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  •  Tomasky is mostly right about Cruz, (6+ / 0-)

    although it's anybody's guess if the GOP even has the capacity to listen to its inner judgment any more.  They're tone deaf on so many things.

    Cruz says out loud what a lot of the GOP base quietly believes.  He's less an open bottle of booze at an AA meeting, IMO, than a guy who brings a blow torch to a flower show.  

    He's bad news for the Republicans because he exposes and embodies what the GOP core has become and he may have the ability to destroy the party because of that toxic core.  

    •  Maybe, just maybe (5+ / 0-)

      someone like him will wake up my somnolent Republican friends who don't seem to understand that their party isn't what they think it is.

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 05:06:20 AM PDT

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    •  Cruz takes the Goldwater slogan (5+ / 0-)

      "In your heart, you know he's right" and turns it up to 11. He says the things the conservative base thinks but can't say out loud. And we, of course, know how well Barry Goldwater did. Because "in your gut, you know he's nuts"

    •  aren't the (3+ / 0-)
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      birthers going to have an issue with Cruz?  That's why I'm betting on Rand Paul.  He is as crazy as Cruz with impeccable white guy credentials.

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      by KibbutzAmiad on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 05:18:37 AM PDT

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      •  Hell, he even paid the Southern Avenger to work (2+ / 0-)
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        for him for lo these many years.

      •  The whackjobs in the Republican base (3+ / 0-)
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        couldn't get it together last cycle, splitting among so many candidates that meant there was no unified competition against Romney.  

        They're poised to do the same thing this time, each sub-camp believing that their favorite crazy person should be the nominee.  

        If they can unite behind Rand, for example, it may block Christie from advancing.  You say Rand is as crazy as Cruz?  Agree.  He may be even crazier.

        •  If it looks like Cruz or Paul has any hope (4+ / 0-)

          look for the RNC to change the delegate allocation rules. No way the RNC allows them to destroy the party in one fell swoop. They need to at least save the rump to keep collecting checks from the rubes.

        •  Cruz is not crazy. Rand Paul is. (2+ / 0-)
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          Cruz is devious, skillful and politically ambitious.  He would never hire a white supremacist to work on his campaign; he would never come out publicly against civil rights legislation, and he would never be caught defending his sense of entitlement .  He's a master at talking past his interrogators by invoking "freedom" and "personal responsibility."  He could just as easily have been a progressive ideologue and demagogue for the far left if that role could have propelled him to political stardom in Texas and onto the national stage.   He's dangerous.  Rand Paul is not.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 06:49:25 AM PDT

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          •  Well, Cruz is all the negative things (2+ / 0-)
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            you indicate he is.  But I think he's pretty much a nut job as well.  

            Rand Paul really is off the charts.  

            Here's hoping neither of those guys has a path to the GOP nom.

            It's interesting that Jon Huntsman thought he had a crack at it last time, but he found himself in a pack of absolutely crazy candidates.  As he looks around this cycle, it doesn't look as if things have gotten any better.  

    •  Cruz has established his far right credibility (0+ / 0-)

      I see this somewhat differently.  It seems to me that Cruz will not need to participate in the spectacle of Republican candidates rushing to the extreme right to capture the bases' allegiance.  His dog whistle can be blown very softly because they already believe he's really way out there, to the right of everyone.  

      I also think that while Cruz is a rabid ideologue, truly crazy, he is not stupid.  He will learn, he will look a lot more like John Roberts testifying before the Senate than Robert Bork.  How that will play out in a campaign is anybody's guess.  So, it won't be easy and someone as skillful as Hilary Clinton will be needed to deal with him, I suspect.

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