Ted Takes Texas Then Waits for His Appointment

The GOP’s internal struggles are at this point like a series of horses tethered outside the last chance saloon. While an anxious and unruly crowd awaits outside to see who emerges from the swinging doors. And the sheriff - or at least some of his long-standing deputies - are threatening to ride out of town, never to return. Depending who strolls out as the winner.

Whether it's mud wrestling or a shootout with squirt guns, it has been boisterous as of late - to the point of being both silly and ugly. Will it work? Will Rubio's get-in-there-and-wrestle strategy produce not just the media buzz - which it surely has - but enough delegates for him to declare yet another loser's victory? And soldier on?

The problem is, we still don't know what game of poker the remaining candidates are playing inside the last chance saloon. Because the big city slicker keeps re-writing the rules. And the angry mob outside loves it. Mostly. We think. But here's a solution: both to a runaway metaphor and to how to resolve the 3 + 2 man race. With a much longer-horizoned game than five card stud.

Ted Cruz has even earned, if not faint then offhanded, praise from Trump as being smart. Everyone knows Ted is a smart lawyer. A constitutional lawyer. A principled conservative, who is passionate about what that should mean in Washington, where he has earned the enmity of most of the U.S. Senate.

Ted Cruz would be wasted as President of the USA. It wouldn't work because of the way he advocates his principles. Advocates. As in a lawyer. Or a judge. In other words, Senator Cruz needs to be a Justice of the Supreme Court. The ninth justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's how it would work; seriously:

Trump wins the nomination. Enough of the GOP backs him, despite the anger and the threats. And he wins a close and bitter contest with Hillary Clinton. The Democrats, however, take back the senate, as vulnerable GOP senators are caught between protecting their seats, and preventing Trump, and achieve neither. Trump appoints Ted Cruz to the Supreme Court in his first week in office. And the new Democratic Senate Majority - who do not hate Cruz anywhere as much as the GOP newly minoritized minority do - agree to hold nomination hearings. Clarence Thomas move over. Your hearings will look quaint next to what will come down in the Cruz nomination hearings. But after an inquisitorial red-hot raking over the coals of the Texas ideologue, he will be confirmed. Barely, but he will be. And as one of the younger Justices in SCOTUS recent history, he will have a long and active life. The only sitting judge younger than him when appointed, will have been Clarence Thomas.

So Ted should savor Texas and whatever victories he can win in the next few weeks. And then graciously throw his support behind Trump. And wait for his appointment next year. Impossible? Absurd? Not in 2016. Or 2017.

Posted by Keeley at March 2, 2016 6:52 PM
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From the very beginning I predicted Cruz would win the nomination because he is an utterly unscrupulous man without honor and without integrity. I figured that would make him a lock for GOP nominee. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine people would take Trump seriously.

Cruz already had the reputation of being dislikeable even before Trump pointed it out. People don’t like him. Not Democrats. Not Republicans. He played too dirty in IA and elsewhere, and incredibly, he got caught. Leave it to Trump to bray it to the world. Even Chris Wallace skewered Cruz on a recent FOX News Sunday:

“Your campaign has been involved in a series of incidents that people are calling dirty tricks. In Iowa, the Cruz campaign sent out tweets saying Ben Carson was suspending his campaign. That was false. The campaign put out flyers accusing people of voting violations. That was false. In South Carolina, a Cruz super PAC attacked Trump over the Confederate flag and your then communications director posted a link this week accusing Rubio of disrespecting the Bible. That was false.”

“Question, do you take personal responsibility — this is your campaign except for the super PAC — do you take personal responsibility for this series of incidents? What does it say about the culture of the campaign you’re running?”.

“Chris, every accusation you raised there is incorrect. I appreciate your reading the Donald Trump attack file on that.”

“Come on, sir. Wait a minute. Wait a minute, sir. You personally apologized to Ben Carson on a debate stage. You fired your communications director. Don’t say this is an oppo file on our part, sir.”

“Chris, please don’t interrupt me.”

“Please don’t accuse me of something I didn’t do.”

Wallace did NOT appreciate what Cruz tried to pull. Cruz tried to pretend the accusations were incorrect. They were absolutely accurate. Then Cruz tried to pretend the accusations were a conspiracy launched by the enemy. Wallace was having none of it.

As for the article, I have absolutely no idea why anyone would ever consider Cruz for the SCOTUS. He is a freshman
Senator whose sole accomplishment is leading a shut down of our government, resulting in the lowest approval ratings of Congress on record, while costing billions and causing job losses, and all for nothing.

Posted by: phx8 at March 3, 2016 12:06 AM
Comment #403178

Question about Trump. I never watched “The Apprentice.” About all I know of that show is that is was a scripted reality show where Trump played a boss, and ended up telling people ‘You’re fired.’ Are Trump supporters under the impression that being the boss on a reality show is like being President in real life?

Posted by: phx8 at March 3, 2016 12:13 AM
Comment #403179

You are very mistaken on the amount of hate the dems have for Cruz. Not only do they hate him every bit as much as those Republicans do, they fear him. His respect and knowledge of the Constitution would be a major obstacle in the continued forcing of their agenda onto the people.

“unscrupulous” “without honor and without integrity”

There is absolutely no way a Clinton supporter could ever write that about another candidate and keep a straight face.

Posted by: kctim at March 3, 2016 9:15 AM
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phx8 appears surprised that the rulers in the Republican party and their media spokespersons castigate Ted Cruz. He threatens their cozy relationship with government and the democrats.

Cruz advocates a Flat Tax, eliminating 5 federal agencies and 25 federal bureaus and programs. Smaller, more effective and responsive government, is not what the elite of either political party wants.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 3, 2016 1:13 PM
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Is this just another example of conservative hatred for women?

“The Supreme Court now has an opportunity to confirm that states have a legitimate interest in ensuring the safety and health of women who enter abortion clinics. The essence of the argument made by the plaintiffs in this case and all of their amici is that the ability of abortion clinics to remain open—even under substandard conditions—should outweigh the state’s ability to put women’s health and safety first.”


Posted by: Royal Flush at March 3, 2016 1:36 PM
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First, Trump has to get elected.

Second, the Republicans have to succeed in blocking the appointments until Obama is out of office. We’re only in month one.

Third, Ted Cruz is HATED on Capitol Hill, and not just by Democrats.

Fourth, the Senate has to remain in Republican hands. That’s not certain at all.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at March 3, 2016 4:11 PM
Comment #403195

Royal Flush-
Those restrictions are for the health of the woman the same way Miscegenation laws were for the health of the marriages.

First, complications from abortions are rare, and the procedure is often easy enough to take care of in a clinical setting. The regulations your people would force on them are overwrought for that kind of procedure. It’s like requiring your doctor’s office have a surgical suite. Hospital Admitting Privileges have absolutely nothing to do with the ability of the patient to get into a hospital if the abortion goes wrong.

These are TRAP laws. They solve a problem, like much of the GOP’s legislative efforts, that doesn’t actually exist. Like Voter ID, the hazards it would resolve are minimal, difficult to find huge numbers of examples of, and responding to it fulfills something on the Conservative agenda.

Meanwhile, women are being deprived of their right to choose, and clinics where the procedure can be done safely are being closed down. You might cheer that, but the abortions still go on, they just occur with less safety, less sanitary circumstances, and more shame and tragedy.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at March 3, 2016 4:20 PM
Comment #403196

Third, Ted Cruz is HATED on Capitol Hill, and not just by Democrats.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at March 3, 2016 4:11 PM

Finally, someone besides me has recognized that Cruz is not liked by the establishment. Another plus for Cruz. Does Daugherty understand the basis for the “hatred”?

OH, by the way, the voters get to elect the president, not Capitol Hill. LOL

So sad that Mr. Daugherty didn’t read the link disputing many of his arguments which were made to the court. OH, Well…what’s new with that. He has his own facts…and that’s enough for him.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 3, 2016 4:30 PM
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OH, MY…what color will Hillary choose for her prison jumper?

“This past weekend, the newly revealed emails showed that Clinton emailed about the location of drone strikes. By their very nature, such emails contain state secrets. They contained state secrets when she received them; they contained them when she sent them; and they contain state secrets today.

Also this past weekend, Gen. Michael Hayden, formerly director of the CIA and of the National Security Agency (NSA), stated on CNN that it is a near certainty that the Russian government and others had access to Clinton’s non-secure server and all it contained.

Lawyers familiar with the terminology of state secrets will refrain from using the word “classified” to describe the emails that contained state secrets, even though Clinton repeatedly does that. The word “classified” is not a legal term; rather, it is derived from the verb “to classify,” and it means that the classification process has been completed.

Since nothing is marked “classified”—the legal markings are “confidential,” “secret” and “top secret”—Clinton has been materially misleading the public and the FBI when she claims that she never sent or received anything “marked classified.”

By saying that, she wants us to believe that in more than 2,000 instances, she failed to ascertain the presence of state secrets in emails she received or sent. No voter but the most hardened supporter, no federal prosecutor, no FBI agent, and no juror will believe that.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 3, 2016 5:23 PM
Comment #403199

Sorry…here’s the link for my comment directly above.


Posted by: Royal Flush at March 3, 2016 5:25 PM
Comment #403200

Well we have another Republican debate tonight. I tried to watch the last one but it devolved quickly into a shouting match that devolved into name calling that devolved into never mind that’s where I turned it off.

With Romney’s renouncement of Trump’s candidacy it can’t improve the prospects of observing a reasonable debate of the issues we face as a country.

RF, have we heard of an indictment of Hillary yet? My favorite line of any of the debates was Sanders saying “we are all tired of hearing about those damned emails!”. It is rather amusing to observe the Pavlovian response from the conservative side of our commenters and pundits every time Hillary’s name is mentioned. Do you guys ever use any introspection at all when you do that or is it pure instinct that drives the salivation process? You guys need a hobby or something.

Posted by: Speak4all at March 3, 2016 5:41 PM
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Speaks asks; “RF, have we heard of an indictment of Hillary yet?”

No we haven’t because an indictment usually follows, not precedes, the investigation.

“Pavlovian response” from Gen. Michael Hayden, formerly director of the CIA and of the National Security Agency (NSA)?

Really Speak? Get a grip. I know it is disheartening to read about an FBI investigation of your favorite candidate. Don’t despair, there’s always our Socialist friend Bernie, and the Jolly Old Fellow Biden. If all else fails, I am sure the Dem party could draft MMGW (the world is ending) ALGore at their convention.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 3, 2016 5:54 PM
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Watched the GOP debate tonight in its entirety. What an embarrassment. What a disgrace. It reflected badly on the Republican Party and on the country as a whole.

Trump and Rubio shouted at each other, and… I don’t even want to think about where they went. It was really low. That was bad. They both lost.

FOX was gunning for Trump. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m no fan of Trump (in case anyone hasn’t noticed!), but that was ridiculous. The FOX moderators were posting charts on the monitor to undermine Trump’s claims about the budget. Really? I have no problem doing that, but to be fair, every candidate should have been subjected to that kind of attack, and not just Trump.

Cruz did better than Trump or Rubio, but that was not saying much. He spent some time bickering with Trump too, but it was not as bad as Trump and Rubio. When Cruz was asked what he would do to improve things in Detroit, he seemed to have no idea whatsoever. He responded with a boilerplate speech about a national flat tax. He seems to believe he can win the White House with a 10 state strategy.

Kasich won the debate hands down. He was the only one who projected optimism, competence, experience, and the kind of dignity that should go along with the office. He didn’t bicker. He didn’t make let everyone know about his confidence in the size of his genitalia. (What is wrong with these candidates!).

All along, as a Democrat, Kasich has been the only candidate that worries me, because I think he could actually win the White House. It concerns me that he is still on the stage and in the final four. The delegate math should do him in, but he just might win MI and OH, and that would refocus attention on him and give him momentum.

Should be too little, too late.

And BTW, Romney was a disgrace too. Four years ago he flew out to visit Trump and beg for his endorsement, and when he received it, he was thrilled. Even back then, Trump was a prominent Birther. Now Romney badmouths him? I think not. Way too little, and way too late.

Posted by: phx8 at March 4, 2016 12:17 AM
Comment #403209

Kasich can hang in there with a win(s) in Ohio and/or Michigan. That might help prevent Trump from locking up enough delegates for a first vote victory at the convention. He would be in a good position for a real run for the nomination in a brokered convention scenario.

Posted by: Rich at March 4, 2016 9:17 AM
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There was even some talk about Romney’s diatribe regarding Trump yesterday that caused several pundits to postulate the timing of this from him. If none of the candidates are able to secure the 1237 delegate count(I think) prior to the convention it does appear a brokered convention may be inevitable. Since the field is filled with weak candidates except for Trump’s bombastic adulatory supporters, there might be an opening for Romney to be put forth as a candidate on the second ballot. As incredulous as that might seem, has the Republican primary process really been anything but incredulous so far?

I could not watch the debate after the genitalia comment by Trump, very weird, turned it off. Kasich was the only adult on the stage, for certain.

Posted by: Speak4all at March 4, 2016 10:25 AM
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It really is amazing, that a political party has come to this. But they brought it on themselves.

Trump says the most ridiculous things. He openly advocated committing war crimes last night, not only torture, but killing the families of terrorists. That is so wrong. He supports it with a story about the wives of the 9/11 terrorists flying back two days before the bombing. The story is utterly false and has been repeatedly debunked. Only two of those terrorists were even married, and their wives were not in this country at the time. The story is totally made-up, and it is told in order to justify war crimes. Trump is unfit to lead this country.

Cruz is just as bad. He keeps demanding we abolish the IRS. That is so stupid. How dumb does he think his supporters are? Answer: really, really dumb. The IRS does NOT write the tax code. That comes from Congress. The IRS enforces it and collects revenues. Whatever form the tax code may take, whether a sales tax or flat tax or a tax form written on a postcard, the IRS will still be just as necessary then as it is now. Cruz counts on his supporters being too stupid to realize Congress, and not the IRS is the problem.

And everyone on that stage pledges to support each other, including Trump. Well, this is what happens when a party follows its talk radio hate entertainers and encourages racism, hatred, bigotry, and xenophobia. It is absolutely horrible.

And I’m looking at you too, Mitt Romney. You were ‘delighted’ to obtain Trump’s endorsement in 2012, at a time when he was promoting birtherism, a thoroughly racist conspiracy.

Over 60% of Trump voters believe Obama is a Muslim and not an American citizen. Until the GOP comes to term with truth and facts and science, this is what we get. Until the leaders stand up and tell the truth, this is what we get.

By the way, another GREAT jobs report! 242,000 non-farm payroll jobs added, upward revisions for the previous two months, and a 4.9% unemployment rate. Let the GOP economic conspiracy theories fly!

Posted by: phx8 at March 4, 2016 1:09 PM
Comment #403215

phx8, I am uncertain how long it will take or even if the Republican party will once again join us in our quest for the betterment of our country. They seem oblivious to the division, derision and divisiveness that has gripped them. They seem to go further and further into the abyss or take the tack that CJ has and pretty much given up on the process. Truly disheartening to anyone who has an interest in politics in our country, I don’t care whose side you come down on, liberal or conservative, it’s just not right. But you are correct, this is what you get, when you sow the wind you reap the whirlwind. Of course the election and re-election of President Obama made them do it (at least that is what they say and think). Bobby Jindal is even blaming the rise in popularity of Trump on Obama, it is all his fault. How tone deaf can they get?

Standby for the retribution you are going to face for calling them racists, haters, bigots and xenophobic(even though you did not). They completely miss what you are trying to say and instead will accuse you of what they have listened to and applauded for the past 8 years.

I still think that the Republican establishment might try to sneak Romney into a candidacy if it becomes a brokered convention. And then rush through a vote and get him nominated. Romney/Kasich?

Posted by: Speak4all at March 4, 2016 2:48 PM
Comment #403217

RCL shows Kasich, Cruz and Rubio all beating Clinton in a General Election Match-up and Sanders beating these same three. Interesting.

Polling the General at this point is rather meaningless.

“The last time Detroit had a Republican mayor, Germany was the only country whose imported cars threatened the American auto industry, the moon was not a place where any human beings were expected to set foot any time soon, and African-Americans in the Deep South didn’t eat in the same restaurants as whites.”

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/news/2013/07/28/Detroit-mayors-all-Democrats-since-1962.html#11BimzgkG3XfvRpG.99

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 4, 2016 3:44 PM
Comment #403225

Royal Flush,

How many Republican Governors has Michigan had in the last 50 years?

Also, next time you are checking the polls on RCP, you might want to look at Obama’s approval rating. Do you really think people who approve of Obama’s job performance are really going to support the Republican nominee?

Posted by: Warren Porter at March 4, 2016 7:39 PM
Comment #403240

Mitt Romneys dad, a repub, was governor of Michigan in the mid 60’s

Posted by: j2t2 at March 6, 2016 5:29 PM
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