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Lyin’ Ted, er – Make that Lyin’ Rafael

Sen. Ted Cruz (TP – Texas) has put out a pathetic attempt of parody song attempting to smear his opponent Beto O’Rourke with the following line:

“Liberal Robert wanted to fit in, so he changed his name to Beto and hid it with a grin.”

Of course, Rafael Edward Cruz felt no such similar need to fit in.  He just used Ted because he was a big fan of Ted Kennedy.  Red has to admit that Lyin’ Rafael has a ring to it. What it does show is that Lyin’ Ted learned from the beating he took at the hands of Trump.  Go after your opponent no matter what your personal circumstance might happen to be.  Trump was the consummate liar and crooked businessman – so he reversed that by calling his opponents liars and crooks.  Lyin’ Ted has a name that would not fit in well with his conservative base – so attack your opponent for using a nickname that was given to him and that he has carried since birth it would seem.  The only problem for Lyin’ Ted is that such a strategy may work for a once-in-a-lifetime political anomaly like Trump – it probably doesn’t work if you are already an unlikable, stick-up-your-ass narcissist like Lyin’ Ted.

 

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Beto Beats Cruz in 4th Quarter Fundraising

Showing surprising viability in deep red Texas, Beto O’Rourke hauled in $2.4 million in individual contributions in the 4th quarter of 2017.  “Lying” Ted Cruz (as dubbed by Trump) was about a half million behind with $1.9 raised.  LTC still leads in the critical cash on hand column with about $2.7 million more in the coffer than Beto.  O’Rourke is closing the gap, however, and maintains a respectable $4.6 million on hand with no viable primary opponent.  On the other hand, Cruz has the benefit of his willingness to accept money from anyone including dark money PACs; while Beto is relying entirely on individual contributions.  Red still puts Beto as a longshot to win but November is a long time away.

Quote for the Day – December 8, 2017

If Roy Moore wins it will be the most demoralizing blow for the media since ‘s election—so let’s make it happen.

Dinesh D’Souza on Twitter.

Red’s response  – “If Roy Moore wins it will be the most enervating rush for pedophiles since ancient Greece – so let’s make those pedophiles happy.”

Not that the GOP had any real moral footing to begin with, but the swelling chorus of GOP support for Roy Moore has clearly shown that Republicans care about power much more than honor or even common decency.  Red thinks that most Americans will be able to see through what is going on here in pushing an accused pedophile into the halls of Congress.  Be careful what you wish for DD.

Quote for the Day

“I think they’re afraid I’m going to take Alabama values to Washington, and I want to tell you, I can’t wait.”

Roy Moore, twice removed Alabama Supreme Court Justice, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate and accused pedophile.

Just what are your Alabama values Roy?  Abuse of young girls? Disregard for the Constitution?  Failing to follow the supreme law of the land because you know better? Belief that the U.S. should be a Christian theocracy?  Hatred of gays and lesbians? Denial of protected rights to Muslims?  Love of money? Worship of guns? Bolstering your manhood by waiving a pistol at a public event?

Red hopes that the good people of Alabama – and there certainly are many of those – don’t believe in your warped “Alabama Values.”

And don’t worry – Roy we are not afraid.  If you lose, those “Alabama Values” of yours are already on near full display in the White House.

Quote for the Day

“I think that your successor 500 years from now is going to be writing about us the way that we write about the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. It’s just so corrupt, in the same way that they were selling bishoprics and indulgences to shorten your time in purgatory. We’re selling votes. We’re selling amendments. We’re selling democracy, and it’s absolutely disgusting. But what makes it even more fucked up is that everybody knows that it’s happening, but it’s just what has always happened for so long now that it’s all-encompassing in the system. No one seems really willing to do anything that will compromise their ability to be successful in that system by stepping out of it.”

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, candidate for U.S. Senate

Read more about O’Rourke’s campaign in the Texas Tribune.

Quote for the Day

“I can’t imagine a more transparent and open process than put it on the internet, invite people’s comments and discussion, and then have an open amendment process following debate, and then vote.”

Sen. John Cornyn (TP-Texas).

Senator – How about the process where you don’t negotiate a bill in secret closed-door meetings excluding opposition members and even most members of your party, and where you actually hold committee hearings, get input from experts and the public on both sides, have an open debate and not keep it under wraps until days before a supposed vote? How about that process – would that be more transparent and open?

Red Endorses Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate

Last week Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D- El Paso) announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate seeking to unseat “Lying” Ted Cruz (TP-Texas).  O’Rourke comes from a political family – his father was El Paso County Judge.  O’Rourke himself has been in politics for about 12 years – first serving as an El Paso City Councilman and then barely unseating 8-term Congressman Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary in 2012.

O’Rourke carries some baggage from his days as a rock musician and two arrests – neither of which resulted in a conviction.  Since then, he has operated a successful business – making enough money to venture into politics.  His legislative track record is light, but that would be expected from a Democratic Congressman from Texas serving in a GOP dominated House of Representatives.

O’Rourke has taken strong stands on legalization of marijuana and protecting LGBT rights, but he kicked off his “campaign” when he and Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) embarked on a 3 day road trip to D.C. when airline flights were cancelled.  The two representatives live-blogged their discussions as they drove east and created remarkable internet buzz by rationally and civilly discussing the issues.

It is worth noting, that no one from El Paso has ever been elected to state-wide office and that O’Rourke is a long shot against the Cruz publicity and money machine.  The only hope would be that Cruz’s overweening ambition and narcissism will turn off enough moderates to consider making a switch.  Still it would be remarkable if O’Rourke could crass the 45% threshold.  But when faced with a choice of “Lying” Ted or a long shot, Red is not afraid of big odds.  Red is fully on the Beto Bandwagon.

If you are interested in O’Rourke’s campaign, you can find out more at betofortexas.com.