New York Times reporter says Ted Cruz will be a ‘serious’ candidate for president

Journalist and author Mark Leibovich joined Glenn on radio this morning to discuss his new book, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral, and the current state of politics in America. Are we already a three-party system? And does Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) have a legitimate chance at the presidency in 2016? Glenn and Mark discussed this and much more.

“Mark Leibovich, he is a guy who was writing a story for the New York Times Magazine about me. And when they came to me and said, New York Times Magazine wants to write something on you, I said, you’ve got to stand in line. And I don’t think so. And I was told, no, no, we researched this guy. And I said, you researched everybody, and it never works out well and why would I do an interview with the New York Times. And they gave me a bunch of his stuff to read and it was on just a myriad of different people, and he always seemed fair,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “And I don’t know, I would blame it on being drunk at the time, but I was totally sober and I said, all right. And the thing came out and it was fair, and I liked him. And I liked him because he had natural curiosity. He was not going for the typical things. He was actually trying to understand me and understand my point of view and what we were trying to do. I don’t ever see natural curiosity in a reporter. I should say rarely do I see it in a reporter. They came in, they know what they’re going to write, what they’re going to tell and then they just find those things and then it’s already written before they ever sit down. Wasn’t like that with Mark.”

Glenn is a big fan of Mark’s book because of the candor and fairness with which he wrote it. As an employee of the New York Times, it could have been seen as a dangerous career move to write a book that criticizes all aspects of the political system, but Mark did it anyway. In the aftermath of its publication, however, he has seen some backlash.

“Oh, I’m told that every day now. I’ve given away the secret handshake. I guess it’s a tough book. And it’s tough on Democrats, and it’s tough on Republicans. And it’s certainly tough on the media. And it’s tough for me because, you know, I’m a member of the media and, you know, I live there and these are people I go to work with,” Mark explained. “But the tenor of the criticism has been, how dare he. How dare anyone on the inside speak critically of others on the inside. And look, I’m very transparent. I live there. I live there of my own volition for now. I cover politics. I, for some reason, like politics and, you know, my family and I have a good life there. But it’s a very comfortable town. It’s the last place in America that should be as comfortable as it is. So I wanted to shake things up and name some names. And that’s what I did, and it’s been a little strange this summer. But mostly I’ve been out of town and the response has been pretty amazing.”

Mark’s book exposes some of the dysfunction that populates our nation’s capital. He explained that one of Washington’s biggest problems is the political class it has created. Politicians move from the House to the Senate to the consulting firm down the street. It’s a club that basically guarantees access for life, once you gain entry.

“So how do we fix this,” Glenn asked.

“That’s a great question. You know what I would do? I would say this. If I were sitting in Iowa talking to a presidential candidate or talking to a candidate for House or Senate or something, the first question I would ask them is: What are you going to do if you lose? And how long are you going to stick around? Or after you’re done serving, what are you going to do then? Are you going to come back? And they’ll probably mostly lie and say, ‘Oh, yes, I’m going to come back and I’m going to volunteer in the soup kitchen or something like that.’ But at least you get the notion out there that politics, that public service is, in fact, public service,” Mark said. “I mean George Washington spent the last part of his life – I think you might have told me this – living in fear that he was going to do something after his presidency that would disgrace himself. No one has that anxiety. I mean, you know, yes, you can, like, do a 180 on everything you’ve promised and then lobby for the exact other side like Richard Gephardt, you know, who’s a classic example of this, does and so many other people do, and there’s no punishment. I would just get the conversation going in the direction not so much of left versus right but inside versus outside.”

Glenn has been talking about the merits of a three party system for a few weeks now, but in This Town, Mark argues that we already live in a country with three parties.

“First of all, I think Washington itself is one big party. I mean I think the big party here, the uber party here, is what you see in Washington now – the party of the grownups, as they say. Everyone says, oh, well, the grownups will take over now and we’ll kick this down the road again,” Mark explained. “I think you have a, sort of a centrist party and then you have the sort of far left and then you have a wing – I mean, you call it the TEA Party now, but a wing of the Republican Party that, you know, could very, very legitimately – I don’t know if it would break off formally.”

The media may vilify the like of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee (R-UT), but Mark said their potential should not be underestimated.

“I mean first of all, they are not alone. Look at Ted Cruz’s poll numbers,” he said. “I mean if you look at early presidential polls, Ted Cruz is going to be a serious, serious candidate for president on the strength of what we’re talking about here.”

“Hold on just a second,” Glenn interrupted. “This is an editor of the New York Times Magazine saying that. I don’t hear that from anybody else in the mainstream media, what you just said.”

“That Cruz is a serious candidate? They should say it because it’s true,” Mark continued. “Look at the crowds he drew. It’s a very, very real energy that if you take any time outside of Washington you can see.”

Ultimately, Mark explained that he wrote this book because he wants the American people to be able to hate Washington D.C. with at least some degree of understanding and detail of how it works.

“People have an intuitive sense that, you know, Washington is a swamp because people, when they run for office, say, ‘I’m going to drain the swamp’ and then they settle in like a warm Whirlpool bath. They just become part of it,” Mark said. “What I hope this book does is allows people to hate Washington with a greater degree of detail and specificity and frankly – and maybe this is me hoping beyond hope – introducing a piece of shame into the system… Look, the book, I hope, is entertaining. People laugh and people are outraged, which I think is a good combination because if you don’t laugh, you cry. But very, very few people leave [this town] better than they come in.”

“The name of the book is This Town,” Glenn said. “I think this is a book that can bring the left and right together and will actually explain to you what’s really going on, what the problems are, from a guy who is just letting the chips fall where they may.

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  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Cruz will be the next president; the Democrat Socialists, Vichy Republicans, and even Obama have spent their time and the death knell for their parties have sounded.

    Cruz 2016, people have demanded another Reagan, but fail to understand, Cruz is the Washington and Reagan we need in this time and place.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Cruz will be the next president; the Democrat Socialists, Vichy Republicans, and even Obama have spent their time and the death knell for their parties have sounded.

    Cruz 2016, people have demanded another Reagan, but fail to understand, Cruz is the Washington and Reagan we need in this time and place.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Cruz will be a serious contender. Why? Well, one reason is he did a great job showboating during the Shutdown Reality Show; but, did you notice that when it came right down to really sticking his neck out and delaying the Senate vote on the so called October 17th deadline, Ted did what all adroit pols do: go along to get along.

    Really, you can’t blame Ted; I mean, who would want to be the Senator who gets blamed for a stock market crash, a T-bill interest rate increase, a banking crisis and SSI checks not going out on time et al…..

    A lot of you fucking so called Conservatives love your Socialist Security, but you can’t admit that Obamacare is basically the very same concept. Ted knows he doesn’t what to be the one blamed for the collapse of the welfare-warfare-bankster state called America…… The problem doesn’t originate in Washington as much as it is to be blamed on the ignorant masses who practice statolatry. Most of you people are so dependent on government that you would not know how to take care of yourselves without it; therefore, the day will have to come when the government raises the debt ceiling but nobody will lend it anymore money except the Fed. This in turn, will cause a currency crisis, which, in turn, will make all of your fucking SSI checks lack any purchasing power. So, all you who hate Obamacare but love SSI, don’t worry, because Obamacare will be as useless as your SSI checks…….

  • Anonymous

    The TEA-PARTY TERRORISTS got their asses kicked. The “KOCH-SUCKERS” who support the Koch brothers, the 1%, and the fossil fuel industry got a dose of reality, just like I give on my show each week. Watch how it’s done!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0hSdLcBmUE

  • Anonymous

    The TEA-PARTY TERRORISTS got their asses kicked. The “KOCH-SUCKERS” who support the Koch brothers, the 1%, and the fossil fuel industry got a dose of reality, just like I give on my show each week. Watch how it’s done!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0hSdLcBmUE

  • Anonymous

    Approval rating of the GOP: 24 percent.

    Approval rating of the Tea Party: 21 percent.

    Approval rating of Ted Cruz: 14 percent.

    Obviously, Ted Cruz won’t be the GOP nominee in 2016. He is, though, arrogant and destructive to run as a third party nominee. (That is, if he’s even eligible). And there are enough stupid right wingers to support him. That will split the vote of the right and make the democrats job even easier.

    And how BEAUTIFUL that after years of whining that our current president wasn’t born in America…the Tea Party will now have to support a man for president who ACTUALLY WASN’T born in America. LOL!
    You couldn’t write this stuff!!

  • Anonymous

    Approval rating of the GOP: 24 percent.

    Approval rating of the Tea Party: 21 percent.

    Approval rating of Ted Cruz: 14 percent.

    Obviously, Ted Cruz won’t be the GOP nominee in 2016. He is, though, arrogant and destructive to run as a third party nominee. (That is, if he’s even eligible). And there are enough stupid right wingers to support him. That will split the vote of the right and make the democrats job even easier.

    And how BEAUTIFUL that after years of whining that our current president wasn’t born in America…the Tea Party will now have to support a man for president who ACTUALLY WASN’T born in America. LOL!
    You couldn’t write this stuff!!

  • Anonymous

    Sweetheart, you need to stop drinking. If you think cruz will be the next president, you’re drunk!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Sweetheart, you need to stop drinking. If you think cruz will be the next president, you’re drunk!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Cruz is a syrup guzzeler, he was born in Canada he doesn’t qualify to be president. Sorry!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    After what he did he has my vote. I really don’t think he had any other choice but to back down and fight a battle on his terms.

    “You have to pick your battles wisely. Not every conflict is worth turning into a major battle. There are certain battles which simply cannot be won no matter how much effort you put into them or what strategies you use. They are simply losing causes and fighting such battles does little to help you accomplish your ultimate objectives. The wise man will not let his pride get in the way of obtaining his goals, and fighting a battle which cannot be won is a prime example of allowing your pride to cloud your thinking.” Sun Tsu

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    McCain wasn’t born in the US but he ran for President. Your showing your ignorance again. Why do you embarrass your family like this? Pitiful.

  • vivalapresley .

    cruz was born in Canada though. I don’t think he will be eligible. but I guess since we elected someone to the highest office that’s from Kenya I think he’ll be alright.

  • celticnanaof3

    By 2016, the Demosocialists and the media that support them will have completely destroyed the reputations of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Mike Lee. They will do to those men what they did to Sarah Palin. There are targets on their backs right now and the Demosocialists will be throwing darts at them for the next 3 yrs. For me, the scariest scenario will be that in 2014, the Republicans will have lost their majority in the House and Obama will, once again, have both Houses of Congress to rubber stamp everything he wants to do. Once the next big amnesty bill is passed and signed, the Democrats will have an additional 10 million newly registered Democrat voters. There are not enough Republican or conservative Independent voters to outnumber the Demosocialists. At that point, Conservatives should just pack up and go home because the country is lost.

  • JohnDale49

    go rape a child, pedophile scum

  • JohnDale49

    Go on a diet, you fat diabetic s8it

  • Jose Torres

    JohnDale49 – still spewing hatred? Disappointing. I was hoping that you might learn to look at the rotting emptiness in your heart caused by the hate you carry around and consider the possibility of a different way to live. You see…because of Disqus, I can see any article you post on and follow you (online) and comment on your choice to spew hatred. I wish you’d learn to turn the other cheek.

  • Jose Torres

    Ahh…JohnDale49 Spewing more hatred. I fear that you may one day live out that people tend to reap what they sow. I don’t know you. I just met a Disqus username of “JohnDale49″ yesterday – spewing hate. I have never found a Gospel passage where Jesus says, “Love one another as you might love me. But those mofos over there – yeah, I want you to hate those mofos with all the passion you can.” That last part – with mofos – that’s not in the Good Book. Why do you want to hang with the mofos? You’re doing it by choice. There is a better way.

  • Mike Nelson

    I pity you.

    Disqus stalking is perhaps the lowest form of fanboydom.

  • Mike Nelson

    You couldn’t carry Stewart’s water, with your 29 youtube views.

    Badda-fail.

  • SL

    You realize of course that the video you post is a “1%er” your President is a 1%’er” and anyone else you might cite as well. So why don’t you take a moment and ask why they would demonize a group to which they belong? Perhaps to get you angry and do things that are actually self destructive?

  • Anonymous

    Do you realize how saying something like that makes you look?
    No, you don’t.
    Do you realize how it makes Glenn Beck and his site look? Or the conservatives in general?
    No, you don’t.

    You let your emotions get the best of you and then you lash out without any thought or maturity.

    And, in your mind, it’s somehow an insult toward ME. Yet all it’s really done is give an insight into your sick little head.
    Everyone else was talking talking Cruz…the Tea Party…the election of 2016…and then you come out of the blue with child rape?!

    I get that todays events have left you feeling angry, bitter, powerless, whatever…
    but maintain SOME dignity, some decorum, and some class. You should never allow yourself to get so angry that you see child rape as something to reference.

    THINK, MAN! THINK!

  • Anonymous

    Sammy who wants the vote of an unemployed bone head who doesn’t have health insurance. You “KOCH-SUCKERS” who support the koch brothers and the TEA-PARTY are a drain on the economy. Watch my show and get a gob with Solar City, and stop being a moocher. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0hSdLcBmUE

  • Anonymous

    Sweetheart can you prove your claim that Mcain wasn’t born in the United States? Be specific and post your proof. Thank you.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    You’ll have to educate yourself on that one. You keep telling everyone how smart you are, look it up little fella. Why do you insist on making a fool of yourself? Why do you hate your children and your family? You’re a pitiful disgrace of a human being.

  • Anonymous

    Sweetheart, the show was responsible for getting another person to benefit from using solar power by putting solar panels on their roof!!!! BATTA-BING!! What have you done? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0hSdLcBmUE

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  • Anonymous

    Sweetheart, you sound like a disgrunteled Tea Party Bonehead. Good! You represent the end of an era. Thanks for playing!!!!

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    Flag the spammer.

  • Anonymous

    Joe baby, once again, you made a claim that you cant prove. Don’t you realize when you make a statement that you can’ t prove you’re an asshole???? Stop being an asshole and post your proof. OKAY???????

  • jen

    Those who vote for republicans like bush/cheney/Romney/McCain are dems anyway or at best dem lite – meaning there is no splitting vote. One side votes for evil or lesser evil and the rest with genuine principles vote for 3rd party.

  • jen

    Cruz has almost zero chance to be president. Someone like rand paul or trump have more chances to make it.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    How efficient is solar energy technology?
    But today’s commercial solar cells, most often made from silicon, typically convert sunlight into electricity with an efficiency of only 10 percent to 20 percent, although some test cells do a little better. Given their manufacturing costs, modules of today’s cells incorporated in the power grid would produce electricity at a cost roughly 3 to 6 times higher than current prices, or 18-30 cents per kilowatt hour [Solar Energy Technologies Program]. To make solar economically competitive, engineers must find ways to improve the efficiency of the cells and to lower their manufacturing costs.

    http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/cms/8996/9082.aspx

    Finally, the presumption that subsidizing purchase of expensive products like photovoltaic cells will bring costs down is largely fallacious. The biggest cost reductions come in the early phases of production, as the new technology is studied and optimized, and these have already been reached for photovoltaic panels. Major new improvements will occur in the laboratory, not on the production line or by installers.

    All in all, proponents of photovoltaics are trying to divert attention from solar’s high costs by pointing to declining cost trends, but this argument should be used to support research, not production subsidies.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaellynch/2013/09/27/the-myths-of-falling-solar-costs/

    Long Term Costs of Solar Energy Panels

    You have to look at the long run before fully realizing the savings that solar energy offers. However, there are long term costs as well. Just like power plants, power stations and lines need repair and maintenance constantly, so too do solar panels. Besides basic upkeep of the panels, the photovoltaic cells do not last forever and must be replaced in time. Batteries and power inverters, too, are required to transform the power from direct current to alternative current and to store what is harnessed. After time, batteries lose their ability to store energy and require replacement as well.

    Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/the-longterm-cost-of-solar-energy-panels#.Ul8xPVCTghM#ixzz2hw2nxv4V

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    So what you’re saying is that you’re too ignorant to put the words “John McCain, not born in the US” into your search engine.

    You seem to be the back end of an ass little fella. Why do you embarrass your family like this little boy.

    You’re a pitiful excuse of a human being and quite ignorant as well by your post.

    Thanks for playing and for showing everyone how pitiful you are.

    McCain was born in Panama dipshit.

    You see Folks, this is what you get when you visit Richad Frascone in his momma’s basement talking nonsense into his computer cam. “His Show” LMAO

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  • Mike Nelson

    Well then cupcake, it sure is a good thing you were there to open their eyes to solar power.

    No one has ever heard of putting solar panels on their roof before now…

  • Anonymous

    Bud- To the extent you consider yourself to be a critic, your personal insults and attacks have no place in any discussion and destroy whatever credibility you think you have.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    He’s a clown living in his momma’s basement.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Cruz is a “natural born” citizen. Short and sweet.

  • Kanak Attack

    There will NEVER be another Republican president. The democrats will maintain power until their system collapses. By then the Republican party will have lost all relevance and probably will have disappeared all together with a new party emerging to take its place that will actually represent freedom and the Constitution.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Where did you go you little puke of a child? I was having a ball slapping you around.

  • Anonymous

    Not to be overlooked in the pathetic drama that the grownups and freshman sent to Congress orchestrated the past two months is the impressive fundraising Senator Cruz managed as a result of his taking the Senate hostage for a day. Make no mistake about Senator Cruz, this act was done for his future ambitions–he does not need a Dreams of My Father to make his candidacy ( although his father’s dreams were impressive).
    while the book has received mixed reviews over the summer, it should be a breezy read for everyone on the culture of DC in the age of instant argument oriented media. The opinionators, I believe get the same treatment as the politicians in this book.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    On Disqus you can only be stalked if you want to be stalked. One click of the mouse and your comments are private.

  • Anonymous

    Cruz will do well in a Republican primary but will have his oily ass carved like a Thanksgiving turkey in a general election

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    And Obama made it hard on the every day citizen. He inflicted the maximum pain that he could.

    Not everyone lives in Washington DC and Obama showed his lack of respect for many citizens in the country. He didn’t gain any points with all this, his poll numbers plummeted.

    Obama’s the President who shut down the Government and he’ll go down in history as the worst President ever. Imagine putting an alcoholic, drug abuser in the Oval office. Pitiful.

    Next you lefties will run Hilly, the Old Fat Lady who couldn’t tell the truth if her life depended on it. She’s already had one stroke and fell down and caused the deaths of three american citizens including an Ambassador and lied about a video when she knew she was lying.

    I’d say our chances are better than ever in 2016 and the pre-cursor in 2014 will be outstanding for the Conservatives in this country.

  • Mike Nelson

    I see that you have missed the fact that this is a commentary on the stalker and his lack of industriousness and rectitude in finding something meaningful on which to spend his time.

    Still, thanks for your participation and contribution :)

  • Fleur

    I will do everything in my power to help get Ted Cruz elected as the next US President. He is a brilliant man and he is a Christian. Our country needs him badly. And I believe with my whole heart that he will WIN. I believe that he and Rand Paul could get this country straightened out and on the right track once again. He fought the good fight to keep Obamacare from being funded. He and Mike Lee could have won if it hadn’t been for true traitors like McCain, Corker, King, etc. Obama had gotten to them. Obama wants to break the Republican Party. This is why we must all unite against him and the rest of the Progressive Liberals. Progressive Republicans are the same as Progressive Liberals, in my opinion.
    They stabbed Cruz, Rubio, Gowey, Paul and other true Conservatives in the back and I think they should also be impeached from the Senate If we don’t, we are looking at another 8 years of Far Left rule which will do the Country and its people in. We can’t let this happen. I think God expects us to carry on until it is His time.

    Hillary is evil and so in Michelle Obama, who I have heard would be Hillary’s running mate should Hillary run. With all the news about Hillary and Bill’s hit man spilling the beans about how many people they have had killed, how they were/are? involved in the drug trade and how Chelsea is not Bill’s daughter but Web Hubble’s (Hubble was Hillary’s boss in Little Rock-apparently got around when she was younger. At that time, Hubbell, supposedly,would be able to put Bill in the Governor’s mansion so I guess Hillary was instrumental in this. This would be soap-opera stuff if it weren’t for the Vince Foster addition. I never thought Foster killed himself at the time. Now I feel sure that he didn’t.

    She must not win.

    I am hoping and praying that the Benghazi massacre will be thoroughly opened and Hillary, etc. must be indicted for High Crimes. Treason and a public hanging for her, Obama and all of his “Thugocracy”.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Ted Cruz:

    Alma materPrinceton University (A.B.)(1992) (cum laude)[1]
    Harvard University (J.D.) (1995)(magna cum laude)[1]

    Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to May 2008, after being appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

    Cruz was a partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.

    Between 1999 and 2003, Cruz served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. In addition, Cruz was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation, from 2004 to 2009.

    Cruz defeated the Democrat, former state Representative Paul Sadler, in the general election held on November 6, 2012; he prevailed with 56–41 over Sadler.[7] Cruz supports the Tea Party and is endorsed by the Tea Party movement and the Republican Liberty Caucus.[8]

    Cruz’s record of having argued before the Supreme Court nine times is more than any practicing lawyer in Texas or any current member of Congress.[43] Cruz has commented on his nine cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court: “We ended up year after year arguing some of the biggest cases in the country. There was a degree of serendipity in that, but there was also a concerted effort to seek out and lead conservative fights.”[43]

    In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz drafted the amicus brief signed by attorneys general of 31 states, which said that the D.C. handgun ban should be struck down as infringing upon the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.[22][44] Cruz also presented oral argument for the amici states in the companion case to Heller before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[22][45]

    In addition to his success in Heller, Cruz has successfully defended the constitutionality of Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds before the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, winning 5-4 in Van Orden v. Perry.[22][12][36]

    Cruz authored a U.S. Supreme Court brief for all 50 states successfully defending the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, winning 9-0 in Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow.[12][36]

    Cruz served as lead counsel for the state and successfully defended the multiple litigation challenges to the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan in state and federal district courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court, winning 5-4 in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry.[36][46]

    Cruz also successfully defended, in Medellin v. Texas, the State of Texas against an attempt by the International Court of Justice to re-open the criminal convictions.

    of 51 murderers on death row throughout the United States.[3][22][12][36]

    Cruz has been named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America,[42][47] by The National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America,[48][49] and by Texas Lawyer as one of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.[50][51]

    President Obama: community organizer, served 1/2 term in the senate.

    Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000. wiki

    Elected President because he was “light-skinned” and having “no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.” Harry Reid.

    Obama was “Articulate and clean” Joe Biden.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    I’ll take Ted Cruz over Obama any day. Obama is eye candy for the far left. He never wrote any papers while at Harvard law school nor did he argue any cases in court. He hides his grades and school transcripts for a reason.

    Won the liberal Nobel Peace Prize for being black.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    As will I. I’ll take experienced people any day over “articulate and clean.”

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    I know exactly what your talking about, having been stalked myself a number of times. Disqus allows you to go private so it makes stalkers less effective. If you don’t want to be stalked, go private and it stops.

    Do you know of this feature?

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Racist!

  • Anonymous

    Cruz will be willing to suck on the dick and balls of whatever election officials he needs to pleasure, in order to further his political career

  • Anonymous

    Would you want to be a top or bottom with Cruz?

  • Anonymous

    Glenn Beck seems to have done well for himself despite being a drug addict and alcoholic. He may not fill his nose with coke anymore, but he certainly can fill his mouth with a cock and his rectum with a fist.

  • http://cdn.freedomoutpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Federal-government-of-3-branches.pdf The Blue Tail Gadfly

    Seeing that Senator Cruz’s father was a Cuban exile and not a U.S. Citizen, along with being born in Canada, he is NOT a natural born Citizen.

    http://puzo1.blogspot.com/2009/09/natural-born-citizen-clause-requires.html

  • Anonymous

    Sweetheart, you and the other Tea-Partiers, would take a piece of shit over Obama. Speaking of shit, you support cruz, don’t you?

  • Anonymous

    Joe why are you a denier? Watch my show, when you see the dramatic growth of solar city stock you’ll stop posting your bullshit. It’s sad the 1% has convinced the “SIMPLE-FOLK” like you, that solar doesn’t work. I’m gonna be laughing all the way to the bank. BATTA-BING!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0hSdLcBmUE

  • Anonymous

    Maria, you’re my favorite “KOCH-SUCKER” The Koch brothers would be proud of you. Do you “SWALLOW”???

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    How many times do I have to tell you if these jobs are real than provide me a link if not stop wasting my time that I could be using finding a job. Your nothing but a bully which is sad that someone as old as you still has not figured out how to treat others.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    I don’t but would love to know how it works.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    Hay I just wanted to say thank you for coming to my defense. I will remember this and treat you with kindness from now on even if we disagree.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    Don’t look now Devin is rewriting the Constitution again. I would not even respond to his crazyness.

  • Anonymous

    Sammy go to the 6 minute mark of the show, or go to Solar City.com and go to the employment page. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0hSdLcBmUE

  • James

    Ted Cruz was born in Canada. How can he become the next President? If the anti Obama side was so adamant about him not being American born… how can Ted Cruz become the president?

  • Anonymous

    hey sport–i ain’t no lefty. I consider myself a moderate conservative, a member of neither party who votes for individuals, not party candidates. Hillary, in my opinion is a worst case scenario, who, at least at one time was far more of a leftist than Mr. Obama. I think she will be unable to govern due to the bile level that she raises in republicans throughout the land.
    Calling Cruz out as a political opportunist is just calling it as I see it. No one but no one makes it to center stage without being a political opportunist. Hence my contrast to Obama needing Dreams of my Father to bring him center stage, (and Hllary being naive about the effect of making big speeches and being outmaneauvered at the 2004 Convention where he got to deliver a keynote speech) You might have missed a prior post in which i identified Mr. Cruz as one of the brightest candidates to come along in a while. his career, as a real practising attorney,is impressive no matter where one falls on the ideologial or political spectrum. As an idealogue, however, he will be challenged to be a good president.
    No defender of Obama, but both sides caused the shutdown for their own perceived political gain–there would have been no shutdown without the freshman representatives and Ted Cruz ignoring the “grownups”. I think aside from his growing PAC coffers, Ted Cruz’s approval rating suffered the same decline as all of the actors in DC.
    I agree that 2014 and 2016 bode well for at least fiscal conservatives; in my opinion , we are a nation of reactionaries when it comes to national elections–we tend to vote out of anger a lot. President Bush’s low approval paved the way for Candidate Obama for example.

  • joe michael villa

    roflmfao

    i just love the irony.
    for years you have called our President every name in the book. I could only imagine what you’ve said behind closed doors and in the privacy of your own home.

    now the man you have picked is actually foreign born and has a dad that was a former Communist.

    I’ll take my Kenyan Muslim any day over your Communist Christian.

  • joe michael villa

    By all means nominate the Canadian commie.

    He doesn’t have a chance against Hillary.

  • Anonymous

    Ted seems to be only one of our great fighters. I will support him . But America needs to wake up we are in danger here.

  • Anonymous

    analyzing tough issues and having a civilized disagreement builds one’s intellectual strength. The folks who think that hurling an insult at some annonymous person who does not share the same view is the same as making an argument have a lot to learn.
    Promoting your youtube channel on blog sites Like Mr. Vacman seems intent on doing, to increase the number of hits ( for what ? penny royalties?) while insulting people does strike me as an odd marketing strategy. I have not paid too much attention to him, but I would ignore his bait.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    Hilarious. Ted Cruz is just another self-serving fraud using patriotism, god and the Teaparty to further his career. Look at him here in his freshly purchased Carhartt jacket he’s wearing like an extra in a movie. What a phony.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    Wrong again snowleopard. It’s never gonna happen.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    Vacmancan, my new Glenn Beck ghost written book arrived just in time!

  • ScienceWorksBest

    Thanks to Glenn Beck and the Teaparty nutters. You’re exactly right.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    Look at Cruz here in his fresh and sparkling brand new Carhartt, trying to look like a regular Joe. The guy never wore a Carhartt in his life before this. He’s another phony political opportunist who is trying to use patriotism, god and the Teaparty movement to build a political career. Makes me sick.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    If even half of that is true, she should be up on charges. Chelsea does look like Web H. too. How about a DNA test? Hillary is a complete fraud. But another fraud running against her is not the answer. Cruz is as phony as a 3 dollar bill.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    LOL. Why comes my post about Teddy Cruz in his brand new never worn Carhartt jacket keeps getting deleted?

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Moderate conservative really. You mean a Republican, right?

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    It’s what he does.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Folks, here you have a typical leftist. He lives in Smutland and has nothing of substance to contribute.

    Flag the poor little child.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Obama is also a coke addict and an alcoholic. You voted for him.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    Glenny Glenn Glenn Glenn….Ted Cruz sure comes off as a phony with that brand spanking new Carhartt “Hey! I’m just a regular Joe” jacket on. Now lookee here Glenneth. Stop deleting this post. Don’t make me come down to Texas and slap you outta your slippers chubs.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Why do you embarrass yourself and your family on the internet where everyone can see. I posted facts, the facts that you would never post. I never said that solar doesn’t work little fella, can’t you read? It’s expensive and labor intensive. You neglect to mention that so I did.

    Why do you hate your children?

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    I’d vote for Micky Mouse over people like Obama and John Kerry and the Old Fat Lady, Hilly the liar.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    Where are you on Obama, top or the bottom? My guess is on the bottom.

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    So you’re scared to death of Cruz. You should be little fella. LMAO

  • greywolfrs

    Only a moron would vote for Billary, there you are.

  • greywolfrs

    On his knees. He has worn out many sets of knee pads.

  • greywolfrs

    You just described Obamao, imagine that.

  • MariaSanchez

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    Yes and your right I am sorry for treating you as bad as I have. Mr. Vacman Actually attacked two of us on his show and was bragging about it.

  • MariaSanchez

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    And watch a second of your show no thanks.

  • greywolfrs

    You really should just let him post. It proves the stupidity of the “no-info” voters in this country.

  • MariaSanchez

    Typical childish comment. You need to leave your mommies basement.

  • MariaSanchez

    I enjoyed Joe’s smackdown of you. You really are that ignorant. Loved it.

  • MariaSanchez

    Things are changing here and sooner or later the moderators will make a visit and he’ll be gone. His insults will end and the site will be rid of an ignorant spammer.

  • MariaSanchez

    I found his information informative and credible, unlike your vulgarity and childidh nonsense “Uncle Richie.” “Uncle Richie”, are you trying to lure little kids into your darkened basement? Does your mommie know about that?

  • http://thefriendcenter.com/ Average Joe.

    So true, so true. LMAO

  • greywolfrs

    I doubt that will happen. It would be difficult for Glenn to preach freedom of speech, then deny it to anyone. He certainly has the right, as this is a private website, that he owns, but I doubt he will do it. Besides, let them say whatever they want, they are just proving their stu7pidity for ALL to see. Maybe it will wake up a few of the dolts and they will actually realize what we have been saying all a long.

  • MariaSanchez

    MRA has the posting rules in their TOU agreement. He’d be a hypocrite if he didn’t abide by the well defined rules for posting on the website.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    Ted Cruz and his brand new Carhartt jacket. Everyone is laughing at it.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    What do you get when you take a fraud and put a brand new Carhartt jacket on him? Ted Cruz.

  • ScienceWorksBest

    It’s “vat”

  • ScienceWorksBest

    If I call 203 792 4101, will you answer Rich?