Early Morning Open Thread: Ted Cruz Slinks ‘Home’ to Trump

Principles! Character!… (craven careerism)

Remember when? The good old days, four months ago?…

75 replies
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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Fuck Ted Cruz. Fuck him forever.

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    piratedan says:

    waits for the GOP to pour gasoline over themselves… knows a good many folks that will provide the matches… The only problem is, that these fuckers are going to punk the know-nothings that support them. Wonder how long it will be before that sadly abused dog will finally turn on its master.

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    hilts says:

    FUCK Ted Cruz and his fellow cowardly scumbags Rubio, Perry, et al

    Has anyone heard from George Pataki, Jim Gilmore, or Carly Fiorina as to whether or not they plan to endorse Trump?

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    lollipopguild says:

    That DEEP Bench just will not go away.

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    amk says:

    The sheep bench.

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    🐾BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @amk: Demon Sheep!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I don’t feel at all sorry for Cruz. He’s just another grandstanding coward.

    For months now, Trump has been force-feeding the Republican party big helpings of humble pie. He’s got the power now to bully people. But that power won’t last, i think. When he loses in November (touch wood) the spell will be broken. The party as a whole will awaken from his thrall as if from a bad dream. And then, let’s hope, Trump will sink as fast as he rose.

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    amk says:

    All the thugs are now coalescing around the ultimate thug. If the left is smart (and not pouting), this is a golden opportunity to burn the whole lot along with donnie dick in Nov. But are they smart?

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    lollipopguild says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Paging Carly Florina. Please pick up the white courtesy phone. No the white one.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Thing is Trump has been a pathetic loser for decades. The spotlight was a 10w bulb and he needed more as not everyone could see the disaster. Well he has the spotlight now and it’s showing us just who he’s been the entire time. Some are just blinded by the light. Shinny bullshit will do that to his kind of people.

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    karen marie says:

    @piratedan: They’re too stupid, or filled with enough hatred of the “other,” to ever turn on the GOP.

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    karen marie says:

    @Amir Khalid: That’s what I kept telling myself through Bush Junior’s administration. They just double down. Cleek’s Law has fully taken effect, Godwin’s Law has been suspended, and I don’t think this will end until they finally do something so monstrous, it simply cannot be ignored. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al killed hundreds of thousands, set fire to the Middle East, didn’t stop the biggest attack on US soil in history, giggled while New Orleans drowned, drove the economy into the biggest ditch since The Depression, yet that hasn’t stopped them from winning enough elections to be a major pain in everyone’s ass. This will not end well.

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    amk says:

    @karen marie: Pretty depressing but accurate rundown of the dumbya regime and the murkan voters.

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    Oatler. says:

    @karen marie: Just as it was “Obama’s Depression”, it will be “Obama’s Ragnarok” to them. Cheney chortles churlishly, choo choo!
    Loudermilk died at 82 yesterday RIP

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    “The man is utterly amoral”.

    Project much, Rafael?

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    NotMax says:

    Cruz fizzle.

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    NotMax says:

    Guess that whole anointed by God as a king gig didn’t quite pan out, huh?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    God seems to have told quite a few American politicians to run for President. None of them ever wins. I wonder what conclusion the called-by-God candidate cohort draws from this.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Gearing up for a tailgate party before the USF-FSU game at noon today. I’m bringing pimento cheese and PB&J sandwiches. There will also be mimosas! I’m driving since I have an enormous car with a cavernous trunk.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Betty Cracker: Go Non-Seminoles!

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    raven says:

    @Betty Cracker: Dawgs kickoff at noon in Oxford!

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    MJS says:

    @karen marie: Absolutely. Republicans uber alles. To them, America is the GOP, and vice versa. Remember, when they lose elections, including likely this one, it’s because their candidate wasn’t 100% pure Republican. It’s never because the majority of voters disagree with them.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @raven: That should be a great game! Lots of good match-ups today, including Florida-Tennessee at 3:30 in Knoxville. I will make sure my phone is charged up so I can follow the action!

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    Bruce K says:

    You know, when you boil it down, Cruz and Trump aren’t all that different. They’re both cruel, selfish, unprincipled opportunists; it’s just that Cruz has a few more skill points spent on intelligence instead of charisma.

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    ThresherK (GPad) says:

    @Betty Cracker: Pimento cheese spread?

    Being in New England, I have only heard of this, but nobody seems to carry it. Any brand suggestions?

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    raven says:

    @Betty Cracker: My bride went to her HS reunion in Virginia so it’s me, the Dawgs and the Dawgs!

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    craigie says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Drawing conclusions requires reflection. Why reflect on things when you are always right?

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @ThresherK (GPad): Making your own is best and not difficult. But if you have to get store bought, Palmetto Cheese is a good brand. Pimento cheese is great on crackers and bread and heavenly as the cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich!

    @raven: So 12 hours of non-stop football viewing! Woohoo!

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    Botsplainer says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Watched the Louisville episode of “A Season With FSU”. There was a defeatist vibe in the team meetings prior to the game. Facial expressions and body language didn’t look like a winning combo.

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    Botsplainer says:

    @ThresherK (GPad):

    Shred some Colby, buy some pimentos in a jar, and add in a bit of lemon and some mayo. No brand necessary…

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Botsplainer: It would be huge if USF beats them. Lord knows Louisville exposed the ‘Noles as the poseurs they are. I can’t believe they’re still in the top 25.

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    SRW1 says:


    Guess that whole anointed by God as a king gig didn’t quite pan out, huh?

    Whaddayameen? Did God not test Abraham? Ever heard of the Tribulation? Ted’s just gotta pray harder!

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    Chris T. says:

    That’s not quite fair. There are two, count ’em TWO!, conservative principles: “always be against whatever Democrats are for” and “win at all costs, including destroying anything we claimed to hold dear just a moment ago.”

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    Epicurus says:

    Craven Political Opportunist Endorses Man Who Slandered His Wife and Family; film at 11.

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    gf120581 says:

    All about approval ratings. It’s why a loathed prick like Cruz who’s facing reelection in two years folded like paper while Kasich (popular and term limited) openly tells Trump to fuck off.

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    Prufrock says:

    @Betty Cracker: It’s gonna be so much fun when the Gates lose to FSU…again.

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    Raven says:

    @SRW1: That way on Highway 61. . .

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    Splitting Image says:

    @Bruce K:

    You know, when you boil it down, Cruz and Trump aren’t all that different. They’re both cruel, selfish, unprincipled opportunists; it’s just that Cruz has a few more skill points spent on intelligence instead of charisma.

    Ted Cruz is a walking demonstration of why you should not use Charisma as a dump stat, tempting though it might be.

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    The rubes don’t draw conclusions. It’s “god works in mysterious ways” and then flock to the next shiny object.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Prufrock: Says you. I think the Gators are gonna beat the ‘Noles like a rented mule! ETA: Was that beat-down last weekend the worst whuppin’ the ‘Noles have received since the Gators thrashed them 52-20 in the ’96 Championship game? I think so.

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    Mary G says:

    Republicans are like the abused spouse who always goes back to the abused. I’m still gobsmacked by how many people want an authoritarian in charge in America.

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    SFAW says:

    @karen marie:

    until they finally do something so monstrous, it simply cannot be ignored.

    Good one!

    Have you ever seen ANY evidence, EVER, that something like that exists? Their base is so much more concerned with power than with maintaining a civilization, that it would take … I don’t know what. I often refer to Spader’s speech in Boston Legal (I think) where he’s delivering the closing for the woman who refused to pay her taxes because of Iraq, abu Ghraib, etc.

    You know how we say Peak Wingnut does not exist? This is part of it — it will never be reached, unless they all die. And then we won’t know it until long after.

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    SFAW says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Says you. I think the Gators are gonna beat the ‘Noles like a rented mule! ETA:

    And Northwestern and MIT will kick both their butts.

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    NorthLeft12 says:

    It’s almost as if “principled bedrock conservatives” don’t believe in anything but winning.

    This by Bob Schooley boils down the modern conservative credo elegantly.
    They don’t care about country, ordinary people, principles, morals, honour, or integrity. In fact they would betray their party, and humiliate/jettison family and friends if they felt it would secure some kind of personal advantage or opportunity. Shameful.

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    Tokyokie says:

    @SRW1: God might have called Teddy Boy to run, but he didn’t guarantee him victory. He needs to listen better to the voices in his head.

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    BC in Illinois says:

    @Tokyokie: As I remember it, the late night theologian Johnny Carson once observed that “Pat Robertson said that God told him to run for President.”

    “And when God tells me to vote for him, then I will.”

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    debit says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning, sunshine! :)

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    Groucho48 says:

    @Splitting Image:

    Especially if you want to pretend you are a paladin.

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    Kay says:

    Good piece on a lie Trump told at a GOP debate.

    This time, it is different. Trump can’t skip past his perfidy here. There are two records—one, a previously undisclosed deposition of the Republican nominee testifying under oath, and the second a transcript/video of a Republican presidential debate. In them, Trump tells contradictory versions of the same story with the clashing accounts tailored to provide what he wanted people to believe when he was speaking.

    Knowing Trump, this might explain why Trump went after Bush so viciously. Trump lobbied Bush personally for casino gambling in Florida and Bush wouldn’t give Trump what he wanted. We know Trump’s a psycho who seeks revenge so the intensity of the Trump/Bush fight makes more sense. They had a history.

    What’s amazing about this exchange between Trump and Bush at the GOP debate is Trump literally sounds like a mobster. It sounds like the transcript of a wire tap or something. Trump speaks like a criminal.

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    Ian says:

    No one cared what they thought before. No one cares now. Now, Powell, Bush Sr., Brent Stowcraft, Bob Dole, and Tom Ridge? No one cares about them now because Democratic voters still do not like them, and Rethuglicans despise them because they did the ‘right’ thing and endorsed the Hill-dog.

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    catclub says:


    or Carly Fiorina

    I would guess she has endorsed and no one has noticed.

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    Tokyokie says:

    @Kay: I disagree with the Newsweek reporter who said Trump either lied during the debate or committed perjury. I think he did both, lied during the debate to avoid admitting failure, and lied during his sworn testimony to blame his failure on an underling.

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    Kay says:


    Trump threatens people. That’s how he operates. What hasn’t been covered, at all, is the fact that Trump has a history with some of these people in both media and politics. They know him. They have had dealings with him.

    I think it hasn’t been covered because it pulls the curtain back a little. It reveals that this is really a small group of famous people and they have long histories with one another. Everyone knows that’s true with Clinton. People DON’T know it’s also true with Trump. It bothers me because of how opaque it is with Trump. HOW does Donald Trump know the hosts on MSNBC and Fox? How deep are those relationships and interactions?

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    low-tech cyclist says:

    And what better way to say ‘I love you” to your wife, than by endorsing the man who crapped all over her?

    Yep, Cruz fits comfortably in that basket, in so many ways.

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    Kay says:

    Jake Tapper still hot on the trail of Clinton’s emails The same media celebrity who almost single-handedly pushed the Benghazi bullshit. Remember- they found nothing in Benghazi. Nothing. Yet they pushed it for years to the point where most people believe they found something. They actively misled people.

    Meanwhile, CNN still has a Trump operative on the payroll.

    CNN wins ‘worst’ this election. There’s no contest.

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    Lizzy L says:

    @Kay: And the people who will vote for him in November don’t care. No, it’s worse. They like it. It’s Cleek’s Law, it’s the politics of resentment, it’s stick it to the liberals even if we cut our own throats doing it, it’s party over principle, it’s demented. //rant

    It’s too early for this shit.

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    You should know better... says:

    Winds changed direction.

    Indeed, indeed…

    And apparently a powerful wind is breaking around Ted Cruz in the moment…

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    sinnedbackward says:

    @amk: It’s not the dems who need to be smart now, but the rest of the American electorate. Sorry about that.

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    NorthLeft12 says:

    @Kay: CNN = Worst media this election? It ain’t over ’til the Grey Lady sings.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Amir Khalid: God has a weird sense of humor? If I believed in divine intervention, I’d guess that the Supreme Being looked upon them and found they were getting above themselves and decided to give them a lesson in humility. It has always amused me to see how “God’s will” exactly coincided exactly with what they always intended to do anyway.

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    The Ancient Randonnuer says:

    Spartacus is no fan of Combover Caligula:

    I have lived a long, good life. I will not be here to see the consequences if this evil takes root in our country. But your children and mine will be. And their children. And their children’s children.

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    sukabi says:

    @NotMax: read that as shitty object, but that works too

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    sukabi says:

    @Tokyokie: I think it’s a pretty safe bet to assume anything/everything drumpf says is a lie.

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    sukabi says:

    @Kay: there was a tiny blurb earlier this spring about msnbc talk / news folks talking wondering if drumpf would bring them some goodies… it sounded like they were actually asking for designer this or that and he’d send it over and then do his free promo.

    Between actually buying favorable access and press I think he also, so so some people say, might gather and use unfavorable info against them to get favorable coverage.

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    ChrisGrrr says:

    @NorthLeft12: Say dat. NBC is trying hard to, uh, win the “worst” title. They’re not alone, either.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I’m bringing pimento cheese and PB&J sandwiches.

    That’s two varieties of sandwiches there, right Betty? Not one really gross recipe?

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    No One You Know says:

    Is anyone else thinking Trump is America’s Brexit?

    Two colleagues were talking about the outcome of a Clinton-Trump debate yesterday. I was appalled to find myself wondering if they were right: Hillary would show up with actual data and facts, and Trump would just interrupt, shout louder, and lie faster. And “win.”

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    Jeffro says:

    I think the Cruz thing had entirely to do with Rebekah Mercer (daughter of Robert) telling him, endorse or we’ll fund Rick Perry for your seat in the TX-Senate primary.

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    karen marie says:

    @SFAW: That was my point. In order for them to crushed into oblivion, the outrage they commit would have to be on the order of dropping a nuclear bomb on an American city, and even that might not bring them down.

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    karen marie says:

    @No One You Know: That was both Bush v Gore and Bush v Kerry. Ahh, memories. The media laughed themselves silly for weeks over Kerry’s debate assertion that the Iraq misadventure was going to cost upwards of a trillion dollars. We all know how that worked out.

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    TriassicSands says:

    Ted Cruz — my principles? What’s in it for me? Stop.

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    RaflW says:

    Loved this new social media name for him:

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