Cruz circling Trump like a vulture waiting to pounce

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Ted Cruz looks to be going for the “vulture win”.

That’s what they call it in baseball, anyway.  The starting pitcher does most of the heavy work, taking his team deep into the game before finally leaving the mound in exhaustion, unable to continue. A fresh reliever enters the game, throws to just one or two batters, and somehow walks away credited as the pitcher who won the game.

A vulture win.

So when Donald Trump appears as the headliner at this afternoon’s Washington rally against the Iran nuclear deal, Cruz will be there too, ingratiating himself with the Donald and his supporters. In fact, Cruz invited Trump to share the stage at the rally, knowing the media attention that Trump will bring.

“An awful lot of presidential candidates have gone out of their way to take a stick to Donald Trump,” as Cruz helpfully points out. “I am not one of them.”

No, Ted, you certainly are not. Quite the contrary. You are content to bask in the reflected glow of the Trump supernova, waiting until it burns itself out. Let Trump inflame the base. Let Trump say the things that you will not say, and you’ll be ready to pick up the pieces. Meanwhile, you’ll perfect your little “Teddy Haskell” suck-up routine:

“Gee, Mr. Trump, your hair sure looks wonderful today!”

“Why thank you, Teddy! What a bright young man you are. And so polite too! Jeb, see what a polite young man this Teddy is. You should learn from him … loser!”

Unlike June Cleaver, though, the Donald ain’t really buying it. Whatever his shortcomings, he knows a sycophant when he sees one, and I suspect he uses them far more adroitly than they use him. We’ll see….

And of course, it won’t be just Cruz and Trump at this afternoon’s rally at the U.S. Capitol. They will be joined in their opposition to the Iran deal by an illustrious group of speakers, some of the most influential voices in today’s conservative movement:

You’ve got the estimable Glenn Beck, with his charts and dire warnings about the coming caliphate. There’s renowned foreign-policy expert Sarah Palin, flying in from Alaska.  Michele Bachmann, filling the last final days until Obama the Anti-Christ brings on the Rapture. U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert and his buddy Steve King. The Islamaphobe Frank Gaffney, who warns that the Obama administration, the American Conservative Union, Congress and other groups are filled with Muslim Brotherhood secret agents out to impose Sharia law on the United States, with Obama himself a likely co-conspirator. Oh, and Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.

These are the high-caliber folks with whom the leading candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination chooses to share the stage. (Georgia Sen. David Perdue is also on the list of speakers. Aren’t you proud?) It ought to be quite the shindig, and since it’s co-sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots — “those earnest, issue-oriented, book-club organizing activists who are passionate about policy,” to use George Will’s precise description — it’s guaranteed to brim with well-informed commentary, insight and illumination about a critically important foreign-policy decision.

If nothing else, Trump may have finally found a group in which he comes off as the moderate, sober-speaking statesman.

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St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Johnny, DiA, td, and Yosemite are my favorite conservatives, because they are sincere and principled conservatives. I respect that. I'm almost retired, so I can be a hippie communist if I want to

TBS
TBS

Sincere in a sense

I'm might agree to an extent

Principled?

Well that's might depend on the issue at least for one of them on your list

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

josef says i'm really a limousine liberal savage on the whiteman's plantation, but i have a gmc truck, and mrsstsimons drives a prius, and an electric golf cart, but I repeat myself

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

BTW - The Donald is up in the polls again.


I'm out, work.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

“And they need a leader who cares about them again.”

For all of you football fans, that's called, "getting separation."

foo2u
foo2u

Trump punched a baby this morning.... it resulted in an 8 point bounce in the polls...

Derp...

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@foo2u  Hillary punched a baby seal this morning....it resulted in an 8 point bounce in the polls...


Derp...

Brosephus
Brosephus

Jeb Bush Big Dawgz tax sheetz!!!!

TBS
TBS

How is that Iran vote coming along in the Congress?

Before the break Republicans were basically saying veto or no veto Obama can expect a bill on his desk shortly after the break.

The side deal talking point has to be one of the best new talking points in months

foo2u
foo2u

At least they're consistent in their predictions.

Wrong every single time. ..

Derp. ..

straker
straker

Down - "you didn't read the link"


Here's a tip.


Being called a "liar" by a conservative site is NOT considered proof.


St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

I just talked to Jesus.

He's weedeating around the gate & the palm trees.

He says he needs a decoder ring for all the con codewords and dog whistles, he thought he "studied hard & learned English, but they are developing a whole 'nother language"

And....i thought of the earlier rosetta stone article here

So I helped him - I said Jesus, all the clicks, grunts, whistles, nods, and winks they use can be distilled into these 3 codes -

1.Ree-ligion

2. 'Borshun!

3. What are all these darkies doin here, especially that n*** in the white house.

"Jesus, you can distill most any code a con says into one of those things."

I think I'll go inside and get Jesus 2 fishes and a lemonade, and see what he can do with em.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@St Simons he-ne-ha - good sense of humor.  You might be an alright guy if we could twist a little Liberal out of  you and get you a visit from the holy ghost.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@St Simons he-ne-ha - you know those lightning bolts that dance around you, on the water, etc.  They are hunting you.  It's just a matter of time.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@St Simons he-ne-ha - when Obama puts a score or more of those Syrian refugees in your neighborhood perhaps some of their religion will rub off.  Otherwise they will brand you a heathen and complain of placement.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

got my neighbors house last thursday, johnny. Blew up his tv, computer, and put a big black spot on his flashing. Barely missed me, the only thing i had to change was my underwear

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

The guy down at the beach tattoo shop says he is working on a Trump Stamp.

Come on down, Republicans, and git your Trump Stamp!

hahahahahahaha hot dam this is fun

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@St Simons he-ne-ha - all you Lefties conveniently ignore your Brethren in Minnesota electing a pro wrestler governor.  Oh I know, you guys are much smarter than the square heads.   But wait, you elected a community organizer as president, so forget that.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@St Simons he-ne-ha I know where tramp stamps are usually located.

Where will those who already have a tramp stamp put their Trump stamp?

Inquiring minds want to know.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Brosephus @JohnnyReb - my point was the hypocrisy of the Left making fun of Trump.

I will say Trump takes it too far sometimes.  Like last evening he tweeted about Fiorina's face.  He can do that toward Hillary and get a laugh but when he starts picking on his own it does not go over so well.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@JohnnyReb so where's the hypocrisy? Ventura wasn't running for POTUS, he was running for Gov, in a rather small state population wise to boot. it's called apples to oranges.


yeah, as long as you insult the other team, conservatives are fine. Not too happy when they insult their own

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@consumedconsumer @JohnnyReb I'm still trying to figure out why it's supposed to bother me that Ventura was elected.  Personally, I found him to be a hoot...much better entertainment than most politicians.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Doggone_GA @consumedconsumer @JohnnyReb - and you don't think The Donald would be entertaining?

And as far as performance, he could operate one hand tied behind him, an eye patch, and hung over and exceed what Obama has done.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@JohnnyReb @Doggone_GA @consumedconsumer I know The Donald would be entertaining. I just don't believe that what he's selling - himself and the Wall particularly -- are necessarily good for the Country. It's kinda that simple. Same with Hillary . 

Brosephus
Brosephus

@JohnnyReb 

Dude, Jesse has said that he would run with Trump if he was asked.  What you fail to grasp is that, winning a state election is a much easier task than winning a 50 state election.

Then again, the GOP has only won the popular vote once in the last 6 elections, so you probably forgot what winning a 50 state election feels like.  LOL!!!

straker
straker

Down - "liar"


As always, I'm waiting for any hard proof that she has lied about anything.


If you have some, then call the FBI.


If not, then stop your exaggerating here. 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

"Donald Trump has become the first Republican presidential candidate to top 30% support in the race for the Republican nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, which finds the businessman pulling well away from the rest of the GOP field.

Trump gained 8 points since August to land at 32% support, and has nearly tripled his support since just after he launched his campaign in June. The new poll finds former neurosurgeon Ben Carson rising 10 points to land in second place with 19%. Together, these two non-politicians now hold the support of a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, and separately, both are significantly ahead of all other competitors.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stands in third place with 9%, down 4 points since August, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz holds fourth place with 7%. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker follow at 5%, with all other candidates at 3% or less, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who notched the only other statistically significant shift in the poll by falling 5 points since August."


TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP.  That's all the liberals talk about!  Therefore, they must be scared of Trump.


Bwah hahahahahahha!  What passes for "logic" among Republicans is indeed hilarious.

Paul42
Paul42

@Numbers_R_Us

I'm still trying to figure out why guys like Cruz and Huckabee, who are down to 5 of 100 supporters, continue to get so much air time.  

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Paul42 @Numbers_R_Us Well, there's the "Secretariat principle" (and yes, I just made that up) - start out way behind and then make a spectacular run to the finish line and win

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Paul42 

I think the media is trying to give some of the lower polling people a boost for better ratings during the debates.  Just a guess though.

td1234
td1234

Well David Brock and his outfit "Media Matters" has gone to war with the NY Times because they are not falling into his propaganda machine about Hillary. 


David Brock: The New York Times has 'a special place in hell'

The pro-Clinton crusader accuses former D.C. bureau chief Carolyn Ryan of helping to turn the paper into a 'megaphone for conservative propaganda.'



Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/david-brock-new-york-times-hell-213484#ixzz3lL8BUtAw