Ted Cruz, a giant in a Senate of mostly pygmies.
Ted Cruz, a giant in a Senate of mostly pygmies.
If pro-lifers want a fighter when it comes to abortion, then Ted Cruz is their candidate:
Cruz was participating in a MSNBC town hall event. During a discussion of abortion, he noted that “virtually none of the network news would show the videos on air”(neither ABC, CBS, nor NBC covered the releases of any of the seven videos released after July 2015). To that, host Chuck Todd claimed “some of it was made up.”
“No it wasn’t,” Cruz shot back, going on to explain, “it is a federal crime – a felony with a 10-year prison term – to sell the body parts of unborn children for profit.” The videos, he continued, “show senior Planned Parenthood officials laughing, sipping Chardonnay, and bargaining, and apparently selling the body parts of unborn children. Listen, even if you’re pro-choice, selling the body parts of unborn children as a commercial endeavor is a horrifying thing.”
The videos reveal a number of officials from Planned Parenthood and StemExpress, a tissue procurement company the abortion giant works with, seemingly discussing multiple federal crimes relating to acquiring and profiting off organs from aborted babies. Despite pro-abortion claims the videos were deceptively edited, two separate forensic analyses (one of which was performed by a Democrat-aligned research firm and commissioned by Planned Parenthood themselves) confirmed the audio of their admissions was not manipulated.
Cruz then called the situation “one of the sad indictments of the Obama Administration.” Continue Reading
My bride’s state, Wisconsin, handed Ted Cruz a win on Tuesday this week, giving him 48.2% to 35.1% for Trump and 14.1 % for Kasich. Cruz walked away with 36 delegates to 3 for Trump. More significant is that Cruz is succeeding in state after state in having his supporters named as delegates to the convention. This is happening because the Cruz campaign is well organized in each state while the Trump organization is virtually non-existent on the state and local level. Many Trump delegates will be Cruz supporters, bound to vote for Trump on the first ballot, but not on subsequent votes. If Trump can’t win on the first ballot, his campaign will probably be defeated on the second.
Lots of rumors flying around that Rubio is about to drop out. Rubio denies them, but it is clear that his campaign is on its last legs, and that if he doesn’t leave the race before the Florida primary next Tuesday he certainly will if he loses that primary. Jon Kass of the Chicago Tribune, my favorite columnist, cuts to the heart of what is going on:
The common wisdom, which is so often wrong, says Cruz is not a good candidate. He’s strident, doesn’t have great hair and he lacks charisma. But charisma doesn’t make a leader. Backbone makes a leader. Charisma doesn’t make a good president, as the past eight years have shown.
And Trump? The Republican establishment has gone out of its way to make him toxic. They’ve played every card against him. They say he could never defeat Hillary Clinton. But never is a stupid word in politics.
Cruz takes the Kansas Caucuses held today. Interesting in that the latest polls showed Trump ahead. It turned out that it wasn’t close. With 25% of the vote counted, Cruz has 50% to Trump with 25%. Rubio trails at 13% with Kasich bringing up the rear with 10%. Kentucky and Maine are also holding caucuses today and Louisiana a primary. More results as they come in.
Update: 8:00 PM CST-Fox calls the Maine caucuses for Cruz. Trump second, Kasich and Rubio a distant third and fourth.
Update: 8:05 PM CST-Fox calls the Nebraska Democrat caucuses for Sanders.
Update: 8:17 PM CST-Fox calls Louisiana for Clinton.
Update: 8:30 PM CST-AP calls Louisiana for Trump. He currently has a two to one margin over Cruz with 23%, Rubio is at 19% and John Kasich at 3%.
Update: 5:08 AM CST-Trump narrowly wins Kentucky Caucuses with 35%, Cruz follows with 16%, Rubio at 16% and Kasich at 14%. The victory margin for Trump in Louisiana was quite a bit narrower ultimately than it first appeared: Trump: 41%, Cruz 37%, Rubio 11% and Kasich at 6%.
Analysis: If Trump is going to be stopped, only Cruz has shown the ability to do so. If Rubio stays in now, he must assume the role of a deliberate spoiler to ensure a Trump victory. Kasich is staying in for no reason I can discern other than hope that Trump as nominee would pick him as Veep for the spoiler role he has played.
Well, he would if the only choice were between Trump and Cruz. His rationale for his choice is revealing:
“I think I would choose Trump,” the liberal former president said to the House of Lords, when asked about the U.S. presidential race, “which may surprise some of you, but the reason is Trump has proven already that he’s completely malleable. I don’t think he has any fixed opinions that he would really go to the White House and fight for.”
At least those who bothered to show up at the byzantine Caucuses. On the GOP side Cruz wins with 28%, with Trump at 24% and Rubio a surprisingly close third at 23%. In fourth is Carson at 9%. The also rans are Rand Paul at 5%, Jeb Bush at 3%, Fiorina at 2%, Kasich at 2%, Christie at 2% and Santorum at 1%. For now the GOP race is a three man race and probably will remain so unless someone outside the triumvirate wins in New Hampshire. Minor candidates will begin to drop out, and Huckabee has already announced the suspension of his campaign.
On the Democrat side Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are effectively tied. Normally this would be terrible news for a front runner, but Clinton can console herself that a low budget insurgent candidate like Sanders needs an early win. If Clinton can eke out a victory here and do so again in New Hampshire, expect Sanders to quickly become a footnote in the Democrat campaign, unless some bigger names drop in. If Sanders beats Clinton in New Hampshire, she is wounded and will face a long, hard fight for the nomination, with the prospect of other candidates emerging down the road in the later primaries.
At the risk of restarting the Catholic torture wars, (No Don, for the love of God, no!) I would note that there is one Republican candidate running for President who is against torture:
One year after a bracing Senate report on post-9/11 CIA interrogation practices led Congress to ban waterboarding and other forms of torture, the leading Republican presidential candidates are talking like it’s 2002 all over again.
With one exception: Going against the GOP’s rhetorical grain is Trump’s main rival for the party’s nomination, Ted Cruz. “Torture is wrong, unambiguously. Period. The end,” the Texas senator said in December 2014. Cruz, whose own father was tortured in Cuba, reaffirmed that position last month, saying that “America does not need torture to protect ourselves.”
I assume that Mark Shea, and the denizens of the Catholic Left, will now be falling over themselves to endorse the pro-life Ted Cruz who is also anti-torture. “Crickets chirp.”
That was my first reaction when I read Dole’s comment blasting Cruz:
“I question his allegiance to the party,” Mr. Dole said of Mr. Cruz. “I don’t know how often you’ve heard him say the word ‘Republican’ — not very often.” Instead, Mr. Cruz uses the word “conservative,” Mr. Dole said, before offering up a different word for Mr. Cruz: “extremist.”…
“If he’s the nominee, we’re going to have wholesale losses in Congress and state offices and governors and legislatures,” said Mr. Dole, who served in the House and Senate for 35 years and won the Iowa caucuses twice. He described Mr. Cruz as having falsely “convinced the Iowa voters that he’s kind of a mainstream conservative.”
Hands down the Cruz campaign is producing the most eye catching campaign commercials of this race.
Ted Cruz is the most formidable type of conservative: one who throws out the rule book when it comes to how campaigns should be conducted. In the world beyond, Reagan, who often used self-deprecating humor and innovative campaign tactics, is smiling at his ideological successor!
Having liberal media figures moderating presidential debates is insane from the perspective of anyone supporting the GOP, or simply interested in basic fairness. Why Republicans put up with it every four years is beyond me. Last night Senator Ted Cruz (R. TX) blew that game apart. The “journalist” Ted Cruz was ripping into is John Harwood. He is a pathetically transparent liberal hack, always in the tank for the Democrat Party. Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist wonders what Harwood was doing there:
Wednesday night’s debate will be hosted by CNBC at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. It will be moderated by Harwood along with CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla and Becky Quick and is supposed to focus on economic issues, though previous CNBC debates have strayed far from that topic.
Harwood frequently angers conservatives for his partisan takes on the news. I mostly laugh off his predictably liberal views because I don’t take him that seriously. But that only leads us back to figuring out why he’s moderating this Wednesday’s debate. Let’s just look at a few examples of how he covers news.
A good idea from Senator Ted Cruz (R.Tx.):
At the same time, the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.
Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address
God bless the Federal judiciary! After having such a smashing success in “resolving” the abortion issue by legalizing it, they have “resolved” the gay marriage debate by mandating it. Senator Ted Cruz (R.Tx.) is having none of it:
The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible. By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.
This is judicial activism at its worst. The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens. Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures.
The Supreme Court is, de facto, applying an extremely broad interpretation to the 14th Amendment without saying a word – an action that is likely to have far-reaching consequences. Because of the Court’s decision today, 11 States will likely now be forced to legalize same-sex marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. And this action paves the way for laws prohibiting same-sex marriage to be overturned in any state.
It is beyond dispute that when the 14th Amendment was adopted 146 years ago, as a necessary post-Civil War era reform, it was not imagined to also mandate same-sex marriage, but that is what the Supreme Court is implying today. The Court is making the preposterous assumption that the People of the United States somehow silently redefined marriage in 1868 when they ratified the 14th Amendment.
Nothing in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the 14th Amendment or any other constitutional provision authorizes judges to redefine marriage for the Nation. It is for the elected representatives of the People to make the laws of marriage, acting on the basis of their own constitutional authority, and protecting it, if necessary, from usurpation by the courts.
Marriage is a question for the States. That is why I have introduced legislation, S. 2024, to protect the authority of state legislatures to define marriage. And that is why, when Congress returns to session, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws.
Traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society. We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it. Continue Reading
Hattip to Darleen at Protein Wisdom. Senator Ted Cruz (R.Tx) is a Southern Baptist. If all Catholic members of Congress had a tenth the willingness to do battle for the Church and the First Amendment as Cruz does, I would have no concern for the future of the Church in this country, at least from assaults by Caesar.
When Senator Ted Cruz (R.Tex.) speaks, chances are he will get some hecklers. That is actually good news for Cruz because he is tough and smart enough to use hecklers to make his point. The Left in this country, most of them at any rate, have only contempt for the concept of freedom of speech for those who disagree with them, hence the use of paid operatives as hecklers against adversaries they fear. Ted Cruz, fearless and scary bright, is at the head of the list those on the Left fear. I hope he has adequate security. We may soon look upon the days when Leftists hurled verbal missiles at those they hate and fear as the good old days.