What dirty tricks has Cruz used to win? Other than one of his staffers announcing that Carson was dropping out, I don’t know.

Cruz appeals to evangelicals and uber-conservatives. I don’t know why. I have never heard anyone say they liked him who has met him.

I am particularly surprised that evangelicals like him. He is mean-spirited in the way he conducts business. Perhaps someone can provide the explanation for the attraction to this man.

II agree with Censored. He makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I feel he is evil.

Trump is rude, a blow hard and a blusterer. I don’t feel he is evil.

38 thoughts on “Does Cruz have a bag of dirty tricks?

  1. I guess I thought they all did dirty tricks.

    I guess more will come out. I keep reading about dirty tricks.

  2. Pat.Herve

    Any adult that would be their children (5 and 7 years old) into a political ad – with a speaking part – will turn to any dirty trick in the book.

    1. Palin did. Then she whined about how the press (excuse me…lame stream media) abused them. Sarah abused them.

  3. Wolve

    Dirty tricks. You mean is he a Democrat? I don’t think so.

    1. Spoken like a true partisan.

  4. Starry flights

    I sure hope Cruz is the nominee. It will be 1964 Goldwater all over again.

  5. Lyssa

    He reminds me of an evangelical minister just before the fall…

  6. Cruz is in the lead so I guess it’s time to dump on him now… Besides, Clinton has never resorted to dirty tricks. Well, that is if you don’t consider starting the Obama birthed movement during the 2008 primary a dirty trick.

  7. Starryflights

    In all honesty, Hillary would likely lose to any of the other republicans like Christie, Rubio, Kasich, even Bush. Leave it to republicans to nominate the one guy who would lose to her.

  8. clueless

    @Starryflights
    Starry I agree, the republicans are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

  9. Wolve

    The Democrats invented dirty tricks. Why, I remember an occasion when one of them bought the whole state of West Virginia in a primary and then scoured the graveyards of Chicago in order to hustle up enough votes to take Illinois and, as it turned out, the general election. Now, THAT is dirty tricks expertise.

    Cruz dirty tricks in Iowa? You must be kidding.

  10. Wolve

    @Moon-howler

    Would you be so kind as to give us some specific examples as to how this Cruz fellow conducts his business in a “mean-spirited” way. And what is your precise criteria for claiming that a certain person is “evil”?

  11. Wolve

    Starry flights :
    I sure hope Cruz is the nominee. It will be 1964 Goldwater all over again.

    I love it. The other side has one candidate known to play loosely with the truth and currently under investigation by the FBI for possible national security crimes and their other candidate is naught but an ageing hippie reliving the radical youth days of the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s. More popcorn, please.

  12. Lyssa

    The Democrats invented dirty tricks – great laugh.

  13. Wolve

    Lyssa :
    The Democrats invented dirty tricks – great laugh.

    No denying it, Ma’am. The Democratic Party is synonymous with “dirty political tricks.” It’s in the DNA. I think they call it the Tammany gene — although some in the Midwest may have referred to it locally as the Pendergast-Mafia syndrome or the Daley zombie walk. The dead in Chicago may have yet to get over being rudely awakened from their sleep on election day.

  14. Lyssa

    Sorry Wolve, it’s such a juvenile knee jerk response. I’d given you more credit that that!!!

    So to study this statement seriously, should we start with the Democratic-Republican Party founded in 1792 TJ?

  15. Wolve

    Lyssa :
    Sorry Wolve, it’s such a juvenile knee jerk response. I’d given you more credit that that!!!
    So to study this statement seriously, should we start with the Democratic-Republican Party founded in 1792 TJ?

    My goodness, Ma’am, am I not allowed a cheeky response to a thread which implies that the “evil” Ted Cruz has a “bag of dirty tricks” after just one very ill-defined incident in Iowa? I regret your refusal to acknowledge sarcasm on this blog. Nevertheless, I shall persevere in making sarcastic comments about items which appear in my opinion to merit such, as is very traditional in American political discussion. Verbal political cartoons, one might say.

    BTW, did you know that one of the big Mafia bosses in Kansas City back in the day was gunned down in a gangland rivalry slaying? Where did that killing happen? Hah. The dead godfather was doing some work in the central headquarters of the Kansas City Democratic Party. This was the same cabal which arranged for Harry Truman to come to Washington. And that’s in my lifetime.

    Presumably you recognized JFK in #12. Modern young Dems have got to be taught their long history. After all, as genealogists sometimes say: You have to know who you were in order to know who you are. (Chuckle, chuckle.)

    Carry on…..as we watch the liberal Dems push harder and harder for giving citizenship to illegal immigrants so they can collect more election votes —somewhat a la the original Tammany Hall in New York. Nor should we forget those Establishment Repubs in the clutches of the US Chamber of Commerce who want labor at dirt cheap prices — like the industrial barons of old. And those of us who have the temerity to complain about both are told to…uh…told to….FOAD. (Excuse my “English.”)

    1. Actually, I was asking a question, not making a statement. Hardly an implication. I really didn’t follow the caucusing. I asked you all. I kept reading that the Republican contenders were accusing him of dirty tricks.

      Now, if I have to read about everyone in the GOP just to keep a blog, I think I will pass.

  16. Wolve

    Hmmmph. Talk about the smell of Tammany Hall. Goldman Sachs paid Hillary $675,000 for three speeches?! Incredible. Even CNN can’t swallow that one.

    1. How much did they pay Ted Cruz’s wife? Oh that’s right, she works for them.

      It’s probably best to leave Goldman Sachs out of this one. Too many camel noses under the tent.

  17. Lyssa

    Dude, relax. I’ve mentioned before my disdain toward those that would vote party even if Genghis Khan was the nominee…people like that make me wince. “So there” is an argument that should end after 5th grade. That’s all.

  18. Pat.Herve

    And Fox had nearly every candidate in 2012 on the payroll – Santorum, Newt, Huckabee.

    and for 2016 – Huckabee stopped entertaining on Fox a short while ago, and the US Govt in funding Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Graham. States are funding – Christie, Kasich, Jindal, Walker.

    If I tried to run for an office my private employer would tell me to leave – they would not hold the job for me. I wonder how much time it actually takes to be a senator or governor if they can spend so much time on the road.

  19. Pat.Herve

    and we all remember Karl Rove smearing McCain…..

    It is the candidate’s persona that permits a campaign to perform dirty tricks – it is not one party.

  20. Lyssa

    Muskie and “Canucks”, LBJ has his own website of dirty tricks, “Cuomo the homo”…..

    I’ll bet there are a few that have occurred outside the USA where there are no Democrats! Maybe Protestants invented dirty tricks? Or the Italians?

  21. Jackson Bills

    Any serious discussion about ‘dirty tricks’ would have to include the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz putting their thumb on the scales for Hillary Clinton. For months and months the DNC and Schultz absolutely refused to have more debates on the schedule. That is until Hillary’s poll numbers dropped like a lead balloon against Bernie (a 29 point swing since December).

    They are now in full blown panic mode adding more debates and town halls in a desperate attempt to prop Hillary back up. Unfortunately for them it is not working out so well. Sanders kicked her butt last night and will win big in NH giving him momentum at a time when she is on the downward slide.

    Then you have the shady Iowa caucus gifting the win to Hillary via coin flips. With the race being so close some Democrats have justifiably asked for more details about the vote be made pubic. However the Iowa Democrat party chair, Andy McGuire, has absolutely refused to do so.

    So who is Andy McGuire?

    – She is a big Clinton campaign donor
    – She has hosted Clinton fundraisers at her home
    – Worked on the Women’s Leadership Council for Team Hillary
    – Served as the Iowa co-chair for Hillary’s 2008 campaign
    – She even proudly drives a Buick with a license plate that reads “HRC 2016”

    No wonder Hillary claimed victory in a razor thin race in Iowa before all of the votes were in, she knew that her buddy calling the shots (the Iowa Democrat Party leader) would ensure that she won.

    “Something Smells in Iowa”

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/caucus/2016/02/03/editorial-something-smells-democratic-party/79777580/

    1. Is there a pill you can take for that?

      Sorry, I didn’t watch the debate. Didn’t give a crap.

  22. Wolve

    Lyssa :
    Dude, relax. I’ve mentioned before my disdain toward those that would vote party even if Genghis Khan was the nominee…people like that make me wince. “So there” is an argument that should end after 5th grade. That’s all.

    Dudette, I am so very relaxed. Get yourself some popcorn and enjoy the election show. There hasn’t been one like this in many a decade — maybe since 1980 when Teddy Kennedy tried to cut the re-election legs out from under Jimmy Carter.

    Plenty of moments to scoff and toss some sarcasm into the boiling pot. Like the recent claim by Hillary to Anderson Cooper that the $675,000 was just what Goldman Sachs “offered.” Actually, she has an agent who negotiates her speaking fees. And when asked if she would release transcripts of those speeches to the public, she said she would look into it. Yeh, I bet she will.

    I tell you, that odor leaking out of Chappaqua is getting stronger and stronger; and Bernie is getting a good whiff of it. I’m even hearing some initial chatter about the possibility of Bernie taking the Nevada primary.

    1. Most speakers don’t allow their speeches released. She is not unique in that aspect. Kathleen Parker has a good piece on this topic in the WaPo.

  23. Lyssa

    Dude – I’ll swap the popcorn for four fingers of Redbreast. I fear I’ll choke on popcorn and I’m going to need some kind of high to deal with election night. I’ve already sworn off debates. Redbreast is expensive.

    1. Ok, I’ll bite. What is redbreast? Robin booze? Does it have its own worm?

  24. Pat.Herve

    @Wolve
    And when asked if she would release transcripts of those speeches to the public, she said she would look into it.

    What private speaker releases transcripts of speeches given?? You need to pay for those. That is a ridiculous request – and is aimed for political purposes.

    I would really like to see a Ted Cruz speech to private donors released, the innuendo around those are not good.

    1. Oh dear Lord, why have I not yet had any Redbreast?

      I will check that out.

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