USA Today: 5 reasons Cruz deserves respect

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Enzyte Bob

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Oct 1, 2013
 
Love him or hate him, he is putting his agenda before political calculation. We need more of that.

-Ted Cruz tends to evoke passionate emotions.

-Some conservatives view him as an agitator for agitation's sake.

-Cruz will be considered just as much for what he has prevented as for what he has established.

To start, something we can all agree on -- Ted Cruz tends to evoke passionate emotions.

The left hates him because, well, he's a human textbook in the art of annoying liberals. The right is more divided. Some conservatives dislike Cruz because they view him as an agitator for agitation's sake.

Some conservatives dislike him because, well, they aren't him. But for many conservatives, Cruz is the ultimate politician; a conservative gunslinger -- no excuses, no prisoners, no retreat -- quite literally, the Lone Star State Ranger.

Yet, regardless of how we as individuals feel about Cruz's politics, for five reasons, he deserves our respect.

1) He's intelligent

As his liberal Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz, put it, "Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant."

While the Senator often takes flak for his statements in Congress, at speeches off the Hill, he tends to strike a slightly different figure. Passionate yes, but able to articulate the intricacies of his positions to a mix of audiences. If nothing else, we should celebrate the fact that a man who rose from humble beginnings is now at the intellectual forefront of shaping his party's future.

2) He puts causes above political gain

Soaring speeches, relentless campaigning, marathon filibusters ... No one can accuse Cruz of being a political crony. Let's face it; he doesn't seem desperate to win powerful friends. In fact, he's reveled in torching bridges as much as building them.

Cruz's relentless passion speaks to something. We might disagree with some (or all) of his opinions,–but we should respect Cruz's commitment. By the authority of Texas voters, Cruz has been sent to Washington for a reason. He's fulfilling it. Though he's controversial at home as well as in DC, so far, the defining judges of Cruz's 'service', Texan voters, remain more favorable in their opinion of him than they are negative. Of course, this may change, but until it does, Cruz can point to a continuing base of popular legitimacy. We should respect that.

3) He's amusing

No one can accuse the Senator of being boring. His speeches are loaded with humor. And impressively for a politician, Cruz's jokes include references to both modern social trends and cultural Americana. This isn't silly, it's crucially important. Regrettably, many Americans are far more interested in the Kardashians than they are in their own government. That's not healthy for our democracy.

Yet, Cruz is helping to change this dynamic -– he's making politics more accessible and more engaging. When he sends syrup to Jon Stewart, he's connecting with young Americans. When he compares ObamaCare to Dr. Seuss, he's introducing levity to a DC dominated debate. Certainly, he's differentiating himself from the callous, mindless oratory of Republicans like Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock.
Enzyte Bob

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4) He's a political turbine

When it comes to Ted Cruz, you never know what you're going to get. That makes his politics interesting. In turn, Cruz drags people out of disinterest and into the discussion. These days, Cruz is probably better at stirring up the liberal base than the president. For the well-being of our country, this catalytic quality is priceless. The main problem with contemporary American politics isn't Cruz style intransigence. Instead, it's the fact that many Americans ignore politics in general. They care enough to complain, but not enough to demand change. Cruz changes that equation. He's a grenade against apathy.

5) He's done nothing wrong

Listening to some commentators, you'd think that Cruz is an American Guy Fawkes. He isn't. Rather, the senator is doing what most ambitious politician do – he's applying the system to his own advantage.

It's true, few of his actions could be regarded as bi-partisan in nature. But political service is about more than deference to common authority (as President Obama recently found out with his Syria authorization request in Congress). In the end, Cruz will be considered just as much for what he has prevented, as for what he has established. His is undoubtedly a risky proposition – 2016 Republican primary voters may come to regard Cruz harshly if the GOP loses key seats in the 2014 midterm elections. But Cruz's record shouldn't be written for a few more years.

Ultimately, the people of Texas will decide whether or not he deserves a second term. The American people will decide whether he gets the keys to another house.

In our system of government, Ted Cruz owes deference to two things alone – his oath and his office. Yes, many of us would prefer a more consensus oriented politician. Nevertheless, he's an elected representative of America's second most populous state. We don't have to like him, we don't have to vote for him, but paying heed to his pivotal role in our national political life, Ted Cruz deserves our respect.

Tom Rogan is a contributor to The Guardian, The National Review Online, and The Week.

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Hmmm...flash in the pan like former favs Ryan, Rubio, et al?
Only time will tell if any elected politician is ruled by principle.

I'll wait and see.
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a FOOL is as a FOOL does...send Cruz back to Canada!!!
Enzyte Bob

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-tip- wrote:
Hmmm...flash in the pan like former favs Ryan, Rubio, et al?
Only time will tell if any elected politician is ruled by principle.
I'll wait and see.
Yes, we'll see how this unfolds. But then again, he does have the Sarah Palin "seal of approval".

-I like that he's a true believer.

-I like that he has a sense of humor. People liked Reagan because he was funny.

-I like the fact that he has immigrant roots and hasn't forgotten the opportunity that exists in this country.

Reagan's presidency didn't implode because he took a stand on things. He was smart enough to know when to believe conventional wisdom, and when not to.

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Scheherazade wrote:
a FOOL is as a FOOL does...send Cruz back to Canada!!!
Your fear is very encouraging, Johnson.
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Penelope Cruz?

Absolutely!

Ted Cruz?

Who is Ted Cruz?
Enzyte Bob

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Scheherazade wrote:
a FOOL is as a FOOL does...send Cruz back to Canada!!!
Afraid of someone with some real brains and not a C-student affirmative action brain like the clunker in office?
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Yeah, afraid....right....we'llsee how long this GOP "flash in the pan" lasts, esp. considering that he's gotten the Caribou Barbie kiss of death!!!! LMFAO !!!!

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Scheherazade wrote:
Yeah, afraid....right....we'llsee how long this GOP "flash in the pan" lasts, esp. considering that he's gotten the Caribou Barbie kiss of death!!!! LMFAO !!!!
Palin is still around and still popular.
On TV at least once weekly.

Meanwhile...where is Mitt who?
Enzyte Bob

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Scheherazade wrote:
Yeah, afraid....right....we'llsee how long this GOP "flash in the pan" lasts, esp. considering that he's gotten the Caribou Barbie kiss of death!!!! LMFAO !!!!
Caribou Barbie was Alaska's Dom Tiberi. She wasn't even that good, based on what I see on YouTube. Dom Tiberi as President?

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

But not having top notch TV skills doesn't mean you don't have top notch political skills as the venue is much different.

But I digress. Ted Cruz is no Dom Tiberi. He may be lefties' worst nightmare: freakishly smart like Nixon.

Barry is only freakishly paranoid like Nixon was. His middling intellect bereft of any real world experience is painfully on display.

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Scheherazade wrote:
Yeah, afraid....right....we'llsee how long this GOP "flash in the pan" lasts, esp. considering that he's gotten the Caribou Barbie kiss of death!!!! LMFAO !!!!
Two words for ya, death panels.

The silent majority may be ready to rise up and vote. 2014 is coming.

The MSM and SNL parodies may no longer hold up.

But hey, keep on laughing..........
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Palin is still around and still popular.
On TV at least once weekly.
Meanwhile...where is Mitt who?
There is no question that Mitt was a good man, a good role model, and a tremendously talented person. I liked Mitt because he wasn't afraid to tackle the nuts and bolts of any issue and the guy did have a knack for making the right decisions, as proven by his common sense decision making at Staples and at the Olympics.

Remember too, that Romney Care was far different as it was first proposed. Lefties started making it more and more generous to the point where it became expensive.

That said, a Romney presidency would have been dispiriting for conservatives. More RINO blah blah blah - take the high road - don't rock the boat blah blah blah. Reagan didn't exactly lose by taking it to PATCO.

I just read where people are more angry at government now than at any time since 1997 (Dot com crash?). Big government has proven incompetent at just about everything it touches, including running wars despite being the most expensive military in the history of mankind.

Our time has arrived. Unfortunately, it's going to take 8 years of Barry to get us there. No pain no gain, I guess.
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Ted Cruz is a real hero. If only there were more like him on both sides of the political spectrum.
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Mykeisha wrote:
Ted Cruz is a real hero. If only there were more like him on both sides of the political spectrum.
True. Don't forget Rand Paul and Ron Wyden. Wyden is a Dem, but he is someone who has been crossing party lines on several occasions.

The sad part about it is, and Victor David Hansen said it best in his piece today:

"Health care. Little need be said about Obamacare, an orphan now disowned by most of its parents. The purpose of this vast new entitlement was not to ensure all Americans better health care (if it had been, then pro-Obama business owners, unions, and congressional staffers would have wanted in), but instead a sort of health-care TSA bureaucracy, with more dependents, more federal workers, and higher redistributive taxes — in short, larger government."

Most people agree something needs to be done about health care. Most people don't even mind providing basic health care for the poor.

But the reality is that health care as it currently exists today is a prepaid health plan. And if you pay money into something, someone is going to find a way to spend it. That's why the current system sucks so much.
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Ted Cruz Demonstrates Texans Will Elect Anyone, No Matter How Stupid, If He’s A Republican

By Amanda Marcotte
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/25/ted-cru...

Being from Texas, I can tell you that nothing embarrasses me more about the state than the way that, at least in statewide elections, the voters will elect anyone with the (R) by their name on the ballot, no matter how much of an imbecile that person is. That is being demonstrated in spades by the election of Ted Cruz to the Senate, a man who cannot open his mouth without causing the most ardent “Texas Forver” folks like myself to wonder if we should start excising “y’all” from our vocabulary. The latest revelation:


Two and a half years ago, Cruz gave a stem-winder of a speech at a Fourth of July weekend political rally in Austin, Texas, in which he accused the Harvard Law School of harboring a dozen Communists on its faculty when he studied there. Cruz attended Harvard Law School from 1992 until 1995. His spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request to discuss the speech.

So, great. Texas elected the new Joe McCarthy, except—and this is a critical point—even more of an idiot than McCarthy. After all, when McCarthy was around, we actually were in conflict with the Soviet Union. McCarthy was battling phantoms, but Cruz is battling phantoms from the past. And he’s from Texas.

I recommend next that the Texas Republicans, as an experiment, run a mummified dog turd in a tie next for statewide office, to see if it would win. Except that it’s not much of an experiment, because it totally would.
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Ted Cruz Unites Both Parties in Belief Ted Cruz a Jerk



James Joyner · Friday, February 15, 2013 · 52 Comments

Ted Cruz has alienated his colleagues in record time.

Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, has only been a U.S. Senator for 43 days, but he’s already accomplished the amazing feat of uniting both sides of the aisle. Less than six weeks into his term, a remarkable number of both Republicans and Democrats have come forward to say that they think Cruz is kind of a jerk. In a steady stream of reports from his new colleagues, Cruz’s rudeness comes in both public and private, and it’s not just the words he uses but also how many of them he uses.

“Behind closed doors, some Republican senators report that Cruz, in his stone-cold serious prosecutorial style, speaks at length when it’s far more common for freshmen to wait before asserting themselves — particularly ones who were just sworn in,” Politico’s Manu Raju reports. An unnamed Republican senator told The Washington Post‘s Ruth Marcus that Cruz was “Jim De­Mint without the charm.” Marcus says Cruz’s relationship with fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn is “frosty.” And his performance in recent hearings appears to have annoyed many. Cruz was rebuked by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Bill Nelson for questioning Chuck Hagel’s patriotism in hearings on his Secretary of Defense nomination. Democrat Claire McCaskill told Politico,“He was engaging in innuendo, and it was terribly unfair.”(Cruz says he wasn’t impugning Hagel’s character.) He defied Armed Services Committee chair Carl Levin, who told Cruz not to play audio of a call-in show during Hagel’s hearing. Levin also noted Cruz was trying change committee rules by demanding five years of financial disclosures from Hagel, instead of the customary two. He annoyed Democrat Chuck Schumer on a Sunday talk show by being extra aggressive.

I’m not all that sympathetic to the notion that rookie Senators should know their place; their constituents deserve the same representation as anyone else. But being an unmitigated jerk is not conducive to being an effective legislator, either.
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Scheherazade wrote:
Ted Cruz Demonstrates Texans Will Elect Anyone, No Matter How Stupid, If He’s A Republican
You mean like Massachusetts and Demonrats (Barney Frank, Princess Fauxcahontas and Cadillac Deval?
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Ted Cruze is just another political clown to add to the collection of right wing loons. He should end up like Rodney Dangerfield and Doesn't deserve any respect!

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RU_Kiddingme wrote:
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Revisionist history again. 1997 was not the Dot com crash. That wasn't until 2000-2001. 1997 was when people were sick of the showboating of the Republican Congress, with the previous government shutdown and much ado about a hummer from a fat girl. C'mon. Every man has gotten a hummer from a fat girl. Every man has lied about it afterward.
Rafael Cruz isn't as good at this game as Newt was.
Not every man commits perjury. You Clinton ass-lickers always leave that part out.

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