Sen. Ted Cruz: Today Republicans preserved their right to surrender in the future

Senate leadership today might have reached a compromise that will avert Majority Leader Harry Reid’s threat to use the “nuclear option,” but it was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who dropped a bomb this evening. The Senate was saved, and Reid expressed his hope that Democrats and Republicans will once again work together to further the Democrats’ agenda.

Back to business as usual, then?

Remember this guy?

  • SJ’s Dad

    . . . Right to surrender
    . . . Would that be anything like a “Duty to Retreat”?

    • Sonya A. Willis

      Right to Surrender is the DLC to Duty To Retreat. Coming this Christmas 2013.

  • billybrown88

    Once again, Cruz has cut to the truth of the matter. Even though some conciliatory moves must be made by the GOP to appear as unobstructionist, Reid would NEVER take a chance like ‘nuclear option’ as the Dems. fate is far less than certain after 2014 elections. Once again, an opportunity was missed, and Obama’s sycophants were rewarded for their silence, and loyalty, irregardless of their previous performance and unsuitability for the new positions. I hope this doesn’t come back to bite us later.

    • Republicanvet

      Actually Urkels thugs are rewarded for their law breaking.
      Hey Marco…a little late to the party. Putz.

    • dlg1956

      Who cares if the GOP is obstructionist. The stuff Imam Obama is doing is totally undermining our constitution and destroying our nation. Because they do not attack and stand firm, it will come back to bite America… badly!

      • Jazzee

        amen how sad I want my old country back

  • Clayton Grant

    Repeal the 17th! Return the selection of Senators to the original design of the Constitution!

    • BAW

      I don’t think it ever will be repealed but I agree the 17th is one of the main reasons the 10th amendment has become meaningless.

  • Lady 12

    So… Wait, Marco Rubio agreed with Cruz? Please tell me he did!

    • Ben Bollman

      He did, but too little too late.

    • Evan Dickinson

      Having made an ass of himself on immigration doesn’t make him less likely to do these sorts of things it makes him more likely. There’s a reason people like McCain and Graham keep getting reelected. They find another issue to make up for it on. He looked at the polls seeing him drop to 5th in iowa and obviously he will do something until he goes up in the polls again.

      • Lady 12

        I am aware of that, but I really liked Rubio before the whole immigration fiasco, and while I will not vote for him in any Republican vs. Republican election, I would like for him to say something I can agree with.

    • Jazzee

      he may have agreed but who trusts him anymore? I sure don’t CRUZ and GOWDY and a few others have the guts and honor
      the rest of them McCain has dementia and Lindsay is just a jerk along with Corker et al
      makes me sick but oh well………done with the wimpy GOP

  • grais

    the right to surrender in the future, or the right to surrender the future?

    • objectivefactsmatter


  • Joe W.

    As I said on an earlier thread, I have pulled the lever for my last Beltway Republican. It’s 3rd party for me.

    • $17227379

      Mine started last election. Libertarian Party across the board.

      • Ben Bollman

        Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather vote for a Libertarian than a liberal or a RINO. But make no mistake, they are NOT conservative. If they support abortion and don’t support the military then they are not getting my vote, that is the bottom line.

    • BAW

      You would vote for Cruz I hope.

      • Joe W.

        I’m a Texan. I voted for Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz is NOT a “Beltway” Republican. He is a Tea Party Senator, and he is awesome.

        • BAW

          Me too. Proudly voted for him in the primary, in the run off and in the general. Just checking that “3rd party” part.

    • pulseimpact

      We don’t need another party. We just have to do a better job at putting in true conservatives. I don’t understand why conservatives would leave the Republican Party for Libertarian personally.

      • Joe W.

        The Republican Party is NOT conservative. THAT is why. And I am NOT a “libertarian”, either. I am a conservative. Plain and simple. I will vote for the conservative candidate, if there IS one. If not, I will refrain from casting a vote. I will NEVER vote for a liberal or someone professing conservatism and legislating liberal or compromising conservative principles. Hope that helps you to understand.

  • right_on

    The RINO Senator from Arizona may yet be hoisted on his own petard..helping to advance socialist priorities will not engender goodwill from the Donks, nor chalk up future votes from conservatives.

  • right_on

    Mr. Rubio…what’s the point of espousing conservative views when you hitch your star to the buttocks of RINO, John McCain? Was he not the architect of this “compromise”, (hack, hack..) that is, surrender?

    For someone who is against torture, I find it odd that he keeps inflicting so much pain to his own party…a party that is already suffering from his constant interdiction, and bi-partisan reach arounds..

  • Ben Bollman

    Reid is holding the GOP hostage with the nuclear option and John McCain has contracted Stockholm Syndrome.

    • Hiraghm

      That’s truer than you might think, IMO. I think he developed a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome while held captive.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      So who died and made McCain the Minority Leader? Certainly not Mitch McConnell, or Ted Cruz… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Ben Bollman

    Ugh, everything Rubio says is so irrelevant to me from now on. You can’t turn your back on your base then expect us to buy that you are all of a sudden a conservative again.

    • Slugglife

      Who knows? MAybe rubio will find a way to regain his footing. Maybe this was the eff up he needed to realize exactly why he is there.

      • Ben Bollman

        Yeah, but I’m of the “fool me once” mentality. If he caves on something that important then what good is he and how stupid would we be to trust him again?

        • Slugglife

          I do know that finding a candidate of rep that will do our bidding 100% of the time is going to be tough.

          • Ben Bollman

            It doesn’t have to be 100% of the time, just on stuff that won’t destroy this country and destroy conservatism in this country for the foreseeable future.

          • Ben Bollman

            It doesn’t have to be 100% of the time, just on stuff that won’t destroy this country and destroy conservatism in this country for the foreseeable future.

  • liberalssuck

    I am praying every night for a return of honest hard working reps. I know a pipe dream!!

  • Bill Board

    Purge Congress of ALL the spineless RINO’S!

    • Otis OatMe

      Yes. I want a Senate’s of solid conservative nubering nearly double digits against 85-90 Democrats. GO Paul, Go Cruz, Go … Ok 2 Conservatives and 98 rats.

  • KansasGirl

    Hey Rubio, let Senator Cruz worry about the “nuclear option”, you need to focus on killing your “immigration” bill.

  • nc

    Heads they win. Tails we lose. Great.

  • Jazzee

    Is Cruz the only man back there in DC that has any guts and honor? what is wrong with the GOP?????????? they just don’t get it do they? all gutless wonders
    compromise on what you idiots????? TWO UNION lawyers now on labor relations board so they can shove more UNION garbage down our throats there are not enough jobs now and UNIONS will make it worse because they are so expensive….
    I am so angry at the GOP they are wimps

    • trixiewoobeans

      They spend too much time in Washington and are surrounded by liberal media-types and hypes. They just don’t seem to be aware there’s a HUGE Conservative base they’ve lost touch with…they’re DC’d, they’re believing the hype and covering their azzes…not ours…THEIRS, which shows they need to be removed and replaced with fresh, courageous people who will represent the Americans who put them there.

  • Sean Minturn

    The GOP: the French of American politics.

    Which would make the Tea Party the Maquis.

  • blueniner

    Hey Rooobio worry about your “gang bang of eight”, let Ted Cruz worry about the heavylifting of perserving the Constitution, you have done enough damage, fraud!

  • Moonbeam

    ,,,,, Senate Filibuster Deal An Embarrassment For Mitch McConnell

    WASHINGTON — Democrats not only got much of what they wanted in Tuesday’s deal to move some of President Barack Obama’s nominees through the Senate, they also got what they see as an important bonus — casting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in an unflattering light.

    The unfortunate moment culminated Tuesday morning, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) marched onto the Senate floor not with the leader from Kentucky opposite him to announce a deal to pass the stalled nominees, but with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

    McCain was there, according to several sources who spoke about private, behind-the-scenes talks on the condition of anonymity, because he and and several other Republicans grew fed up with their own side’s stalling tactics and went around McConnell (R-Ky.) to cut the deal with Reid and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), avoiding a “nuclear option” rules change to pass the nominees.

    Reid declined to gloat, but he went out of his way to praise McCain effusively on the Senate floor.

    Democratic aides were less circumspect.

    “Today was really, really bad for him,” said one, revealing that McConnell was cut out of the deal and rebuffed by Reid twice when he tried to personally work his way back in — including just minutes before the Nevada lawmaker went to the floor with McCain.

  • Moonbeam

    Despite amnesty push, Rubio rakes in $3 million in second-quarter fundraising

    Alternate headline: “Because of amnesty push, Rubio rakes in $3 million in second-quarter fundraising.”

    Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio raised $3 million in the second quarter of 2013, a source familiar with a new Federal Election Commission finance report told Fox News.

    The second quarter total is 31 percent more than the amount Rubio raised in the first quarter and brings his total for the first half of 2013 to $5.28 million.

    That represents a strong showing for Rubio’s joint fundraising committee, the Rubio Victory Committee, which raises money for Rubio’s Reclaim America PAC and his re-election committee.

    How much of that 31-percent increase is due to new grassroots donors kicking in cash to encourage him on immigration reform and how much of it is big-money establishment Republicans showering him with dough to say thanks? (In the first quarter, when his immigration initiative was revving up, he had 15,000 new donors.) The Hill reported last month that Rubio had “assembled a team of heavyweight Washington insiders,” stocked with “well-connected lobbyists and fundraisers,” to help him raise money. Beltway GOPers are no doubt grateful to him for helping with their signature outreach effort to Latino voters and business interests are grateful for helping with the eternal effort to lower labor costs. The second-quarter PAC report isn’t out yet so we don’t know the breakdown of his latest donors yet. But, for what it’s worth, sources in Rubio’s camp tell Jen Rubin that most of them are grassroots, not insiders:


  • Bruce

    And we criticize the French…my brother tells a joke where he claims to have just purchased a World War II vintage French rifle: “…it only fires once and, then, surrenders.” The Republican establishment monkeys can’t even do that much.

    • Hiraghm

      An old ad for imported rifles: “Rifles for sale. Imported from France. Only fired once, then dropped.”

      • Bruce


  • brewerandpatriot

    GOP playing slow-pitch softball? Seems more like teeball with the fences brought in 300 feet.

    • Hiraghm

      More like T-ball where the “batter” takes the ball off the tee and hands it back to the pitcher.

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    We Stand Surrendering to OGovt, as we lost the Natural Laws, Natural Rights, Constitutionally Free Republic with satellites replaced the stars…for spying on us…CPFB-Cordray to have another DataBase…to dip into $$$ by taxpayers, whom will never get out of the DataBases.

  • Sonya A. Willis

    Please don’t sully awesome words from Sen. Cruz with that two bit shyster RINO Rubio.

  • peteee363

    the senate republicans are so great at surrender, they should change their name to the French party!

  • Slugglife

    Rubio is upset about being mislead? ha. Why didnt somebody go on the floor and read harry reids 2005 hissy fit about that being illegal? GOP is full of boneless chickens.

  • Slugglife

    Baby shark says” mom I ate the bones!” Mama shark says”no son, you ate a GOP member. There is no bones.” I’ll be here all week.

  • BeeKaaay

    Both major parties have been taken over by Marxists. That’s why we have a one party system in DC.




    Washington, D.C. is woefully short of men and women of the ilk of Ted Cruz. Damn shame.