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Ted Cruz is a junior senator with less than one year experience in the Senate. How did he amass the power to inflict the damage he has on the American government and economy? How did he bring the GOP Civil War that much closer?

To understand the mentality one would have had to watch the Ted Cruz campaign as it happened in Texas. Texas is a state where very few people vote. Moreover, many of those that vote are Right Wing Conservatives. As a proportion of those that vote, they are plentiful. Ted Cruz roamed the state as a Tea Party candidate that defeated an establishment candidate. When he defeated David Dewhurst he did so with the Tea Party ‘grassroots’.

Anyone attending one of his rallies would believe they were in a confederate rally ready to go to war against the government. Many openly spoke not only of a GOP civil war, but an entire civil war in the entire country. They cloak this in the establishment taking away one’s freedom.

Ted Cruz came to Kingwood, Texas among other Texas towns, a couple months ago during the last recess. The Tea Party ensured the meeting and rally was well attended and the money from attendees poured in as he gave them the red meat of indoctrinating lies. Every politician leaving that meeting left empowered. Every politician likely felt that most of America was on his/her side.

Every American in Ted Cruz’s isolated bubbles is on his side. Unfortunately, Cruz chooses not to look outside the bubble. As such he disregards polls showing that most Americans do not want what the Americans in his bubble want. Most importantly, he represents a small misinformed segment of America. The freedom that he complains about losing is the freedom he is attempting to take away from most Americans.

In Cruz’s statement below it is clear he has laid groundwork for a GOP civil war. He makes it clear the establishment has won this battle. Most importantly he makes the claim that he is listening to the American people, they are not.

Groundwork For A GOP Civil War

Make no mistake; Ted Cruz is an intelligent man. Ted Cruz knew he would lose this battle. The Ted Cruz move with the backing of Heritage Action and an indoctrinated Tea Party had a purpose. It will either split the Party with a GOP civil war or have Republicans cower into appeasement to the Tea Party minority.

Ultimately the portion of the Republican Party that needed to cower got a feeble spine in the end. What is left; a GOP civil war. Stay tuned.

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  •  Good, evil TGOP need to give each other a shiv (3+ / 0-)
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    annieli, Alohilani, TXdem

    in the back.

    I hope their voters get sh*t also.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:34:48 PM PDT

  •  Say the GOP civil war doesn't happen before 2016 (9+ / 0-)

    We need a plan of action to take the House in 2014 and super majorities in 2016 regardless of what the party of stupid does or doesn't do to itself in the meanwhile. Yes, celebrate our victory today over the forces of evil but they are going to coming out swinging 10X's harder from this. They don't take defeat lightly. Sure, there will be some self-inflicted injuries on their part, but I predict that won't be enough to destroy them as a party, not by a long shot, and that's what this country needs -- a defeated and broken GOP.

    Spite is the ranch dressing Republicans slather on their salad of racism

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:38:18 PM PDT

  •  snorting Mason-Dixon lines of anti-Blue Heisenberg (4+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:39:31 PM PDT

  •  Tea Party Patriots/ Libertarians/ John Birchers (4+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, a2nite, Sylv, Alohilani

    have already attempted this takeover of the GOP during the state caucuses and primaries where they bought influence and played dirty tricks to steal delegates.

    They planned some strange things for the GOP convention but it doesn't seem like they had the momentum yet.

    The state governments are not being taken over by rank and file GOP but more and more by Koch candidates flooding campaigns with outside money.

    William F. Buckley was right to kick them out of the conservative movement in his day.

  •  More likely a return to natural competition (0+ / 0-)

    between constituent groups.  The GOP has been punching over its weight by the unity of voters providing "enthusiasm" and the 0.01% providing money, scripts and news bubbles.   Now, the big money has to realize that the "enthusiastic" voters are perfectly happy to let the rich get caught in the rubble of their Gotterdammerung.  The candidates will try to navigate just as they do in the dem party.

    "One faction of one party in one House of Congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election."

    by Inland on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:48:13 PM PDT

  •  I'm still not sure what freedoms Obama or any Dem (1+ / 0-)
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    MI Sooner

    has actually taken away from these inchoate nimrods? The freedom to do, own or say what, exactly? Obviously not the freedom to be a blithering idiot, or attend rallies in which one can compete with others to see who's the most blithering idiot of them all. Is it the freedom to not be insured (that still exists under the ACA btw, but you have to pay a modest fine to get it)? The freedom to have a stupid white president? The freedom to be free of gay marriage? The freedom to be dumb (clearly, Obama has failed there)?

    I just don't get it. I can understand not liking Obama's policies, but how have they taken away anyone's freedoms? I can haz splanashun?

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:50:07 PM PDT

  •  It was a gop flop and there will be many more. (1+ / 0-)
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    No doubt, R. Ted planned to fail. That's their m.o. Failing sets the stage for trying again. Failure, ironically, is a sure thing. Planning to fail is akin to failure by design, the industrial strategy to insure a constant demand for goods that come off the production line. If goods don't fail, demand slows to a trickle as the market gets saturated. The irony is that services never experience market saturation. But, services require more work, while automated goods production appeals to the lazy.
    Politics is, of course, a service. So, the market for it will never dry up, especially if the quality is kept up. The gop flop suggests that's not always the case. Perhaps, here too, laziness is the problem.

  •  Maybe the Civil War results in a 3rd Party: (2+ / 0-)
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    TheDuckManCometh, 207wickedgood

    Tea Party Patriots of America.  It would further weaken the GOP.  The Democratic Party could then proceed on Immigration Reform, Jobs Programs, and Downsizing of the our bloated military.  And then imagine the roll-out of a massive alternative energy program, single payer health care, and free tuition for all.  One step away:
    The kamakazi caucus needs to take that step forward from where they are standing.  

    Elizabeth Warren 2016!

    by windwardguy46 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:53:59 PM PDT

    •  The Tea Party funding sources aren't that dumb (1+ / 0-)
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      The people funding the Tea Party are sophisticated political players. They know that forming a third party gives the Democrats an open field. They won't do that. It makes more sense for them to stay under the GOP umbrella.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 03:33:19 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Dewhurst learned from that campaign, too (0+ / 0-)

    Now he's out there on the TeaParty stump, calling for Obama's impeachment.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:16:05 PM PDT

  •  Cat Fud... (0+ / 0-)

    Oh Please, Oh Please...

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck

    by RichM on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:17:37 PM PDT

  •  Scares the hell out of me BECAUSE he's smart... (2+ / 0-)
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    Sylv, Villabolo

    People with a messiah complex are plenty alarming, but when you combine that with a high IQ...that's a recipe for a protofascist figurehead...

    A lot of people make the mistake of thinking of 'intelligence' as a scalar quantity, when in fact it is a reductive labeling of a matrix of intellectual competencies. Everybody knows somebody who is brilliant in one arena, while being a blithering idiot in another. (True story! - I had a college acquaintance who scored perfect SAT and GRE math scores who could not name his senator or congressman.)

    Cruz has dangerous atavistic and tribal notions about politics and government. That is not, in and of itself the problem; there are plenty of yahoos (and Yolos) who fit this bill. What is alarming is that Cruz also happens to have a first-rate tactical mind to help him achieve his objectives.  

    Cruz is playing these TP rubes for sure, but his actions are not 'stupid' as is commonly understood. He clearly intuits the need to strike while the iron is hot and he also understands that if he is going to jump-start any political rivals, he will need to be a central player during tectonic political upheaval. I do not believe for an instant that he is ignorant of conventional political convention and consequences. I believe that he is trying to creatively circumvent them.

    Think about it: in the space of 3 month's this guy has managed to become the central figure of ultra-conservatives and TPers. This guarantees him all the monetary resources he needs to continue his political 'destiny'.

    If, God forbid, some seismic political event was to occur, he is the clasic 'strong man' willing to lead a bewildered and frightened people. In my opinion, he is one the most dangerous men in the world. He must not be underestimated and he must be confronted at every turn.

  •  Which GOP pols will stand-up and confront (1+ / 0-)
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    the Tea Party and Ted Cruz?

    A war requires two willing and eager participants.

    With the possible exception of John McCain, I don't see any elected Republican official(s) rallying the establishment troops.

    Peter King has been openly vocal of Cruz but he is a lone public voice in the House and there was no rush to rally around him.

    Right now, it appears that moderate republicans are fearful of the TP and Ted --and that is a lousy way to fight a civil war.

  •  I Don't Like Ted Cruz (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't like him besmirching Dr. Seuss,
    I don't like him plain or abstruse;
    I don't like him dapper or spruce,
    or eating crow, or with a bruise;
    I don't like him on a moose,
    I wouldn't like him on a goose;
    I wouldn't let him choose
    the shoes in which I cruise;
    I like neither his woos nor his cues,
    nor the poor excuse for his doo-doos,
    and jus' plain loathe the noose
    that he tied 'round our star-spangled hues.
    [And, unlike in the lore by good Dr. Seuss,
     no change of heart here, no truce; by Zeus!]

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