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Mike Farris on dysfunctional political scene

From Michael Farris today….

Every normal, functioning person exercises a considerable amount of self-restraint. We don’t say every thought that crosses through our heads. We don’t escalate every insult or slight into a pitched battle. It is a sign of leadership and strength to be able to respond with calm and temperance to provocations.

Donald Trump’s scorched earth battle against Heidi Cruz proves that he is more dangerous than Hillary Clinton. And make no mistake about it I believe that Hillary will do everything she can to undermine liberty, the Constitution, and virtue.

But I don’t think she would go nuclear against Russia if Putin insulted her husband.

I could not trust a man with a demonstrated history of lacking any semblance of self-restraint with access to the mechanism to launch a nuclear attack.

The choice is not inevitable. There is still time to choose Cruz.

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Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz in unity move for GOP

“For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies. To win, Republicans need to make this election about proposing solutions to the many challenges we face, and I believe that we should vote for Ted as he will do just that.”

And with those words, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush broke his silence after suspending his presidential campaign in February, endorsing Ted Cruz in an effort to unify the Republican Party. It is a big and significant endorsement from the establishment wing of the party. Bush’s complete endorsement, as released by the Cruz campaign:

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Romney to vote for Cruz in Utah caucus

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Mitt Romney (Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Republican 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney released a statement Friday afternoon saying he would vote for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Utah caucus:

This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote for Senator Ted Cruz.

Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.
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Flashback: 2016 presidential candidates Rubio, Paul, Cruz were behind 2013 government shutdown

GOP elephants fightingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

[Editor’s note: A look back at a post I wrote in 2013….]

New York Times Op-Ed columnist Gail Collins does not mince words:

Right now, the show horses of the United States Senate are Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. All preparing for a 2016 presidential bid. All making visits to Iowa. They’re the new faces of the Republican Party. Really, really new. The three of them have an average age of 45 and an average tenure in Washington of 1.9 years.

Whatever happened to learning one job before moving to the next step?

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Boehner reveals Cruz’s ulterior motives

John Boehner 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

The false claims of the anti-Boehner crew are all over social media. Here is a voice of reason that explains Cruz’s ulterior motives:

Boehner Will Be Missed – Face The Nation yesterday:

JOHN DICKERSON: “Is Ted Cruz a false prophet?”

BOEHNER: “I’ll refer you to remarks I made at an August fund-raiser in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.”

At the event the Speaker called Cruz “that jackass.” He also emphasized he was completely against the shutdown, it accomplished nothing, the promises were false, and it was designed to bolster Cruz’s profile and fundraising. Cruz gained over two million donor names and they helped him raise $50 million in this quarter.

[Because of the shutdown], 920,000 federal employees got a two week paid vacation, and despite the Senator’s claims, not one Democrat defected.

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Talking government shutdown over Planned Parenthood: U.S. House schedule for Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Capitol 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Discussion on Friday in the U.S. House will highlight the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood, a balancing act for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Speaker John Boehner who are working to fund government even while Republicans to their right push for a repeat of the disastrous government shutdown used two years ago. That shutdown left voters shaking their heads and government workers without paychecks. Scenic lodges, campgrounds, and restaurants along the Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, and other tourist destinations around the country were forced to close during the critical autumn leaf season, losing huge tourism revenues, and losses were suffered by Republican candidates on the ballot just weeks later. Here is the agenda from McCarthy’s office for Friday, September 18, 2015.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:45 a.m.12:45 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

H.R. 3134 – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black / Energy and Commerce / Committee)

H.R. 3504 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks / Judiciary Committee)

Special Order Speeches

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Stanley to be Cruz Virginia campaign chair

President 2016By Lynn R. Mitchell

Another 2016 presidential candidate announced his Virginia chairman on Tuesday. Texan Ted Cruz tapped state Senator Bill Stanley and Shak Hill. See press release here.

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Cruz: 94.5% of campaign money is from donations of $1 million or more

By Lynn R. Mitchell

USA Today recently had a graphic showing the money donations for each 2016 Republican presidential candidate of those giving $1 million or more and, surprisingly, leading the pack was Ted Cruz, supposedly the anti-establishment fire-brand. Bottom of the list was Bobby Jindal, and third from the bottom was Jeb Bush. Below is the chart (see Billionaires crowd out the bundlers in White House race by Fredreka Schouten, USA Today, August 17, 2015).

 

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Jennifer Rubin looks at GOP candidates: ‘They’re off! (for 2016)’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Pragmatic conservative writer Jennifer Rubin took a look Monday in the Washington Post at the Republican candidates lining up for a run at the 2016 presidential race. In her Right Turn blog post titled ‘They’re off! (for 2016),’ Rubin comments on the GOP field.

In a nod to the strength of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s exploration and sure entry into the contest, Rubin notes, “The race has and will continue to be a contest between Bush and the most electable not-Bush candidate.”

Here are some of Rubin’s observations from her post:

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Why Virginia and not Texas?

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Ted Cruz represents Texas. He is going to announce his run for U.S. President today in Virginia. Why isn’t he in his own state making such an important announcement?

I posted that questions to Facebook friends. One, who lives in Northern Virginia, commented:

He’s marking his territory for the Libertarian and college vote. He wants to grab that stage at Liberty before Rand Paul does. Plus, he needs to cement himself here in VA by appealing to that crowd so he can correct the damage he’s done to himself in VA.

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Peter Wehner: ‘Conservatives in name only’

Commonsense Conservative GOP elephantBy Lynn R. Mitchell

An op-ed in the New York Times scratches its head at the battle within the Republican Party. Peter Wehner,  a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center who served in the last three Republican administrations, questions in his piece those Republican representatives who turned on House Speaker John Boehner after his clear-cut leadership led the party to a victory unseen since the 1920s (see Conservatives In Name Only):

Last week the Republican Party’s divisions were on display, when Speaker of the House John A. Boehner — who helped his party gain its largest majority since the Truman administration — faced an uprising. The revolt was led by conservatives against a man whose voting record is unquestionably conservative. It was another indication that the tension on the right these days is not about policy or ideology but tone and temperament.

Think about that. The largest Republican majority in the House of Representatives since the Great Depression. He continues:

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Ted Cruz alienates his colleagues with latest government shutdown effort

Ted CruzBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Ted Cruz did it again. He tried to shut down the government just like the disastrous shutdown he orchestrated in October of 2013 (see Ted Cruz does it again by Manu Raju in Politico). Right here at Christmas! Think how well that would have gone over with the American people. Not only that, Cruz blindsided his colleagues while on his self-absorbed mission, demanding on Friday that senators stay in Washington over the weekend, just 10 days before Christmas, causing cancellations of family plans.

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Republicans most likely to be 2016 GOP nominee

President 2016By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Hill has their list of 13 Republicans most likely to be nominees for the Republican presidential nomination for 2016 (see 13 Republicans most likely to win WH). I don’t agree with some of their choices but it makes for interesting speculation.

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