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Republican Rivalry Simmers As Paths And Styles Diverge (Rand Paul-Ted Cruz)

Published: November 1, 2013

DES MOINES — Senator Ted Cruz calls his colleague Rand Paul a “good friend.” The two men are the stars of the Tea Party movement, propelled to Washington by activist fervor and allied in their effort to restrain the reach of the federal government.

But when Mr. Cruz went to New York City to meet with donors this summer, he privately offered a different view of Mr. Paul: The Kentucky senator can never be elected president, he told them, because he can never fully detach himself from the strident libertarianism of his father, former Representative Ron Paul of Texas.

Word of Mr. Cruz’s remarks reached Mr. Paul’s inner circle, touching off anger and resentment.

And the incident further inflamed a rivalry that has been quietly building as the Republican Party tries to grapple with the force and power of its Tea Party wing. Both Mr. Cruz and Mr. Paul harbor presidential ambitions and view themselves as representing a new, more energized movement of Republican activists. But they are pursuing distinctly different paths as they try to rise, diverging not just in style but in their approach to intraparty politics.

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Yup...go back and watch the

Yup...go back and watch the video of Annual Young Americans for Liberty Conf. and watch Cruz's body language while Rand is speaking. He is sending out all kinds of signals. Watch how many times he takes a drink of water every time Rand brings up a key issue. The guy must have taken a 100 drinks of water and the bottle was still full. Watch it and you will see what this clown is about. He doesn't even look like he wants to be there and sure looks out of place.

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
Samuel Adams

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden rivalry reaches a breaking point...

See how easy it is to make up a phony headline?


I like our new label :)

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guess who?

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Not surprising, but...

This is starting to get more and more like Inception. How far down the rabbit hole do we have to go to make a change in this damn county? Who are our allies? Do we trust instinct and faith or our eyes and ears? Does Ted truly believe that, or is he saying it to gain trust of the establishment? If you've been watching Homeland season 3, this could play out as a deception by the 3 tea party senators to make them seem weak, vulnerable, infighting, to draw the establishment off guard. Ted is only worth his face value until otherwise noticed.

Southern Agrarian

You fell for the establishment's divisive tactic.

Before you question yourself and friends, question your enemies.

If Cruz said that, then ask him to say it again on tv

I don't trust the NY Times

My greatest fear is that Cruz

My greatest fear is that Cruz is a neocon in teaparty clothes.
His wife works for Goldman Sachs!!!!!!!

A lot of people work for GS.

A lot of people work for GS.

Look at the rest of her resume

-Employee at JP Morgan (prior to Goldman Sachs)

-Economic adviser to G.W. Bush campaign

-Economic Director for the Western Hemisphere in G.W. Bush National Security Council

-Special policy adviser to Robert Zoellick (then chief US trade negotiator, later president of the World Bank)

-Member of Council on Foreign Relations

...she's not just any Goldman employee. She's hip-deep in establishment connections.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Very interesting article!

Maybe I read too much into it but, it seemed to confirm my suspicions about Cruz.

Rand's getting it done for the cause; Cruz is a neocon Trojan Horse; and Mike Lee had better watch his back, hanging out with Cruz (... or is Lee "our" Trojan Horse? Hmmm... didn't consider that until now). DC politics is an ugly game. Rand is proving himself to be a real pro who can beat them at their own game, if, imho, we help by laying low while he makes his moves and give him the kind of support he will need near the finish line.

Thanks for posting this article! It speaks volumes about Cruz, and for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, it makes it clear that Rand is the rising star with "Paulistinians" now, whether they themselves know it or not.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

That's ok because...

Ted Cruz can never be president. He wasn't born in this country.

Since when does being born in America matter...

I mean I'm only saying...

Restore the Foundations - "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

You must be a


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Ha ha ha. Just kidding.

Thanks for posting the article, and bringing this perspective, and most of all, for having the courage to stand up to the insidious Paulista political correctness that pervades this place at times.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

cruz us slowly but surely losing all the liberty support he had.

He is going to go down in flames.


That is what the neo-cons want you to think.

You fell for their most basic tactic of divide and conqure. Hook line and sinker.

Cruz is a viper. Wait and see.

I have been paying very close attention to him. Believe me I wanted to believe he would stand up against the establishment. He has since shown me otherwise.


I don't disagree. He is a useful viper.

Why don't we worry about a viper that is harassing the rats once we take out more of the rats.

I see NO strategic value in worrying about Cruz before taking out the neo-cons like Grahm, McCain, McConnell, and Boener. Tell me, what would we gain, because I see NOTHING of an improvement competing against him in Texas.

I'm not voting for Cruz for president after all. So you've got me stumped why you are playing into the the NYtimes propaganda and game.

I am frustrated because the first thing that needs to be done

Is coalition building, and tearing down the left/right wall.

Cruz seems dead set against it.


You already have McCain, Grahm, McConnell, and Boner for that.

Libs love them.