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Hey, Trumpians, Stop Saying That Cruz STOLE Colorado – And Cruzites, Stop Celebrating An Establishment Victory

It’s ridiculous to assert that Ted Cruz has stolen delegates in Colorado. All the candidates knew that the Colorado GOP had blocked average people from participating in that state’s caucus system many months ago. Indeed, it’s not the Cruz camp I have a problem with when it comes to the Colorado scenario, it’s the Republican party elite with whom I’ve a bone to pick. You see, by choosing to turn the state’s delegate allocation over to the will of establishment insiders and political hacks instead of the will of the voter base, party leaders are sending a clear message to millions of primary election voters nationwide that it doesn’t matter who you campaign for, organize for, or even cast your ballots for – when we allow it – because in the end WE are going to decide who gets the nomination. My only question is: why is anyone still pretending that the deck wasn’t stacked in the house’s favor from the start?

Tell me, could there be a more glaring example of contempt for democratic processes than this? Sure, the GOP is a private institution and its leaders are free to make up any rules they want to whenever they feel like it. Nobody with an above-room-temperature IQ is disputing that fact. What one needs to ask oneself is this: of all the ways the party big-wigs could have chosen to run their nomination process, why did they pick this incoherent mishmosh of primary/caucus/neither systems that dole out delegates in such variable and often confusing ways? I mean, even among states which allow for direct primary voting, there’s widely differing rules with respect to delegate allocation. Some states are winner-take-all, while others are winner-might-take-all if he or she wins up to a certain percentage of the vote. Other states are purely proportional in their delegate disbursements, while still others don’t seem to follow any rational course at all. Where’s the homogeneity here? …the consistency?

And why have party bosses waited until so late in the primary season to consider changes to the rules by which the convention will be run? Shouldn’t they have made those decisions before the primaries even started, if only for the purpose of appearing fair and equitable to the voting public? What possible excuse could they have for waltzing in after most of the primary votes have been cast and diddling with this process, other than they desire to further burden the frontrunner with obstacles that did not exist before the race started?

I have long complained that primary elections are largely rigged affairs, but rarely do I have the opportunity to point to such clear illustrations of said rigging as I do today. It may well please many of my fellow Cruzites to learn that our favored candidate has just been handed the entirety of Colorado’s delegates for no discernable reason whatsoever, but it doesn’t put a smile on my face. I only consider myself a winner when I’ve actually faced someone in competition and beaten them fair and square. I don’t accept participation trophies, nor do I feel like breaking into a victory dance merely for showing up on time.

If it hasn’t become painfully obvious to you people by now that this entire primary election season is turning into one gigantic sham, then I feel sorry for you. Yes, fellow Cruzites and Cruzoids, don’t delude yourselves into thinking that just because the party’s insiders seem to be leaning in Cruz’s direction for the time being, that they won’t turn on him like a pack of rabid weasels in Cleveland this summer. You see, once you’ve cast your lot with the likes of Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan and all the other unprincipled assclowns currently running the GOP, you don’t get to complain when they stab you in the back further on down the road. That’s the nature of “party rules”, and they have nothing to do with the concepts of right and wrong.

Edward L. Daley

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*VIDEO* Sean Hannity Talks To Newt Gingrich About Trump, Cruz And Crazed Leftists

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Ted Cruz Sets Trayvon Martin’s Mother Straight On Stand Your Ground Laws

WOW! God bless Senator Cruz

I do, of course feel sympathy for this woman, she lost her child, but my sympathy ends when she tries to use the justified killing of her son, and yes, it was, I believe justified, to stamp out my right to defend my life, and the lives of my family. Sorry, but a mother’s grief pales in comparison to the grief that legislating against the most basic human right, that of self-defense, would cause. No “justice” will ever come from disarming the law-abiding or interfering with their right to protect themselves by criminalizing a basic human right.

 

Following Cruz Filibuster, GOP Bosses Unplug Their Phones As Conservatives Inundate Them With Calls

Meltdown! GOP Bosses’ Phones Unplugged – WorldNetDaily

Following the epic, 21-hour speech by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, supporting the defunding of Obamacare, either voters made so many calls to establishment Republicans that their phone lines melted, or those GOP leaders took their phones off the hook.

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Even in this age of digital wizardry and limitless voicemail, callers could not get through at all to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

A message said the senator was experiencing a high volume of calls and directed members of the public to call back later or visit his website.

It was the same story with the man who was the face of the GOP in the 2008 elections, former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

His phone was off the hook, too. Callers got a message stating his voicemail box was full.

The Arizona senator apparently had other matters on his mind during the Cruz speech, tweeting, “Final episode of #Broadchurch tonight – one of the most entertaining shows on TV right now.”

That prompted conservative commentator Michelle Malkin to tweet, “Meanwhile, McCain is tweeting about a TV show. See the problem here, America?”

Callers to Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also got a message saying the line was busy, but at least those callers were sent to voicemail.

“Vile” calls from Cruz supporters

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who has called Cruz a “fraud” for his efforts to defund Obamacare, said Thursday supporters of the Texas senator have been bombarding his office with “vile” phone calls.

“The vehemence of the phone calls coming into the office. I don’t care, people can call me whatever they want… I haven’t heard such vile, profane, obscene language,” King said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.

“I’m not saying Ted Cruz is responsible for all his supporters, but he has tapped into a dark strain here in the American political psyche here, and again, the most obscene, profane stuff you can imagine all from people who say they support the Constitution,” King said. “I think what we have to do is reach out to his people and let them know that they’re following a false leader here.”

GOP leader opposes defunding

McConnell announced Monday he does not support the attempt by Cruz to defund Obamacare.

The GOP Senate leader claimed he opposes Obamacare, but he refused to support Cruz’s effort to block a vote on cloture, which effectively doomed the House bill that would have defunded Obamacare.

McConnell would have needed to get only 41 out of 46 Republican senators to vote to block cloture, but he would not support the effort.

He, and other establishment Republicans, fear they would take the blame for any government shutdown, even though the House bill is specifically designed to force Democrats to be the ones to shut down the government, should they refuse to defund Obamacare.

Neither party supporting Americans

That puts most Americans in the odd position of having neither the Democratic Party, nor the Republican Party, supporting their position on Obamacare.

A CBS News poll found most Americans, 52 percent, disapprove of Obamacare.

Congressman-physician reveals Obamacare skeletons: Rep. Michael Burgess, a medical doctor for three decades, shows how to preserve top-quality care, cuts costs and reject socialism in his blockbuster book, “Doctor in the House: A Physician-Turned-Congressman Offers His Prescription for Scrapping Obamacare – and Saving America’s Medical System”

Democrats favor the health-care law because they consider it the president’s signature achievement.

Analysts believe GOP leaders refuse to mobilize their rank-and-file to fight Obamcare because they are afraid a government shutdown could cost them at the polls in the 2014 elections.

GOP leader blasted

Since McConnell directed his constituents to go to the Internet to express their views to him, WND went to his Facebook page to see what voters have to say.

At 1:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, McConnell posted this message on his Facebook page:

“All we need are 5 Senate Democrats to show enough courage to stand against their party and with the American people on this vote”

He got more than 100 responses, and almost all of them were extremely critical of the senator.

Only two messages supported McConnell.

Facebook messages

Ginger Cochran
Where were you last night, Senator? No where in sight and working to undermine Senator Ted Cruz.

Chad Johnson
Courage????? where were you when Ted Cruz was fighting to stop this monster!
If you do not, you are finished in politics, we will send you packing!

Elska Watts
Shame on your Senator McConnell a vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare, did you run on voting in Obamacare? Are you supporting your voters wants? Turn your vote around and support Ted Cruz and Mike Lee!

Richard Thomas
You sir, are a total sell-out of the people of this country.

Anita Short
We stand with Senator Cruz! If you are not supporting him you are against us and will be voted out! Do the right thing and DEFUND OBAMACARE!!!!!

Craig Peters
Shame on you. Stop spreading lies and fear

Kristen Peterson
if you don’t vote NO on cloture McConnell, consider your political career FINITO!!

Terri Crockford
Defund Obamacare listen to the people for a change.

Carl C. Norman
Stop with the diversion, you need to vote NO to cloture to really want to defund Obamacare. We see what you are doing and we will work hard to see you lose in the next primary.

Debi Lester Doyle
DO NOT VOTE FOR CLOTURE TO CLOSE THE DEBATE UNTIL THERE IS A GUARANTEE OF A CLEAN VOTE FOR THE HOUSE CR. If you are not standing with Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, you are standing with Harry Reid and propping up Obamacare!

David Krochmal
Socialist shave taken over the Democratic Party and Weakness has taken over the Republican party. Can’t stand up for Conservatism and lose elections. Thats what we have in our Party.

Mike Samber
I want my subsidy like you have.

Shelton Burch
Do not side with the President and the others that would enslave us and allow ObamaCare to stand. Stop fighting about when and how the best time/way is to fight. Use them all!

Joanna McGrath Reynolds
We want this dangerous government takeover stopped! Defund Obamacare. The 1995 government shutdown didn’t hurt this country, nor did the sequester. The demogogues & fearmongers on the left will say whatever they have to to keep Obamacare alive!

Carla Artis
Be true to Republicans. Stand with Senator Ted Cruz!

Scott Peterson
Sen. McConnell, I surely hope you’ve heard the American People. It sounds as if you have. Vote NO on Cloture!

Jill Kaufman
stop playing games Mitch!!! YOU get on the side of Ted and defund Obama Care!!!

Laurie Pruser-Stockman
We need You to stop the cloture.

Dane Town
How about some republicans standing with the TEA PARTY to do what they promised the people LAST ELECTION, HUH???????

Shari Lusk
You should have been supporting Ted Cruz 100% in his fight to get Obamacare defunded. What are you getting out of dog-and-pony show you’re putting on to deceive those who don’t know your true colors?

Jim Schneider
Thank you Senator Ted Cruz for standing up for the people. Unfortunately you are one of the few politicians that are supporting the will of the people.

Dottie Fincham
America is watching to see which Senators vote “symbolically” and which cast a vote that will actually end ObamaCare.

Serafin Quintanar
Really Mitch??? You only need 41 out of 46 Republicans to Defund Obamacare… quit playing games!

Lana Oikle Shannon
Hard to do when you have your own party members bashing one of the few Republicans that really stand for Freedom and with the American Ppl. We’re on to ya’wl. We’ve about had enough.

It was difficult to tell if one comment supporting McConnell came from one of his constituents.

Jane Rivelli
Tell them Mitch… stop giving them pipe dreams

The other supportive comment merely read:

Oneta Nicholson Henry
Thank you Senator.

On Sept. 18, McConnell posted, “The only person who seems happy with Obamacare is the guy it’s named after.”

That received more than 4,000 responses, but they were also overwhelmingly critical of the senator.

McConnell was also heavily criticized on Twitter for not supporting Cruz during his speech.

Power of public opinion

Cruz is hoping for a more positive response from voters, hoping to harness the power of public opinion to persuade GOP leaders and wavering Democrats to defund Obamacare.

Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, have collected more than 1.7 million signatures on their online petition to stop Obamacare called “Don’t Fund It!

The next vote, Friday or Saturday, Cruz said, is “the vote that matters.”

Cloture explained

That’s a vote on cloture, a proposal to cut off debate, and it will determine whether there will be a 50- or a 60-vote threshold for making changes to the bill.

If it passes, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could easily add language to the bill restoring funding for Obamacare, because he would need only 50 votes. Republicans have only 46 votes in the Senate, Democrats have 52 and there are two independents. Cruz wants to make sure the threshold to change the bill would be 60 votes.

Cruz said, if the GOP goes along with Democrats and votes for cloture it will doom the effort to defund Obamacare.

Up to the people, now

Following the Texan’s marathon speech, Lee’s communications director Brian Phillips told WND, “It’s up to the American people, now. If they want their senator to vote the right way, their senator has to hear from them.”

But if voters can’t call their senators because the phones are off the hook, they can contact them on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Or voters could try calling the senators at their home offices.

The Tea Party Express collected much of that contact information.

Key contact information

Concerned individuals may contact what the Tea Party Express calls the key senators:

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
DC PHONE: 202.224.2541
LOUISVILLE: 502.582.6304
TWITTER
FACEBOOK

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
DC PHONE: 202.224.2934
AUSTIN: 512.469.6034
DALLAS: 972.239.1310
HARLINGEN: 956.423.0162
HOUSTON: 713.572.3337
LUBBOCK: 806.472.7533
SAN ANTONIO: 210.224.7485
TYLER: 903.593.0902
TWITTER
FACEBOOK

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
DC PHONE: 520.670.6334
PHOENIX: 602.952.2410
PRESCOTT: 928.445.0833
TUCSON: 520.670.6334
TWITTER
FACEBOOK

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
DC PHONE: 202.224.6121
TWITTER
FACEBOOK

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
DC PHONE: 202.224.4254
TWITTER
FACEBOOK

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
DC PHONE: 202.224.4521
TWITTER
FACEBOOK

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho
DC PHONE: 202.224.2752
TWITTER

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The Other Battle To Defund ObamaCare – TPNN

On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz began a filibuster of the worst law passed by the worst President in American history. He vowed to “speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand.” And after 21 hours on his feet, in the true fashion of an “anarchist,” as Harry Reid and the mainstream media smeared him, he politely followed parliamentary procedure, yielded the floor, and exited the Senate chamber.

The Senator knew there would come a time when he could no longer stand, but Cruz is from Texas, where you can find the Alamo, the Alamo Bowl, the Alamo Inn, the Alamo Economic Development Corporation, the North Alamo Elementary School, and the Alamo Bar and Grill. In other words, Cruz and his fellow Texans know a lot about what it means to stand boldly on principle even in the face of certain defeat.

What’s not as well known is that there’s another fight to defund Obamacare, and in this other fight, President Obama doesn’t get a veto. This is a fight completely within the reach of conservatives to win. But it’s a fight too many Republican governors are afraid to wage.

I’m talking about the decision every state government faces of whether to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Democrats wanted to coerce states into expanding their Medicaid programs to achieve his vision of universal health care, so the original version of Obamacare included a huge costly punishment of states that refused to expand Medicaid. In the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision last year, it struck down as unconstitutional Obamacare’s plan to punish uncooperative states. Now, thanks to that court decision, every state has the option of rejecting the Medicaid expansion without the threat of any punishment from Obama.

Fortunately, about half the states have refused to expand Medicaid. Unfortunately, the remaining states include Republican governors. If you hate Obamacare, you should know who they are. It’s time to name names.

Republican Governors Jan Brewer of Arizona and Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota are the most egregious offenders. They represent states that voted for Mitt Romney – very red states where rejection of the Medicaid expansion would come at little-to-no political cost for them. Those states’ constituents are conservative. It’s a shame that on this issue, their governors aren’t.

Five other Republican Governors are in the second-to-worst class of offenders. John Kasich of Ohio, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Terry Branstad of Iowa, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, and Rick Scott of Florida lead states that George W. Bush was able to carry. These are not die-hard blue states, but their governors are acting like blue-state governors by accepting Obamacare’s invitation to expand Medicaid. (Florida’s legislature has thus far succeeded in blocking Scott’s attempt at expansion, but the same sadly can’t be said elsewhere.)

Let’s be clear about what’s at stake. The Medicaid expansion is absolutely central to Obamacare. It will cost federal taxpayers at least $800 billion over the next ten years. Obamacare raises taxes by $500 billion in order to (help) pay for the expansion. Although Obamacare’s individual mandate has attracted most of the attention, there’s nothing about Obamacare, from the perspective of those of us who think government taxes too much and spends too much, that is worse than the Medicaid expansion.

Republican Governors who want to expand Medicaid make two arguments. First, they say that a rejection of the Medicaid expansion in their states would mean that federal tax dollars from their citizens fund the expansion in other states. But that’s only true if there are other states that expand. If all 30 Republican governors joined with the Democratic governors of Montana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and West Virginia (5 red states that voted for Romney), there would only be 15 states expanding Medicaid – which would save federal taxpayers in all 50 states hundreds of billions of dollars.

Second, at least one Republican Governor, John Kasich, has argued that rejecting the Medicaid expansion is un-Christian. Kasich told an interviewer that “we will be held accountable” by God for not expanding Medicaid because “the right way to live is to make sure that those who do not have the blessings that we have, those who are beleaguered, those who have fallen on hard times – we can’t ignore them. We have to help them. And we’re expected to do that, and I believe the Lord expects us to do that. And it’s spelled out pretty clearly in that Old and New Testament, consistently.”

Unlike John Kasich, I’ll let the Lord speak for himself, but I have three questions for Kasich and governors like him. If spending $800 billion by a government already $17 trillion in debt is actually some kind of Eleventh Commandment prescribed by the Almighty, as Reverend Kasich apparently believes, why did Kasich campaign in 2010 in favor of repealing all of Obamacare? Why did he support a suit by 26 states in 2011 challenging the Medicaid expansion’s legality? And since nothing in “that Old and New Testament” changed between then and his Come-to-Obama moment, what did?

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*LIVE UPDATES* Cruz To Speak Against ObamaCare ‘Until I Am No Longer Able To Stand’

*LIVE UPDATES* Cruz To Speak Against ObamaCare ‘Until I Am No Longer Able To Stand’ – Big Government

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to the Senate floor to begin a “talking filibuster” against the funding of Obamacare.

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“I rise today in opposition to Obamacare,” Cruz said. “I intend to speak in opposition to Obamacare. I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand.”

Cruz said he will “do everything I can to help” Americans stand together against a Washington and “politicians in this body that are not listening to the people.”

Cruz said it was an honor to stand side-by-side with his colleague Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), the architect of the defunding strategy, and said it was time to recognize that this “grand experiment” of Obamacare is not working. Cruz said it was time to “make D.C. listen” and said it was a point that he would make “over and over again.”

On Monday, Cruz demanded a 60-vote threshold for any amendments to the House bill that funds the government except for Obamacare. He said politicians who vote for cloture would be voting to fund Obamacare.

Update: CNN’s Carol Costello and Dana Bash are giggling like mean sorority girls over the empty Senate chamber.

Update: Citing Ayn Rand, Cruz rip the media for focusing on personalities instead of ideas.

In other news…

CNN’s Dana Bash is now mocking Cruz for talking about Star Wars and Ashton Kutcher.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd is focusing on Cruz’s Star Wars comments and White Castle references.

Update: ABC News’ Political Director Rick Klein pretends he doesn’t understand the point about putting President Obama on the ObamaCare exchanges his health care act has forced so many on to.

This is Klein hoping to appeal to and convince low-information voters that Paul and Cruz are spouting nonsense. Klein knows the point is a good one and rather than share it, he acts obtuse in order to dismiss it.

Update: Sen. Paul suggests President Obama go on the ObamaCare exchange, and that at today’s briefing some reporter ask if Obama is willing to go on the exchange. “Mr. President, if it such a good idea, why don’t you get it?”

Paul is referencing the hundreds of thousands of workers who have lost their health insurance after the costs of ObamaCare forced employers to choose the fines of not insuring over the cost of Obama’s mandated health plans. As a result, Walgreens alone dumped 180,000 into the exchanges.

Update: At 8:41am ET, Cruz officially hit the 18 hour mark. Somehow he looks as fresh as he did at 2:41pm yesterday.

Update: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is mocking ObamaCare for being so bad the administration can’t give it away for free. He is also laying out how businesses can game the system to get an advantage over the competition by dumping employees on to the exchanges or not hiring more than 49 employees.

Update: On Twitter, @Cuffymeh compares CNN’s worship of Democrat Wendy Davis to the objective, not-at-all-liberal network’s attack on Ted Cruz:

What’s Ted Cruz’s deal?

Critics question his motives, though – is this about his principles or about presidential aspirations?

CNN political analyst Gloria Borger said his Republican detractors think Cruz is putting his political career above all else.

Wendy Davis: From teen mom to Harvard Law to famous filibuster

The Texas state senator whose filibuster of an abortion bill became a national phenomenon has a long history of persisting against tough odds.

Update: Morning Joe and his panel hurled contempt at Ted Cruz all morning; this included Joe, Mika, Chuck Todd, the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis, David Gregory, Cokie Roberts, and Chris Matthews.

Update: Cruz has been speaking for 17 hours and looks as fresh as he did when this started.

Update: CNN accuses Cruz’s “theatrics” of inviting a government shutdown and then calls the filibuster fake because Cruz negotiated a stop time with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Obviously, CNN is not concerned with contradicting itself in order to tear down Cruz.

Update: Cruz Is Reading from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. He Urges Americans to Buy the Book.

Update: Lee, Cruz Hammer Home Point ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ Misnomer

In a brilliant discourse, Lee and Cruz made the point that the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” is a misnomer and obliterated the back and forth about whether Obamcare was a tax or a penalty.

Lee eventually made the point that just like the Hundred Years’ War did not last 100 years, just like the Chinese gooseberry is from New Zealand, the airplane black box is orange, Panama hats come from Ecuador, camel hair is actually squirrel fur, the purple finch is crimson,and the canary islands are named after a dog, years war did not last 100 years, the “Affordable Care Act” make healthcare less affordable rather than more. Lee had asked Cruz a serious of questions about what color a black box was and where Panama hats come from. Many were impressed with the discourse:

UPDATE: Cruz said there is not a senator who could have given the constitutional lecture Lee did. Cruz also revealed that he did not know there were different shades of white until his wife asked him what shade of white a tile was while they were redecorating their bathroom.

UPDATE: Filibuster Hits 12-Hour Mark

Cruz’s filibuster hits the 12-hour mark at 2:41 AM EDT, as Sen. Lee eloquently speaks about the ratification of the Constitution, limited government, and modern commerce clause jurisdiction.

UPDATE: Palin Watching Filibuster from Alaska: ‘We Can Hear You All the Way in Wasilla.’

UPDATE: Cruz Connects Toby Keith and Hobby Lobby, Rips Obama for Demonstrating ‘Hostility’ to Religious Faith

Cruz read the lyrics to Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” and he spoke extensively about Hobby Lobby and religious liberty. He said they had an awful lot to do with each other ann and talked about how the United States was founded by those who fled religious persecution from across the globe and governments that sought to impose their rules to restrict the religious liberties of men and women. Cruz then said the federal government is telling Hobby Lobby and Catholic hospitals that they must violate their religious liberties because government knows best. Cruz said the Founding Fathers knew that if Americans don’t have the freedom to seek out God, then every other freedom can be stripped away and that is why the First Amendment begins with religious liberty. He then blistered the Obama administration for demonstrating a “hostility” to religious faith “that is staggering.” Cruz said religious liberty is foundational to “who we are” and Obamacare is “pernicious” because of it “disregards religious liberty.”

“If the government can order them to violate their religious beliefs, what’s to stop them from ordering you to violate yours,” Cruz said. “That’s wrong. That is inconsistent with who we are as Americans. It’s one of the many reasons Americans are fed up with what’s happening under Obamacare.”

UPDATE: Cruz Praises Duck Dynasty, Says We’re All Going to Be ‘Happy, Happy, Happy,’ When We Defund Obamacare

Cruz praised Duck Dynasty for being a show about a “God-fearing family of successful entrepreneurs who love guns” and “who love to hunt and believe in the American dream.” Cruz said that’s something that is not supposed to exist, according to Congress.

He quoted some of the show’s main characters. Cruz quoted Duck Commander Phil Robertson, who said, “in a subdivision, you call 911. At home, I am 911.” He also quoted Phil’s famous “Happy, Happy, Happy,” line and told Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), “when we defund Obamacare, we’re all going to be ‘Happy, Happy, Happy.'”

“That kind of homespun wisdom is what this country was built on. It’s who we are,” Cruz said. “There are some things to chuckle on but there’s an awful lot of common sense.”

UPDATE: C-SPAN noted when Cruz surpassed Sen. Sanders’s 2010 filibuster by an hour:

UPDATE: Fox News’s Sean Hannity praises Breitbart News reporter Matthew Boyle:

Update: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) whined about having to preside over the Senate and called Cruz’s filibuster “a pointless fairy tale non-filibuster” even though, as the Washington Post’s Paul Kane noted, mainstream media outlets referred to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speech in 2010 in which he did exactly what Cruz is doing as a “filibuster.”

Update: Cruz: ‘Asinine’ for GOP Pundits to Make ‘Poppycock’ Argument that Republicans Can’t Do Anything Because They Control ‘One-Half of One-Third of Government.”

Cruz said it is “asinine” for pundits always say that Republicans cannot do anything because they control “one half of one-third of government” and said there was a legal term for that argument: “poppycock.” This is an argument often employed by House Republican leaders like House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).

Cruz noted that the House has preeminence on spending and not a single law can pass without the House.

Update: Sen. Cruz: ‘God Bless Talk Radio’

He spoke about the democratization of information and mentioned how talk radio goes right around the media gatekeepers and the Internet, Twitter, and Facebook help people and information bypass the traditional gatekeepers because there are no longer three large networks that monopolize the news.

Update: Sen. Mike Lee Makes Another Appearance on Senate Floor to Join Cruz

Update from Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle: Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) Honored to Have Joined Cruz

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), a conservative from the state, told Breitbart News he is honored to have joined Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the floor to fight to defund Obamacare. Hudson joined Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Paul Broun (R-GA), a few of the House members who came to the Senate floor to support Cruz, on the other side of Capitol Hill. “Last week, the House stood up for the American people by passing legislation to defund Obamacare, control spending and prevent a government shutdown,” Hudson said in an email. “As the fight continues in the Senate, I stand with Senator Ted Cruz and our like-minded colleagues to protect our constituents from this disastrous and intrusive health care takeover.”

Update: As Promised, Cruz Reads #MakeDCListen Tweets on the Senate Floor

Update: #MakeDCListen Still Top Trending Topic on Twitter

Update: Cruz: Americans Expect All 100 Senators on Floor Debating Obamacare

Cruz wondered what could be more important than debating the funding of Obamacare that so few senators would be on the floor debating Obamacare. Cruz said, unfortunately, senators are not listening to Americans concerned about Obamacare, and some would rather be at fundraising dinners.

Update: Picture of Cruz’s Daughters Watching Their Father on Television

Update: Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) supports Cruz on Twitter

Update: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) Claims Cruz is ‘Just Plain Wrong’ to Suggest Congress Received Special Treatment on Obamacare

After Durbin bragged about how the healthcare exchanges would help one of his constituents, Cruz then asked Durbin if he would be willing eliminate the subsidies that congressional staffers are set to receive so Congress plays by the same rules as Durbin’s constituents.

Cruz said he would like to note that it speaks volumes that Congress has been exempted from the Obamacare system Durbin so passionately described.

“I’m curious if the senator from Illinois is such a fan of the exchanges … would the senator from Illinois then support Senator Vitter’s amendment?” Cruz asked. “If we’re going to make rules for the American people, [we should be subject] to the same rules.”

Durbin said Cruz was “just plain wrong” to say that Congress received special treatments and exemptions from Obamacare even though the text of Obamacare does not explicitly allow the federal government to subsidize lawmakers in Congress and their staffs for their insurance plans they must buy on the exchanges.

Update: Pobrecitas: Anonymous Sources in GOP Establishment Whining About Cruz

Going to the left-leaning Buzzfeed, anonymous GOP establishment sources, “most of whom declined to disparage a rising star on the record,” said “the party’s donor class is rolling its eyes at Cruz’s” speech on the Senate floor. Pobrecitas (poor things). They said Cruz’s refusal to be co-opted by the ruling class will discourage the big-money donors, the same types of people who are financing the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform efforts, from financially backing Cruz. As Cruz has repeatedly said, though, there is a paradigm shift that is going on that is empowering the grassroots, to whom Cruz has said he is accountable instead of these big-money establishment donors. Cruz, almost more than any other politician, is a symbol of that paradigm shift.

UPDATE: Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) Communications Director Notices There May Be a Reason Why Members of the Washington Establishment and Their Minions Have Stopped Chirping on Twitter Against Cruz, a Politician They Loathe for Not Kowtowing to Them:

UPDATE: Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) join Cruz on the Senate floor

UPDATE: Cruz Reads Two Bedtime Stories to His Daughters, Caroline and Katherine from Senate Floor

Cruz reads a bedtime story from the Bible and Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham to his daughters. Earlier, Cruz spoke about how he always believed his father “invented” green eggs and ham by using green food coloring or spinach in the eggs that he made Cruz when Cruz was a child. Cruz said Green Eggs and Ham is relevant to the Obamacare campaign because Obama and Democrats said “just try” Obamacare over three years ago. Except Cruz said Americans tried Obamacare and did not like it.

Update: Cruz: You Could Not Design a Law That Can Do More Damage to Young People than Obamacare if You Sat Down And Tried

Cruz said Obamacare is a wealth transfer program from healthy young people to others who are not as healthy. He said lawmakers looked at young people and “licked their chops” and emphasized that one could not design a law that would hurt young people as much as Obamacare if lawmakers deliberately tried.

Update: Cruz Speaks Fluently About Football

In discussing all of the establishments and universities that are cutting hours because of Obamacare, Cruz read that the University of Alabama is capping work hours for students at 20. He kidded that that “may be justifiable punishment for their having beaten Texas A&M,” but “it is still not good for students who would like to work more than 20 hours a week.” Earlier, Cruz said he hated the Pittsburgh Steelers because the “Steel Curtain” teams would pound his Houston Oilers, led by Earl Campbell, while Cruz was a child in Texas during the 1970s.

Update: Paul Tweets His Appearance on Senate Floor

UPDATE: #MakeDCListen

Cruz said he would read “#MakeDCListen” tweets on the Senate floor later in the evening and encouraged Americans to use the hashtag that has been the top-trending topic on Twitter.

UPDATE: SARAH PALIN TO CRUZ: ‘Stay Strong’

After an appearance on Fox News’ Cavuto in which she had Cruz’s back and her exclusive op-ed for Breitbart News over the weekend gave Cruz air cover and lit up the political world, the politician whom Cruz said he would not be in the Senate without weighed in on Twitter and supported Cruz, saying that “fortifying caribou jerky” was on its way to Texas as well:

Stay strong @SenTedCruz! Wear comfortable shoes. As we did for Rand Paul, fortifying caribou jerky is on it’s way #KeepCruzing #MakeDCListen – Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) September 24, 2013

At this year’s CPAC, Cruz said he would not be in the Senate were it not for Palin, who endorsed Cruz during the 2012 Texas Senate primary at a time when Cruz was not assured to make the runoff against moderate Republican Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Former South Carolina Senator and current Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, whose mantle Cruz is taking up in the Senate, said nobody has more influence in a Republican primary than Palin. Cruz’s campaign prominently featured Palin on its website and in radio and television ads, and Cruz eventually made the runoff against Dewhurst and eventually won the nomination and the Senate seat. The Senate’s landscape would be a lot different had Dewhurst been elected to the Senate from Texas, which is what many in the Republican establishment wanted.

Cruz, unlike many who have come to Washington to change it only to be changed by it, has not proverbially seen the Washington, D.C. cesspool as a jacuzzi and has danced with the one that brung him. He repeatedly emphasizes that he is accountable to the grassroots and not the mainstream media and Republican establishment, which has surprised political reporters who are accustomed to conservatives being co-opted by Washington’s establishment.

UPDATE from Breitbart News’ Matt Boyle: Enzi Still Deciding Whether to Stand with Cruz

A spokesman for Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) told Breitbart News that Enzi will likely take a stand one way or the other on whether he supports the strategy from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sometime tonight on the Senate floor or sometime tomorrow morning. Nonetheless, Enzi’s spokesman argued that the senator is ardently opposed to Obamacare. “I can tell you Senator Enzi voted against Obamacare in committee and on the Senate floor,” Enzi’s spokesman said in an email. “Since the majority passed it, Senator Enzi has voted to dismantle it, has supported legislation to repeal it and has signed a letter to Senator Reid with Senators Lee, Paul, Cruz and others that says Senator Enzi will not support a continuing resolution that funds further implementation or enforcement of Obamacare.”

UPDATE: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) echoes many points from his standard speech about how Obamacare makes it tougher for people to live the American dream like Rubio’s and Cruz’s parents were able to do.

Cruz said that Rubio inspired him and was a “critical national leader” and was there from day one with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) on defunding Obamacare. Cruz also noted that “official Washington” did not think Rubio could get elected to the Senate when he was running against then-Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Rubio won after running on Tea Party principles but has seen his poll numbers among conservatives and Republicans plummet after his enthusiastic support of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill as a member of the chamber’s “Gang of Eight” that wrote it

UPDATE: #MakeDCListen Blowing Up Twitter.

“#StandwithCruz” and “KeepCruzing” and other hashtags associated with Cruz’s speech have been trending throughout the day:

UPDATE: Cruz Points Out ‘No Consequences’ for Those Who Said House Would Never Pass Bill to Defund Obamacare

Cruz said there are no consequences for people in their “deep baritone voices” who said the House would never pass a bill to defund Obamacare. He noted that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was not initially on board with the initial group that was in favor of the defunding strategy and has now expressed his support.

UPDATE from Breitbart News’ Matt Boyle on Sens. Sessions, Inhofe, Roberts, Johnson

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Breitbart News on Tuesday shortly after 5 p.m. that he sympathizes with Cruz’s effort but would not specifically agree either way whether he would support Cruz’s strategy. “”I agree with the tens of millions of Americans who believe Obamacare should be stopped. The law is raising their cost of healthcare coverage and forcing businesses to cut back on jobs and to reduce benefits. But Senator Reid and President Obama will keep pushing Obamacare even as its implementation is an obvious train wreck. Unfortunately, Democrats control the U.S. Senate, and I highly doubt they will pass a government funding measure that defunds Obamacare.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) also just promised on Senate floor that he will support Cruz’s strategy. “I intend to support you,” Sessions said. “I don’t intend to vote to” move forward on any bill that leaves the door open to fund Obamacare. “I thank you for you leadership,” Sessions told Cruz.

Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) said they will support Cruz’s strategy too, according to the Senate Conservatives Fund.

UPDATE: Cruz: ‘Filling the Tree’ Example of Politicians Using Positions of Power to Enforce Washington’s Ideological Views

Cruz said the tactic used by the Majority Leader to not allow any other amendments on a bill was a “tool of power” used to silence the people and ensure what the permanent political class wants is imposed on the rest of America.

UPDATE: Matt Drudge Praises Cruz and Paul

UPDATE: Sen. Jeff Sessions Says Obamacare Will Make DC More of a Boomtown

Sessions said Obamacare would create more jobs for bureaucrats and lobbyists in DC at a time when the rest of the nation is struggling economically. Cruz said the “boom business in our economy is government” and that was unfortunate because smart people see gaming the government as a way to enrich themselves. Cruz said the divide between the bipartisan ruling class and the rest of America was the greatest source of the country’s problems and disillusionment.

UPDATE: Sen. Jeff Sessions Joins Cruz on the Senate Floor

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a staunch opponent of the Senate’s amnesty bill, earned the respect of many conservatives with his war-horse like work in opposing comprehensive immigration reform.

He asked Cruz if Obamacare leads to a single-payer system, who would be the payer?

Cruz said that government would be the payer, which means the taxpayers. Cruz noted that once government pays for healthcare it can control it. He had said that the vote for cloture on the bill before the Senate will be the most important vote he will have taken in his nine months in the Senate because it is a question of whether senators will be responding to the “suffering” that Obamacare has wrought across America. Cruz said senators have the “for me but not for thee” mentality on Obamacare, and Cruz said senators would oppose Obamacare more fiercely if their healthcare or that of their children were on the line like it is for many of America’s most vulnerable. Sessions said he intends to support Cruz’s effort.

UPDATE: Cruz Tells Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) that Obamacare Will Lead to Socialized Medicine

After Roberts asked whether Obamacare would lead to socialized medicine, Cruz said Obamacare’s intended purpose was to “unavoidably” lead the country down the path of socialized healthcare. He said Obamacare would fail but would destroy the private sector when it does, allowing for a single-payer system to be ushered in, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said was Obamacare’s goal.

UPDATE: Paul Asks Cruz Questions on the Floor

Paul criticizes Obama for not willing to negotiate with Republicans and for his “my way or the highway” approach. He asked Cruz if he wants to shut down the government and what his intentions were.

Cruz said he is not in his argument boots and instead is wearing black tennis shoes like the ones Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) wears to make himself more comfortable. He said he was in “debt to Rand Paul” for allowing him to speak on the Senate floor in support of Paul’s “tremendous filibuster that mobilized the American people,” which was the first time Cruz spoke on the Senate floor.

Cruz talks about how surprised reporters were that Cruz would want to defund Obamacare even though some of those reporters were on the campaign trail with him when he promised to do so if he got to Washington. He reiterated that he did not wan to shut down the government

UPDATE: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Heading to Floor to Ask Cruz Questions:

UPDATE: Cruz Reads Letters from American People Opposed to Obamacare

Cruz read a letter from an employees of a small business in Texas asking for Obamacare to be defunded. He read another from a commercial real estate broker from Chesapeake, Virginia who was already feeling the disastrous impact of Obamacare in a low-income community. The real estate agent wrote to Cruz that many in the low-income community have seen their hours cut to 29 hours a week because of Obamacare and, as a result, they will be forced into government housing because they are unable to pay their rent and his client will get less income. Cruz said “these cries are coming from all across the country,” but Washington is not listening.

UPDATE: Cruz Discusses Obamacare’s Impact on Cleveland Clinic

Cruz mentioned that the Cleveland Clinic is the second largest employer in Ohio after Walmart and is responsible for 80% of economic output in Northeast Ohio. Because of Obamacare, though, the Cleveland Clinic will be forced to lay off thousands of workers. Cruz said if lawmakers really cared about Ohio other than every four years during a presidential election year the Senate chamber should be filled with senators addressing Obamacare’s impact on the Cleveland Clinic and Ohio’s economy. He noted the Cleveland Clinic also provides healthcare to some of most disadvantaged people as well.

UPDATE: Cruz’s Story About His Father Getting His First Job Washing Dishes for 50 Cents an Hour and Assimilating Resonates:

Cruz said Obamacare threatens the type of jobs that young people at the lower end of the economic ladder need to move up to better jobs and the economic ladder like his father did.

UPDATE from Breitbart News Reporter Matthew Boyle: Chambliss Opposes Cruz

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) came out against Sen. Cruz’s strategy on Tuesday, saying he will vote for cloture.

“He plans to vote for cloture on the House Republican’s continuing resolution, which he supports,” Chambliss’ spokeswoman wrote in an email to Breitbart News.

UPDATE: Cruz: Obamacare Shows There Are ‘Two Americas’

Cruz uses John Edwards’s “two Americas” formulation to describe the country under Obamacare.

“I didn’t agree with a lot of thingns John Edwards said as a political candidate,” Cruz said, noting, though, that he agreed with the “tragic” notion that there are “two Americas.” During the 2004 Democratic presidential primary, Edwards, the candidate George W. Bush’s reelection team arguably feared the most on the top of the ticket, used his “two Americas” speech to rocket up the Democratic field in the waning months of the campaign, eventually securing a spot on the ticket with nominee John Kerry.

Cruz said there are two Americas between the ruling class in Washington and everyone else. Cruz said there is an America for those of wealth and privilege and power and everybody else. Cruz had been saying, without using the explicit Two Americas formulation, that the Obamacare debate has reflected the two Americas divide, where the well-connected groups and businesses have gotten carve-outs and exemptions while the “little people” get stuck with an Obamacare law that is not even good enough for the members of Congress that passed it.

“If you’re lucky enough to be a college graduate, the unemployment rate is 3.5%, pretty good,” Cruz said, noting that the people who are getting “hammered” under Obamacare are the young, single mothers, and minorities who do not have “wealth and privilege” and trying to move up the economic ladder.

UPDATE: Cruz: A lot of people with vested interest in preserving status quo

Cruz said once more Obamacare exemptions are doled out, Americans would be left with a system where Obamacare is a rule for “the little people,” invoking Leona Helmsley, who said only “little people” pay taxes.

UPDATE: Cruz: If Only Senators Were to Behave as if Their Constituents Were at Least as Important as Their Congressional Staffers and They Are

Cruz took a question from Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and said that Vitter’s amendment to not allow federal subsidies for those in Congress who purchase health insurance on the exchanges should be voted on and Vitter’s amendment should be expanded to all federal employees. Cruz said if those in Congress say Obamacare is so great, then “they should live under it.” Cruz said if Obamacare is so great, members of Congress, staff members, and federal employees should “eagerly embrace it.” He said “there is not a ruling class in Washington that somehow gets treated differently.” Cruz said behind closed doors, “this issue generates a lot of passion.” He said there are a great many congressional staffers who are great public servants and the Vitter amendment “deeply concerns” them. Cruz said it speaks volumes that some congressional staffers are willing to resign should the Vitter amendment pass because healthcare will be more expensive and not as good. Instead of vilifying Vitter, Cruz said the panic some staffers feel should be directed at working class Americans who are struggling to make ends meet who are very likely to lose their health insurance and put on exchanges.

“If Obamacare were so terrific, why would the president want to delay it ’til the next election?” Cruz said, noting than exemptions for labor unions are on their way.

UPDATE: “Sovereignty Is an Idea We Need to Get Back to”

Cruz said that town halls are not an annoyance and the Senate has not behaved in recent years as if “we the people are sovereign” and it has not acted “as if each of us have 300 million bosses.” Cruz spoke at length about how the idea that rights come from God and not a sovereign is still revolutionary. He said when he asked people and business owners what their greatest concern was, they all said the impact Obamacare would have on jobs.

UPDATE: Cruz takes a question from Lee, the architect of the defunding Obamacare strategy, who mentions that the new media environment allows more people outside of Washington, D.C. to have their voices heard on defunding Obamacare.

UPDATE: Cruz Leads: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus showed his support for Cruz and his effort to defund Obamacare.

Twitter is lighting up with #MakeDCListen tweets like the one below:

UPDATE: Cruz: Mainstream Media Covers Important Issues like Hollywood Gossip Pages to Distract Americans with ‘Smoke and Mirrors’

Cruz said it is not by accident important issues are covered like the Hollywood gossip pages in order to distract Americans with “smoke and mirrors.” He blasted the “courage” of the anonymous staffers in Washington who have been knifing him in the back behind the scenes; however, he said he has “no intention of engaging in that game” even though rocks will be thrown at him. He said anyone who is trying to make the defunding Obamacare fight about personalities is trying to distract Americans from the fight.

UPDATE: Cruz: Congress like World Wrestling Federation

Cruz is obliterating the ruling permanent political class in Washington, saying that Congress is “a little bit like the World Wresting Federation” where everyone knows the outcome in advance and the rhetoric is “all for show.”

Regarding the defunding of Obamacare, Cruz said, “No more fake fights. No more hiding your votes. No more trying to fool the American people.” He has insisted throughout his speech that it is time to “make D.C.” listen. And he ripped Republicans who will say they voted against Obamacare knowing the predetermined outcome in advance.

Cruz said he wanted to “stand and fight for the more than 1.6 million Americans who signed the national petition against Obamacare” and the millions more who did not sign because they were told by politicians that it was impossible to defund Obamacare.

He said these establishment politicians get annoyed at their constituents (He said he heard senators complain that they were getting “too many phone calls” from constituents) for flooding their offices with phone calls more than they are about Obamacare and are concerned only about being “invited to all the right cocktail parties in town.”

“There are members in this body for whom that is really, really important,” Cruz said. “At the end of the day, we don’t work for those holding cocktail parties. Or the intelligentsia in the big cities writing newspaper editorials.”

Cruz said he was reminded of The Little Engine That Could because a lot of members “of this body… what they’d say to that train at the bottom of the train” is, “No you can’t!”

Cruz said many in Washington think they are the “kings and queens of their own fiefdoms” and said he has “26 million bosses back home in Texas.”

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A public service from your “just a blogger” GatorDoug

Y’all, (the proper way to address a group of people), Know that Ted Cruz, and a few other Conservatives are fighting like Hell to derail Obamacare. Naturally, this has interrupted MSNBS host Chris “Crazy Legs” Matthews a great deal. Weasel Zippers has the sad, but all too predictable result, a Matthews meltdown, it is like a regular meltdown, only bigger and more pathetic. As a public service I, who am merely a “blogger”, will translate Matthews diatribe.

Via Mediaite:

Chris Matthews let loose Tuesday night with what he really thinks of Republican senator Ted Cruz, the face of the defund Obamacare movement. Matthews and Democratic congressman Jim Moran called him dangerous, with Matthews gong so far as to declare he is a threat to the entirety of the American political system. […]

Now, when Matthews says Cruz is dangerous, what he really means is that Cruz is Reaganesque, and that Matthews is deathly afraid of Cruz because Cruz, like Reagan has the ability to speak directly to the people, thus influencing the people to understand how bad Obamacare is. Matthews, being an elitist, naturally detests any and all who would oppose his Neo-Marxist ideology.

He recalled how Cruz’s political debut was his accusations about Chuck Hagel‘s extremist ties in a very “Joe McCarthy fashion,” calling Cruz “totally and utterly destructive” and dismissing the idea he’s educated a single person about the health care law.

Whenever a leftist like Matthews invokes the name McCarthy they are attempting to smear a Conservative who has an effective message. Do not allow yourself to be taken in by this hateful rhetoric. Remember this Leftists attack Conservatives not because they disagree with them, which they of course do, but because they FEAR them!

Moran said Cruz is “ignorant of the facts” and predicted he won’t be able to accomplish much after these “antics.” Matthews noticed how Cruz is “sneering” every time he talks about an issue, calling the Texas senator a “threat” to the American political system, and while he admitted using the word “terrorist” would be a little strong, he did leave it dangling over the conversation.

What Matthews and Moran, who is so crooked he has to screw his pants on are really doing here is attempting to further smear Cruz  by calling him ignorant and accusing Cruz of “antics”. How rich, Matthews, who engages in antics and hyperbole like no other throwing that charge at Ted Cruz. 

Look, all you really have to know about Matthews is that he looks like Newt Gingrich’s retarded little brother, and jabbers like an incoherent drunk on a bar stool at the diviest bar you can imagine. No, wait, that is not fair. An incoherent drunk makes more sense that Matthews does.

In short, Cruz scares the living Hell out of the Left, and the douche bags that make up the GOP establishment.

Remember when I said that this election season would be violent?

This is what I meant

The homeowner would not support Democrat judicial candidate Ernestina R. Cruz in Taos.
So they beat him bloody.

Officials with the Taos Police Department say they are still working to get to the bottom of the alleged beating of a Taos landowner over the removal of political signs from in front of his property.

In an interview with The Taos News Friday (May 25), property owner Roy Cunnyngham and his wife Joni recounted the events when they returned home, across from Casa los Córdovas May 1.

“I don’t know how many people hit me,” Cunnyngham said of the incident.

According to the police report filed the same day, Eighth Judicial District Court judge candidate Ernestina Cruz was having a “meet and greet” event at Plaza de Colores. At the same time, across the street, Cunnyngham and his wife were returning home from dinner to find several of Cruz’ campaign signs in front of his property.

As in the police report, Cunnyngham confirmed that three men approached him and demanded that he replace the signs where they’d been staked. Cunnyngham said he resisted.

“We were setting them in the car and we’d planned to call whoever they belonged to,” Cunnyngham said. “I told them I thought it was very distasteful to put these signs in front of my property.”

At that point, a younger man came across the street and again told Cunnyngham to put the signs back. When Cunnyngham refused, the man “pounded me in the chest,” Cunnyngham said.

While Cunnyngham says he knows a few of the people involved, The Taos News’ policy is not to identify alleged offenders until they have been charged or implicated by law enforcement.

At the time of the incident, Cruz denied having any knowledge of anyone involved in the incident, saying that it was “unfortunate” that Cunnyngham removed signs that “did not belong to him.”

What followed was far from a fair fight, the Cunnynghams say. Cunnyngham was later checked out by a doctor who treated him for cuts and bruises, injuries to his mouth and a concussion, Cunnyngham said.

“They just attacked him, all three of them,” Joni Cunnyngham said. “Someone was keeping me and my son from getting to them.”

Get ready, be careful, be smart, and understand that some on the Left ARE desperate enough to get violent