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Originally posted on July 8, this diary is being updated in the light of Sen Ted Cruz being the cause of the fiasco in the House on the last scheduled day before the Summer break. That he was the catalyst is undisputed by pundits; had he not interfered in House business, they may well have passed their original border bill and gone home at the appointed time.

It relates to the ongoing feud between the tea party and establishment factions within the GOP which can be likened to spot fires which threaten to fuse into one unconfined, uncontrollable wild fire. Fanning the flames at every opportunity is Senator Ted Cruz.

He first came to public prominence when identified as being at the core of the maelstrom that was the government shutdown of 2013. His part in that disastrous PR stunt made him a tea party hero but put him at odds with the Republican establishment, particularly Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.

Without any understanding of Cruz's extreme psychopathy, they thought to tame him by appointing him vice chair of the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee). That was short-lived. Cruz objected to the NRSC's involvement in primaries (ie, they backed establishment candidates against tea party opponents) and effectively boycotted his own committee. They’d like to get rid of him but he refuses to resign. When setting up the NRSC no-one considered this eventuality, so there's some confusion as to how they would get rid of him and if they can afford the noise this would cause if they did.

That's Cruz in a nutshell; he's not just an irritant, he's a menace. It shouldn't be a problem – after all, he's a freshman senator and just one person but the establishment's reaction to this menace is to allow themselves to be menaced by him.

His strongest ally is Heritage Action which acts like a dictatorial headmaster in scoring all Congressional Republican members. Like an opportunistic charter school, Heritage Action is in it for profit, not for the good of education or, in this case: for profit, not for the good of we the people. Their star pupil is Ted Cruz.

While Cruz's antagonistic attitude is well-known, his actions are unpredictable and often take the establishment by surprise. Therein lies the power of this menace, this singular freshman senator, over the long-term establishment. They've never seen anyone quite like him. In their experience, freshman fall into line fairly quickly and are easily controlled by the leadership (‘leadership’ here meaning anyone who has two terms or more under their political beltway). But not Cruz. Nor does he confine himself to the Senate chambers – in fact his greatest power is in the House.

From Business Insider:

Within the Senate, Cruz is essentially irrelevant. Any... deal that comes out of there will be struck between majority Democrats and a number of more practically-minded Republicans

The only way he can exercise power is as an interloper in House Republican business — and his presence there is not wholeheartedly welcomed.

It certainly isn't welcomed by Speaker John Boehner nor by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (nor by his successor, Kevin McCarthy as it turns out) whose carefully-laid, crucial plans have been scuttled by Cruz on more than one occasion.

As Salon reports:

“Cruzification” is what happens when the House Republican leadership is prepared to make a relatively realistic opening offer to counter a Senate Democratic proposal, but then Sen. Ted Cruz (you guessed it!) perambulates over to the House side and demands that conservatives there rise up in defiance. Conference support for the opening offer collapses, the leadership is forced to introduce a more right-wing version, and stalemate endures.

The most famous example of Cruzification came during the shutdown debate last September. John Boehner and Eric Cantor were prepared to introduce a continuing resolution to fund the government through December. It included a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, but was structured in a way that would have allowed Senate Democrats to strip that provision, pass the rest of the bill, and send it to the White House. Ted Cruz and his emissaries warned House conservatives of the ploy, support collapsed, and the bill was pulled. After that, Boehner was forced to go along with conservatives' plan to hold a firm defund-Obamacare line, and a government shutdown ensued.

This is how one freshman senator has been able to sabotage key legislation – and he's just getting started. What are failures for Congress are personal victories for Cruz and his already bloated sense of self-importance and power just increases with each success. His latest efforts have focused on immigration reform and the border crisis.

From SFGate, Feb 12, 2014:

House Republicans who supported the “principles” of immigration reform floated by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, late last month grumbled Tuesday that the plan was dead on arrival because Cruz blasted it as “amnesty”, spurring a blizzard of negative phone calls to House Republicans.

Privately, some Republicans decried Cruz's indirect intervention in House deliberations with what they viewed as ill-timed remarks that provoked the telephone calling barrage.

But it was enough to scatter the House Republican vote. Faced with considerably depleted numbers on their side, Cantor and Boehner reluctantly folded.

This was the public face to a very serious, down and dirty fight going on behind the scenes. The whole immigration issue wasn't just pitting the tea party caucus against the establishment faction, it was also setting the Chamber of Commerce against Heritage Action. As HA's champion, Cruz's ploy to divide and conquer not only effectively buried immigration reform for the foreseeable future but also dealt a huge blow to the Chamber of Commerce which supports Boehner and McConnell.

On the border crisis, The Washington Post reported:

In the House, Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.), who led the House GOP's working group tasked with tackling the issue, shared her team's recommendations during the weekly closed-door meeting of House Republicans. On her way into that meeting, Granger said a vote on her proposals "should happen right now".

An hour before Granger addressed her colleagues, Cruz spoke at a meeting of the Conservative Opportunity Society at the invitation of the group's chairman, Rep. Steve King -(R-Iowa), a prominent critic of bipartisan efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

"He’s a perfect catalyst and he has a real rapport with conservatives in the House," King said in an interview. "He really wanted to hear from people in the room. He also let us know that anything we send to the Senate, if it comes back, it’s going to be terrible, so we should make sure we’re ready to respond to that."

The Hill takes up the story:
Republicans who huddled with Cruz agree with him.

"He can’t see any way we can initiate legislation in the House that won’t come back to bite us, that will actually end up with worse results," said Rep. John Fleming (R-La.).

"He basically said he couldn’t see how us passing something is going to do anything but create a Trojan horse," said Fleming. "He doesn’t trust [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.]".

Cruz has set himself up as their preacher. In his Senate office, he holds regular “fellowship” meetings punctuated with group-singing of “Kumbaya”. It isn't hard to imagine the effect of this on his theocracy-obsessed followers.

The latest of these congregational get-togethers was held on Wednesday night, July 30, the day before the House was set to vote on the border bill crafted by the Republican leadership. In a report following his interview with Cruz for The Washington Post, Robert Costa wrote:

Defending his recent meetings with House Republicans, Cruz insisted that he was seeking fellowship with conservatives, rather than whipping against House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

"For many months, I've been periodically hosting gatherings with House members to discuss issues and challenges of the day and our gathering last night was scheduled several weeks ago."

When asked whether he ever encouraged his allies to vote against Boehner’s border plan on Wednesday night, when he hosted more than a dozen House Republicans in his office, Cruz said he simply reaffirmed his position and listened closely to the concerns of his guests as they mulled how to proceed.

By Thursday morning, July 31, the previous day’s majority of votes had evaporated and pandemonium broke out on the House floor. The Washington Post’s Paul Kane and Ed O’Keefe reported:
House Republican leaders were ambushed by another conservative insurrection on Thursday, forced to scrap a pivotal vote on a border security bill and scramble to find a solution amid a familiar whirlwind of acrimony and finger-pointing.
Significantly, the only occurrence of note between an orderly Wednesday House session and pandemonium the following morning was that meeting in Cruz's office and it didn't go unnoticed by House colleagues. As Paul Kane and Ed O’Keefe noted:
...[M]any Republicans were furious with Bachmann and others who held talks with Cruz, including at a closed meeting Wednesday in his Senate office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), an ally of Boehner and McCarthy, criticized those lawmakers and outside organizations that rallied opposition.

"Any time the groups come out and start to score these issues, then senators get involved and have secret meetings and sing ‘Kumbaya’ and stop the process," Nunes said.

No doubt Heritage Action was foremost of these groups. It wasn't named in the article but it's impossible to believe they weren't there to encourage their favorite Senator and putative tea party leader.

That the fiasco Cruz incited had a powerful effect on new majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, was evident when McCarthy gave the rejected border bill to Reps Steve King and Michele Bachmann to rewrite overnight. These two are Cruz’s chief acolytes so it's significant that McCarthy chose them. They’d certainly never been singled out like this before. According to Costa:

Bachmann ...said that the leadership's willingness to engage with the House’s conservative flank on Thursday night at that private gathering at the Capitol was startling and appreciated—a moment she said that stands out as the rare occasion when the House leadership took direct cues from her and King.
King added that writing the alternate bill "was like I ordered it off the menu". That would, of course, be Ted Cruz's menu.

Cruz is a first class scam artist and he's selling his snake-oil to tea partiers who can't get enough of it. Cruz knows this and takes advantage of them. He conned them yet again and how.

The bill his acolytes produced is a travesty but on Friday House Republicans passed it anyway because, in their manic eagerness to pass something, they were willing to pass anything to get out of there and home. Even the Wall Street Journal produced a scathing op-ed which labeled House Republicans the "Deportation Caucus" and opined:

A party whose preoccupation is deporting children is going to alienate many conservatives, never mind minority voters.

Readers may recall that the last Republican in an election year to support deporting immigrant children brought here through no fault of their own was Mitt Romney. A splendid voter attraction that was.

But Cruz isn't interested in the midterms. What is important to his plans are the votes he can manipulate in the House. How he does this is no mystery. His is a forceful personality, far stronger and more devious than those of his followers. It's distinctly ironic too that the fear-mongering, distortion and disinformation that they sell wholesale to their base also work so effectively on them when wielded by Cruz. They've swallowed their own propaganda whole and are now victims of the same. Pure speculation but I have wondered too how many of them have had private meetings with Cruz in which he's promised them the VP position when – that would be Cruz's word – he wins the Republican presidential primary. It's not beyond possibility and would be a potent aphrodisiac to the ambitious.

How far will he go? As far as he wants to it seems since no-one has been able to rein him in. That alone should terrify the establishment GOP because Cruz has never forgiven them for surrendering the government shutdown position before the default deadline. He wants that showdown.

He isn't talking up impeachment because that's not his objective. He's aiming for economic meltdown and though he hasn't the power of numbers to force that cataclysmic outcome, he's proven he has the power to persuade and intimidate. He certainly has Kevin McCarthy’s number and that bodes ill for Congress.

Cruz isn't up for re-election this year so he has nothing to lose in forcing another government shutdown. At his back is the powerful Heritage Action which has indicated a particular desire to cull the old establishment from the GOP. To think that Cruz might be concerned how his actions could affect the Republican Party in the midterms is to underestimate his egomania. Cruz is in it for Cruz.

If he succeeds in precipitating another government shutdown this October, then it will likely result in devastation for the GOP in November. With that, the Cruz-ifiction of Republicans in Congress will be complete.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

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    by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 03:00:05 PM PDT

  •  Anything that results (9+ / 0-)

    in the GOP melting down is good news.

    Cruz is an idiot: a useful idiot if you're a Teahadist, but nevertheless an idiot.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 03:25:46 PM PDT

  •  Great diary! (4+ / 0-)
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    (O/T - do you like it here?)

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 03:27:35 PM PDT

  •  I Imagine Impeachment and Shutdown Talk (6+ / 0-)

    And perhaps even actual impeachment and shutdown, going on right up to the election.

    Good times!

    Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

    by Gurnt on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 03:53:15 PM PDT

    •  Before the election! Perfect. (5+ / 0-)
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      The electorate's memories are the same length as the time it takes to read an article while taking a dump (stole that from "The Big Chill").

      Nobody remembers the last shutdown, less than a year back. It's kind of scary that it can all come down to the timing of an event, forget about the substance of the issues. It's scary and a little weird.

      Go Cruz! Shut 'er down! Impeach that lawless Muslim!

      Please, please, please.

      A plutocracy (government by the wealthy) is not a democracy.

      by Redmond Ryan on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 04:22:08 PM PDT

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      •  Just Talking About it, and They Will (5+ / 0-)

        Because they can't help themselves, will do serious damage.  And after Obama signs a few more EO's, all bets are off!  Impeachment, shutdown, and vitriol like you've never seen, will spew forth from the raging id that is todays GOP in a bilious torrent of rage.

        Good times!

        Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

        by Gurnt on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 04:27:54 PM PDT

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      •  It needs to be made tangible. (4+ / 0-)
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        People feel disconnected from our government, so shutting it down seems less alarming than it should.

        Every government agency needs to be able to explain--in words the public understands--why their function is important.

        Yes, I know it's complicated. Describing the operation alone would be daunting in many cases. Add to that the fact that nihilists can respond with gibberish and the task becomes almost unimaginable.

        There is growing "unease" among corporate-types about the recklessness of the Republican's approach. I don't know that we have an alternative, we need to work with as many as are willing to help. This might mean separating the R's from some of their coveted campaign dollars, too.

        We can't let government shutdowns become routine, though.

        If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness. President Obama

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 05:08:26 PM PDT

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        •  One more shutdown this close to an election (5+ / 0-)

          will make a huge difference in getting the perpetrators thrown out. People were very worried and angry when the last one went for so long - and the popularity of the Republicans plummeted to a record low. Unfortunately, the horrendous roll-out of the ACA saved the Republicans and they were able to turn the negative beam on the Democrats and the President instead.

          There's nothing on the horizon like the latter event this year so another govt shutdown, engineered by people like Cruz, will stand alone as a reminder of how people felt last time - and who they blamed for it. Coupled that with impeachment talk (which is already alive and well among the base and tea party pols) and the GOP have a recipe for disaster.

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          by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 05:51:44 PM PDT

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          •  One of the Republicans particular (4+ / 0-)
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            skills has been the manufacture of distractions, but I agree if they shut down the government before the midterms they won't be able to avoid responsibility.

            I have always been amazed that our government has contingency plans for attacks on every nation on the planet (or so I've been told), yet the leaders can't explain why the continued operation of that same government is so important.

            Cruz seems to measure his success by the amount of destruction he can rack up, and the so-called "establishment Republicans" fear him only slightly more than they worry about being blamed for his messes. If they let him shut down the government they may as well embrace their new master, 'cause everyone in the world will know he pwns them.

            If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness. President Obama

            by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 06:13:51 PM PDT

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          •  Can they be that stupid? (0+ / 0-)

            Really, would they be that stupid to shoot themselves with another shutdown or even starting impeachment proceedings, especially so close to the elections?  I really don't think even Cruz or Heritage would be that dumb.

            Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

            by Rosalie907 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 08:58:53 PM PDT

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            •  Cruz is not in any danger (1+ / 0-)
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              He's not up for election. You're mistaking him for someone who cares about the current Republican Party.

              As far as he's concerned, the Republican Party is his vehicle and, at present, it has too many of the wrong passengers. He has a vested interest in getting rid of as many establishment Republicans as possible, even if that means turning both chambers over to the Democrats for 2 years. He truly believes that, under his leadership the New GOP will win it all in 2016. Heritage Action will back him  because they understand the long-term plan and are likely a part of it.

              Look at it this way - how can Cruz take over the GOP with pols like McConnell, Boehner, Cornyn, Caine, Graham etc in the way? He's not patient. He needs them gone and the sooner the better. A govt shutdown and impeachment is a pretty sure way to achieve that, don't you think?

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              by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 10:13:19 PM PDT

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              •  Cruz is in LaLa Land (1+ / 0-)
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                If he thinks (along with Heritage) that he can destroy the Republicon Party and win it all in 2016.  He got Cantor but the rest is up in the air.  Boehner I believe is in a safe district, and I don't think has a primary challenger.   Graham beat his challengers and I don't believe Cornyn and McCain are up for reelection until 2016.  Cruz will be squashed from within.  

                Another shutdown and impeachment will destroy the Repulicon Party but it will also lead to losses in the Cruz base.  Look at the flack Mike Lee got supporting Cruz.  Additionally, Cruz will NEVER be elected President and not only if he steps over Rand, he'll still have Rubio and Mitt to fight off and, especially Mitt, will be backed by more power than Heritage and the loons that currently back Cruz.

                Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

                by Rosalie907 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 05:50:33 PM PDT

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                •  I agree with you about the reality (0+ / 0-)

                  of the situation but Cruz doesn't agree with either of us. As you say, he's in LaLa Land. His capacity for self-delusion never ceases to amaze me. To even begin to understand him, you have to radically adjust your thought processes. These people are so far out there, they're pretty much in another galaxy!

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                  by Mopshell on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 03:49:43 AM PDT

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                  •  Well, LaLa Land IS another galaxy (1+ / 0-)
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                    And thanks for seeing my point.

                    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

                    by Rosalie907 on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 08:53:29 AM PDT

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        •  I Think We're Going To Witness A LOT of Big Money (4+ / 0-)

          corporate dollars flowing away from the GOP.  Radicals are bad for business.

          The GOP is entering or damn near close to death spiral mode here. They are truly on the brink. I suspect Obama will toss them a few anvils.

          Interesting times.

          Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

          by Gurnt on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 06:35:32 PM PDT

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    •  Bringing the specter of govt shutdown (3+ / 0-)
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      to the conversation at the end of September is certainly going to enliven House debate! Given that Boehner has lost control of House Republicans and that McCarthy is siding with the tea partiers who are being manipulated by Ted Cruz, the possibility of another govt shutdown becomes very real. That it would sink the Republicans if they went with it is not going to scare off the tea partiers who live in a bubble totally divorced from reality and reasoning. The border bill King and Bachmann wrote is sufficient evidence of that. Even the Wall Street Journal slammed them for it.

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      by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 04:43:40 PM PDT

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  •  His power over the House Reps makes me wonder at (8+ / 0-)

    how weak minded those boneheads are.
    But this:

    Heritage Action which has indicated a particular desire to cull the old establishment from the GOP
    This is the death spiral for the GOP. Separate them from Business Money and they are nothing.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 03:57:14 PM PDT

    •  It's already happening. (3+ / 0-)

      The Chamber of Commerce were first openly critical of the Republicans' failure to pass immigration reform (which the CoC want) and are now looking to disdain Republican candidates and support Democrats instead. As reported in TPM:

      The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is reportedly throwing support behind Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), according to the group's national political director, Rob Engstrom.

      Engstrom told the audience at a Committee of 100 meeting that the group would support Landrieu in her fight to win re-election, according to The New York Times' Joe Nocera.

      That will leave a great many establishment GOP stranded if the Chamber of Commerce desert them.

      Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 06:02:52 PM PDT

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      •  And on the flip side of this (2+ / 0-)
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        Should the CoC endorse more Democrats, the Democratic Party third-wayers get more power and the progressives get even more marginalized!

        There IS a bad side to the CoC (Chamber of Commerce) leaving the repugs!

        Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

        by Mannie on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 06:42:08 PM PDT

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        •  At the moment, the CoC's interest (2+ / 0-)
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          is in immigration reform which the Democrats can embrace. The democrats need to be very smart about anything beyond that though.

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          by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 06:47:55 PM PDT

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  •  Isn't it time to fight fire with fire? (2+ / 0-)
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    I'd like to suggest that we imitate Cruz. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I'm not thinking along those lines at all.

    Still Cruz, limited as he is in so many ways, has managed to push the establishment Republicans off balance in ways that we really haven't consistently done.

    He has a massive "advantage" in the fact that he cares little about anyone but himself. This gives him a certain sleazy, slippery freedom that we will never have. I think we can be less predictable than we have been, though. Can't we?

    If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness. President Obama

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 04:01:26 PM PDT

    •  A Cruz-like act. Hmmmm. (5+ / 0-)

      The closest I've seen is Obama laughing publically in thier face when they 'file their lawsuit'. Which he will quickly repeat if they start impeachment hearings in the House before the election. Spurring them on.

      Other that that, I don't know how to do what you suggest. Not mean-minded enough, I guess.

      A plutocracy (government by the wealthy) is not a democracy.

      by Redmond Ryan on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 04:28:08 PM PDT

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      •  I think I have the same "problem" (2+ / 0-)
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        hence I offered no specifics.

        Progressives are creative people in general, though. Acting in cooperation it doesn't seem as if this should be an insurmountable challenge.

        Part of my motive, I'll admit, is contrary to Cruz's approach: Id like to see the circular firing squad become a rarity or disappear completely from our side.

        If we can keep the Republicans, and particularly the tea baggers (although they're almost one and the same) in our minds as opponents and cut back on the "friendly fire" that is all too common, I'd call that a couple of huge wins for us.

        The only tangible thing I can really offer is the suggestion that talking to Republicans the way that some here talk to fellow Kossacks would represent an escalation. Well, not for a lot of people here, but some, yuck.

        Maybe, to keep it from feeling as if anyone is being put on the spot we could make it into like a monthly contest?

        How to irritate the Republicans as much as Cruz does...(thinking, thinking).

        If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness. President Obama

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 04:51:50 PM PDT

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      •  His next Executive Order or Orders (1+ / 0-)
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        will be the catalyst. He's been planning this for months so he knows what to do, how to frame it.

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        by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 06:32:07 PM PDT

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    •  I wrote a diary about this... (5+ / 0-)

      about how Obama is maneuvering the GOP:

      President Obama has the Republicans Right Where He Wants Them
      Obama is a lot smarter than Cruz and Cruz is proving very useful to Obama as a crowbar to lever open the split in the GOP and empower the tea party caucus in the House. Give those crazies power, as McCarthy did, and chaos will ensue.

      Obama is playing a much bigger game than Cruz and he's much better at it. All the Democrats need do right now is stay cool and focus on their home campaigns. If Obama pulls this off, and I believe he will, that will be the time for the Democratic candidates to join in.

      Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 06:30:37 PM PDT

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      •  It's Like Shooting Fish in A Barrel (3+ / 0-)
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        The GOP is practically 100% predictable to anyone who has been paying attention.

        If you are that predictable, you are easily manipulated.

        Obama has them running in circles, focused on HIM.

        He's not running for anything.

        All he's doing is laying the sucka bait, and the bait been bit. and bit. and bit.

        Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

        by Gurnt on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 06:53:37 PM PDT

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      •  Well, that's what you get (2+ / 0-)

        From a Community Organizer.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

        by Rosalie907 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 09:19:47 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks, Mopshell! (2+ / 0-)
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    Good (updated) entry!

    Re: this Cruz creature- Do you think he buys into the theofascist bilge his father pushes, or is he cynically using the old buzzard to boost his cred with the gawd-fearin' bible-thumpers?

    •  He's been brought up with this from a baby (1+ / 0-)
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      I think a large part of his psychopathy is that he has bought into the theofascist, dominionist fantasy of being one of the anointed kings who is going to inherit all wealth. But, at the same time, he's smarter than his followers and he knows it. He seems to have rationalized this as a "divine gift" that is to be used to bend people to his will; a kind of super power to carve out his pathway to the leadership. He's smart but very warped.

      Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 08:14:00 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks again (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm gonna look on the bright side, and think of him as the messianic kook that will finally destroy the GOP.

        As to what comes after that, I'll just quote Jayne Cobb: "Well, that'll be an interesting day."

        •  Interesting times indeed (0+ / 0-)

          and I really like the Jayne Cobb quote. (◕‿◕)

          I defy anyone to tell me anytime Cruz has done anything to promote the Republican Party. So far, he has used them to promote himself while damaging the party from within. Take that to its logical conclusion and you can only conclude that he's not finished yet and they're in a world of trouble.

          Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

          by Mopshell on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 10:19:56 PM PDT

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  •  I've heard Adam B talk about him (2+ / 0-)
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    He knows EXACTLY what he's doing.

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 10:15:20 PM PDT

    •  Oh yes, he knows what he's doing alright (0+ / 0-)

      and what he's doing is not good for the GOP. He's a master manipulator.

      Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 05:36:41 AM PDT

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  •  Why can't the House and Senate censor him for this (1+ / 0-)
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    behavior?  Don't they have rules?  Standards?  

    •  Because he hasn't actually broken any rules (0+ / 0-)

      Cruz is a stealth worker; he operates under the radar of their rules and standards. His meeting with House members isn't against the rules or standards and he argues that these are just "fellowship" gatherings and that he doesn't influence anyone's opinion but just listens to their concerns.

      He's also said that to suggest he holds any sway with these House members is to insult their ability to think and act for themselves. (He's a very good con man because he can actually keep a straight face while saying this) However, when you read what his folloers say about Cruz and his guidance, the opposite is very obvious. He feeds them all the ideas and directs how they are to act on them.

      I daresay his defense of them works to boost their delusions as much as it provides cover for his own nefarious manipulations. They are so credulous and so dense that he can tell them anything and have them believe they thought of it themselves.

      Like I said: he is their preacher and they his faithful little followers.

      Cruz is also saying, to anyone who will listen, that he is fostering communication between Senate and House members and that there should be more of it. How are they going to censure him for that? He's covered himself very cleverly and they can't touch him.

      Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 05:53:00 AM PDT

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