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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cruz: The Establishment's Anti-Establishment Candidate

Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz today, making Cruz the Establishment's Anti-Establishment Candidate. Having spent 15 of the last 20 years in Washington, Cruz is the Official Outsider endorsed by the National Review, the oldest conservative publication in Washington. Cruz has raised $66,199,643 from donors who want an official outsider as their anti-establishment candidate.

Official Outsider -- the Establishment's Anti-Establishment Candidate. Accept no substitutes.
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But while he has a nice -- a terrific -- resume (clerked for the chief justice, argued before the Supreme Court, and served in the Senate) what are his accomplishments? What has he built? How many jobs in the private sector did he create? Just what did his wife do at Goldman Sachs?

Most important of all: What makes him an outsider? What makes him anti-Establishment?

Yes, I get that Cruz loves God and loves the Constitution.

We all do.

But I want to know what makes a Washington resident who is a member of the U.S Senate an anti-establishment outsider.

I also question why he told CNN after Tuesday's primary, "The momentum is with us,"

He won Utah thanks to Mitt Romney, and lost Arizona, falling another 18 delegates behind Trump, who now leads by 274, according to Real Clear Politics (Trump 739, Cruz 465). Trump already has just under 60% of the 1,237 delegates he needs, while Cruz has 38%. If we are going to deny Trump a nomination because he has only a plurality of the delegates, how can we then give the prize to the man who doesn't even have that?

Oh wait, Cruz is now the Official Outsider -- the Establishment's Anti-Establishment Candidate.

Well-played, Washington insiders.

28 comments:

  1. Well, they did hate him for a longish time. I suspect they still do, but hate Trump more. MUCH more.

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  2. And the FIRST thing Cruz should have done is to find a microphone and say, you know what Jeb, I appreciate the offer but I'm gonna pass. Let's see if he comes to his fookin senses in the next 8 hours...Cruz is starting to look kind of mentally unwell right now...

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    1. He's 'mentally unwell' because he did not gracelessly refuse the endorsement of the former Governor of Florida?

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  3. You just can't make this stuff up. - Elric

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    1. Make what stuff up?

      What's made up is the moderator's repeated contention that Cruz has spent 15 years living in Washington when Cruz has spent 7-8 years in Washington (in three separate stints, none of them longer than 3 years).

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    2. Clerked for Rehnquist 1996
      Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal, 1997-1998 (D.C.)
      FTC 1999-2003
      Morgan, Lewis & Bockius 2009-2012 (D.C. office)
      Senate 2013- forward.
      So yes, that is 15 years in the last 20.
      Nothing wrong with that but he is not teh Outsider he claims. Bush connection is strong, OK?

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    3. No, the Bush connection is very weak. When Cruz decided to run for the US Senate from Texas he went to George W Bush and offered his bona fides and his philosophy. It was and is very, very anti-establishment cartel.

      GWB tossed him out the door. Basically asked Cruz "Who do you think I am?"

      So, not a strong Bush connection.

      Look, if he's not enough anti-establishment for you, fine. If you have to have Trump, salutations.

      But don't mistake Cruz for an insider.

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    4. No, the Bush connection is very weak. When Cruz decided to run for the US Senate from Texas he went to George W Bush and offered his bona fides and his philosophy. It was and is very, very anti-establishment cartel.

      GWB tossed him out the door. Basically asked Cruz "Who do you think I am?"

      So, not a strong Bush connection.

      Look, if he's not enough anti-establishment for you, fine. If you have to have Trump, salutations.

      But don't mistake Cruz for an insider.

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    5. You are a fool.
      He's the only insider they've got left.

      What a moron.

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    6. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius 2009-2012 (D.C. office)

      No, Houston office. He did some work out of the DC office because he's an appeals specialist and there are 3 federal appellate courts located in DC.

      He was also campaigning for office in Texas in 2011 and 2012, and the way he ran his campaign was labor intensive. Discussion, here.

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/11/19/ted-cruz-senate-race-dewhurst/75934248/


      Even if you assume he did no work in Houston between May of 2008 and January of 2011 (when he announced his candidacy), it still only gets you 10 years in Washington.

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  4. having spent 15 of the last 20 years in Washington

    He finished his schooling in 1995. He had a brief tour (1 yr) as a clerk for William Rehnquist, then worked for a year or so as an as an associate at a Washington law firm. He was an aide to the Bush campaign for two years; the campaign was headquartered in Austin, not Washington. He had positions in the Bush Administration for two years (January 2001 to February 2003). He lived and worked in Texas from February 2003 to the end of 2012. In toto, he's spent just north of seven of the last 21 years in Washington (with week-ends home the last 3 years), 13 years in Texas, and 1 year in Richmond. He lived in Texas from 1974 to 1988 and sporadically from 1988 to 1990. His wife's office is in Houston and his wife and children live in a condominium in Houston one floor down from his mother. His aunt also lives in Houston.

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  5. Well-played, Washington insiders.

    He's had antagonistic relations with Addison Mitchell McConnell his entire time in the Senate. He was willing to call McConnell a liar on the Senate floor over AMM and the Chamber of Commerce's scheming re the Export-Import Bank (aka Boeing subsidies). Lindsey Graham said if he were shot dead in the Capitol, no one in the Senate would see a think. What is the point of portraying this man as a K Street shill when he's anything but and making repeated mistakes concerning his biography?

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    1. Well played Art Deco.
      He has not been endorsed by one fellow Senator either.
      Et vu Surber?

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    2. What mistakes? Read my earlier reply to your assertion that he's not been in Washington for most of the last 20 years. He has connections. He is DC. Not getting along with the Senate is marketing.

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    3. So Cruz has purposely not played nice with fellow Rs for years knowing he would run for president one day and a great asset would be to not have fellow Senators endorse him? Try again.

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    4. Morgan Lewis has a Washington office and Cruz undertook some representations before federal courts in Washington. Morgan Lewis also has a Houston office, and that's where his home base was. Where was his wife, where were his children? That's right, in Houston.

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  6. what are his accomplishments? What has he built? How many jobs in the private sector did he create? Just what did his wife do at Goldman Sachs?

    1. He's earned a good living practicing law.

    2. He's been the chief of appeals for the State of Texas. Very few attorney's have the kind of experience he's had as an appellate practitioner, including arguing (usually successfully) dozens of cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    3. He's an attorney, not a real estate developer. It's not in the nature of the work to hire too many people.

    4. She manages personal investment portfolios. That's not difficult to find out. She doesn't have anything to do with securities underwriting, proprietary trading, prime brokerage, mutual funds, or private equity. Her office is in Houston because that's where her clients are.

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    1. He's a lawyer. A very good one. Got that. Trump employs 34,000 people. We choose the road we travel. I want a fellow on a different road than the DC-heavy Cruz whose experience as a CEO is zilch.

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    2. Thus, you are endorsing Jim Justice for Governor for West Virginia for same reasons. Correct?
      Jeb, Kasich and Christie have lots of government CEO experience. yet, you go with the angry white man who won't confirm that everyone one of his employees is not an illegal. Interesting.

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    3. Government CEO experience. That's a good one. We pick up the tab and suffer the consequences of their failures and we can't even sell the stock. Angry white man? Racist much? You really suck, dude.

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    4. Kasich and Christie turned around states with terrible budget deficits. You ever watch Donald at any one of his rallies? That's not anger fueling his message? Go back to the Tea Party dude. Oh wait, that's right. You don't believe in the Tea Party ... its just a cute moniker. Talk about sucking. Still waiting for Surber to endorse Justice for Governor of WV

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  7. "Yes, I get that Cruz loves God and loves the Constitution. We all do."

    Not so fast.
    Perhaps "we" here reading this blog may love God and the Constitution, but we're not the ones on the ballot. Of the choices we have left, who really does love both those things? Based on his public statements, I see no evidence that Donald Trump even understands the Constitution, let alone "loves" it.

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  8. You go to war with the army you have. We'll go to the election with the candidate we have.

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  9. Sage advice this:

    From Tips My Dad Says: (makezine.com)

    "My father (a lawyer) told me, "Company culture is driven from the top - if it's the people who make the product, you're good; sell the product, you're ok; if the accountants take over, look for another job; and if the lawyers take over, run as fast as you can!" - Alden Hart

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  10. GOP Establishment and Democrats alike seem to fear that Donald Trump would be another Major Kong.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlSQAZEp3PA

    But ISIS would fear it too, so Trump's got that going for him.

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  11. Given a choice between any of the GOP candidates, or for that matter any Republican whatsoever, and Mrs. Clinton, who would you vote for?

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  12. The GOPe embrace of Cruz, and to a lesser extent Kasich, will only last until the first vote at the convention. Then, having denied the nomination to their real enemy, Trump, they will proceed to award it to Ryan or maybe a recycled Roll-Over Romney.

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