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  •  Cruz is a freshman Senator in his first (9+ / 0-)

    session of Congress, holds no formal leadership position, and has a limited following among GOP members of Congress, so its hard to characterize him as a leader. However, he is a leading advocate for his views of limited government. I would think that Alan Grayson holds a similar position in the Democratic Party. Interestingly they are both Harvard Law School graduates.

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    by VClib on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 10:35:55 AM PDT

    •  So was Obama, just sayin' N/t (0+ / 0-)

      "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

      by EdMass on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 10:41:04 AM PDT

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      •  Senator Obama didn't rock the boat (7+ / 0-)

        Senator Obama was very much a team player, and quietly gained supporters behind the scenes. While his tenure was similar to Ted Cruz, his actions were very different.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 10:48:15 AM PDT

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        •  Oh, so his voting (0+ / 0-)

          against a raise to the debt limit was just an inconvenient truth?  Your talking points are showing....

          "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

          by EdMass on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 10:57:53 AM PDT

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          •  dumb vote, but incommensurable (6+ / 0-)

            Every Democrat in the Senate voted against raising the debt limit, secure in the knowledge that they would lose. It's a rather embarrassing bipartisan tradition of sorts. Obama was, indeed, very much part of the team there.

            "I am not sure how we got here, but then, I am not really sure where we are." -Susan from 29

            by HudsonValleyMark on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 11:07:13 AM PDT

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          •  Ed - I was writing in a more general fashion (2+ / 0-)
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            the vote against the debt ceiling, done with the understanding that the debt ceiling had more than enough votes to carry, was out of character. There is no doubt that he now wishes that he had voted for the increase in the debt ceiling and not made a speech on the Senate floor that is eerily similar to those his opponents are currently using. His vote and Senate speech clearly weakens his position on the debt limit issue.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 11:41:25 AM PDT

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