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  •  What I think Cruz' backers are up to (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think the GOP's backers are that politically stupid.  I looked up who funds Cruz.  For 2012, his single greatest institutional backer was the Club For Growth, followed by the Senate Conservatives Fund.  We know that his backers include medical insurance companies. We know the vision these organizaitons hold for the USA is to turn it into the planet corporate hegemon with nukes, no social services, and a population of disposable labor.  

    We know that Cruz wants to run for President.  We know he thinks he can win the GOP primary. This requires only that his backers buy up all the air time in the major metro areas around the country.  The way to take the Presidency is then by getting the Independents' votes, in combination with suppressing the D's votes.  The electoral college = 538 votes, and they have plenty of gerrymandered districts.  They probably think they have a really good chance.  

    As for the Senate rules, I am pretty sure Harry Reid is not sweating and knows his own back yard.  The question is why do Cruz' backers think that even when Cruz loses the ACA fight he is still a fungible candidate?

    This is us governing. Live so that 100 years from now, someone may be proud of us.

    by marthature on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 08:24:21 AM PDT

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    •  Gerrymandered districts (2+ / 0-)
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      mean next to nothing. There are only two states with by-district electoral votes: Nebraska and Maine - meaning eight votes are 'at play' - and NE almost always goes red, Maine almost always blue, even district by district.

      Cruz is doing this to raise his profile, certainly, in anticipation of a Presidential run. It will definitely increase his profile among the tea party base, but he's earning lots and lots of enemies among the establishment of the GOP, and will be forever yoked to his stalwart opposition to what will ultimately become a very successful program.

      If this is the Club for Growth's gambit, I seriously doubt it will be a successful one.

      "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

      by raptavio on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 08:33:22 AM PDT

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    •  Correction: (0+ / 0-)

      NE and ME each have two congressional districts and two statewide EVs - meaning perhaps four EVs are individually at play on a district-by-district basis. It's almost irrelevant.

      "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

      by raptavio on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 08:35:50 AM PDT

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