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Every time I turn on the news, I have to see and listen to Ted Cruz.  I’m sick of it.  Ted Cruz is a nobody who got elected to Senate by a handful of crazies and enabled by conservative pundits and the media.  Ted Cruz was not elected by any mandate.  Ted Cruz was elected by a very small following of special interests that are far removed from the interests of the people of Texas.

Do we have a lot of crazies in Texas?  Sure we do.  After all, we are the largest state on the continental US.  We have 30 million people inhabiting some of the country’s largest cities and counties.   But Ted Cruz didn’t get elected by any mandate against the Affordable Care Act.  This is why I don’t get the pundits fascination with Ted Cruz.  I get Ted Cruz.  He’s a delusional and dangerous megalomaniac. But he wasn’t elected by any mandate and isn’t some great leader who should be POTUS.

Let’s do some math.  There are 30 million people in Texas.  AT LEAST 20 MILLION of them are eligible to vote.   Now whether they do vote or not, is another story.  Let’s look at who actually voted for him in 2012.

Less than 8 million people in a state of 30 million people voted in 2012. That’s 26% of the overall population.  The total voters who elected Ted Cruz  represent 1/16th of the population of Texas.  Over 50% of eligible voters in the state of Texas did NOT VOTE for Ted Cruz.  Over 50% of the eligible voters in Texas did not vote.  

Personally,  I believe that there should be a law invalidating elections where less than 50% of the people vote.  Yet  GOP counts on them and even create circumstances to make it more difficult for citizens to vote.

Ted Cruz does not represent the people of Texas because the people of Texas didn’t elect him.  Ted Cruz represents a very small percentage of crazy people who cared enough about their agenda to take the time to vote.   They are the same crazy people that supported GW Bush at the end of his presidency, they are the same crazy people that like Dick Cheney, they are the same crazy people who think Sarah Palin is qualified to be POTUS and they are the same crazy people who currently approve of Congress when they shut down the government.  But they are the minority, not the majority.    And yet they are portrayed by the media as the voice of the people.  It makes me want to throw a shoe at the TV.  

The actual statistics show that Ted Cruz was elected by 4.4 million people in a state of 30 million.  There are more people living in Harris County Texas, the state’s most populated county, than voted for Ted Cruz.   There are more people living in Texas without insurance than voted for Ted Cruz.

As far as I can see, Ted Cruz is being created by the media and a bunch of conservative pundits.    If the pundits would stop putting him on TV, he would be just another junior senator from Texas.    The truth is that IF over 50% of the eligible voters participated in the process and voted, these crazy tea partiers would most likely not get elected.  

When our forefathers created our Republic, the one thing they counted on is that people would participate.  I doubt they ever imagined that more than half of the population does not vote.  That’s across the country, not just in Texas.   In the 2012 election only 130 Million people in a country of 300 million people voted.    When the majority of people chose not to participate, the special interests rule and money dominates.  

Apathy is the real truth about what and who created Ted Cruz.  Nothing but pure voter apathy.  Because if voting were mandatory like health insurance and taxes , Ted Cruz would still be just a lawyer in vast sea of lawyers.   And there is a favorable probability that the government shutdown of the past few weeks would never have happened.  

Let this be an important lesson for 2014 election.  Texas, like many other states) is not a red state.  Texas is a state where more red voters participate than blue voters even though the general population shows there are  more blue voters that actually reside in Texas.   In Texas 6 out of 10 red voters participate, but only 3 out of 10 blue voters participate.  And remember there are more potential blue voters overall.

In 2014, there is a path to eliminate the GOP crazies in Texas and across the country and elect more Dems. It is very clear and based on statistics that repeat in every state in the US.   It doesn’t involve fundraising.  It doesn’t involve politics as usual.   It involves convincing the American people to participate by voting.  It involves convincing the American people that their vote actually matters.   It involves convincing people that all candidates are not the same.   It involves validating people so they feel empowered to participate.  

There is a great opportunity to take back Texas in 2014 with Wendy Davis running as a Democrat.  But it won’t happen if people continue to not participate, not vote.  It won’t happen if the majority of people believe it is just too much trouble to vote.  It won’t happen when millions and millions of people believe their vote doesn’t matter so they shouldn’t be bothered. It’s that belief, that they don’t matter, that is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Because the truth is that by not voting they don’t matter to the people who get elected.

The Probability based on voting patterns for the past 20 years is that around 6 million people or less will actually vote in Texas in 2014 and if that happens the GOP will prevail.  I repeat: In Texas 6 out of 10 red voters participate, but only 3 out of 10 blue voters participate.  If we can get as many blue voters to participate as red voters, the entire political landscape across the state will change.   Since John Cornyn, our other Senator, is up for reelection along with all the crazy tea party house members from our state, there is a legitimate opportunity to take back Texas.   But it won’t happen, no matter how much money is raised unless Dems can step outside the box and convince the majority of people that it is worth their time and trouble to vote.

When the majority doesn’t participate, special interests reign and money dominates. When that happens our country‘s government won’t work.  This is exactly where we find ourselves and what has empowered unfit representatives like Ted Cruz.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

    by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:08:47 AM PDT

  •  I have a thought (0+ / 0-)

    about the lack of voting.  Wouldn't it be more fair if the house seats were allocated on the number of people who vote rather than how it's done now?  Seems that would deter all the erffort used currently to stop people from voting.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:23:13 AM PDT

    •  That's how it is being done now (3+ / 0-)
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      DRo, Pinto Pony, cosette

      In Texas, that's how they redrew the district lines.  Most districts are not comprised of the most Republicans, they are comprised of the most Republican voters.  Most Districts are populated with more blue voters than red voters.  

      STATISTICALLY if 50% of eligible voters participated, many of the tea party people would be mowing their yards.  

      This is not my opinion.  This is statistical fact based on voting patterns across past 20 years.  It is a fact that is repeated all across the country and ESPECIALLY  in Red States.

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      by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:34:32 AM PDT

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  •  He is a dangerous egomaniac but (3+ / 0-)
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    He is talented at spinning issues including his opposition to obamacare as somehow admirable, during one interview he brought out a letter by the labor union that denounced the unions support for obamacare and made democrats look like a party of special interests who were granting exemptions.while that is a true point the real question people should ask him is why he is willing to destroy the credit of the united states to stop 10 million people from being insured, countless people getting killed on hospital tables because they couldn see a doctor or get drugs to take care of themselve and people with pre existing conditions going bankrupt, why are those things so dangerous it's not like he has a plan to help them the question should be why he is so savage

    •  He isn't that good at spin. (2+ / 0-)
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      Pinto Pony, gffish

      But he gets away with it because the people interviewing him suck.

      In his interview yesterday, I heard a word salad of superficial sound bites. He doesn't get asked to back up his claims or challenged when he does backup but with half-truths and/or lies.

      What he has mastered perfectly is an air of condescension. I don't know, maybe it makes 'journalists' who should know better tongue-tied?

    •  and obama success has been calling the gop hostage (1+ / 0-)
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      And anarchists they seem like a party of radicals so call them that. They say big government is so bad and liberal represents interest groups, well are they comfortable with people going bankrupt face it turnout can be higher and They will still find enough low information christian voters to win if the rhetoric is heightened they may lose. That cornyn guy's advertisement comes on every day saying how he is conservative like the average person that shouldn't be something he is bragging about

    •  The opposition to Obamacare was a throw-away. (0+ / 0-)

      It's a new and improved version of the opposition to abortion. (I say that from the perspective that abortion is a natural process which not only occurs in the majority of fertilization, but is practically impossible, once it starts, to halt).
      The Cons have discovered that promising something that can't be accomplished or is sure to fail is an ideal political strategy because they can't be held to account.
      Besides, there is someone who benefits from the boy who cries "wolf." The wolf.

  •  He looks and sounds (0+ / 0-)

    Like Mr. Haney from Green Acres.

    Just another day in Oceania.

    by drshatterhand on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:41:38 AM PDT

    •  The Media makes him look and sound good (1+ / 0-)
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      Remember this is a guy who was elected by 4.4 million votes out of 30 million people and 20 million potential voters.  

      He was all over Texas this weekend and at the top of every news cycle on every network like he was some conquering hero.  

      Sure he had crowd of people around him.  But that doesn't make him the people's choice.  It doesn't make him the voice of the people of Texas.  

      But the Media sure makes him look like he is and then all the rest of the crazies just fall in line.  Jeez!  I thought the mass brain washing of America about GW Bush was bad.

      If the media keeps this up, some goofus who only received 4 millions votes and has been in office less than a year and has all but singlehandedly destroyed our economy is qualified to be POTUS???

      Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

      by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:50:23 AM PDT

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      •  if he wins the nomination the democrat candidate (0+ / 0-)

        Is a definite winner he is the george mcgovern of the gop politically speaking. The radical candidate of republicans that will bring the party down

        •  Beware the power of punditry (2+ / 0-)
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          I've learned not to make assumptions in life.  But I've seen how the media and punditry has turned a fanatical junior Senator into a hero and a leader.  

          History teaches us that it is possible for crazy politicians fueled by a political agenda to take over a country's government and do great damage to the country, its people, and the continent it resides on.  To influence the entire world in fact.  

          But the Dem candidates, party. leaders don't get it.  The continue to run the same old campaigns that every loser has for the past 20 years.  The same old campaigns that turn people off.  

          Sometimes I think big money is afraid that a nobody with no money but great populist appeal will get elected and candidates finally realize that they can win elections with pandering to special interests and instead pandering to the people to participate and vote.

          Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

          by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 06:17:10 AM PDT

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        •  I thought the same thing (2+ / 0-)
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          When reagan was nominated. Look what happened.

          Just another day in Oceania.

          by drshatterhand on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 06:23:53 AM PDT

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  •  Ted Cruz is the very definition of (2+ / 0-)
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    smarminess as defined in the Urban Dictionary:

    A certain attitude often accompanied by a squinty look and a superior smile that makes you instantly hate a person.

    He does, and I do.

    Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

    by Ellen Columbo on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:49:02 AM PDT

  •  I'm nonviolent (1+ / 0-)
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    however whenever I see or hear Ted Cruz I have a strong impulse to smack the $hit outta him.  I honestly cannot stand to hear his BS for more than 50 seconds....I timed myself :)

    Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.—Greg King

    by Pinto Pony on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:50:49 AM PDT

    •  I use to feel that way about GW Bush (2+ / 0-)
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      I wanted to throw a shoe at the TV every time he came on TV.

      My spouse said if I broke the TV I had to replace it with a bigger and MORE EXPENSIVE TV, so I learned to change the channel or hit the mute button or leave the room.  

      Still works with TC. But I still want to throw the shoe.

      Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

      by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:53:22 AM PDT

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  •  great diary - thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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    Contrary to popular belief, ALL House & Senate Republicans weren't conned by Cruz -they gladly followed him....KNOWING Obamacare couldn't be defunded.
    But hey - it was a great fundraiser for Heritage Action and other CONServative orgs!

    NONE of them deserve to serve our great nation!

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 06:03:25 AM PDT

    •  They wouldn't be a factor (1+ / 0-)
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      if we can convince America to participate and vote.  

      As long as people don't vote, nothing will change.

      The election won't matter, it will just be the icing on the cake.  

      As long as people don't participate, special interests rule and money dominates!

      If we don't like Cruz and his cronies,  we have to empower people to particpate.   The GOP surely won't.

      Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

      by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 06:11:35 AM PDT

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  •  Just a reminder (0+ / 0-)

    There are only about 220 million people in the US of voting age, so the turnout was above 50%.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 06:53:14 AM PDT

    •  turnout for what? (0+ / 0-)

      turnout for 2012 overall was around 130 million.  Yes that is over 50% of voting age voters.  But that is also an across the board total.  Statistically when you break it down state by state, blue states have higher rate of voter participation.  

      Why?  Education studies consistently suggest education is a big part of it.  Those with the lower test scores consistently trend red with much lower participation.  

      In TX for instance you had way less than 50% of voting population and as a result you got Ted Cruz and a bunch of crazies in the House.  

      It can be corrected in 2014.  Texas ALONE can swing the house.  The problem is the Dems either don't believe they can do anything about the pityful voter turnout or they are unwilling to try something new.  

      Personally, I don't understand why they aren't willing to step outside the box more in their campaigning.  They should take bold stands on gay marriage, marijuana reform,  ACA,  SNAP.  They should forget about fund raising and concentrate all efforts on vote raising.

      Think, why does it matter to anyone outside of Texas?   Well, I give you Ted Cruz empowered by at least a dozen crazy House Reps all sent to you by APATHY and special interests.

      Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

      by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 07:45:49 AM PDT

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  •  Cruz, Louie Gohmert, Rick Perry, Steve Stockman... (0+ / 0-)

    Etc. It seems to be more of the 'norm' than an isolated incident.

    They called Einstein 'crazy', too..... until he started KICKING ASS!!!

    by Fordmandalay on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 07:01:41 AM PDT

    •  It's not isolated (0+ / 0-)

      The same people vote in Texas year after year.  The percentage that don't participate at all just keeps growing.   It's been happening since 1994 when Bush beat Ann Richards.  But can't get the Dems attention on a solution.  They have just conceded the state to the GOP and then whine when crazies like Cruz dominate the conversation.

      Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

      by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 07:47:37 AM PDT

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  •  hey he is a freshman and is prone to freshman (1+ / 0-)
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    mistakes.  For example, hierarchy and seniority is still important on the Hill though not so much as it was in the pre-1980's.  However, the Old Bulls of the Woods still demand respect and to have Cruz consorting with the House crazies to make life difficult for tenured GOP senators is not the bright thing to do.

    We already know Cruz suffers from nouveaux riche syndrome or what is called "ghetto-bougie" today (I think) whereby he is so dazzled by his own success that he does not realize he is only 1% of the senators on the planet.  I am reminded in law school, he supposedly refused to participate on projects with anyone who did not graduate from one of the Big 3 Ivy League universities.  However, I don't hear any stories about how his peers flocked to participate with him.  My understanding is that he is like one of the last kids picked for any sport in P.E.

    After wildly dissing anyone associated with the GOP hierarchy, he then held up FCC nomination process while he waited for Tom Wheeler to trek to his office and answer his questions about Wheeler's stance on failed legislation to Cruz' satisfaction.  Cruz is holding up the process so he can grandstand for the folks back home (a state that receives more federal largesse than it sends to DC, and relies upon military facilities and various government contracts to keep the state afloat.  Yeh, killing the fed government is a real crowd pleaser)

    Just give the Powers that Be a little time and Cruz will be reined in, POTUS bid or not, as he will find his bills tied up in committee, himself denied plum committee assignments and earmarks and choice federal contracts taken from his constituents.  The first rule in business is that everything has a price and Ted has yet to pay for his antics  

    •  Missing the point (0+ / 0-)

      The point of the entire diary is that if Dems had spent some money and time getting people to vote, there would have been no Ted Cruz in the first place and a good possibility of no shutdown to begin with.

      Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

      by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 07:49:12 AM PDT

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      •  Look at a map of TX representation in, say 1975 (0+ / 0-)

        and look at it today.  TX is a laboratory on how the GOP flips a state without holding a majority of voters in its camp.  I think Cruz is an inevitable phenomenon no matter what Dems did.  Look at the preponderance of TX national lawmakers who scored 95 or higher in a recent ranking of their votes by a winger think tank

        •  Statistics say (0+ / 0-)

          that Texas should be Blue.  But when only 2-3 of its base participates versus 6-7 of the other side base, one can hardly be surprised at the results.  

          I totally disagree with the premise that Cruz election was inevitable.  I voted in the last election, but couldn't tell you less than a year later who the Democratic candidate was.  

          And it should be pointed out, that when you have nothing to lose, GO BOLD!    That's what got Wendy Davis propelled to the fore front of TX political conversation.  It is what has propelled Cruz and the Tea baggers.  

          So why not take a stand on controversial issues?  If you know that the probability is high you are going to lose, why not support gay marriage?  Why not support legalization of marijuana which by the way over 50% of the eligible voting population supports.  

          Yes, people can be rallied to participate but not using the traditional campaign tactics of cowtowing to the rich for money and ignoring the people who matter -- the people you need to vote.  

          It can be done.  Nothing is inevitable except death.

          Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

          by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 08:23:16 AM PDT

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      •  I worked for a Senate Campaign for a democrat (0+ / 0-)

        The national democratic party wrote off Texas and we got no help from them. We need more Howard Dean style 50-state strategy thinking.

        •  The Democratic National Party (0+ / 0-)

          wrote Texas off at the end of the eighties.  The only reason national candidates ever come to Texas is with their hand out to rich folks.  

          It's part of the reason there is so much apathy.  Democratic candidates are seen as the same as GOP candidates.   People don't believe there is a difference so they see no reason to participate.

          If you want to lead people to the polls, you have to be bold.  No amount of money will do it.  No amount of commercials will do it.  

          You have to step outside the box and embrace things that your traditional campaign manager will cringe at the mear thought of.  

          Visit the Iraq Memorial Quilt @

          by pollchecker on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 11:24:53 AM PDT

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  •  Bingo - He's a nobody... (0+ / 0-)

    If you were just paying attention to what he has had to say over the last couple weeks---or any of the other TP yahoos really, you would have had no idea what was actually happening in Washington (i.e., defund ACA was dead on arrival and a solution to the debt ceiling/CR fiasco was in process).  The news has done everyone a disservice by paying so much attention to this clown; he speaks for no one but himself and is one of the least powerful, least effective members of the Senate.  Important, effective legislators talk to and deal with other legislators.  Attention-seeking nobodies like Ted Cruz stand next to Sarah Palin and grandstand on TV and at conservative tent revivals.

  •  Another key reason there is a Senator Cruz is that (0+ / 0-)

    he won a primary runoff election against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is not likable or popular.

    I can see why many GOP voters rejected Dewhurst, he was a known and disliked quantity and Cruz was relatively unknown.

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