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GOP 'Surrender Caucus' hits Sunday shows to criticize Cruz

By United Press International

Republican leaders piled blame on freshman Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for failed tactics that forced a U.S. government shutdown, but Cruz remained defiant.

"I would do anything and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare," Cruz told ABC's "This Week," when asked whether he would rule out pushing the government to the brink of another shutdown in January unless the Affordable Care Act is defunded.

"Have a little bit of self-restraint," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on the same program in a message to Cruz.

"It was a mistake to focus on something that couldn't be achieved," said Bush, who, like Cruz, is mentioned by some political analysts as a possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful.

"Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "There will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that."

"It will not happen," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told CNN's "State of the Union." "The American people will not stand for another one of these things."

"Let's face it -- it was not a good maneuver," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a supporter of the deal that ended the showdown, told The New York Times. "And that's when you've got to have the adults running the thing."

"The tactic of defunding the government unless [President Barack Obama] repealed his signature issue was as poorly designed as Obamacare itself, almost," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told "Face the Nation."

Obama was expected Monday to declare the computer troubles plaguing his flagship healthcare reform unacceptable as his administration launches an urgent "tech surge" to fix them.

Those troubles include computer crashes, slow responses and other glitches.

Cruz told "State of the Union" he was not bothered, even "remotely," by the growing criticism by senators of his own party.

"I don't work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for the people of Texas, and I fight for them," he said. "The reason people are frustrated all over country is that far too many people get elected and they think they're there to be part of the club."

He criticized fellow Republican senators for folding in the shutdown fight with Obama.

"I think Senate Republicans should have united," he told the CNN program. "Senate Republicans should have united and supported House Republicans. The one hypothetical that I really think is worth thinking about is how would this have played differently if, when the House stood up and led, Senate Republicans had marched into battle side by side and said we are united and saying we should fund government but we should not fund Obamacare."

Cruz joined several other conservative lawmakers in calling for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose department oversees the online health insurance exchanges, in which technical problems have hampered enrollment.

McCain didn't say Sebelius should resign but called for congressional hearings to see who's responsible for the glitches.

"Let's find out who is responsible for this fiasco and then take the appropriate action," he said. "But look, this is just the beginning of the problems associated with a massive restructuring of one fifth of our economy. And there's going to be a whole lot more problems associated with this before it's done."

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked Sebelius to testify at a hearing this week. She has declined an invitation to attend, a response committee chair Fred Upton, R-Mich., called "wholly unacceptable."

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber's No. 2 Democrat, told "Fox News Sunday" Sebelius will testify.

"Ultimately, Secretary Sebelius will testify before Congress -- you know that," Durbin said.

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  1. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    October 21, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    The truth be known, this has resulted in the best possible outcome

    The Republicans can say the manoeuvrer was stupid, at exactly the same time, they will reap the benefit of saying we did all we could to stop it.

    Was really worried Obama would be smart enough to jump at the chance to postpone his train wreck, but ego and pride won the day.

    Now we are right on track for all the world to see it in all its gory

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    • Mrcalifornia65Comment by Mrcalifornia65
      October 21, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

      It seems to me that the GOP Congressional establishment has compromised so many times with the liberals, over decades, that they have moved their views slightly to the left of where most Americans are. Beginning in 2009, with the Tea Party rallies, the view of most Americans has surfaced and the compromising quasi-Republicans in Congress are in a panic. People like John McCain insult real conservatives by claiming to be Republican. There is a reason John Kerry considered him as a running mate, in 2004. We have too many John McCains in the House and Senate. In 2014, we need to continue the cleanup of our party. We need leaders who will be honest with our countrymen and not just be rubber stamps for the Left!

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    • capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
      October 21, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

      you mean the loser caucus don’t you.they are all losers they have no backbone and could give a dam about the costituents.
      especially limp wrist Lindsey graham.

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    • fedupwithbadgovComment by fedupwithbadgov
      October 21, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

      The spin doctors are still puking up the same old lines that Senator Ted Cruz’s tactics were intended to shutdown the government and that he was to blame for it. Senator Ted Cruz was NEVER in favor of shutting down the government in what he did. Instead, he was standing up for what his constituency wanted, thus keeping his campaign promise to represent them and not go along strict “party lines” just because it was convenient. His intentions were to keep the funding for Osamacare separate from the general budget bill. Something quite different than what is being reported which we are getting used to seeing more and more these days. One would think that as many times as this has been pointed out that someone would get it right, however, there seems to be little to indicated that anything will change in that regard.

      Another item in this article that I found interesting was McCain’s “call for investigation” of the Osamacare fiasco to find out who was to blame for all its woes. Well, John, go to the nearest mirror and look closely. There you will find your answer. You and your fellow congressmen didn’t bother to read or understand the content of that overly voluminous Bill to begin with and then, voted for its passage still without knowing what it was or even using common sense to see its impacts on a struggling economy. So don’t go wasting more taxpayer money on a quasi-kangaroo court just to put on a show that you are concerned because WE THE PEOPLE know otherwise.

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  2. KlausComment by Klaus
    October 21, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Dear GOP leadership,
    go to hell!
    I’ll take Ted Cruz over any one of those weasils

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    • myopinionComment by myopinion
      October 21, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

      Need a lot more Cruz’s and a lot less McCains and McConnells. Senators are there to support their constituancy and not their party. The majority of the American public want this healthcare fiasco terminated BEFORE it begins, not after one year of wasted funding. That is what is wrong with Congress today, no brass ones to stand up for what is right! All you hear is the flawed stategy to defund this. That is WRONG. It would have worked if GOP had stuck together. It would have been a monumental moment for the GOP party, standing up for something that the majority of the nation actually wants! And, insured sucess in the next election. Senior GOP leadership does not have a clue!

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  3. sofiesvoiceComment by sofiesvoice
    October 21, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    To John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn….Just Shut Up! You have done enough damage already! Go join the democrat party…..essentially you are a progressive demo already, so register and get out of our faces!

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  4. portervComment by porterv
    October 21, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    This is what I planned to say,but you beat me to it.

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    • sofiesvoiceComment by sofiesvoice
      October 21, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

      yayyy,porterv….thank you!

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  5. my04301933Comment by my04301933
    October 21, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    McCain, McConnell, Orin Hatch, Graham, Jeb…what a group of “DO NOTHINGs”…

    America was angry, mad as hell, and looking for someone to do something to torpedo Obamacare, and to stop giving permission….someone with the ***** to fight back…and all we got was these frightened old farts who are afraid to lead…

    THEN…along came Cruz who showed them how we wanted it…and HE DID IT…without these useless jerks…

    Cruz for President

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    • sotheseedsofliberty2Comment by sotheseedsofliberty2
      October 24, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

      You posted,”McCain, McConnell, Orin Hatch, Graham, Jeb…what a group…”
      What a collection of mountebanks, four-flushers,charlatans, Hypocrites, impersonators,pretenders and bamboozlers.rino republicans all.
      “The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.”
      Ben Okri

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  6. sacheveraljames42Comment by sacheveraljames42
    October 21, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    The usual suspects coming forward to show our children what profiles in cowardice looks like. Other than the news anchors, including Britt Hume of Fox, no real American listens to their trash talk. Sen.Cruz, Sen. Lee along with a few others in the Senate and the House are the courageous patriots who listen to the American people. Including in that number we have another Bush. Jeb, who thinks he has some roval blood line for the office of POTUS. Put a plug in it, Jeb. No one is listening.
    Has there ever been a more irrelevant, unprincipled, and despicable bunch of politicians? I can’t remember any. Most of us know who stands with our view of America. It is not named, McCain, McConnell, Graham and Boehner.

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    • sofiesvoiceComment by sofiesvoice
      October 21, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

      Another Bush POTUS??? Heaven forbid! No, it’s not your turn, Jeb. Get lost.

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    • Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
      October 21, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

      Cowardice or treason?

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  7. constitutionalistComment by constitutionalist
    October 21, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    These supposed representative of their states and districts and please add Mr. Flake of AZ are the reason I have left the republican(capital omitted deliberately) mess after lifelong membership and I am a senior citizen. They do not care for their constituent nor their opinions. I am glad I will not be around to see the end of this once great country.

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  8. petarkComment by petark
    October 21, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    McConnell, McCain, Graham et. al have all shown their true colors. YELLOW. They don’t represent the people who sent them to Washington many, many years ago. Time for forced terms limits for all of them.

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  9. whodunitComment by whodunit
    October 21, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Amazing. McCain and Graham will criticize members of their own party, and not say a bad word about the Dems. What is this, Stockholm Syndrome?

    As for their stance/strategy — wouldn’t you think that two failed presidential races might signal that their approach is all wrong? And if this humility/appeasement/don’t ruffle feathers approach isn’t working, maybe it’s time to try a different tack?

    Frankly, I’m tired of these Republicans who simply shut up and put up. We should have been very vocally fighting all of this all along. It’s sad that the citizens are the only ones fighting this, instead of the people we elected into office.

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    • myopinionComment by myopinion
      October 21, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

      Fortunately, Senator McCain will be retiring after fulfilling this term, not soon enough! Good ridance to the turn-coat! Need new leadership within the GOP.

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  10. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    October 21, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    The very thing wrong with the GOP is these spineless, gutless, worthless, traitorous Obozo puppets who dance to every tune that he plays. They care less about the American People or what our country used to stand for. Now its all about pushing our country into one world government. They got their faces rubbed in the **** from Obozo and the Demoncrats and they shout how good it smells and tastes. Pathetic how McCain is used to being kicked around by Obozo and loves it. Now we see what kind of President, he would have made. RINOs, why don’t they just hoist the communist flag outside all their offices? They are not worth the dust that falls on Cruz’s shoes. Course they all made out in the pork category by slamming the American People and not having the guts to fight for something. They are the very reason this country is going down. Useful idiots of the Obozo regime.

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    • sotheseedsofliberty2Comment by sotheseedsofliberty2
      October 24, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

      Its these rino republicans that give the republican party a bad name.These republicans are amoral and are only motivated by other knave like themselves.Not the welfare of the country,nor the welfare of the citizens is their concern, they would gladly do those who think of them as friends,even shove their own mother under the bus if she got in their way of profiting.

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  11. Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
    October 21, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    All these powerful Republicans/Democrats (same thing really) in the Senate and it was ALL Cruz’s fault? Mr.McCain, in some ways, I’m glad you didn’t win in ’08. You are just the pale version of Obama and that makes me want to puke.

    Guess what GOP hierarchy, this is the last straw. There will be no more contributions to the RNC from myself,nor my wife. Ever.

    We have had enough with DC, the DNC and the RNC, and judging by my conversations with friends, we also are not alone.

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    • chewrockComment by chewrock
      October 21, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

      No, Ollie_Fan, you are not alone. I sent my most recent request for a donation to the RNC back with a note that John Boehner wasn’t half the man that Nancy Pelosi was.

      Nancy Pelosi violated the rules of the House of Representatives and all good taste in order to ram this legislation down America’s throat. I told a phone donation solicitor for the RNC that I expected John Boehner to do the exact same thing. I expected John Boehner to do ANYTHING to prevent the implementation of the PPACA, period.

      The Republicans blinked. Now, they can try to run for office without my money. Am I a “Tea Party Republican”? Not anymore! Now, I’m a Tea Party Libertarian.

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    • sofiesvoiceComment by sofiesvoice
      October 21, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

      Ollie_fan, chewrock, you are right on! For the past few months I have been doing the same thing with the RNC mail solicitations for donations,as well as those from the republican senator pacs. I send the solicitations back with a hand written message that I no longer donate to them because of the lack of representation and the stabbing in the back of Americans and I donate directly to the candidates who express character and principles in keeping with our constitution. And I mail back in their postage paid envelope. Time to get rid of those RINO losers. People calling into radio talk shows are saying the same thing. Keep it going, We The People. There is strength in numbers.
      A Tea Party Member too!

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    • kathin9@aol.comComment by kathin9
      October 22, 2013 @ 1:49 am

      I have also stopped with any and all donations to the RNC, I am quite capable of vetting my own candidates I certainly don’t need people that I have supported with my vote and monies in the thousands belittle, verbally accost, and lie to me. It doesn’t take a THICK PLANK OF WOOD up side my head to realize they don’t give a ****. Rep. Boehner’s office who this past week has flat out said “WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE”, to which I replied have Obama EAT IT, to which I was told that the Speaker didn’t want to cause America any more harm, and that we would lose our “CREDIT RATING”, so what do they do SPEND MORE MONEY, and cave like a Florida Sink hole in the rainy season. I was also blasted with the “alleged fact” that the speaker feared that the Republican would lose the house if they didn’t get a CR. Once I stopped laughing at the Clean resolution comment, I suggested that maybe they could have had Obama EAT IT, ALL THE PORK, but nope the Republicans in the Senate 27 Of them didn’t even care. Sen. John McCains office told me when I queried about the AMNESTY BILL and the Amnesty for OVER 11 MILLION CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS I was accosted with the THEY ARE HERE WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST WE DO WITH THEM. DEPORT THEM, to which I was told it would cost to much. Hmmmmm? Sen. Cornyn’s office said he was voting yes on the CLOTURE because he had 5 democrats that were going to join them in defunding Obama Care. Hmmmmm?? How did that work out Senator. Paul Ryan is a liar, Jason Chaffetz is a liar, Eric Cantor is a liar, Randy Dandy Paul is a Lying, double speaking, two stepping LIAR. I am sure the list could go on with people who have been lied to but these are the fools that I dealt with on the phone directly. Sen Cruz is my Senator, and he and Mike Lee are the only two politicians that are actually walking the walk that they talked during their campaign. I have called the RNC and told them to take me off their mailing list also, if you need that number it is: 202 863 8500, select 9 then 4 for the chairman, and 9 then 3 for the vice chairman.

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    • fedupwithbadgovComment by fedupwithbadgov
      October 22, 2013 @ 3:58 am

      When I think of political parties, I always am reminded of something Brother Dave Gardner, a comedian, once said in one of his monologues. It was, “People ask me if I’m Democrat or Republican and I tell them neither because if I was either one, I might forget America.” When I apply this thought, though meant to be humorous when he said it, to what we all see going on in the District of Corruption, I think how prophetic that actually was when he said it back in the early 60s.

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  12. kaniksukiddComment by kaniksukidd
    October 21, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    Memo to all of your bloviating RINO surrender monkeys:

    It’s hard to stop a man who knows he’s right and keeps on coming.

    GO TED GO!

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  13. moonshineComment by moonshine
    October 21, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    This is the epitome of gall. Those slimy RINOs McCain and Graham had the audacity to critize Cruz (a member of their own party), because he stood up to Sheik Obama and the radical liberals in congress who are forcing ObamaCare down the throats of middle class America, who doesn’t want it and doesn’t need it.
    They sold We The People out on Immigration Reform, on ObamaCare, and now on the Debt Limit. They are only trying to save face and convince voters that they were right to surrender, roll over and give the democrats what they wanted – more spending, more Pork, and funding for the train wreck called ObamaCare. These despicable career politicians are trying to stay relevant, but we don’t need any more RINOs and defeatist cowards. We have more than enough already.
    Get rid of these traitors, and let’s elect true Conservatives to replace these parasites in 2014.

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  14. chieftainComment by chieftain
    October 21, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    Every single one of the people on these shows on Sunday is a traitor to the American people, the people who elected them, and this country as a whole. Jeb Bush presented an award to the murderous, lying Hillary Clinton; Mitch McConnell saw to it that over 3 billion dollars of pork for his state was stuffed into the bill re-opening the government; and John McCain has coddled up to Obama worse than “Smilin’ Joe” Biden. These are all establishment RiNOs who don’t want to see the status quo, their perks or their self-serving actions taken away. Guess what? Wait until the next two elections! The average American voter has a much longer memory that these sleazy “what’s in it for me” politicians gives him or her credit for. All they are trying to do right now is protect their own back sides and keep Cruz from being the front runner in the next election. Truth be told, Cruz might be the only one returning to his Senate seat when the rest of these scumbags come up for re-election.

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  15. momjanComment by momjan
    October 21, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    Jeb Bush does not want competition from Cruz in 2016
    Mc Cain always blames his failures on someone else.
    Mc Connell should talk he loaded the budget with pork for Kentucky
    Lindsey Graham voted for the stupid Senate budget against the people.
    These younger Congress members are wanting to rule by the constitution for WE THE PEOPLE.
    WE NEED ABOUT 100 MORE JUST LIKE THEM TO GET AMERICA BACK.

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    • gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
      October 21, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

      Absolutely right mom.

      Each of us, in our own Districts, must seek, find and support, Candidates that think like us – not like local NOR federal politicians.

      Support the INDIVIDUAL candidate, not the Party. There is way to much party, in Party.

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  16. biloak71Comment by biloak71
    October 21, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    The GOP has problems for sure,but they can be remedied. Even though I think the R’s are in three pieces; conservative wing, the”old-fashioned middle”, and the “know-it-all” hierarchy – those big-wigs that forgot how to win elections. In trying to be practical here, I don’t think the conserv’s can win standing alone; they need the support of the mainstream party, as it were.There aren’t enough voters available to win anything. And the hierarchy are enamored with themselves, their vision is clouded, and Norquist, Rove, Kristol, et al should stay off tv. They lose 50,000 votes each time they’re spouting something publicly. Somehow(?) the middle-grounders must take charge to bring the GOP to its’ former self (win some, lose some, but always a worthy opponent).It doesn’t seem probable now that any of the “big names” )making a splash today Will be in the vanguard in ’16; he or she isn’t on the scene yet. But hey! what am I ranting about? I and the middle ground MUST WIN the ’14 election first, or else, as the Dems say, we WILL be relegated to a minor-league party, akin to a third party. What a scenario.

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    • whodunitComment by whodunit
      October 21, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

      I agree with so much of what you’ve said here, biloak71! People keep talking like “it’s the end of the GOP.” I say “Horse Puckey.” This is the beginning of a newer, better GOP. Seems so many people are having a conniption over all the fighting and battles going on. And so many want to sweep it all under the rug. But the infighting has been a long time coming and we need to battle this out. Even healthy marriages and families experience a major argument once in a while. (Though the important part is to fight amongst ourselves, and not in the media.) But maybe we just need an upheaval to clear the air. We need the establishment to recognize the voice of the more conservative wing and quit picking our candidates for us. And we need all the groups to at least comprehend and respect what the other believes, whether they agree or not. Then we need to shake hands and learn to work together.

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    • gtimberlakeComment by gtimberlake
      October 21, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

      To biloak and whodunit :  good points. In the Republican party a lot of reasons for anger, a lot of frustration and a sense of betrayal and abandonment exist for very good reasons. This has led to a lot of talk of leaving the party, not funding the party, etc.  No surprise people think and feel this way. 

      The point you made about arguing was dead right. The attitude in the party and in the other party and in the White House in DC should be, “You’d  d….  well better argue with me!” Why do I say that? Because none of us is all-knowing and we are better off with a variety of smart advisors. It makes us sharper and gives us more insight. We might have to let go of our ‘Solyndra’s,  , Fast and Furious’s, Benghazi’s; – -painful, expensive and fatal ideas that don’t pan out. How about using ACA-O-care as an example.  Negotiation and real debate and a bit of self-righteous anger and arguing along with a whole lot of listening would have helped us avoid this whole fiasco and the continuing dramas that have kept cascading for five years. –Leaving a large group of representatives and senators, who represent about half or more of the country, completely out of the ‘discussion’ led to all this. –  (“I won.”)  - This ceased to be for or about the American people when it became all for and about the politicos and their ability to avoid negotiation and debate. They were ok with bribes and exemptions and favorite persons statuses, though. Those goal posts just kept moving.

      Think about it. Do you really get a divorce or send your little children and teenagers out to live on their own every time you disagree or argue? You say -”it’s not the same.” Have you ever had a kid on drugs? Have you ever had a kid attempt suicide? Have you ever had struggles? Good Lord, folks. Think about the end game. What do you want the final outcome to be? OK, we have ‘fecal matter floating in the soup, or gumbo. Maybe you need to fire some of the ‘help’. Go to the root of the problem. Do you burn down your ship 400 miles from port when the problem is needing to get rid of the ‘rats’? Get angry. Argue. Do business. But remember the goal. Why are you here in the first place? 

      The fact is some folk in DC and in state legislatures need to take their medicine. You know. -The ,”go home and  don’t come back,” medicine. –  We are America. We are Citizens and hard workers and tax payers -who care about our country and our children. -We are brothers and sisters made in God’s image, –  regardless of color or country of origin.  Let’s work together. We are  more than “taxed enough already”, and we don’t deserve the derisive comments the media and some foul, foamy-mouthed politicians like to blather. It is a fact that the Federal government, it’s bloat and it’s fraud is beyond way over the top. The Republican party does need to clean house and get a makeover. And like any organization that is truly going to be worth anything this party, like this nation, needs to get back to God. If we can’t put first things first then we are no different than the other guys that ignored God and kicked Him off the agenda. When you take an atheist, anti-Christ stance -you are done. “God is not mocked”. When you have no problem with killing babies in the womb (56 million) you are out of favor with God and nature and history. If we want the moral high ground and if we want financial accountability we have to change and improve ourselves and then our party. 

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  17. rehabberComment by rehabber
    October 21, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    These RINO’s need to do the right thing and retire, thank goodness for Cruz. Just need more like him..wonder if he would be willing to be cloned. lol

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  18. roosterComment by rooster
    October 21, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    Do these dumb@$$ traitors think we’re not watching? Or do they just think we’re too stupid to understand what they’re doing to us. Boehner, McConnell, McCain, Hatch, etc. should be tarred, feathered and run out of Washington. They’re doing much more harm than good — probably not any good. When I say “traitors,” I sincerely mean it!

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    • relaymanComment by relayman
      October 21, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

      We know who they are now. The RINO’s all have faces and cannot hide. They can no longer run as (counterfeit) conservatives.

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  19. freedixieComment by freedixie
    October 21, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    These turncoat traitors make me puke. The “shutdown” was orchestrated months ago, it didn’t just happen. How else did all those signs get printed, shipped, and ready for placement on such short notice at the memorials and national parks? That sort of thing takes months of planning on the government’s part, not days. It was all just a big show to focus attention away from Benghazi, NSA, IRS, etc. These traitors in DC need to be hung.

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  20. petercComment by peterc
    October 21, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    Not “focussing on something that can’t be achieved” is a guarantee that it will be achieved. Good for Cruz, and a pox on those other wussies that call themselves Republicans!

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    • relaymanComment by relayman
      October 21, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

      Gutless RINO’s were flushed out! About 25 in the senate and 87 in the House, that deserve real Conservative primary opposition, and replaced with such.

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  21. relaymanComment by relayman
    October 21, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    What is stupid, is republicans (RINO’s) attacking Conservatives for doing what their voters sent them there to do, and actually doing it. Senator Cruz knew from the beginning that his effort was going to fail if he did not get about six democrats to join the republicans in the senate. Where republicans failed, was their failure to confront the problem, the WH occupant, Barry Soetoro. If the republicans didn’t have the stomach to shut down the guvmint, the republican leadership should have made it clear in a very public way that, “Mr. President (sic), you WILL rescind all of your illegal, and I reiterate, illegal executive orders granting exemptions and waivers of obamacare to your friends and campaign contributors, that go beyond far presidential powers granted in the Constitution by unilaterally amending laws passed by congress without statutory authorization or Congressional action. When you rescind these order we will send a clean CR and raise the debt limit to the senate as you wanted. If you fail to timely rescind all of these illegal executive orders, the House is prepared to take the appropriate action against you granted under the Constitution regardless of consideration of what action the Senate may take.” (The clean CR and debt ceiling is what they caved on anyway, so they may as well get something for it). The problem is the failure of republicans to put the focus of the problem squarely where it belongs, on this enemy foreign agent occupying the WH assuming dictatorial powers and making Congress irrelevant.

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  22. tomtComment by tomt
    October 21, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    The marching RINO 5TH column is no longer respected and needs to break camp.
    I have Democrat friends that are sickened by Obama and these
    RINO Senators that are trying to sabotage Ted Cruz. They do not want to be ether Democrat anymore or Republican but will stand behind Ted Cruz for being a Patriotic American who gives a damn about we the people.

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    • sofiesvoiceComment by sofiesvoice
      October 21, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

      Well said!

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  23. Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
    October 21, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Oh, so now we’re getting schooled by the testical-free boneheads that have had 5 years to do something about this trainwreck. They are the same gonad-challenged d-bags that have had 2 elections in which to select a worthy candidate for the GOP ticket. McCain in 2008? What a JOKE.

    You RINOS, (and you know damn good and well who you are), never came up with a plan knowing that the shutdown was possible. Another one of your “masterful” strategies that have failed miserably.

    GO CRUZ! We need at least ONE MAN in the US Senate!

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  24. mudguyComment by mudguy
    October 21, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    Graham and McShame are more disgraceful than Obummer.Time for them to go

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  25. nopartyComment by noparty
    October 21, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    You always think smart people know when to take their bow, to leave the arena. Not so wth McCain or McConnell. They mouth such borderline Obama-isms, it is hard to remember which side of the aisle these two belong on. McCain, McConnell should step down, quietly, Jeb Bush shouldn’t even get into the fray. Cruz is right, and many of us believe that to be so….yet these rude, arrogant, insulting, ego-centric washed up hit the TV circuit to trash Cruz. They take all the trash Obama throws at them, and ask for more, and they think that makes them worthy of their positions in government….it doesn’t, it makes them punching bags.

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    • sotheseedsofliberty2Comment by sotheseedsofliberty2
      October 25, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      Reply to Comment by fedupwithbadgov by sotheseedsofliberty2
      October 22, 2013 @ 3:58 am

      Good response, You posted,”When I think of political parties, I always am reminded of something Brother Dave Gardner, a comedian, once said in one of his monologues. It was, “People ask me if I’m Democrat or Republican and I tell them neither because if I was either one, I might forget America.” This Quote is ringing more true with each and every passing day and I believe that its now both parties against the people and their wishes.I wanted to post my reply below your comment but there wasn’t a (Reply box,) I have noticed this happening on several other comment boxes where the ability to reply isn’t offered, I wonder why these comment boxes are left out on some posters comment boxes and only available on others.

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