quote:Back in the fall of 2012, as Superstorm Sandy ravaged the New Jersey coastline, a whole lot of political myths got started. One was that Gov. Chris Christie's hug of then-President Barack Obama amid the crisis was somehow the linchpin to Obama's re-election. (It wasn't. And Christie didn't even really hug Obama.) The second was that the disaster relief package for Sandy became a congressional Christmas tree -- decorated with every little pet project that any member wanted, all under the guise of helping New Jersey.

That second myth is why so many conservatives who represented areas not affected by Sandy voted against the disaster relief bill -- insisting, as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz did at the time, that it was nothing more than a giant spending bill in which most of the money wouldn't actually go to urgent needs in New Jersey. (The Sandy money fight happened in 2013, after Cruz got elected. In the House, 67 members -- all Republicans -- voted against it. In the Senate, 36 -- again all Republicans -- opposed the package.)

Which brings us to Wednesday morning  when Christie blasted Cruz's call for emergency disaster relief for Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. "I have no sympathy for this -- and I see Sen. Cruz and it's disgusting to me that he stands in a recovery center with victims standing behind him as a backdrop," Christie told "New Day" host Chris Cuomo. Cruz didn't directly respond to Christie's attack but on Monday he had, again, insisted the situations were totally different. "It was simply local members of Congress spending on their pet projects and two-thirds of what was spent in that bill had little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy," Cruz told CNN's Jim Acosta.

But that's not accurate, according to the Washington Post's Fact-Checker -- which awarded Cruz's claims about the Sandy bill three out of a possible four Pinocchios, meaning that it contained "significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions." Concluded the Fact-Checker: "The vast majority of the spending was for Hurricane Sandy, including elements (such as Smithsonian repairs) that some lawmakers incorrectly believed were unrelated to the storm." The big difference in Cruz's view then and his view now is one of geography (and politics).

Sandy was happening far from Texas and carried very little political danger for Cruz to oppose. In fact, it was in his political interests to oppose it -- especially given that he worked to cast the disaster relief spending as nothing more than pigs at the government trough. Harvey hit right in Cruz's backyard -- literally and politically.  Which makes helping to secure the likely billions needed to rebuild from the damage done a political necessity for the Texas senator. I'm not sure Cruz is "disgusting" -- as Christie labeled him. But his flip-floppery on disaster relief is, without question, driven by politics and very much worth noting.
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