With many conservatives soured on frequently mentioned 2016 GOP presidential contenders like Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Chris Christie, National Review’s Robert Costa reports that freshman Sen. Ted Cruz is seriously considering a bid.

Read the whole thing.

On Wednesday morning, Costa tweeted highlights from his interviews with Republican insiders and Cruz associates.

GOP heartburn? Go on. We’re listening.

Thank you, Robert Costa! This gives us the perfect excuse to post the awesome animated GIF of Sen. John McCain doing the Shamnesty Shake for Obama while Ted Cruz shows off his unimpressed face.

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Delicious!

  • bossmanham

    Only issue is Cruz was born in Canada. Someone really needs to define what “natural born” means.

    • Joengima

      Romney was born in Mexico, no one cared about that.

      • bossmanham

        Obama was born in Kenya…

        I kid.

        • BlahBlah

          ohnoudi’n’t

        • Joe W.

          You are correct. In a hut in the suberbs of Nairobi. 3 huts down from his Aunt Zeituni and his Uncle Mgowa.

        • TexasJul

          My problem was not that Obama was or was not born in Kenya. My problem with Obama was not that only his mother, like Cruz, was the US Citizen. My only little problem was his father denying his US Citizenship to go to school in Indonesia. But, even that’s ok… My biggest problem is his policies…

          • kim

            My biggest problem is that HE told everyone he was born in Kenya for over 20 years. It wasn’t until 2002 he brgan saying Hawaii and there is so much swirling about the B.C. I’d have to see the original long form at this point before I’d believe anything about the man who hides everything

          • david_d1

            Ditto from the beginning.

          • $4356589

            Please tell us how he got a birth announcement published in both Honolulu newspapers in 1961. Talk about some foresight! Oh wait, the lunatic conservatards will say the newspapers were doctored during the 2000s. Even though there are numerous authentic copies in possession. Conservatards have an explanation for everything, no matter how absurd.

          • michael s

            C’mon you know why this is? They cant help it. White Liberal Hillary supporters started birtherism(which is why if she runs I’m not voting for her),but white conservatives emblaced and let birtherism flourish. So if Ted had problems on his eligibility due to place of origin,GOOD.

        • kim

          why kid? It was Obama, himself who spent 20 years dressing himself up as ‘exotic’ by telling everyone he was born in Kenya. He started his own ‘birther’ movement

      • adam

        he was born in michigan

        • BlahBlah

          Isn’t Michigan in Canada?

      • JustLikeAnimals

        To two US Citizen parents.

        • Adela Wagner

          Actually that is where the BIG Finger pointing will be with the Left (cause you all know if Cruz can run, the Dem’s will be shizzling bricks) his father did not become a US citizen till 2005. So you KNOW they will go nutz screaming that out. Born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, staying there till Cruz was 4 and then moved to TX. Of course it does not matter that Obama has SO MANY questions still surrounding his citizenship. YEAH I SAID IT!

          I would love it if he ran, and while I am a BIG Rand supporter I am enthralled by Cruz. I just love a no-nonsense kind of guy (or woman for that matter) who is unafraid of asking questions of those who MUST be questioned. He seems to be the kind of person who does not go along just to get along. Yeah…I like that.

          • david_d1

            So he’s not native born?

      • kim

        romney was not born in Mexico, his father was

      • kssturgis62

        Romney was NOT Born in Mexico, his Father was. His Father was an American Citizen before he was Born. His Dad, was a Front Runner for POTUS but he dropped out because of being born in Mexico. Ted Cruz Was Born in Canada to an American Mother, but a Cuban Immigrant Father. He is a US Citizen, but his Father was NOT when he was born. He is not QUALIFIED. Natural Citizen has been defined 6 or 7 Times by the Supreme Court. http://puzo1.blogspot.ca/

        • Ronald Green

          Where was all this angst when the question was Obama?

          • $4356589

            LOL. Are you seriously implying that no one got worked up over Obama’s citizenship? Were you born yesterday?

          • kssturgis62

            It was there It was always there. I dont’ care if people call me a birther. (now I know you didn’t), I take that as a Compliment. We are not some off the wall people. I just read and have been looking at this issue for years. Ann Coulter said it perfectly the other night. Chester A. Arthur, followed by Obama, and you wonder why the Founding Founders warned us about Foreign Influence in our Government, then she said now look at Rubio. I love Ted Cruz. he is amazing. but he is not qualified.

      • Kate

        And McCain was born in Panama. As flawed of a candidate as he was, no one brought that up.

        • http://twitter.com/Redeemed_Sinn3r Richard Marroquin

          He was born on a US Naval Air Station which is considered American Soil. All US Bases and Embassies are considered American Soil. As for cruz, his mother is an American citizen and i think that is grounds for dual citizenship, but do not quote me. I am not sure if duo citizens born off of American soil are eligible for the presidency or not. If so, then there really should not have been such a storm about Obama being born in Kenya. ouch, that hurt for me to say

        • michael s

          MCCain is white that’s why

        • padeeya

          Because he was born in a American Military base Einstein..

    • therantinggeek
      • bossmanham

        Argh. TL;DR

        • therantinggeek

          Hey, you asked. :)

    • Joe W.

      I would rather have a Canadian POTUS than a Kenyan.

      • Adela Wagner

        AND a LOT MORE than a Supercommiesocialisticdemocratatrocious!

        • Ronald Green

          Could you say that again… slowly?

          • Adela Wagner

            No, but Mary Poppins might. Although it may sound a bit different.

    • Karl Morey

      I would opine that if his parents were US Citizens, no matter where he was born, if they hadn’t renounced their citizenship or whatnot, that would count.

      But I’m just a schmuck, not a lawyer or judge :)

      • JustLikeAnimals

        You are correct.

    • Kele Johnson

      I believe that as long as his parents were American citizens, the “natural born” label applies.

      • TexasJul

        Only his mother. Like Obama. So…. considering the precedent… 😉

    • Jules

      We have a sitting President born in Kenya to an American woman who relinquished her US Citizenship and to a Kenyan Muslim father. We certainly can have a President born in Canada to American Citizens who loved their country. Oh, the sweet taste of revenge. The left will go nuts and start with the “birther” bashings and the conspiracy theories. Tides always turn. That should never be forgotten.

    • TexasJul

      Really? Are you being funny?
      When you’re born to a US Citizen ~ You’re natural born. Redefining is not necessary and your point is not made.

      • TexasJul

        It is not defined in the Constitution. Do you have a def?

        • TexasJul

          Saw your def. Precedent’s been set by Obama. So… Cruz is a go.

      • John Galt

        Shouldn’t it be both parents, though? I’m all for him being elected, but I’m not a hypocrite, and if Obama is ineligible because of it, so is anybody else, whether dim or conservative.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/ConcernedONETOO/featured ConcernedOne

          You are right and it’s sad to see so many people cling to ANYONE that fights the establishment and immediately wants them to be president….no matter if they are Constitutionally qualified or not.

      • bossmanham

        I didn’t say to redefine anything.

        • TexasJul

          You’re right. You said “define”.
          The $25 Trillion Dollar Question.

    • michael s

      Ted Cruz is white he”ll get a pass.

  • notenoughtime

    The left signaling early their plan to destroy since they have no other way to deal with a smart, patriotic individual that stands for everything they despise. Way to go, Ted!

  • Joengima

    I really like Ted Cruz and I personally would be excited if he were in the running. Cruz/West 2016

    • Kate

      Ooh, that would make the lefties go TWICE as crazy!

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    DO IT!!! ==> @tedcruz

  • Joe W.

    He’s got MY vote, should he elect to run. The press has already launched their “Palinization” effort on the man. We’ll see how he weathers that storm. We here in Texas LOVE the man.

    • texas_suzie

      Yes!

  • Red Fred

    AWESOME “Shamnesty Shake!”

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    Yes! This has been my hope for a long time. He is the only true conservative with the balls and charm needed to win. He’s not afraid to take any of these jokers to task whether it be RINOs or liberals and he is not beholden to the RNC, he is exactly what we need.

    • Lady 12

      I hope he can win. I was a Rubio fan because he really comes across as a winner, but if Cruz can do the same, so much the better.

      • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

        Rubio has shot himself in the foot over his involvement in immigration. Whether he actually is or not he is coming off as a turncoat. Also, I think he cares too much about what the RINOs and liberals think and he distances himself when another conservative says something true but unpopular like he did with Michelle Bachmann. He is not as unapologetically conservative as Cruz is, Cruz does what is right whether it is popular or not.

        • Lady 12

          Well, then, Cruz needs to do something similar to the water bottle enterprise. He needs to prove he won’t be knocked down no matter what.

          Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Cruz fan. I just think his awesomeness won’t do much good if he can’t win the darn election.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Oh I think Cruz has proven that to me at least. If you look at his grilling during the gun control and Hagel hearing, it is masterful and unapologetic. And during the filibuster I think he was every bit as courageous as Rand Paul, he doesn’t get enough credit for that because he didn’t speak first. He is a principled unrelenting conservative, as even that gif shows he is not going to sell his principles just because it goes against the grain. Rubio is a good salesman but I don’t think we can count on him to hold his ground if he gets pressure from the left. He is more about image than principles, he is a politician not a leader.

          • Billie Slash

            “Masterful and unapologetic”.
            Yes sir!!! :)

          • Lady 12

            All true. Besides, he has four more years to prove himself a winner. I just think something as sharp, clear, and obvious as Rubio’s water bottles could only help.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Maybe, I think the left will hurl something at Cruz at some point and he will stand his ground like Rubio did. Honestly, I don’t think we need gimmicks like that, just common sense and an unapologetic attitude. They don’t see Cruz as a threat yet but as has been pointed out he might not be eligible to run with his citizenship status anyway. If that is the case I hope there is another real conservative that will run.

          • Lady 12

            I’m sure he’s eligible to run. And, I suppose once the Left starts slamming him, he’ll have plenty of chances to show what he’s made of.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            I really hope he is eligible, as someone else pointed out he is as eligible as Obama :)

          • Billie Slash

            Good points, Marta.
            Can you see the Cruz Missile in a debate with Hillary the Hag?? She has a litany of scandal and missteps she brings with her, and Cruz’s record, short as it is, is nothing but pro-conservative. I haven’t been this excited in 5 years!

          • Lady 12

            Perhaps. I think the advantage of Rubio’s water bottle thing was that it got so much media coverage. The filibuster and Hagel’s hearing, not so much. What would be best for Cruz is to get something that looks like a slap in the face, and then turn it around to be something totally awesome. I believe he can do it, but I will be much more excited when I see it happen.

            That said, I agree his record would be a sharp and beautiful contrast to Hilliery’s.

  • http://www.theretiredbabyboomer.net/ Dave

    Cruz is the only reason I haven’t given up on the GOP. Pray that he runs in 2016.

  • BorderLine Guy

    Sorry, but many of the commentators here are unrealistic. Think Cruz can win the Presidency with just the hard right vote? No moderates?

    • Achilles

      Yeah those moderate candidates did so well. Tell me, how are Presidents Romney and McCain doing these days?

      • BorderLine Guy

        I think clinging to Cruz is a sure losing proposition. He won’t sniff a nomination because the GOP leadership won’t let him and neither will voters. I like him myself, but it’s unrealistic to think that he’d get anywhere near the Presidency.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          The only reason a true conservative didn’t get the nomination over an establishment guy like Romney was because there were too many running so that the conservative vote was split. Cain, Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry all were good candidates but conservatives couldn’t get a consensus on which one was the best. But even at that most of them at some point either beat Romney in some states or at least gave him a run for their money. This time Cruz may be the only true conservative running which will give him a clear edge especially after Rubio has screwed up with his stance on immigration.

        • Lady 12

          Reagan was pretty non-moderate. He carried 49 states, including my home state which usually would never vote Republican even if Obama was running as GOP.

    • TexasJul

      The moderates – RINOS – are not going to vote for a Lib/Dem. They’re still Republicans. They didn’t want Reagan and they voted him in. Cruz might get a little more of the latino vote – The ones that want to be self-sufficient and are legal, anyway. :)

      • TexasJul

        Cruz beat a moderate Republican candidate, Lt Gov David Dewhurst, in a run-off for the Senate seat.

        • Billie Slash

          Dewhurst was not only moderate, he was Texas GOP establishment with the big donors behind him. Cruz kicked butt anyway.

    • Billie Slash

      Been there, done that. Lost two elections.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    This all sounds pretty ambitious considering he’s a first-term Senator with no real accomplishments other than disparaging everything Obama wants, says, or does. Hey, me too. But that doesn’t paint a great image of qualification.

    How exactly does that look on a billboard? “Vote Cruz for President: He doesn’t like anything the left does.”

    We are just beginning the painful 2nd term of one ass-clown who got elected based on no qualification other than his ability to blame someone else. Do we really want to go down this road again in 2016?

    Weak.

    • http://hrh40.wordpress.com hrh40

      So who’s your guy?

      You obviously have one.

      Who is it?

      • JustLikeAnimals

        I really don’t see anyone on the conservative landscape that has demonstrated an ability to lead this country out of this mess. There are a lot of RINOs who talk about Obama’s missteps and mistakes, and a lot of conservatives who are too far right to realistically garner anything more than the base (and we all know how well that worked in 2012). If you think having a latin background is going to garner the latino vote, you’re kidding yourself.

        As many have said here, knowing the other guy is wrong might make you smart, and it might make you correct, but it doesn’t make you a leader.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          Yes, and you are demonstrating exactly the defeatist attitude the left wants you to have. They don’t want you to think a real conservative can win because they only win when a RINO/establishment guy runs. Duh, quit falling into their trap. The only reason Romney got the nom was because too many real cons ran which ended up splitting the vote. As I pointed out earlier all of them at some point won states over Romney or got close to it. If you watch the gun control hearings, Hagel hearings, and the filibuster you can see Cruz is a no-nonsense guy with a great command of the facts and is very effective at presenting them in a common sense way. If you think he is just out there bashing liberals(which he isn’t) then you really need to reassess the situation because you are flat out wrong.

    • GrindingMills

      I’m not as negative as you on Cruz (or inexperience in general), but I agree with you that he hasn’t fully exposed himself as anything other than the Anti-Obama. Which isn’t a negative thing in theory, but I’d like to know more about him and his policies.

      • TexasJul

        Wow… I mean I love that people think he’s all about defeating Obama’s policies ~ But, this guy is a big freakin’ deal with actual principles. Y’all ~ Not just you Grinding ~ do not really know who he is. Obviously. Read a bio.

      • JustLikeAnimals

        Exactly my point. Hey, Cruz might be “da bomb” when it comes to leadership, but I haven’t seen it. You can’t lead by being against someone else’s agenda. And to Julie’s point(s), having held a lot of jobs and having had a lot of titles isn’t synonymous with being able to lead this country out of the mess we’re in. Cruz’s demonstrated attitudes would no doubt stop the continuation of a lot of Obama’s bungles, but it doesn’t naturally equate that he would have a clue as to how to turn it around.

        • TexasJul

          Except that he fought FOR and won cases for US Sovereignty, 2nd Amendment and the 10 Commandments monument in Texas.
          You tell me any other recent candidate that we’ve had run that would continue to fight for the Constitution like that for us. I guarantee he would. He’s not flip-flopper. The Constitution is the foundation of his core of beliefs ~ Politically, at least. And, he’s already proving to be a leader. We’ve been let down before, so I’m good with your skepticism… You’ll see. 😉

          • TexasJul

            I am so proud that I voted for Senator Ted Cruz.
            God Bless Texas.
            :)

    • TexasJul

      Are you seriously saying that? This is not a “community organizer wannabe”.
      He was the Solicitor General in Texas and is big on Constitutional law.

      • TexasJul

        Before becoming Solicitor General, he was Associate Deputy AG at the US Dept of Justice and also as the Dir of the Ofc of Policy Planning at the FTC.
        Do the research. I could go on… Seriously.

        • NY Republican

          Thank you what did Obama do besides being a ONE term senator and a community dis-organizer when he “got elected”

          • JustLikeAnimals

            Agree. Hussein is a scumbag thug from the streets of Chicago. But Hussein being a piece of s^%$#t doesn’t make Cruz qualified or desirable. I’ve personally had enough of unproven individuals living at 1600 Penn.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Obama’s problem isn’t that he is unproven, it is that his ideology sucks. Politicians are all “proven individuals” but they are destroying our country, I’ve had enough of them and their phony promises. Someone who follows the Constitution religiously like Cruz is going to be a better leader than we have had in a long time. A good leader for America is someone who gets out of our way and lets us succeed for ourselves like originally intended in the Constitution.

    • NY Republican

      And Obama was a first term Senator when he was elected president so your point?

    • NY Republican

      And also McCain has been a senator for MANY years and how’d that work out?

      • JustLikeAnimals

        McCain is a weak, sell-out, has-been who needs his ass kicked all the way back to Arizona.

    • Billie Slash

      Don’t be so obtuse. What the hell do you think Obama was??

      At least Cruz served as Texas Solicitor General, and actually had a law practice for many years. Cruz was no community agitator with delusions of adequacy.

  • Harry A

    i sense that the issue of canadian birth will probably be a problem. i could be wrong (and please do correct me if i am) but wouldnt this mean that Cruz is considered an american through the same legal process that would have considered an Obama an American if he was born in Kenya.

    either way i sense the MSM would eat up a story about the lack of a “birther” movement against Cruz, if there isnt one.

    • TexasJul

      What can they say when the precedent set by their precious Obama has been affirmed by them? I mean, of course, they will. But, it’s just the same hypocritical crap they’ve been spewing for like… ever. Natural born does not necessarily mean being born in America – But , it does mean to Americans. In this case, though ~ Only his mother was a citizen when he was born. His father was a Cuban refugee that happened to be in Canada with his American mother when he was born.

  • saywhatsaywhat

    That’s one guy that will never be President. The socon kiss of death.

    • TexasJul

      Lol… I thought that about our current President.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    Wow. Don’t let the lefties know this. As for now, you are bright star for Texas. Just keep it on the down-low. We’re ready and waiting for another conservative revolution.

  • Adela Wagner

    Schumer’s hands are CREEPING ME OUT! In that GIF, they look like lady hands….heebie jeebies. And Lindsay looks like a ferret. McCain like a tall infant. Yet, I can’t stop looking at it…….

  • Bolt Upright

    Like Obama will abdicate….

  • John Galt

    I love Ted and voted for him last year, but I have some reservations about whether or not he is eligible to run. Isn’t his father from Cuba? Wouldn’t that automatically disqualify him?

    • http://www.onEye1.com/ JamieD

      It didn’t seem to be a problem for Obama, who’s birth father was a British subject born in Kenya and who’s mother did not live in the US for the required 10 years prior to birth, so I don’t see a problem for Cruz.

    • NY Republican

      Obama’s birth father is from Kenya and was not a citizen when he was born so I guess it wouldn’t

    • BAW

      9) “Cruz allies laugh at the idea that Canadian birth will be a prob. Say
      he’s brilliant atty, knows how to explain how he’s ‘natural born'”

    • BAW

      9) “Cruz allies laugh at the idea that Canadian birth will be a prob. Say
      he’s brilliant atty, knows how to explain how he’s ‘natural born'”

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ConcernedONETOO/featured ConcernedOne

      Cruz was born in Canada so he’s not eligible. And just because we have a usurper in office now, does that mean we completely toss out the requirements of the Constitution?

  • BenY

    Cruz would be the man! There IS THE contrast between a patriot and the assclowns in the animated gif.

  • righty

    I PRAY that Cruz runs! I think the RINOS in the RNC know full well he would receive a tremendous backing from disgruntled Republicans. Go Ted Go!

  • $8203344

    He’s got my vote !

  • http://www.onEye1.com/ JamieD

    I have been very impressed with Senator Cruz since he took office. So far… He’s got my vote (Either Rand Paul/Cruz or Cruz/Rand Paul).

    FYI. This opinion is from a Conservative/Libertarian/Independent – otherwise a law abiding, reasonable American Citizen as opposed to a Lie-through-the-teeth GOP like McCain and his “My Friends”.

  • Flop21

    Red Alert! We have a citizen legislator in DC! >>THANK YOU TEXAS<<

  • $4356589

    OH PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE run Ted Cruz. Talk about the biggest drubbing of the old, tired, and increasingly insane GOP ever.

  • rx217

    i hope he runs .
    He would not stand a chance lol . haha
    Easy election .

  • BAW

    As a Texan who supported Cruz I understand the inclination to think, it’s too soon, he’s too new, he hasn’t been around long enough….. But I believe the more you learn about him and the more you listen to him, the more impressed you’ll be. The more you’ll think, maybe, just maybe he is the conservative leader we’ve been needing. Personally, I’m pretty close to being convinced.

  • BAW

    As a Texan who supported Cruz I understand the inclination to think, it’s too soon, he’s too new, he hasn’t been around long enough….. But I believe the more you learn about him and the more you listen to him, the more impressed you’ll be. The more you’ll think, maybe, just maybe he is the conservative leader we’ve been needing. Personally, I’m pretty close to being convinced.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ConcernedONETOO/featured ConcernedOne

    Hello? Does anyone care about the Constitution? Cruz was BORN IN CANADA. He’s not eligible and he knows it!