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Speaking at the Federalist Society in an event titled "Constitutional Law and the Supreme Court" Recently elected Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R - Club or Growth) gave me pause, to gag, when he waxed poetic about the breadth and depth of the "grass roots movement" that swept him to the Senate, apparently to bloviate for his "fellow travelers" at FedSoc.

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Not that I don't take everything he says as Gospel, but just for grins I deceided to check up on just how grassy rootsy his campaign was, and hey, whaddaya know? According to OpenSecrets.org, dated July 31, 2012
Seemingly every major Republican in the country has a stake in today's Texas Senate runoff primary.

In the latest battle in the ongoing war between tea party enthusiasts and the GOP establishment, attorney Ted Cruz and Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have been racking up endorsements from prominent Republicans all over the country. Cruz, the tea party favorite, is backed by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a revered figure in the tea party movement. Dewhurst, the establishment pick, has earned the support of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and a slew of local politicians around the state.

And further;
A bevy of conservative outside groups has poured over $14.4 million into the race, including $3.2 million in just the past week alone, according to Center for Responsive Politics research. To put that in perspective, total independent spending in Texas is 3 times greater than in the congressional race that has experienced the second-highest level of outside group activity, Indiana's Senate election.

Over three-fourths of all the outside spending in the Texas election has come from two groups: Club for Growth and the Texas Conservatives Fund. Club for Growth Action, the conservative group's super PAC arm, plugged over $5.5 million into the contest, mostly attacking Dewhurst for not being conservative enough and his ties to career politicians, while its political action committee spent another $51,000 in independent expenditures.

More beyond the squiggle.

From Politifacts Texas we read;

David Dewhurst says most of Ted Cruz's "money comes from Washington, from outside the state of Texas. Fresh from leading the May 2012 Republican primary for his party’s U.S. Senate nomination, David Dewhurst declared that voters in his July runoff with Ted Cruz will be choosing between Texas and Washington.

According to a June 5, 2012, email blast from the Dewhurst campaign, the lieutenant governor told Sean Rima of San Antonio’s KTSA (550 AM): "This is a choice, ladies and gentleman, between Texas and Washington. Most of Ted Cruz’s money comes from Washington, from outside the state of Texas, and they’ve run millions and millions of untrue ads against me.

Ted's argument, repeated ad nauseum is "Our ideas work and theirs do not" (nice working ideas in the last election buddy)  and "We never responded to the President's attacks" (coulda fooled me) and now he says "I don't know a single Republican on the face of the earth that wants to take away anybody's contraceptives" (Seriously? Must just be that one BIG Republican up in the sky), then goes on to attack Obama for forcing atheist socialism down the throats of good Catholics and all god-fearing folks, blah blah etc. My oh my but it IS raining shiny dog whistles all up in hya!

Yikes!, but Yay! Two more years of bullheaded willful ignance and outright denial of the facts, such as "Ronald Regan slashed taxes", except for the nine times he raised them I guess. The venom and the vitriol is clothed in a velvet glove and broad shouldered false bravado and even creepier than the naked fist, err, I mean naked mole rat that is Dick Morris. This guy is poisonous, demon spawn of Ayn Rand and Carl Rove. I suppose many others knew, and now, unfortunately, I do. No doubt this has been written about here and elsewhere, but I try not to look too closely sometimes, at the gory bits anyhow.

He concludes with "First you win the argument then you win the election, and my friends that's just what we're going to do" or some such drivel. It's good to know that the Republicans lost the election because they were insufficiently vocally conservative. I thought there might have been other, more obvious reasons, but noooooo, seems I was wrong. Do tell. More Ted, more of your working ideas, please, lead us out of the shadow of the valley of communist servitude and away from free cell phones.

None are so blind as they who will not see, and none so obnoxious as those who WILL NOT stop spewing (spewking, hmmm?) the same old vicious discredited doctrine despite all the objective evidence contrary to its efficacy, other than as a sticky glue to hang together the historically unhinged and rationally challenged surrey fringe of 'forward into the past' adherents into a wobbling, decrepit and withering minority. Clean up on aisle three please.

The video is not embeddable but if you've got a biohazard suit handy, follow this link;
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/...

Oh, and what about his expenditures in the finals? In order, from the top; Wall Stree Journal;

Candidate    'Support' Spending
Connie Mack (R-FL)    $5,096,633
Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA)    $3,074,073
Richard E Mourdock (R-IN)    $2,614,971
Timothy Michael Kaine (D-VA)    $2,154,982
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)    $2,138,439
Josh Mandel (R-OH)    $1,972,798
Ted Cruz (R-TX)    $1,862,423
Ted at number seven in the Super-duper grassy-rootsy Pac-o-Rama, and CFG alone spent five times more on the primary than all the Repug SP's did on the final. WTF? I'd like to hear from some Texans on the story behind that story, smells like teen spirit to me. The word 'hypocritical' is embarrassed to be associated with this guy and his ilk.

And now C-Span is taking calls from (disgruntled) Republicans only "Socialism, blah, blah, makers and pocket picking takers, our first mistake was giving women the vote, the party does not need to change, stick to the principles, teach them the way St. Ronnie did, right message wrong candidate, Balkanism and tribalism, free stuff, entitled attitudes" and oh sweet baby Jeebus, bitter gall, dark bitter gall, do not adjust your set, WE control the vertical, WE control the horzontal.........

Originally posted to Old Lefty on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 05:54 AM PST.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans and CenTex Kossacks.

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  •  We could have beaten him. Sadler was a good (14+ / 0-)

    pro-education legislator who got most of the newspaper endorsements in the state, but needed a serious ad campaign and some help getting his name out there.
    The Texas Democratic party needs help getting its act together. We've got a lot of potential down here that will shock people when it's finally fully realized.
    As it is, he will probably be major entertainment for us for the next 6  years and help send the tea party to the dust bin of history.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:19:12 AM PST

    •  Judging by his grand unveiling (7+ / 0-)

      his Masters seem to have great hopes for him in the Arena, and he seem pretty impressed with himself as well. What an odious suck-up. Sorry for your luck down there, and I sincerely hope you are right about Tay-hass.

      It seems to me that of the five Republicans on that list, all of whom had more spent for them than him in the finals, he was the only on to make it to DC, was he not? If so, then the total cost for that one seat was about $15 million.

      Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

      by Old Lefty on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:28:33 AM PST

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    •  Ted Cruz will be the subject of many diaries here. (6+ / 0-)

      And you are not alone in your assement of the TX Democratic party, I intend to help them in everyway I can.  I was less than satisfied with their canned responses to my concerns re Sadler support(or lack thereof) and would much prefer more direct face time moving towards 2014.

      You can't find the right road when the streets are paved. - Bob Marley

      by teknohed on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:49:25 AM PST

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    •  Saddler only had $600,000 (10+ / 0-)

      Amazing that he got as many votes as he did!

      Dear J---,

      Now that the campaigning is complete, it is very important to me that I express my sincere appreciation for your support throughout this election season.

      Texans all across our state opened their homes, emailed friends, block walked and set up phone banks to help this campaign.  Between the republican primary and the general election we were out spent almost $50 million to $600,000.  When you consider that disparity the election results are remarkable.

      During the final 8 days of the campaign, something happened that you should know about: Even with our limited resources, over 3.7 million unique hits were made to my Facebook page during that time.  What does that tell us?  Texans were looking for an alternative to the radical Tea Party positions on social security, medicare, medicaid, education, immigration, and women's health care.

      These issues are too important for us to ignore.  We cannot allow obstructionist tactics to hurt our country and the people of this state.

      So my question is - will you stay engaged and involved?  While the election results may appear to suggest that Texas is out of step with the rest of the country, I believe the late flurry of searching we experienced indicates that in fact Texas is not out of step, we are simply unable to get our message out.

      In this election, Texas was clearly sacrificed for other races.  Although I am delighted with the results in those other races, at some point we have to stand up and say Texas Democrats matter, and not just for our capacity to donate.

      We can win a statewide race but it will require all of us - not just some of us - to stay engaged and to inform our neighbors that it is not the Tea Party Republicans that represent us but the democrats that work for the future of all Texans.

      Thank you again for your support.

      Sincerely,
      Paul Sadler

      Final Result:
      Cruz-56.6%, 4,456,599
      Saddler-40.5%, 3,183,314

      Their demographic is shrinking, ours is growing.
      It's just a matter of time &
      WE NEED MORE $!

      If Saddler did this well with only his little bit of money, imagine what he could have done with 3x's as much!

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Voting Rights Martyrs

      by JayRaye on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:56:49 AM PST

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    •  I agree (7+ / 0-)

      The Democratic party in Texas needs help.  We do not need people like Cruz in power.

    •  When you only get 40.5% of the vote.... (4+ / 0-)
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      ... ads aren't going to help you.  You need a different electorate or candidate.

      •  In the case of Texas we need (8+ / 0-)

        some big-time party building.

        Texas Dems have been on remote control since the days of Mark White and Ann Richards. The conservative bloc switched parties in the 90s to swing power, and the Dem state party has never really grappled with rebuilding from that gutting.

        For at least the last decade, the state party chairs have been more interested in being in power than in being effective.

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        by harrije on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:10:03 AM PST

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        •  It's happening! (7+ / 0-)

          The new State Chair is a go getter, he's holding meetings with County Chairs on a regular basis. Not just to chew the fat either, but to plan strategy. The Comal Co chair tells us big changes are happening due to Gilberto Hinojosa. Got to hear him speak at one of the Comal Co events, and was very! impressed.

          Comal Co & Guadalupe Co are both way up in activity. Both now have Co HQ's. I attended the grand opening of G. Co HQ. Saddler was there and many of our local candidates. It was a great day.

          Are we giving up because of the latest election results?

          No! We have just begun to fight!

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Voting Rights Martyrs

          by JayRaye on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:58:09 AM PST

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      •  Huge numbers of TX Hispanics are not (5+ / 0-)

        registered and do not vote.

        Our new state chair, Gilberto Hinojosa has a plan for that. Just barely getting underway.

        Money is needed not only for ads, but to register voters and GOTV. That is the key to turning TX blue. Hinojosa says that when Hispanics vote at the same rate as African Americans, TX will be Solid Blue.

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Voting Rights Martyrs

        by JayRaye on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:03:48 AM PST

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        •  I agree, but in the case of Sadler's campaign, he (2+ / 0-)
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          could have beneifitted from some kick-ass campaign ads that could have
          1. Awakened Texas voters that there was an election occurring in Texas (as opposed to OH and FL)
          2. Shocked the Cruz campaign and made him panic. Which would have been good for Sadler.
          Nationally, Dems are still suffering from a lack of creativity.
          Moreso, in Texas.

          I'm absolutely committed to encouraging hispanics to get involved with voting, but I'm also opposed to the "demographic shift" mentality.
          Yes, the demographics of the country should be reflected by the vote and by the candidates.
          However, it was in the best interest of the average white voter to vote for Obama, and he should have carried 80-90% of the vote, if people hadn't voted stupidly.
          I don't think we should fall into the trap of pitting one group against another, let the gop do that.

          You can't make this stuff up.

          by David54 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:39:33 PM PST

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      •  I guess we should just bend over and take it. (1+ / 0-)
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        Thanks for the input.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:26:19 PM PST

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    •  Sadler's just the last in line of GOOD DEMS left (6+ / 0-)

      to twist in the wind because all the national Democratic leadership sees when they look at Texas is money to rip off for their darlings elsewhere.

      "Can't win in Texas," they whinge. "Why not donate to somebody who can win?"

      Then they -- and people here at DKOS too -- bust us in the chops because idjits like this Cruz jerk get elected in Texas. Look at all the money poured in to get Cruz to the Senate. Now look at how much of it did not come from Texas, or Texans.

      Now tell me again that the DLC, which hung out to dry

      Paul Sadler
      Bill White
      Rick Noriega

      and others too numerous to mention in races for our Senate seat and Governor's chair, should get one thin dime of my money.

      And I will explain in plain language why they should not.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:09:02 AM PST

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      •  Bravo por todos (4+ / 0-)
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        Wow, who knew this little 'ol Califor-nai-ay-an could spark such an outpouring of Tejano consternation. I now know infinitely more than I did yesterday about the Sate of Things To Come. Howdy and thanks to all of you. Sounds like a field of dreams that could come true. Go get em'!

        Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

        by Old Lefty on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 10:01:59 AM PST

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    •  It may not be popular for me to say this, but (3+ / 0-)
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      I don't think that Sadler was a charismatic candidate. I did vote for him, but I wasn't all that impressed when I watched him in a debate with Cruz.... he seemed on the defensive non-stop.

      Texas needs far more charismatic candidates for statewide office.... people like Julian Castro.  The problem is that running for statewide office has pretty much been futile for the last couple of decades, so you probably won't see really good candidates running for statewide office until the demographic shift is even greater, ie. in 2016 or 2018.

      I do agree that Texas has a lot of potential.  A huge registration effort all along the Rio Grande as well as in San Antonio/Bexar County and Harris and Dallas County would likely do wonders for Texas Dems.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 11:03:53 AM PST

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      •  I got to meet him and hear him speak in public. (1+ / 0-)
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        I found him to be very charismatic. He reminded me of Bill Clinton in his ability to get up and speak straight for 20 min without notes, about complex policy issues without being boring, or too complicated, or too simplistic. Then he answered questions, I mean, actually answered questions and didn't dodge them.

        He was very well respected in the Texas Legislature, won many awards. He would have been an excellent US Senator. He was a great campaigner even with all the odds against him.

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Voting Rights Martyrs

        by JayRaye on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 01:41:03 PM PST

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        •  I think he's a really like-able guy and I'm sure (1+ / 0-)
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          that he's a good human being.  I just got the impression that he had a hard time countering Cruz in the debate and that he seemed too sleepy to be able to get people fired up.

          I wish he had done better - I despise Cruz and hate the fact that we now have two godawful Senators with absolutely zero redeeming qualities.

          "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

          by Lawrence on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 01:58:42 PM PST

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      •  There's more to being a good senator than being (2+ / 0-)
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        charismatic. There's the whole "good public servant", "trustworthiness", and "doing the people's business" part of it too.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:43:32 PM PST

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        •  Paul Sadler would have made a far better senator (1+ / 0-)
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          than Ted Cruz.

          But it's hard for a candidate to win if they can't hold their own in a debate.

          That's just the way it is.

          "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

          by Lawrence on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:08:20 AM PST

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  •  Republished to TexKos, where we do a (11+ / 0-)

    facepalm every time we are reminded that our big Democratic donors spend most of their money outside of the Lone Star State while leaving our Progressive candidates to twist in the wind.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:24:22 AM PST

  •  What they did to the law (7+ / 0-)

    was to dominate the judicial nominations process.

    •  He was downright gleeful about that, but brief (8+ / 0-)

      he spent most of the time demonizing Obama and the 'Democrat Party', it's no go fer nuttin' adherents and anybody else with a shred of doubt as to his greatness.

      There's a fungus called Cordyceps that colonizes ants when they eat its spores and then sprout a mushroom out of their brains when fully infested. The Tea Party is the fungus, the Republican Party is the ant, and Ted is the fruiting body coming out of its mummified corpus.

      anthead

      Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

      by Old Lefty on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:54:06 AM PST

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