Peter Lawler has wondered if maybe Rand Paul will be tough to beat for the Republican nomination. Paul is well positioned to inherit his father’s voting base, but his father’s voting base was not nearly large enough to be a …
Ted Cruz: Ebola Experts Are Repeating Obama's Talking Points
As CNN’s Candy Crowley furiously argued the Obama administration’s case in the Ebola outbreak, Texas senator Ted Cruz dismissed the expert advice coming from supporters of the federal response to the crisis.
“The doctors who are saying this are working …
The Left, Hoping the Lack of a Surgeon General Becomes a Huge Issue
Since the Ebola outbreak began to dominate the news cycle, you’ve heard liberals contending that the lack of a surgeon general is some sort of major impediment to the U.S. government effort to control the disease. As the Washington …
Ted Cruz: Eric Holder Should Appoint IRS Special Prosecutor or Be Impeached
Attorney General Eric Holder should be impeached if he refuses to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the targeting of tea-party groups by the IRS, according to Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas).
With the IRS claiming to have lost two …
Ted Cruz: 'Virginia Voters Made D.C. Listen'
Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) hailed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s startling defeat in the Virginia Republican primary as an example of voters making “D.C. listen loud and clear,” a reference to the theme of his 21-hour speech in …
Cruz Walks Out on Castro Speech at Memorial Service for Mandela
Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela when Cuban “president” Raúl Castro began speaking.
“Senator Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said Sean Rushton, Cruz’s communications …
What Was Cruz’s Ultimate Strategy in This Fight?
Today the Senate will begin debate on a House-passed stopgap spending bill that includes language to defund Obamacare. As USA Today reports:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is expected to strip that provision from the bill and return to …
Ted Cruz: He's Going the Distance, He's Going for Speed
Today’s Morning Jolt features a lot of thoughts inspired by yesterday’s “Future of Conservatism” panel discussion put on by the Future 500 at the National Press Club, but the even bigger joys of the morning are Ted Cruz’s endurance and Bill …
Looking Up the Law Is Such a Pain for Birthers
Over on the homepage, Bob Costa breaks the news that Ted Cruz is thinking about running for president in 2016. A few weeks back, Elaina Johnson shined a spotlight on the Cruz “birthers.”
Some Birthers sound like they’ve never really read …
Ted Cruz Slams Obama Plan to Install Attorney General with Voted-Out Senators
Senator Ted Cruz blasted President Obama’s recent decision to install a new attorney general during the lame-duck Senate session between next month’s election and the swearing-in of the new chamber in January.
“Under no circumstances should a partisan attorney general …
Ted Cruz: Neither Obama Ebola Story Makes Sense
Senator Ted Cruz said on Sunday that neither of the Obama administration’s explanations for not banning travel from countries with active and uncontrolled Ebola outbreaks makes sense.
Speaking with Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union, the Texas Republican …
Ted Cruz: Obama's 20 Unanimous Supreme Court Losses Outpace Bush and Clinton
President Obama has seen 20 unanimous defeats before the Supreme Court during the five and a half years of his presidency, a pace that outstrips former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, according to a review of his record since 2009 …
Ted Cruz Compares Republican Senator In Mississippi to Eric Cantor
House majority leader Eric Cantor’s defeat in the Virginia Republican primary inspired Senator Ted Cruz to tout the tea-party challenger to Senator Thad Cochran (R., Miss.), although Cruz still officially followed the unwritten rule about refusing to endorse challengers to …
Ted Cruz Courts Conservative Journalists
Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) held an off-the-record meeting with a group of conservative journalists at the Heritage Foundation Monday evening, as the tea-party favorite took yet another step in a process that could lay the groundwork for a 2016 presidential …
Walker, Cruz Offer Short Video Messages to NRA Convention
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addressed this year’s NRA Convention in a short video message — unfortunately, the audio was a little muffled, and it began abruptly with him thanking veterans.
“I’m proud to say in Wisconsin, we’ve enacted …
The 'Patriotic Saviors' Thought They Could Nudge Democrats. They Couldn't.
The agreement would fund the government until January 15, extend the debt ceiling until February 7, and initiate a budget conference for fiscal negotiations later this year. The agreement would also keep sequestration intact.
Republicans could have gotten that deal …
How the Media Makes Cruz the Issue Instead of Obamacare's Implementation
On Morning Joe this morning, the opinion of Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, the Huffingon Post’s Sam Stein, the New York Times’ Jeremy Peters, Bloomberg columnist Al Hunt and Cokie Roberts is uniform and vehement: everything about Ted Cruz’s semi-filibuster on …
Cruz: Consistent on Using Military Force in Syria
The Hill charges that Sensators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are “singing a different tune from just months ago, when both seemed to advocate a more muscular U.S. response to Syrian President Bashar Assad.”
John McCain vs. the 'Wacko Birds'
Today’s graphic du jour, spotlighted in the Morning Jolt, stems from reports that Senator John McCain isn’t all that enamored with some of his younger Republican colleagues:
When I asked him if “these guys” — having just …