Tuesday, March 18, 2014

(Related update 3): Off the Christie Wagon...and onto the Cruz Ship!

Related update 3: Roger Simon, resident commentator on the entertainment industry for PJ Media, recently attended an award ceremony for Ted Cruz.  To say he was impressed by Cruz would be an understatement.  Here's an excerpt of his account:
I was in attendance Saturday night at Claremont’s annual Churchill dinner at the Beverly Wilshire to see Cruz receive his award and, more importantly, deliver a speech.  I was anxious to go because the Texas senator is one of the men of the Republican hour and a darling of the militant wing of the party.  He is also quite clearly a bright fellow, a cum laude graduate of Princeton where he was a national debating champion, then a magnum cum laude grad of Harvard Law where he was called “off-the-charts brilliant” by none other than Alan Dershowitz, who, to my knowledge, has never said quite the same thing  about Obama.  From there the future Texas senator went on to clerk for Chief Justice Rehnquist.
But, of much more relevance for us here at OLS, consider this:
Perhaps even more impressive about Cruz is that he was already studying such free-market economists as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Frederic Bastiat and Ludwig Mises in high school.  Not too many of us could say that.   But if we had, I suspect this country would be a lot different.
Damn right the country would be a lot different.  Simon has much more to say about Cruz, most of which I suspected but didn't know.  To my mind, the evidence continues to mount that Cruz -- to apply an over-used accolade -- may be the real deal.  At this point, he's my guy for 2016.

Related update 2:  Echoing the volley lobbed in the update below, here are two more excellent Cruz missles (pun intended) aimed at the lawlessness of Obama.  First, a new campaign ad the theme of which is Obama's disregard for the US Constitution:

Second, a brief article in the Washington Examiner containing a short video in which Cruz explains that it's not Obama's "pen" that will help our economy.  Rather it's...well, click here.

Related update (12/8/13):  More reason for loving Ted Cruz:
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said that President Barack Obama disregards the law and behaves like the leader of “dictatorial societies.”
“One of the most disturbing aspects of the Obama presidency is the willingness of this president to disregard the law, to ignore the law,” Cruz said. “He unilaterally granted an [Obamacare] exemption for big business for one year. The law says big business doesn’t get an exemption and the president just waved his hand and said, ‘I am granting them an exemption.’ He unilaterally granted an exemption for members of Congress. The law says that members Congress have to be on the exchange without subsidies, just like millions of Americans. The president just waved his hand and said, ‘Ignore that part of the law, I don’t want to enforce it,’” Cruz explained.
Read the entire Daily Caller article here.

Original Post:  In a previous post (here), I decided to abandon my previous support of NJ Governor Chris Christie.  Now today, after reading about his remarkable performance "filibustering" on Obamacare yesterday/night, I've decided to come off the sidelines and am now ready to take a ride on the Ted Cruz Ship!  Here's a fellow Cruz passenger, Chris Edwards, writing at Cato-at-Liberty:
Cruz is essentially asking his fellow Republicans to stand up or shut up with respect to Obamacare. His maverick strategy has offended some of his colleagues, but what’s the alternative if you want to actually create change in Washington? All the commissions and other establishment efforts in recent years to cut spending and debt, for example, have come up far short. And simply passing Obamacare repeal bills through the House won’t work by itself.
So Cruz is trying something different. He is saying that Republicans in the House and the Senate should draw a hard line and not budge. He is saying that Republicans ought to be playing to win, not just to score points with their constituents.
There is much more of interest in Edwards's thoughtful article.