Twitchy has reported how Sen. Ted Cruz, often demonized in the press (and always by Cher), returned to Texas to standing ovations of up to 14 minutes. Utah Sen. Mike Lee was also on the front lines of the movement to defund Obamacare, and he was honored today at a rally in Utah organized by FreedomWorks.

#ILikeMike was the official hashtag for the event.

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If you have a spare 10 minutes, here’s video of the reception for hostage-taking, bomb-throwing arsonist Mike Lee from his home crowd.

  • pinupartist

    “I like MIke”

    “Still on crack, barack?”

    Catchy :)

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “The difference between Obama and Osama:

      “There’s nothing Osama can do any more to try to destroy this country.”

      • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

        Then… there’s really NO difference, is there?
        Osama bin Laden
        Obama bin Lyin…. Nope. No difference.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    I LOVE Mike!

    (Don’t care if it doesn’t rhyme.)

    • JeffWRidge

      Agreed! Along with Ted Cruz, Mike Lee is a major asset to this country.

    • rssllue

      Senator Mike Lee,
      The way a politician should be!

  • Kaka1625

    lol…dude is running scared. He isn’t scared of democrates, he is scared he is going to be primaried by an ‘establishment’ republican.

    • BAW

      Sure Lee is scared, like Cruz is scared of establishment Republicans. That explains why they took on establishment Republicans to get elected in the first place. Sure, fear is the reason they’ve challenged establishment Republicans in D.C.

      I understand that when you’re afraid you assume everyone else is too. But I don’t understand that when you see true courage you deny it and belittle it. Does that make you feel better? It shouldn’t.

      • Kaka1625

        true courage…tee hee!

        • trixiewoobeans

          OFA Troll. Tee hee.

          • Kaka1625

            Twitchy troll…Tee hee!

          • trixiewoobeans

            Better Twitchy than bitchy.

          • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

            I’m rofling.

          • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

            With a name like Kaka… how can you not be full of sh!t? I bet your eyes are brown…

    • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Stop projecting; Lee isn’t afraid of anything or anyone. That should be obvious to anyone who is paying attention. The establishment GOP is afraid of Lee (and Cruz) because their way of political life has been exposed and they can see their power slipping away.

      The only way Lee will lose in the primary is if the establishment GOP is able to rid the state of Utah of the caucus method to elect primary candidates, but after the voters of Utah have been able to see the clear distinction between Lee and Hatch, there’s no way the establishment will win.

      I don’t blame you for being afraid of Lee. He’s a threat to your preferred candidates because he stands up to them and points out why they are bad for the country.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

        He doesn’t know anything about that. He just wants to regurgitate liberal talking points.

    • only4uandme

      When your actions are true and honest there is nothing to fear.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

      Democrates? Some Roman philosopher, is he? I’ve heard of Socrates, but not Democrates.

      • trixiewoobeans


      • BronxJo

        I think you mean Greek, but I understand such is not taught in (fill in the blank) Studies classes.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

          So… Democrates was a Greek philosopher? Got it.

  • JeffWRidge

    “Since when did upholding the #Constitution make you someone who is far-right in politics?”

    Since the far-left took over the media, the schools, and entertainment; proceeded to distort the facts, and artificially move where people perceive the center to be. People have been tricked into believing that the political center is to the left of center and that the real center is right-wing. When you think that true moderates are right-wing, it’s easy to confuse regular right-wingers/conservatives with the far-right.

    I have run into a lot of far-left types who sincerely believe that they’re moderate. They have no idea how far to the left they really are.


  • tjack

    Good for Sen. Lee and his supporters. It’s nice to see a politician get applause after risking their career for the benefit of us all. Can’t wait to see how many liberals show up to defend their politicians that are putting them in the poor house, I doubt many of them will have gotten over it.

    • R.C.

      I believe that overall you and I are on the same page but differ on the applause.
      I do not believe he risked his career to benefit his constituents, noble as that may be; he simply did exactly what he said he would do if elected.

      Honesty is a rare, nigh extinct creature in politics. Few posses the integrity all politicians claim to have.

      • BAW

        I believe that overall you and I probably agree too. But I differ on the “applause.” What exactly, other than do what she was elected to do, have the highest approval rating for a governor in the nation and then agree to be the Republican VP nomination; did Sarah Palin every do to deserve the attacks she has suffered which forced her to give up her job as governor? Or do you not agree that Palin and her family have suffered significantly, for doing the right thing? (Would you not object to being characterized as she has been or to having your children called the things hers have been?) She and her family may have come out of it all, stronger and better off than before but that would be to their credit and the exception rather than the rule. I don’t think Robert Bork ever benefited from the attacks from the left. Or people like Ken Starr, LInda Tripp, Newt Gingrich or Tom DeLay ….. There may be better examples but just sayin………….

        “Getting involved” in a controversial matter – being thrust into the public eye, with people trying to destroy you, is not a pleasant thing. There are plenty of decent people who would not run for public office because of the damage that can be done not just to them or their reputation or career but also to their families, their businesses.

        No doubt my point of view is different because of personal experience. I lived for more than 40 years without ever having a single “enemy.” I was fairly well liked. Then i was forced into small town politics, got elected and had people who wanted to hurt me, people threatening violence against me, my children suffered, etc. etc. etc.

        I think the courage of the Cruz, Lee, Tea Party members is far more impressive than you seem to but ultimately so long as you respect them, the fact that I simply respect and appreciate them more is no big deal. Not even worth an up or down click, I hope.

        • R.C.

          Perhaps I was not clear.
          I do not believe standing up for your principles and promises that you ran for office -and got elected- on constitutes risking your career. In fact, it shows the opposite; that a candidate is greatly appreciated by his constituents for standing on his principle and keeping good on his promises.(a rare quality today)
          I have very much respect for Cruz, Lee, Paul, Gowdy and Palin and the very, very few others who stand for something; say what they mean and mean what they say.

          • BAW

            I don’t think I misunderstood but I might have.

            I think we barely disagreed. I may just be picking nits about what the “risk” is because I think it involves more than a “career risk.” And I see “career” as not necessarily a “political career.”

            We start here with Lee. And if I’m not mistaken, he, like Cruz didn’t set out to be a politician. Pretty sure both of them had chosen careers as constitutional lawyers. And I still think that their willingness to enter politics is especially impressive since their legal “careers” could be threatened (could also end up being enhanced but there is a risk).

            I’ve considered all that in my opinion, particularly of Cruz. He is my senator. I think, it explains why he is more truly “representatives” of the people instead of being typical “career politicians.” Don’t really know as much about Paul or Gowdy but it may be basically the same thing. I think Palin started out the same way and though she’d been in politics longer and worked her way up, she too had done it for the right reasons. I don’t think she set out to get elected as a career choice while it seems to me those who do are mostly the wrong types.

            Does that make sense as to why I disagreed but only on minor but to me, significant points?

  • Maxx

    I like everything about this story except Freedomworks declaration that Democrats have “destroyed” the Constitution.

    We’ll win in 2014 AND in 2016 but we don’t need hyperbole to do it. The Constitution is quite alive and kicking, despite liberal efforts to redefine it as a “living and breathing document, open to interpretation.”

    On a related note, Utah would be crazy to let Mike Lee slip from their hands. He’s a treasure, doing the people’s work. Don’t let liberals succeed in scaring Utah moderates and independents away from him.

    We’ve nominated two moderates in the past general elections and look where it got us. We need warriors in Washington and warriors don’t reside in the middle of the road.

    • V the K

      Democrats have destroyed the nation by violating the Constitution.

      • Maxx

        If you destroy something, it cannot be brought back to life. I submit one four year term with Ted Cruz is all we need to get this train back on the tracks. Destroy is a term, for this retired military fella, that has a permanent meaning. Nothing done in Washington has destroyed my way of life, my country or my surroundings. It’s just incompetent governance that can end if conservatives vote with the passion liberals voted in 2008. It’s up to us. I strongly believe if you give Ted Cruz 15 debates, he’ll draw more citizens towards him than all the pundits at MSNBC can take away. It’s why, three years before 2016, liberals are going crazy about Ted Cruz. They want to paint a narrative before he gets the chance to court independents and moderates.

        Mike Lee? Cut from the same cloth. The right man for the right job.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

          So you haven’t received your cancellation letter from your health insurance provider yet?

          • Maxx

            I have a great health care plan through my employer so I’m fortunate to not fall victim to Obama’s lies.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “I like everything about this story except Freedomworks declaration that Democrats have ‘destroyed’ the Constitution.”

      Not so much destroyed as let fall into disrepair by ignoring and disregarding it. Google the concept of “desuetude.” Supposedly there’s no such thing where the Constitution is involved, but if people don’t take the thing seriously, and it becomes something of a dead letter, it becomes harder to enforce later on. Supposedly that’s why we have a Supreme Court, but one composed of liberal justices who believe in the “living breathing document” theory wouldn’t do much to turn that around.

    • GoldsteinsBook

      It was just as tiresome to hear some liberals claim the Bush was destroying the Constitution as it is to hear it from FreedomWorks now.

      I see another issue in the piece. Twitchy included one of Beck’s tweets claiming Cruz has an 80% approval rating in Texas.

      The polling cited in the above article shows only 40% of Texans hold a favorable view of Cruz.

      • BAW

        I wrote an embarrassingly long (fact filled) response but decided to just say, Cruz is doing very well in Texas. Better than Cornyn, who might be vulnerable to a primary challenge but is unlikely to even draw a serious Democrat opponent.

        Cruz is also doing well nationally among Republicans.

        The left’s constant reporting on his demise is nothing but spin, lies, and hope.

        It’s his success that sets them off so I assume it will continue unabated as:

        “PPP’s newest national survey finds that in the wake of the shutdown, Republican voters now view Ted Cruz as their party’s leader. 21% picked Cruz to 17% for Chris Christie, and 15% for John Boehner. Cruz finished well ahead of the other GOP Senators we tested- Rand Paul got 9%, John McCain 7%, and Mitch McConnell only 4%. Mitt Romney at 8% and Sarah Palin at 4% were the other people we tested.”

        • GoldsteinsBook

          While I don’t agree with him on a lot of issues, Cruz is an intelligent and gifted politician. I wasn’t reporting on the demise of Ted Cruz; I was addressing Beck’s factually challenged tweet.

          • BAW

            I didn’t say you were reporting on his demise unless you claim to be “the left.” I was giving you the benefit of the doubt about believing the left’s spin.

            And while I don’t know where Beck came up with that 80% number and doubt it a bit myself, it’s no more “factually challenged” than your:

            “The polling cited in the above article shows only 40% of Texans hold a favorable view of Cruz.” I haven’t found that or any other poll that supports your claim.

            As far as I know he has always polled higher than 40% and nothing he’s done in D.C. hurt him in Texas. Texans agree with his principles and really appreciate those who will take a stand on those principles. Do you have any idea how the “cut and run” Democrats continued the demise of Democrat power in Texas? So taking a stand could have only improved Cruz’s favorable numbers in Texas. It only hurt him with the left, establishment Republicans and people who have no idea who he is. While even in Texas I suspect that would give him automatic 30-35% negatives, they would not be anywhere near 60%. It would be easier to imagine Cruz cutting into that 30-35% since we still have some conservative Democrats in Texas. Plus he did better among Hispanic voters than Romney did and that will have only improved as they’ve listened to him and become more familiar with him since less than 20% self identify as “liberal.” While a full 40% of Texas Hispanics self identify as conservatives.

            While I think it’s premature to think of him as a “politician” in the normally accepted sense of the word. Were you aware 2012 was the first time he’d run for public office?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Poll was from June:

            Gen population: 40% favorable, 13% neutral, 31% unfavorable, 17% don’t know

            *This matches with Goldstein’s claim, without knowing exactly what Beck tweeted*

            Party ID:

            Repubs: 70% favorable, 12% neutral, 7% unfavorable, 12% don’t know
            Indies: 30% favorable, 25% neutral, 23% unfavorable, 23% don’t know
            Dems: 10% favorable, 12% neutral, 48% unfavorable, 21% don’t know

            Republican ID:
            Leans Rep: 77% favorable, %11 neutral, 8% unfavorable, 5% don’t know
            Weak Rep: 41% favorable, 20% neutral, 16% unfavorable, 23% don’t know
            Strong Rep: 75% favorable, 11% neutral, 4% unfavorable, 10% don’t know

            Liberal: 6% favorable, 8% neutral, 64% unfavorable, 14% don’t know
            Moderate: 18% favorable, 20% neutral, 37% unfavorable, 25% don’t know
            Conservative: 79% favorable, 11% neutral, 5% unfavorable, 14% don’t know

            Tea Party support: 88% favorable, 7% neutral, 3% unfavorable, 2% don’t know

            Ideology is almost an exact match for the 80% support claim (Beck via Goldstein) and Tea Party surpasses.

            Really need to know exactly what Beck said in tweet to say further.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Got a link for said tweet?

          • GoldsteinsBook

            It’s embedded in the piece above but here’s the link:


            MIKE LEE OVATION 10 minutes! Ted Cruz 80% approval in Texas.— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) November 2, 2013

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Yeah, I found it…

            Did you see the actual poll numbers I posted directly above?

            You’re correct if you only look at general population. Beck is correct, looking at conservative support.

          • GoldsteinsBook

            Gotcha — makes sense.

  • HanaFiveO

    Its good to see citizens stand up for their elected officials when they carry thru on their election promises.

    Hat tip to Fisher Adams and his article on the Alinsky Republicans. The battle between establishment GOP and the young bucks coming up in the party is one word;Freedom.
    Alinsky one said; “I feel confident that I could persuade a millionaire on a Friday to subsidize a revolution for Saturday out of which he would be made a huge profit on Sunday even though he was certain to be executed on Monday”
    Establishment GOP have forgotten that they were able to become millionaires because they had the freedom to do so. The Cruz/Lees of the GOP want to ensure that their children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to become millionaires, if they choose to do so, because they still have that freedom.

  • dogwonder

    Nice to see that good men are doing something, and evil liberals are on the run.

  • BAW

    Instapundit has this “report:”:

    “THE TEA PARTY STRIKES BACK: David Kirkham — who had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago but hasn’t let that slow him down much — writes: “We are holding an ‘I Like Mike’ rally today in Salt Lake City”

    There’s a picture of the crowd and an “UPDATE: Kirkham emails a final tally: “1500-2000 people showed up. 2 nasty protestors arrested.”

    • chris

      I was there. More like 10,000 people in attendance.

    • ARC

      Kirkham isn’t a Tea Party leader. He stabbed Mike Lee in the back at the 2010 GOP Caucus. He DOES NOT speak for the Tea Party & 9.12 Project in Utah, and never did. But the New York Times did an interesting puff piece on him. Wonder if that had anything to do with his stabbing Mike Lee in the back?

      • BAW

        Why would Kirkham have been at the rally if there’s all that bad blood? The picture appeared to be taken from the stage.

        I think you’re misrepresenting what happened in 2010 when the race came down to two Tea Party candidates and he preferred Bridgewater. But I don’t believe he opposed Lee. I think he vowed to support whichever candidate was the people’s choice. Which Lee was and it appears Kirkham was true to his word.

        Now sadly I can’t find any confirmation of the “2 nasty protesters arrested” report.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

          Why does John McCain claim to be a Republican?

          • BAW

            Well consider the fact that Joe Lieberman endorsed him. You could assume only because they agreed on one major, conservative issue, that being national security. I suspect because they agreed on just about everything. But as Lieberman’s ouster proved their strong stance on national security is no longer acceptable in the Democrat party. So McCain can’t be a Democrat and Republicans haven’t recognized or don’t care that he has no other real conservative views. He is not a fiscal conservative. I always thought if he’d opposed TARP he probably would have won.

            But I don’t know. I don’t know his states politics. Some people just end up in whatever party controls where they live.

  • billintexas

    hey Goldensteinbook if you cant get the address of a newspaper right how can you say a poll from it The Houston Cronicles website is actually instead of Houston chronicle somebody got you there ….

    • BAW

      While doing a little research before responding to Goldensteinbook I came across an analysis at the Atlantic Wire of a recent Pew poll. It ended with this:

      “Not only was Cruz the only Republican leader to see a gain among Tea Party Republicans, but both Boehner and McConnell saw declines that were much more drastic than Cruz’s among non-Tea Party Republicans. In other words: The Republican leaders of each chamber’s caucus took much more of a hit among members of the party than did Cruz.

      The polling was conducted before the shutdown was resolved, of course. (As of writing, it still isn’t resolved.) But anyone who thinks that Cruz will be chastened by his defeat is probably very much mistaken. On every metric that matters to a possible contender for the party’s presidential nomination in 2016, Cruz is excelling.”

      This is just something I always wonder about. Whether “they” be it Democrats or establishment Republicans don’t understand the significance of negative attitudes toward Republicans coming from their own (i.e. conservatives) and how that changes when the Republican is conservative – or whether they all know and just spin and lie in their ongoing effort to suppress any conservative movement. Which ever it is, puts a serious black mark on Republican establishment, in my opinion. They’re either stupid or only interested in their own big government power.

    • GoldsteinsBook

      I don’t know why the Chronicle uses the two domains but both are owned by Hearst and contain content from Chronicle reporters:

      I pointed out that Beck’s tweet was inaccurate – Cruz is not enjoying an 80% approval rating among Texans.

  • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    It was a nice day for this rally and fun to be there. The crowd dealt with the small number of protestors in the correct manner today: We ignored them. After about 10 minutes or so, they realized that nobody was paying attention and they went home.

    • Zane Henry

      And that is precisely how they should always be dealt with. They subsist on attention, and receiving none, they just sorta fade away to sulk.

    • BAW

      So was what I saw at Instapundit, based on an email from David Kirkham wrong? It said: “….. 2 nasty protestors arrested.”

      I was hoping that was true.

      But someone else has posted, “Kirkham isn’t a Tea Party leader. He stabbed Mike Lee in the back at the 2010 GOP Caucus.”

      But Kirkham sent a good picture of the crowd so obviously he was at the rally.

      All I could find from the press was a report from the Salt Lake Tribune that said:

      “There were about two dozen Democrats who protested against Lee at the rally. Their presence angered at least one Lee supporter. Elaine Centini, of North Salt Lake, got in a shouting match with Melissa Walker, even ripping the “Shut Down Mike Lee” poster Walker was carrying.”

      But no report of arrests.

      • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Honestly, I don’t know much about that. I wasn’t near the protesters, so from my position in the crowd, there wasn’t much going on. I was too busy paying attention to why I was there, which was to thank Senator Lee for keeping his word to his constituents.

        • BAW

          Absolutely, all minor unimportant gossipy sorts of stuff. The point of the rally, that it happened; that people support and appreciate Senator Lee is all that really matters, all I need to know.

  • ARC

    Attendance was between 1,500 and 2,500, according to my eye-witness estimate. Breitbart reported 1,500 to 2,000:

  • Craig Achorn

    I wish alot more would have shown up looks like a couple hundred or less

  • liberalssuck

    Thank you Mr. Lee for standing for your constituents!!

  • praymorenow1

    Funny, OC Register today featured syndicated front page column how Mike was ‘on the ropes’ for his ‘poor’ decision to back the horrible govt. shutdown in his home state of Utah, and that, oh no, many Republicans would not back him for re-election!
    I thought, really………..
    While Utah’s Salt Lake City has often been a Democratic playground w/ the new residents & tourist community……….overpowering the Mormon base, and that even the Mormon base is split… many need MORE federal and state assistance to pay for the large family norm.
    Mike Lee should campaign on supporting a 17% govt. shutdown, and noting the failures of Obamacare long before the reality set forth…………
    McCain & Graham & Jeb Bush & Rove & David Brooks will all play Mike Lee off as a big loser……….and one who will and should lose…, you know he did the right thing.

  • FlatFoot


    • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

      The lipstick’s a nice shade.

      (Almost spelled it ‘lipstink’, but hey, to-may-toe, to-mah-toe.)

  • Tigerlake4

    God Bless Mike Lee!! God Dam obama and the commie government!!

  • Kevin Post

    Damn, I was in south jordan this morning. Wish I had known this was today