The Ascent of Cruz is Happening


by ANDREW MICHAEL FLYNN  |  12:16pm Pacific

PORTLAND, Or. — Ted Cruz is a firebrand Republican that doesn’t take no for an answer. Since taking his oath of senatorial office atop Capitol Hill in January 2011, his obstructionism has become irksome for his own party, to say nothing of his Democratic opponents who wield the White House at the current moment. He only wants to change the party that inhabits said house.


For months, his poll numbers languished in single digits. Terrible occurrences of terrorism-based violence keep happening in Europe and the Middle East, and should the current American policies remain in place, you can certainly bet on Cruz’ ascent to happen much quicker than it has been. Now that current leadership is really being called out by those who would have large, reactionary microphones, his method of operation is being appreciated. Today, a poll came out that had him in second place in Iowa, just two percentage points behind Donald Trump. That’s not a fluke.


Neo-conservatives like Ted Cruz are the those who got us into the Second Iraq War under pretenses that are now proven to be less than accurate. Neo-conservatives that are lawyers like Ted Cruz helped George W. Bush win the legal battle for the presidency in Florida in November and December 2000, under dubious circumstances to say the least. Neo-conservatives straight hate liberalism and all that it stands for. They want to undo all deeds done, good or not so great, in the last seven years.


Ted Cruz wants an entirely different America than the one that exists right now. I kind of enjoy the one that we have, even though I must be intellectually honest and admit that he’s gaining serious traction with all Republicans. He seems to be a loud and more popular voice than almost any other Republican contender at the moment, sans Donald Trump. The major difference between Cruz and Trump is that Cruz has policy positions laid out and don’t invite ambiguity. We know what Cruz stands for. It’s not frightening yet, but the bogey is definitely on the voters’ radar now.


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Electiontimes Check-Up: November 22, 2015

Politics! We’re getting dirty! All the candidates are still running except for Bobby Jindal, who exited the race last week. Get ready for a political season like none else in American history. There will be blood, among other side effects.


Jeb! Bush: Never has there been less of a reason to put an exclamation by someone’s name. Still. While the run to the far-right is happening for almost all presidential candidates that think they’re actually going to stay in the race until the Iowa Primaries (February 1), he couldn’t be doing it less effective. Jeb! might as well open a diner in Northern Florida and serve breakfast items, because he’s great at producing things covered in milquetoast.

Ben Carson: Now that we’re unfortunately in a post-Paris world, does Carson have what it takes to appeal to the Security Moms and Hard-Line Dads that will make damn sure that Homeland Security is first and foremost when choosing their GOP nominee? Based on the last few polls, we’re now witnessing the beginning of the decline of the once-leading Ben Carson. People are starting to become unimpressed, and that includes the reactionary sycophants that make up his core followers.

Chris Christie: There’s a pulse, and a slight electricity to his campaign after a few so-so weeks before and after the most recent debate, that of which he was relegated to the “kids’ table” because of weak poll numbers. His numbers will go up, even if that never means anything for him in the long run. He’ll have his moment.

Hillary Clinton: All indicators show that she’s going to be the Democratic nominee. She comes with baggage. So much baggage. With so many awful things happening in Europe, will her integrity ever be fully brought into question before she wraps up all the delegates?

Ted Cruz: The rise of Ted Cruz is happening. He’s a very smart person and good debater, and most patient above all. Trump and Rubio are right to be concerned. America has the right to be concerned. His policy positions are some of the furthest-Right since one Pat Buchanan ran as a Reform Party candidate back in 2000. Expect more from Cruz, and don’t tread on him, even if you vehemently disagree with everything that he is about.

Carly Fiorina: It was a quick descent. Many times, Fiorina has tried to appeal to the mass of undecided GOP voters with statements that are blatantly false. She is and won’t ever be the thinking Republican’s candidate of choice. No chance at the nomination, and I look for her to exit quietly after coming in fifth-or-worse in Iowa.

2016 Dem Candidates

Lindsay Graham: National security is at the forefront now that ISIS is starting to play the few cards that they’ve drawn from the attention deck. Graham’s problem will always be that he’s not a national figure, and is quite boring when it comes to giving a speech of any sort. He has funny one-liners during the debates. Maybe he’ll join the writers’ room for New Girl after he shuts his campaign down.

Mike Huckabee: This Southern-Not-So-Gentleman likes food. The Daily Show destroyed him last week, and while that really won’t matter much, it was hilarious and a solid reminder how ineffective he is at rhetoric and overall leadership.

Bobby Jindal: Ineffective and out. We won’t be hearing from him until after this Election Cycle, when I’m certain he’ll be happy to be a cable news talking head on Fox News spouting his uninteresting and bad ideas.

John Kasich: So much promise, so little traction. This guy flirts with 2-3% polling numbers like they’re the unobtainable-yet-friendly person in a bar at 1:30am. While there’s no giving up for him before Iowa (and probably New Hampshire), the writing will be on the wall soon enough. They’re still fracking natural gas to power the trucks that will help build that wall.

Mike O’Malley: Sadsack, Party of One, your table has been ready for a long time, and now you’re moping as you saunter over to it. Oh, is that single flower at the table drooping too much for you? We thought it was a nice touch. O’Malley has zero inertia. I hope he gets some soon.

George Pataki: Very little media exposure amid plenty of name recognition, having been the Governor of New York for eight years. I don’t see a future for him besides that of the status of Party Elder, but even that will be one who doesn’t get listened to much.

2016 GOP Candidates

Rand Paul: He’s a Libertarian and an Isolationist running in the modern hard-Right Republican Party. No wonder his numbers are fledgling like a dolphin’s wet flipper trying to grasp a coffee cup. The Kentucky Senator needs to strike a few effective chords, because he’s singing the wrong song.

Marco Rubio: His ascent is happening. More and more money is coming to his campaign by way of big donors and even small donors who think that Rubio is the one to beat once Trump and Carson supposedly implode. Rubio’s got lots to do in order to capture 51% of the GOP voters’ imagination, but he’s certainly got the right art supplies.

Bernie Sanders: Bernie is marking time on the ceiling that he has hit with the Democratic Party that isn’t going to end up buying what he’s selling. It was a nice effort, and while his campaign is definitely far from over, his zenith exists behind him.


Rick Santorum: Another bad campaign with no imagination. Boring, lampoon-worthy, and ineffective. If he’s still in the race five minutes after the polls close in Iowa, I’ll be quite surprised.

Donald Trump: Last alphabetically, but first in the hearts and minds of all the potential American voters right now. Republican and Democrat. He’s the one everyone talks about and compares themselves against. He’s the biggest media star since Barack Obama, and he’s beginning to pull away from every other would-be Republican contender. Cruz and Rubio are nipping at his golden heels, however.


Vendredi Noir



When David Letterman came back to do his show on CBS just six days after 9/11, he had an incredible monologue that you can directly apply to today’s awful events. Here’s the part that I’ll never forget:

“The reason we were attacked, the reason these people are dead, these people are missing and dead, and they weren’t doing anything wrong, they were living their lives, they were going to work, they were traveling, they were doing what they normally do. As I understand it (and my understanding of this is vague at best), another smaller group of people stole some airplanes and crashed them into buildings. And we’re told that they were zealots, fueled by religious fervor… religious fervor. And if you live to be a thousand years old, will that make any sense to you? Will that make any Goddamned sense?” -David Letterman, The Late Show, 9/17/01


It’s just about 3:40pm Pacific as I’m witnessing the horrors that are happening in France via our various American news channels. I feel helpless, as I’m sure many of us do. Hug your loved ones. Do good things for others. Eat with your friends. Think globally if you don’t already. Terrible events like this change the world in ways we can’t imagine.


I mean, France has closed its borders. When’s the last time that ever happened?

Politically, we can only guess right now what will happen. Leave it to us Americans to think how it will immediately affect us, right? Well, here’s the truth about that statement: since we’re all here and not really able to do much else, this is what we do. We express ourselves. I’m going express myself, and I hardly care if it’s just me talking to a brick wall at the moment. Let’s be clear: this is France’s 9/11, it just happened on a different date.

Every political debate going forward will change. Not just for the United States, but for every Western-oriented country in the world. The candidates in the US that are more right-leaning (and hawkish) will likely get more of a following in the polls, since these terrorist attacks are upsetting the apple cart, the horse leading it, and the alcoholic driving it.

It’s a serious time, and very serious events will follow, hopefully all in the vein to resolve and squash all who would murder innocent people.

Je suis Paris.