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Texans Confront Ted Cruz

Will the senator face consequences back home for his stand against Trump?

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It seems that some Texas Republicans aren’t too thrilled with their junior senator right now. That was clear yesterday morning when, after having publicly flouted Donald Trump’s efforts to bully all Republicans into submission during his remarks to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Ted Cruz appeared at the Texas delegation’s daily breakfast, where he faced some angry constituents and hostile questions. Some of his critics were, of course, Trump supporters; others, however, were Cruz supporters, and so the question of the day was whether Cruz, who is up for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2018, will face political consequences back home.

This was a question I had been asking myself at the “thank you” event Cruz held for his delegates on Wednesday afternoon, hours before his controversial speech. Since suspending his own campaign for the nomination, in May, he had received no criticism for withholding his support for Trump. He had, in fact, been widely applauded by the Texas grassroots for pointedly avoiding any mention of the 2016 election during his speech at the state convention in May. “I couldn’t be prouder of him if he were my own son,” Robin Lennon, of the Kingwood Tea Party had told me then, during the standing ovation at the end of Cruz’s remarks. At that point, however, Trump was not yet the official Republican nominee. By Wednesday, he was.

The delegates who gathered at Tusker’s, on the edge of Lake Erie, were clearly underwhelmed by their party’s choice. While waiting in line for the venue to open all their murmurs had been mutinous, and inside the event, some delegates made it clear that they still preferred Cruz: they laughed as Trump’s plane appeared on the horizon, beginning its descent over the lake, and broke out into a “2020” chant. On the other hand, Nick Weidenkopf, an alternative delegate from Texas, told me that he had supported Cruz in the primary but was content with the party’s nominee. “The main job of the president is international relations,” he explained, and the Republican nominee would be an effective ambassador for America’s interests. “Everybody’s afraid of Trump.” A number of members of the Texas delegation, it would appear, were in a similar camp: pro-Cruz, but not necessarily anti-Trump; further, as Republicans, they are anti-Clinton.

That would explain the anger at Thursday morning’s breakfast. The choice voters are facing is not a binary one. The outcome, realistically, is. It would be going too far to say that Cruz, by shivving Trump in such a public fashion, had helped Clinton; but he certainly hadn’t helped Republicans defeat her. And, on Thursday, that appeared to be weighing on many Texans’ minds. “I think it would be best for all concerned if Ted Cruz supported Donald Trump,” Steve Munisteri, the former chair of the Texas GOP, told me yesterday afternoon in Cleveland, adding that he thought there was still time to repair relations. “You can be not-okay with some of a candidates’ positions and still more okay with the sum total than the alternative,” he said.

Some delegates, however, clearly disagreed. Dianne Williams was slightly chagrined that she had been quoted, that morning, expressing herself in such strong language; per a CNN chyron, she had told Trump to “shut up his ugly mouth.” She didn’t regret the sentiment, however, or what Cruz had done the night before. “There were 17 candidates. Sixteen of them, we could have cheered.” Since the lone exception had won, however, she recalled a lesson her father had taught her: “Wrong’s wrong, if everybody’s doing it; right’s right, if nobody is.”

That was Thursday, of course, and everyone’s emotions were running high. It’s too soon to say how things will shake out in the months and years to come, and whether Texas conservatives, like Williams, will conclude that Cruz can be forgiven for taking a principled stand. But the window for repairing relations, that Munisteri was hoping for may already have closed—Trump declared as much this morning, and he is, supposedly, a man of his word.

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  • donuthin2

    Those that are delegates are usually not very representative of the electorate. Not sure it will have a long term effect, but if it does, that is ok with me. He is truly a weasel. Hopefully the republicans will finally learn their lesson. They will have to hit rock bottom before turning it around. You would think they are there, but I guess it can still get worse.

    • Wilson James

      Dan Patrick. That would be worse.

      • donuthin2

        yeah, probably so. Not much different except a lot dumber.

      • don76550

        Not at all. The best Lt Gov we have ever had.

        • Sam Jacinto

          That doesn’t say much for lite guvs in general.

        • Well this explains all of your rantings…

  • Texas Publius

    Cruz seems more like a cartoon now: a modern-day, slick-lawyer version of Goldwater.

    Wednesday eve Cruz deliberately hid why he wasn’t honoring his pledge to endorse Trump. Thursday morning he got sufficiently agitated by Texans into coughing it up: personal reasons, pride, ego, and refusal to forgive. Had zero to do with freedom or principles or the Constitution. He would rather help Hillary this cycle by keeping up the appearance of division than help Trump, because (he thinks) that most benefits Cruz’s political career (2020).

    Let’s not forget Cruz has won only one election in Texas–one. And it was weird re-districting cycle/timing. That’s not exactly a rock-solid campaigning resume.

    • WUSRPH

      I’m confused….First you call Cruz “a modern-day, slick-lawyer version of Goldwater” and then you accuse him of also being everything that Barry Goldwater definitely WAS NOT. I opposed Goldwater in 1964. I would oppose him again if he were running today…..but if there is one thing that Barry Goldwater was it was a man of principle. (P.S. Today he would be a Libertarian.)

      • Wasn’t it Goldwater who warned what would happen to the GOP if they allowed activist conservative christians to control the GOP?

        • WUSRPH

          Yes,….He had this problem. he believed the First Amendment.

    • don76550

      True, Cruz won only one election. But then he only ran once. Seems like a 100% win record to me. I have met and talked with him. Whatever he runs for he will have my support.

      • Sam Jacinto

        I have met and talked with Mr Peppermint, but that doesn’t earn him my vote.

        • don76550

          Of course not. I suspect only Karl Marx would earn your vote

          • Sam Jacinto

            Groucho maybe, but never Karl.

  • Bookbread

    But what does Robert Morrow think?

    • Sam Jacinto

      The one who is incapable of rational thought?

      • AlmostNormalTexan

        You laugh but he’s running the Travis County GOP now.

        • Sam Jacinto

          And that negates my comment how?

        • Vik Verma

          That doesn’t make his thoughts any more rational

  • roadgeek

    I’m playing a hunch that Trump is taking note of both those within the party who refuse to support him, as well as all the March Violets. It will be a lengthy list, and I would not want to find myself on such a list.

    • Beerman

      I suspect that everyone on the list will be tagged with one of those little six-pointed yellow stars on their lapels!

      • José

        Charter member of Trump’s Enemy List. Now that’s a title I would brag about.

        • WUSRPH

          I regret that none of us will probably be enough of an irritant to the Will of Trump to qualify….but I expect it will not be for lack of trying.

    • I’ve heard reports of rumors that Trump is organizing a PAC to defeat Cruz, Kasich, and any other Republican office holder who didn’t endorse him.

      • grubber

        He’s having enough trouble raising money for himself. He might organize this PAC, but it won’t raise squat.

        • I was in the car listening to one of the news channels when I heard that and hence why I also classified it as a rumor.

          • grubber

            Trump is petty enough to do it. I just don’t think it goes much past the bluster and spittle phase.

        • Bandara Carlos

          Actual Donald J.Trump Quote– “It’s very possible that I can be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it”

      • don76550

        I’ve heard reports that there is life on Mars and they are forwarding political information to Shelly Hawthorne. Perhaps they should send some prozac instead.

        • oooh, aren’t you a witty one. I am completely devastated by your scathing put-down.

      • Sam Jacinto

        Trump himself raised the idea on Friday – at his trumpalooza with mike pence.

      • Bandara Carlos

        Interesting , Yes I agree.
        You are too inform about the Republican Nationalist tactics to ever vote
        Republican.

        • I stay informed about both, and I live in a county that is 90% republican controlled. If I want to have a voice locally I vote republican. When it comes to state and federal races, I will vote my conscience regardless of party affiliation – which means over the years I’ve voted for as many D’s as I have R’s, with a few Independents and L’s thrown in for good measure

          • Bandara Carlos

            I enjoy annoying Republicans, like You I Think for Myself!

            I have Never Met a Republican Conservative That Has Ever Fox News Are A.M. Radio Talk Shows. I Assume Know They Know That They Are Lying Nearly 75% Most of Time. Funny. I will watch or listen to the right wing media, but it’s only to see the spin they put on it.
            In Texas sometimes I will vote in the Republican primary because of the local candidates, but lately I still split my ticket and usually go for mostly Democrat for federal offices. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. LOL

          • Bandara Carlos

            I have Never Met a Republican Conservative That Has Ever Watched Fox News or Listened A.M. Radio Talk Shows. I Assume they are Ashamed to admit it because they Know They Know That Fox News is Lying Nearly 75% Most of Time. Funny. I will watch or listen to the right wing media, but it’s only to see the spin they put on it.

    • Bandara Carlos

      Grandpa used to say,” That light at the end of the tunnel is really a train.”

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c0ee6eff79773c2eb652f5229a660d1897506a845296cd29bc30c6c96e3fe49.jpg the

  • Texas Publius

    Crooked Hillary in front of thousands at a FL rally today: “I never thought I’d say this….but Ted Cruz was right!”

    Attaboy Lyin Ted!

  • Sam Jacinto

    After this morning’s trumpalooza after the convention, mike pence has to be wondering what he got himself into. It’s unfortunate that the country last night saw digit (DJT) reading someone else’s at least coherent words (ugly and divisive as they were). Any sensible person that watches his normal stream of consciousness self-congratulatory spewing of sewage would have to recoil at the thought of that man as president. It is clear that the man is a lying, conceited, megalomaniacal boor. (come to think of it, the same is true of lyin’ ted, but to a lesser degree). At least lyin’ ted was right about digit (DJT) – albeit little else.

    • Beerman

      ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️’S

  • WUSRPH

    I have to admit that I have very mixed feelings about whether Cruz’s refusal to bend before the Will of Trump winds up hurting him in the future. On one hand–as anyone who has followed BB at all clearly knows—I find Cruz’s views and positions to be a threat to the future of this country. As such, it would seem logical that I would be happy with anything that might end his career. But, strangely enough, I find that not to be so. In fact, it bothers me that he might be beaten by some Alex Jones sycophant or worse. I guess my problem is that, while I want to see Cruz beaten, I want it to be for the right reason—because the electorate rejected his positions and views and not because he stood up to Trump.

    • Hugh Everett

      “Of course, that is not going to happen in Texas for another decade or two”

      May I remind you that Greg Abbott won half the Latino vote, and all of the Anglo vote. You probably need to adjust your optimistic timeline a few decades.

      • Sacagewea

        Of those who voted, not those who were ELIGIBLE to vote.

        • Hugh Everett

          The Texas GOP has discovered a powerful wedge issue that guarantees Latino support: abortion

          Splitting the Latino vote makes the Anglo vote determinant, and there simply aren’t enough public school teachers to elect democrats. Sorry about that.

          • WUSRPH

            We will see this November whether playing the abortion button has more impact than Trump’s racism.

          • José

            As I recall the abortion issue has been around for quite a while and yet Latinos still vote for Dems a lot of the time. I reckon that means they are a little more sophisticated and nuanced in their political thinking than the typical fundamentalist redneck single issue voter. ¿Comprende?

          • Hugh Everett

            Informed people understand that the abortion issue greatly impacts the vote of Texas Latinos.
            http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/wendy-davis-filibuster-against-late-term-abortion-ban-repels-texas-hispanics/article/2545357

            When Texas Latinos split 50/50 between democrats and republicans, election outcomes are determined by Anglo voters. As a result, every election ends in a landslide loss for democrats.

          • José

            My deep apologies. When you wrote that abortion is “a powerful wedge issue that guarantees Latino support”, I understood that to mean a lot of Latino voters. Yes, there are Hispanics who vote Republican and some of them, no doubt, decide on the basis of abortion rights.

            But not that many, actually.
            http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/poll-most-latino-voters-think-women-should-have-right-abortion-n528261

            And though it may surprise you there are other political issues that these good citizens care about just as much, if not more.

          • Hugh Everett

            My people were in San Antonio before George Washington was born. I don’t need a lot of instruction on this subject.

          • José

            No kidding! Well how about that. If your forebears stuck around long enough, say until 1821, that would mean that they were once Mexicans. But someone like you obviously needs no instruction to know that!
            “My people”. La Raza. That’s truly remarkable. And yet you persist in this superficial and inaccurate characterization of Hispanic Texans as being so blinded by the issue of abortion rights that they will scramble to the Republican candidates, like kids rushing to get the candy beneath a broken piñata. I hope you don’t take this the wrong way but with comments like that, amigo, you could easily pass for a rather typical redneck Anglo!

          • Hugh Everett

            “If your forebears stuck around long enough, say until 1821”

            My family has been in Texas for 285 years. Go find another Texan who can beat that.

          • Aaaand so what do you want for that? A pat on the back? a gold star? Why do you think anybody would care about that? That doesn’t make you special or give you some sort of authenticity. It certainly doesn’t make you superior or grant you any privileges.

            My ancestors settled in Jamestown and one even signed the Magna Carta. Beat that.

          • José

            Apparently the idea is that the longer one’s family has resided in Texas the more weight we should give to their scholarship on topics such as the analysis what factors drive voting decisions of modern day minority citizens. My family has been in Texas for a good long while, and some of my relatives would surely be counterexamples to Hugh’s point.

          • Oh, I get what you’re saying and what he’s trying to do. He thinks he can whip out his pedigree and make an argument from an authoritative position, neither of which are valid. The problem with playing the mine is bigger than yours game is that there will always be someone out there who really does have a bigger one.

            I’ve the pedigree to be part of the DRT and every other Daughters of ___ in the country. La-ti-friggin-da! It is my choice to not join them. Even with my rather historic and fascinating pedigree, it doesn’t give me any type of special authority, knowledge or expertise on anything. There’s a gulf of distance between being proud of one’s heritage, honoring that heritage, and thinking that it somehow makes you better than everyone else.

          • José

            Although I can’t document it, my ancestry goes back to the dawn of humanity itself. I don’t think any other person can beat that.

          • So yours is biggest! 😉 😛

          • Sacagewea

            Didn’t the Stones have a song about this?

            “I’ve been around a long, long year . . .”

          • José

            Pleased to meet you!

          • Sacagewea

            One of my favorite Stones tunes . . .

          • Sam Jacinto

            Tiguas, There may also be some of Caddo, Apache, Comanche, Waco, Wichita, etc descent if their families missed being killed or shuttled off to Oklahoma.

          • WUSRPH

            So, big deal. My family has been in what is now the US for at least 382 years (with a possibility of it being 411)…..and that makes me no better of a American or Texan than an immigrant who took the oath yesterday.

          • Sacagewea
          • Sacagewea

            Is your argument that Latinos fail to vote in Texas because they are anti-choice?

          • José

            More than that. Señor Everett is saying that the abortion rights issue is why Latinos vote so heavily for Republicans. And he even has an article from the Washington Examiner to back him up.
            Do you know of the Washington Examiner? I had to look it up. It has a reputation.

          • Sacagewea

            The Examiner is right up there with the National Enquirer.

    • don76550

      Oh really. Well I find the views of Cruz to be exactly what is needed for this country, and I find your views to be repugnant, dangerous, evil and anti American.

      • WUSRPH

        See what we mean by HATE… You are a perfect example…..with your declarations of who is American or not.

        • don76550

          Once again truth is hate to those who hate the truth.

          • Sam Jacinto

            You wouldn’t know the truth if it slapped you in the face.

          • BCinBCS

            Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.

            At first blush, I thought that this was a clever turn of a phrase but then I read it again and realized that it doesn’t make any sense, whatsoever.

            Nice try, though.

          • WUSRPH

            Go read the chapter where Smith is told about “New Speak” in Orwell’s 1984 and you may be able to understand it.

          • I knew that I had read that somewhere before…

          • don76550

            Your abstract thinking ability is impaired.

          • Beerman

            The best way to address willful ignorance is with factual information. America is not as hopelessly divided as cynics and ideologues like you might have us believe. It sounds like a little self-reflection by you is way overdue.

      • Beerman

        You are saying that Democrats are somehow less American than the rest of us?

        I am not a Democrat and/or Republican, I am center-left and center-right in my independent political thoughts, and I believe that your remarks illustrates stupidity beyond belief. “Us versus Them” is a dangerous place to be, and damages the freedoms our democracy. It offers only one choice, submit or be rejected……..

        • don76550

          Absolutely. You totally ignore the significant damage this evil, decadant and anti American party has done to this country. Your complacency bred in ignorance is also dangerous.

          • Sam Jacinto

            Did you study with Der kleine Doktor?

          • Beerman

            don76550, you are a prime example of being uninformed, misinformed or not wanting to be informed.

            “You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”
            –Will Rogers

      • Bandara Carlos

        You Are a PAID Republican BLOGGER.

  • John Bernard Books

    Now we know the deal Slick Willie and Obama’s pawn Rule of Law Loretta made. The Obama admin would No bill Hillary if Obama could put his guy in as VP to keep an eye on them………

  • John Bernard Books

    A commentor here actually stated dems had a choice in 2016…
    “Top officials at the Democratic National Committee criticized and mocked Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont during the primary campaign, even though the organization publicly insisted that it was neutral in the race, according to committee emails made public on Friday by WikiLeaks.”
    And in May, Jeff Weaver, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, said on CNN that “we could have a long conversation just about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and how she’s been throwing shade at the Sanders campaign since the very beginning.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/us/politics/dnc-emails-sanders-clinton.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

    Dems do as they are told…..or Debbie WASSUP Schultz will throw shade at them.

  • John Bernard Books

    Wait the Dem primary was rigged…….
    “n its recent leak of 20,000 DNC emails from January 2015 to May 2016, DNC staff discuss how to deal with Bernie Sanders’ popularity as a challenge to Clinton’s candidacy. Instead of treating Sanders as a viable candidate for the Democratic ticket, the DNC worked against him and his campaign to ensure Clinton received the nomination.”
    http://observer.com/2016/07/wikileaks-proves-primary-was-rigged-dnc-undermined-democracy/

    Gullible fools one and all.

  • John Bernard Books

    We now have proof the dem primary was rigged. We also know dems crossed over and polluted the republican primary taking out Sen Cruz and giving us the worst two candidates in our history.

    Why did Sen Cruz scare the dems so much? He was a strict constitutionalist and dems favor selection enforcement of laws, the ability to pick and choose which laws to enforce. As the esteemed Rep from NY says,

  • John Bernard Books

    We all know dems lie….but why do they lie so blatantly?
    “Dayton, during a press conference the day after the shooting, said that Castile likely wouldn’t have been shot if he were white – a comment for which the governor received widespread criticism. In that same press conference, he said that Castiel didn’t receive CPR from authorities on scene.”

    But is that true…
    “Witnesses, however, recorded video of officers administering CPR to Castile.”
    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/07/14/police-chief-pained-over-daytons-remark-that-castile-didnt-receive-cpr/

    So why did the governor of Minnesota lie so blatantly?

    Two reasons
    1. most if not all dem politicians are abject liars
    2. most dem voters are easily susceptible to being manipulated by politicians and the press.

    • don76550

      Also, dems know the jackals of our liberal propaganda media will support any outrageous lie they care to tell. We no longer have journalists in the country, instead we have pseudojournalist graduates of the Joseph Goebbels school of mendacity and propaganda.

      • Sam Jacinto

        Have you listened to Trump?!?!? Have you bothered to check ANY of his assertions yourself? Or do you just borrow the language of internet propagandists or Faux News? “Jackals” seems to be a word most commonly used in statements from authoritarian regimes. You guys never seem to be able to actually cite any of the lies that you decry, but you’ll repeat digit’s (DJT) without question.

        • don76550

          Have you listened to the non stop proven lies of Hillary and the democrat party in general? Truly you are a useful idiot

          • Sam Jacinto

            “useful idiot” is another of those terms favored by authoritarian regimes. Your word choice is instructive.

        • Beerman

          Sam Jac,

          Folks like don76550 can just dismiss any fact that doesn’t agree with their bias, because they can find some source of information , somewhere, that will agree with them. (Underground Internet, the Troll, Fox News, Rush, etc.)

  • Jay

    It is clear that “by shivving Trump in such a public fashion”, Cruz aided Hillary. For many of us, the election is about defeating Hillary. Cruz, a very high profile Republican, by not saying “I support Trump” gave aid and fodder to the enemy, as the Dems are already using in ads. I believe I’m correct in saying that in Texas, a man’s word is very important. Cruz broke his pledge because of his personal feelings. That weakness, the inability to rise to a higher cause, makes Cruz unfit for elected office.

    • José

      Re: “the election is about defeating Hillary”
      You do understand that someone will be elected President? If you can’t say who you will vote FOR and why then you really have no business voting at all.

      • Jay

        Yes, one of two people will be elected. But, us voters actually have 3 choices, vote Hillary, vote Trump, or stay home. I hope you’re not advocating staying home if a person isn’t passionate about a candidate. In this case I’m voting for Trump because I’m sure Hillary will continue with the destruction of the U.S., as we know it. Obama had decimated our military, borders, border patrol, law enforcement, immigration laws, federal budget, and the idea that working for a living is honorable. Hillary will continue all of this, if not accelerate it.

        • WUSRPH

          BYW, the number of border patrol officers has been tripled over the past few years…..but why let a little fact distract you from your rant.

        • BCinBCS

          Jay, do you live in a fact-free world? Almost everything that you wrote is incorrect.

        • José

          There is only one good reason to vote and that’s because you think that the candidate is better than the other. Saying “the election is about defeating Hillary” totally avoids the question of whether Trump is better. That seems to be a common tactic for Republicans today and it is cowardly, plain and simple.
          If you want to make the case that Trump is superior, have at it and good luck. Be prepared for some well-informed rebuttals. But if you don’t have the wherewithal to make a stand—and I don’t see that you have—then put your tail between your legs and go on home.

    • BCinBCS

      Jay wrote: “Cruz, a very high profile Republican, by not saying “I support Trump” gave aid and fodder to the enemy…

      The Enemy?
      That attitude is one of the things that is wrong with the Republican party.

      • Sacagewea

        Too many white people . . .

      • WUSRPH

        You heard them at the convention….the hate poured up of speaker after speaker….They no longer see those who oppose them as being Americans who disagree but see us as “the enemy”…..The Troll swills this hate every day.

        • don76550

          Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.

          • WUSRPH

            No, hate is hate.

          • don76550

            I stand by what I said. You clearly hate truth

          • WUSRPH

            That might be true if I had heard any from Trump. The America he described is not the one that rational people see…..It exists only in the mind of those who are consumed by fear and hate.

          • Beerman

            Truthful facts count, even if we hate them!

          • Really? Because wishing ill on another, threatening their well being, making threats on their life, all based on distortions, half truths and out right falsehoods pretty much defines hatred.

            Republicans do not want justice, if they did they would accept the outcome of every investigation into the Clintons. Those of you who hate the Clintons are delusional and irrational.

          • don76550

            I have never threatened anyone. But then you are a democrat and truth is not an issue for vermin like you

          • Bandara Carlos

            I am to inform about the Republican nationalist tactics to ever vote
            Republican again.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19bab13b1bba7dd7c01a55b8600eaea278060b0cdcd3cbd8caa4ee52fb53f1eb.jpg

          • Technically, I’m a registered Republican since I voted in the Republican primary. I’ve voted in almost every Republican primary for the last 30 years. I was even a fully registered Republican in the 80’s

            I quit claiming membership in the GOP during the 90’s. If I didn’t live in Williamson County I probably would only vote in the general election. But go ahead and call me names if it makes you feel better. It has no effect on me. It just tell me and others what type of person you are.

          • You wouldn’t know the truth if it slapped you in the face.

    • BCinBCS

      Jay wrote: “It is clear that “by shivving Trump in such a public fashion”, Cruz aided Hillary.

      Did you ever stop to consider that if Trump is so bad that Cruz won’t endorse him that the problem might be with your candidate?

  • grubber

    Cruz expects Trump to be soundly beaten and wants to ride the ‘Don’t Blame Me’ backlash afterwards. Whether it plays out the way he wants, Ted Cruz is only in it for Ted Cruz and will do what is best for Ted Cruz.

  • Nounverb911

    “Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention.”
    –Molly Ivins

    • grubber

      What about Canada?

      • Sam Jacinto

        Ted wasn’t there long enough to develop a taste for poutine.

        • Sacagewea

          Ghastly stuff . . .

          • dave in texas

            Nonono. You just haven’t had good poutine. I had some duck poutine in Quebec City a few months back that was life-changing. I’ve decided that if I ever open a restaurant, one of the menu items is going to be Texas Poutine. That’s a Frito Pie with cheese curds. 😉

          • Sacagewea

            I’ve had “upscale” poutine in Vancouver and homey poutine in Ontario. Both were like dog food and produced indigestion. I’d prefer Texas Poutine. At least it would have some flavor!

      • Bandara Carlos

        Ah! Yes!

  • WUSRPH

    http://tinyurl.com/zgz3tbk

    This may be Trump’s America…but it isn’t mine. We have problems in this country….but we are still the greatest country in the world….not the nightmare world he inhabits.

    • don76550

      What a lie. Trump ran because he believes in America.

      • WUSRPH

        No, Trump ran because he believes in TRUMP.

        • BCinBCS

          Amen, W.

        • Sam Jacinto

          If everyone in the country contributed just ONE dollar each, we could give the total to digit (DJT) and ask him to drop out. Is he that much of a money ‘ho’? Or should we say TEN?

          • WUSRPH

            He’s not interested in it for the money…..To him money is only one measurement….He is in it for the power and to feed his megalomania. And, if he gets that power, he will certainly try to us it…Watch out world, a super bully will be unleashed.

  • Sacagewea
    • don76550

      Surrender what to whom? Hillary’s message is one of lies, corruption, criminal activity and contempt for our constitution

      • WUSRPH

        Trump beats here hand downs in at least two of those categories—lies and contempt for the constitution (assuming that is he knows what it is since he apparently has not gotten around to reading it. If he had, he might have known that there is not an Article 12.)

        • José

          Of all the dumb things I have heard people say this year the dumbest one is “Hillary is a liar! I’m voting for Trump!”

        • don76550

          Trump beats Hillary in lies? Are you psychotic? No, I suspect you are a former journalist which would explain your penchant for mendacity and propaganda to the extent you would have even embarrassed Joseph Goebbels.

  • Texans should do all they can, just to get out n vote.
    Texas has the lowest turnout in elligable voters

    A very small group is determining the future for Texas, by picking politicians lileCruz, Abbott, Patrick… Unfortunately that Texas future isn’t bright.

  • don76550

    No, he won’t face consequences. Despite the huffing and puffing of some delegates and liberal propagandists like Grieder, Cruz remains revered as our senator. He had my vote previously and will continue to have it for any office he chooses to run for.

    • WUSRPH

      Sorry to disappoint you, but Erica was a strong backer of Cruz, not an opponent. She is also totally opposed to Trump so, if she had any bias in this case, it would be pro-Cruz.

      • don76550

        Considering her extreme liberal views I find that not credible

        • WUSRPH

          Then you have not been reading anything she has written for the past two years…..

        • Sam Jacinto

          Is an “extreme liberal” anyone with whom you disagree?

          • BCinBCS

            Apparently so, Sam.
            I don’t know in what world he lives.

        • Beerman

          How do you measure “liberal?”…..you got to be kidding? Right?

      • Sacagewea

        Don is not all there.

    • Sam Jacinto

      Revered for what, exactly?

  • jficht

    This is similar to 1964 when Governors Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney refused to endorse Sen. Barry Goldwater in his run against LBJ, and yes, Rockefeller was booed at the convention. Both of their presidential aspirations were ended, on the other hand, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan campaigned vigorously for Goldwater and both would go on the win the GOP nomination. Sen. Cruz needed to imitate Reagan’s 1976 convention speech. Instead he gave one similar to Nelson Rockefeller’s 1964 convention speech and the results will probably be the same.

    • WUSRPH

      Unlike in 1964, Cruz will be out there this fall campaigning for any GOP candidate, up and down the ballot, who will accept his support. He will be showing that he is a Good Republican, not a Trumptarian. Some will reject his aid….but the effort he makes will be worth it if Trump (God help us) loses.

      • cornowood

        Isn’t it a sad state of affairs when the judgement of how well a candidate is doing is by how much $$$ he makes (or reports) on his campaign contribution reports???

        • WUSRPH

          I fully agree but that is one measurement…..But the question will be answered not just by the amounts Cruz raises but, more importantly, by the number of contributors. He can raise a bunch from a few folks….but if he raises only a little from a large number of people it will suggest that he is still popular with a larger portion of the electorate.

  • Terrence Tan

    I didn’t vote for Ted Cruz, and I’m from Stafford, Fort Bend County

    • Sam Jacinto

      I didn’t vote for Ted Cruz and I’m from Dallas.

  • John Bernard Books

    Sen Ted Cruz is a man of principles so he possibly may not be popular with dems who don’t have much use for principles. In case you’ve forgotten who the Clintons are …..welp don’t worry I’ll remind you.
    It seems Obama’s hand picked guy Tim Kaine has close ties to the Muslim world and votes against Israel?…..No way…….

  • WUSRPH

    In the short term what will be more important to Cruz’s future than how he is accepted at home will be how he is treated in Washington, D.C. He already was despised by a majority of his colleagues in the Senate (and probably at least a majority in the House). Unless he is forgiven (some for his having the courage to resist the Will of the Trump will they weaseled their way into supporting him), he was already going to have a real problem in getting anything done.

    Add a president (God help us NO) who won’t even accept his apology, if offered, and you have somebody who will be able to do little more than pass resolutions honoring some constituent. There probably has not been a US Senator with that few friends in Washington since Joe McCarthy was “censured” by his colleagues while being No. 1 on President Eisenhower’s hit list at the same time.

    Of course, Cruz will have no problem waging war against President Clinton. In fact, it might help restore his popularity in the GOP. But it might be more difficult with a President (God help us No) Trump at least until Trump starts frightening the American people as well as the rest of the world.

    • Sacagewea

      I suspect he’s angling for a job with a high-priced NY law firm or as a consultant with a right wing “think” tank.

      Those who believe he’s finished politically have forgotten Dick Nixon.

      • Beerman

        “I would have made a good Pope.”
        -Richard M. Nixon

        • Sacagewea

          “You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.” Too bad he was wrong about that.

          I have a friend from Indiana whose husband gave Checkers to the Nixon girls . . .

          • WUSRPH

            The image of that damn dog and Pat’s “cloth coat” are probably the two things that kept Nixon on the ticket in 1952. I hope your friend’s husband lived to rue the day he gave the dog to Tricky Dick.

          • Sacagewea

            Not sure “rue” is the right word. He died about five years ago.

          • WUSRPH

            rue the day is a correct usage…..

          • Sacagewea

            My point is that he is deceased, so cannot “rue” anything. He was a weak man who left his wife while she was in the hospital – kinda like Newt.

        • WUSRPH

          He’d not have been that far off from a couple of Popes from the Renaissance period, say Julius II or that Medici one…all he’d lack was their interest in art and literature….but being Nixon he could have faxed it..

          • BCinBCS

            Remember, W, he did play the piano.

    • Wesley TX

      maybe Lyin’ Ted can work for Faux News, they’d love him there.

  • John Bernard Books

    How did he get nominated?
    “Donald Trump is reportedly planning on bankrolling super-PACs that would oppose Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), two of his former primary opponents who snubbed him during the party’s convention this week.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288940-report-trump-to-create-super-pac-to-attack-cruz-kasich

    Oh thats right he’s a friend of Bill and Hillary’s and Bill asked him to run and dems crossed over…..

  • John Bernard Books

    How desperate are dems to hold on to power?
    “Some of the most interesting emails to read are those exchanged by DNC staffers as they decide how to respond to media inquiries, and then their off-the-record and deep background responses to numerous national media outlets. The emails contained off the record correspondence with reporters at the Washington Post, Politico, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.”
    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/07/22/hilary-leaks-wikileaks-releases-democratic-national-committee-emails/

    Campaign staffers writing stories for “reporters” to run? LBJ started this is the 50’s and 60’s he would hold staged committee meetings then have his staff write the press releases, send it to the MSM who would then run the stories.

    Dems are so gullible….did I mention stupid?

  • John Bernard Books

    As Hillary likes to say, “I don’t recall” a republican being nominated for prez while under criminal investigation
    “In what must be a historical first, Democrats are about to anoint a contender for the White House who faces at least four federal investigations and a serious, private anti-corruption lawsuit. Even after the Watergate break-in, Richard Nixon’s legal woes were not this grave at this stage of the 1972 election.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438198/hillary-clinton-email-server-state-department-investigations-continue

    Hillary was one of the foaming at mouth dems who wanted to impeach Prez Nixon….how ironic.

    • BCinBCS

      These are the same Republican charges that they have been howling about for thirty years.

      If Hillary was half as corrupt as you RWNJ’s say that she is, y’all must be amazingly stupid because you’ve investigated about every part of her life using the full power of the Congress with unlimited funds and haven’t found her guilty of a single damned thing.

      JBB, you and your Republican buddies are like Charlie Brown trying to kick that Clinton football.

      • John Bernard Books

        You’re correct a dem under investigation while a dem is in power….hahaha

      • Beerman

        BC, whatever HRC’s faults, she’s not ignorant or hateful or a nut like Trump. She acts like an adult, and with her experience understands the responsibilities of an American President. Also, she selected an excellent VP running mate.

        • BCinBCS

          Beerman, after doing some research on Tim Kaine, I have come to believe that it was an amazing choice.

          As a matter of fact, let me be the first to state it:

          Tim Kaine for President 2024!

  • John Bernard Books

    Is the dem party finished? Have dems accomplished all their goals? Socialized medicine, SS, a divided country.
    “But interviews with a range of Democrats indicate that, if Mrs. Clinton is elected, she will lead a party that is unified around social tolerance, but sharply divided over how to achieve economic justice in an era of upheaval.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/us/politics/obama-democrats-dnc.html

    social tolerance? economic justice? Isn’t that known as looting or transfer of wealth?

    • BCinBCS

      JBB wrote: “social tolerance? economic justice? Isn’t that known as looting or transfer of wealth?

      No JBB that’s not what it means and that is why most here on BB question your humanity and your mentality.

      • John Bernard Books

        How does it feel to know your vote doesn’t count and you’ve been played with feel good catch phrases like social tolerance and economic justice, you fool.

  • John Bernard Books

    Yes we will concede dems are crooked and play the smear game well but the truth always comes out and dems always overplay their hands.
    “Private conversations with sources at the dinner kept turning up the same analogy: Reagan came back to win the presidency in 1980. And Cruz, they think, can do the same in 2020.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/283655-top-conservatives-meet-at-secret-dinner-to-discuss-cruzs

    Hillary wakes up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because Ted Cruz because knows and believes in the US Constitution. The semi retired prez slept through Benghazi and then got Hillary to blame it on a video.

  • John Bernard Books

    Is the dem party done?
    “I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more awful, depressing news for you: Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full time sociopath is going to be our next president. President Trump. Go ahead and say the words, ‘cause you’ll be saying them for the next four years: “PRESIDENT TRUMP.””
    http://michaelmoore.com/trumpwillwin/

    Now that the DNC’s and Hillary emails have been released and the dems have been exposed once again for what they are. Some dems still say they will do as they are told and vote dem. How stupid are dems?

  • John Bernard Books

    Everyones knows dems rig elections….always have.
    “The release provides further evidence the DNC broke its own charter violations by favoring Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee, long before any votes were cast.”
    http://observer.com/2016/07/wikileaks-proves-primary-was-rigged-dnc-undermined-democracy/

    Democrat politicians along with me, freely admit that their voters are really really stupid. The dem primary was rigged you fools……

    This is why so many dems commenting here hate me…….yes its because they are really really stupid.

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems have been rigging elections since the party formed in 1824, so what’s new?
    ““This lawsuit is our effort as attorneys to give a voice, in the political system, to all those who have been defrauded by the conduct of the DNC in supporting and promoting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in violation of its own charter which requires it to be neutral,” added attorney Jeff Beck. The class of representatives in the class action lawsuit is currently in the thousands and continuing to grow, as any donor to Bernie Sanders’ campaign eligible to join. The Beck & Lee Law Firm has set up a Facebook Page with updates on the progress of the lawsuit.”
    http://observer.com/2016/06/debbie-wasserman-schultz-served-class-action-lawsuit-for-rigging-primaries/

    Waiting to hear WASSUP’s spin.

  • Sacagewea
    • Sacagewea

      “This loser is blocked.”

  • BCinBCS

    The Best Statement That I Have Read This Week

    Over at LG&M, Shakezula gave her opinion about the Republican party and Klansman David Duke running for Senate in Louisiana. She quoted RNC Chairman Reince Priebus statement that “David Duke & his hateful bigotry have no place in the Republican Party & the RNC will never support his candidacy under any circumstance“.

    Her reply was: “If there’s no place for Duke’s bigotry in the GOP, it’s because all the slots are filled and there’s a waiting list a mile long.

    Spot on.

    • WUSRPH

      I don’t know why they object to Duke so much. After all, they supported Strum Thurmond and his ilk for all those years.

      • John Bernard Books

        Sen Byrd….

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems in total disarray, what a Confederacy of Dunces…..

  • John Johnson

    As the Texas Tribune is reporting, and as the posts on FB indicate, all but the most ardent supporters are turning on Ted Cruz. His days in an elected political office are over. He self-destructed.

    Erica bragged on how smart he is; others talked about how well his campaign efforts were coordinated around the country as compared to others. His war chest was massive. I’m waiting on someone to pen a Shakespearean like play of Ted Cruz’s rapid and totally unexpected fall from grace, with his ego being the main antagonist.

    Perry is begging for a Trump appointment, and Cruz will be begging to keep his senate seat soon. Erica can really pick-um. Wonder when she’s going to switch parties? No press secretary jobs are going to be opening up for her anytime soon.

    • WUSRPH

      Basta!

    • WUSRPH

      But, you know what? However, it turns out, I don’t think Cruz would take it back for anything. That is the difference between a man who does what he thinks is right….and most of the rest of them……I don’t know just why he did it, but I sure like to think it had something to do with the concept of Honor….You see some people think that is still important. You, on the other hand, have made it clear that you think that all human beings (with the possibility of excluding yourself) do everything for what they have to gain from it. A very materialistic view. And a very sad one.

      • John Johnson

        Character and principles had nothing to do with Cruz’s bowing his neck. He made a calculated move and it backfired. He thinks Clinton is going to win and he was positioning himself to be the GOP front runner and go to work on the 2020 race as soon as Hillary took the oath. He thought he would maintain a base. Bad guess.

        • WUSRPH

          As I said, you are incapable of believing that anyone, probably including yourself, can ever do anything for any reason other than gain. You proved it again with this post and with your suggestions that Erica only acted as she did because she wanted a job. I have to use the only word I can to describe what I feel toward those with such a limited and shallow view of mankind: pity.

          • John Johnson

            Yeah, but Cruz didn’t. No one you ever worked for did, either.

          • WUSRPH

            About as accurate of statements as most of Trump’s.

          • John Bernard Books

            JJ you don’t feel Wassup is a man of principle….nah neither do I.

  • John Bernard Books

    Dem party imploding….waiting for WASSUP’s spin……out damn Bernie out!

    • Sam Jacinto

      Maybe we should take up a collection to get JBB a Netflix subscription to keep him busy.

      • Sacagewea

        How about a porno site? Naw, he probably already has that.

  • Jackson

    It’s election year in the US, so once again we see politicians promising the moon. That’s what happens in a democracy. Regardless of party or office, all politicians make promises in order to get elected. This is their nature. Dogs bark, birds sing, politicians promise.

    In the investment business, people are taught not to make promises because they create liability. Lawyers and compliance officers review documents for “promissory” language. Instead of “This fund will give you a profit,” firms say things that generally sound like “This will give you the opportunity to profit,” thereby avoiding lawsuits and regulatory action when profit proves elusive.

    With the Republican convention just concluded and the Democratic convention just ahead, with the presidential candidates making promises by the dozens, let’s imagine what a presidential promise would sound like if it had to comply with the same rules that investment advisors and brokers must adhere to. It would go something like this:

    “If you elect me as president, I will (insert promise), assuming of course that I can get both houses of Congress to agree, which means of course that I must persuade enough of the opposition Senators to bring my total up to 60 votes in the Senate, assuming that none of my own party votes against me. And that also assumes we can find the money to fulfill this promise, which is unlikely without some real (and unlikely) compromises.”

    Would-be elected officials face no such restraints, except from voters, who by the next election tend to forget what they were promised.

    • WUSRPH

      But to listen to The Donald (and his family, chiefly his daughter Leni Riefenstahl) the other you don’t need any of that stuff to “Make America Great Again”….All you need is the WILL OF TRUMP.

      • Sacagewea

        “Leni Riefenstahl” . . . Good one! Except Ivanka is Jewish . . .

        • BCinBCS

          Still … it had to hurt. Ouch!

  • WUSRPH

    On to Philadelphia!

  • WUSRPH

    See where the Russians hacked the DNC and then leaked the e-mails to hurt Hillary and help Trump? I don’t think there has been a candidate so favored by the Russians as Trump since Henry Wallace in 1948. I knew Trump kept saying nice things about Putin…Now he’s been rewarded.

  • John Bernard Books

    Democrat hispanic outreach=taco bowl engagement

    The chickens have come to roost

    You effin racists…….

  • John Bernard Books

    Do dem’s votes count? Can pigs fly?

  • John Bernard Books

    I didn’t see Debbie Wassup Schultz at the dem convention today……

  • John Bernard Books

    Hillary is the first candidate to be nominated for prez while “under investigation.” Dems can proudly claim another first.

  • John Bernard Books

    I’m waiting for Wassup’s spin….
    “The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee resigned Sunday after a trove of emails were disclosed showing DNC officials had worked to undermine the underdog presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.”
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/under-pressure-dncs-debbie-wasserman-schultz-limits-convention-role-1469376914?mod=e2fb

    Dems votes matter…..

  • John Bernard Books

    Dumb Debbie is now on Hillary’s payroll?
    “Obama’s statement, thanking her and describing her as a “dear friend,” landed around 20 minutes later, as did Clinton’s naming her the honorary chair of her campaign’s “50-state program.””

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/debbie-wasserman-schultz-dnc-226100#ixzz4FPnk3K48

    Dems in total disarray…waiting for WASSUP’s spin

  • John Bernard Books

    Dumb Debbie is now on Hillary’s payroll?
    “Obama’s statement, thanking her and describing her as a “dear friend,” landed around 20 minutes later, as did Clinton’s naming her the honorary chair of her campaign’s “50-state program.””

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/debbie-wasserman-schultz-dnc-226100

    Dems in total disarray…waiting for WASSUP’s spin

  • Sacagewea

    Great article by George Lakoff (“Don’t Think of an Elephant”) that describes Trump’s appeal to voters and how his scam can be countered:

    https://georgelakoff.com/2016/07/22/understanding-trump/

  • John Bernard Books

    Why does Hillary lie?
    “Clinton’s penchant for dissembling in discussion of her personal and financial dealings is all the more puzzling”

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/hillary-clinton-emails-history-214095#ixzz4FQAasHAz

    Dems use words like dissemble, spin, prevaricate, to describe a dem politician who has a penchant for lying. Hillary is a liar that is why she lies.

  • Jay Trainor

    Chief David Brown should run for the job of Texas Senator.

    • John Bernard Books

      Chief David Brown should run against Tx Rep Eddie Johnson
      “In August 2010, Amy Goldson, counsel for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, said that Johnson violated organizational rules by awarding scholarship money to four relatives and two children of a top aide. Awards come with an anti-nepotism rule, and winners must live or study in the Congress member’s district. Johnson said she “unknowingly” made a mistake in awarding the grants and would work with the foundation to rectify it.”
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Bernice_Johnson

      Time to clean up congress

  • John Bernard Books

    Why does Hillary lie?
    “Clinton’s penchant for dissembling in discussion of her personal and financial dealings is all the more puzzling”

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/hillary-clinton-emails-history-214095#ixzz4FQAasHAz

    Dems use words like dissemble, spin, prevaricate, to describe a dem politician who has a penchant for lying. Hillary is a liar that is why she lies.

    • Bandara Carlos

      PAID Republican BLOGGER.

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems pick 3rd chair in 24 hrs……
    “Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), a former mayor and a lawyer who has labeled Donald Trump a “bigot” and urged Bernie Sanders to “step aside,” questioning whether he was a “real Democrat,” is taking over as Democratic National Convention chair.”
    http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/marcia-fudge-bernie-sanders-rep-ohio-dnc-debbie-wasserman-schultz-family-democratic-national-convention-trump-bigot-ferguson-police-guns/

    Crooked dems deserve “Crooked Hillary” and a shellacking in Nov.
    Trump had no idea it was gonna be this ez….now if he can keep his mouth shut.
    “In his “Now-cast” election model for who would win if ballots were cast Monday, Silver gave the Republican nominee a 57.5% chance of winning the presidency.”
    http://www.businessinsider.com/nate-silver-donald-trump-polls-2016-7

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems are the real bigots? How ironic….
    “After being told for weeks by very concerned liberals and media pundits that Donald J. Trump represents the second coming of Adolf Hitler, it is richly ironic to learn that Hillary Clinton’s Democratic National Committee (DNC) planned to target Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for his faith.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/24/emails-wikileaks-real-jew-haters-democratic-party/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

    There is so much hate centered in the dem party, voters shouldn’t allow them to hold national office for 20 years.
    Bunch of lying bigots….

    • Bandara Carlos

      You Are a PAID Republican BLOGGER.nitwit.

  • WUSRPH

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-putin-russia-connections

     

    Could there be more to the Trump-Putin relationship than the fact The Donald likes “strongmen”? How about a financial tie?

  • WUSRPH

    All these Trump connections to Putin suggest another name for Trump–the Manchurian Candidate.

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems selling appts?
    “Democratic National Committee documents recently released by WikiLeaks include spreadsheets and emails that appear to show party officials planning which donors and prominent fundraisers to provide with appointments to federal boards and commissions.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/24/leaked-dnc-documents-show-plans-to-reward-big-donors-with-federal-appointments/#ixzz4FSF9cZau

    Pay to play the dem way………you stupid dem voters.

    • Bandara Carlos

      You Are a PAID Republican BLOGGER.

  • Sacagewea
  • Honest Abe

    I had hoped Cruz would agree to be one of Trump’s first appointments to the Supreme Court. Instead Ted chose to commit political suciide with 30 million people watching. We learned at that moment it was not about a dream for America’s future, it was all about Ted from the beginning.