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Republican Senator Calls Out Ted Cruz and Tea Party for Not Being In Tune with the “Real World”

tom-coburn-1It’s not often you see Republicans calling each other out (though it’s happening more and more as the internal “civil war” within the Republican party continues to grow), but that’s exactly what happened when word leaked out that some Republicans were trying to recruit “red state Democrats” to their fight to defund the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).

Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his fellow tea party radicals are now trying to recruit Democratic senators in “red states” to help them pass the bill the House sent to the Senate, which would fund the government while defunding Obamacare.

One such Democrat they targeted was Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu.  Apparently, Cruz has taken to veiled threats against Democrats in predominately red states by insinuating that their jobs might be at risk if they continue to support Obamacare.  He seems to be using this as a tactic to try to leverage some Democratic support for his push to defund the law.

A push which even if the Senate passed it, President Obama has vowed to veto the bill.  And don’t start with the whole, “Congress can override a veto” thing—it’s not happening.  It takes 2/3 of both the House and Senate to override a veto and you’re not going to get that.

It’s a futile effort by Cruz and the tea party to continue to threaten the lives of Americans by pushing for a government shutdown if their attempts at blackmail fail.  And it has prompted a few Republicans in Congress to call out this radical behavior.

One such senator who’s had enough of it is Tom Coburn from Oklahoma.  You might remember him as the gentleman who initially said that budget cuts needed to be made to offset spending before he would support disaster relief for the Moore, Oklahoma tornado victims.  I only bring this up to show that he isn’t exactly what one would call a “moderate” Republican.

Well, he took a jab at these members of Congress who continue to push to defund Obamacare by threatening a government shutdown:

 “And the political reality, you know, tactics and strategies ought to be based on what the real world is, and we do not have the political power to do this.  And so we’re not–we are not about to shut the government down over the fact that we cannot, only controlling one House of Congress, tell the president that we’re not going to fund any portion of this, because we can’t do that.”

And while he could have phrased things a little more eloquently, the fact is that he’s right.  Under no circumstance does this “defund Obamacare” strategy make any sense.  The whole strategy isn’t based on reality.

So while Cruz and those Republicans who support this asinine idea will continue to campaign across the country to gain support, continually repeating the talking point of, “It’s what the American people want,” simply remind them that if that was the case—Mitt Romney would be president right now.

The American people did speak last November.  They re-elected President Obama and gave more power to Democrats in both the House and the Senate.

A political and real world reality that Ted Cruz and many Republicans seem in complete and utter denial about.

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Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on both Twitter and Facebook. Have feedback, compliments, criticism or hate mail? You can email him as well.
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  • fights

    Wow, what a great commie site ya got going here!

    • Ann Kosa

      fool.

    • Clematis

      Commie? You really don’t understand what being an American really is, do you? This country is all about freedom of expression, but I guess in the Tea Party world, that means you are free to believe what they believe and nothing else.

      • fights

        I can tell you’re so tolerant. haha! Just like liberals usually aren’t but like to tell everybody they are.

      • Fred Penner

        LMFAO…. you’re such an idiot… smh…

      • fights

        Yep, like I said, so tolerant! hehehehehehahahahahaha!

      • Mike Williams

        That’s funny because Ronald Reagan, you might remember him from the 80′s as a President of the United States. Was investigated under the suspicion that he was a communist. This was when he was the President of the Screen Actors Guild. Also a little side note…He was pro-union…

      • fights

        Mike, you don’t know very much about history, now do you? He has made it a known fact he used to be a liberal until his saw TRUTH and LIGHT!

      • gemma liar

        and the MONEY

    • Lorrie Crabtree

      Do you even -know- what Communism actually is?

      • fights

        Yes, actually I do. I know that “Forward progressives” was Lenin’s motto. Now the question I have for you is, do you know what it means?

      • boogy

        communism is a bunch of crap, most “conservative” Americans cry about freedom without earning it by serving, or a least trying to serve. They cry about their unearned rights being violated, about paying their fair share of taxes, or about background checks to help keep crazies from buying guns and committing mass murder. They have no idea what real communism is and it as a name calling tactic when they have no comprehensive argument that makes sense.

      • gemma liar

        please auto correct,,,,,,the term CONSERVATIVE is now accurately replaced with REGRESSIVE,,,,,,

      • Mike Williams

        Lenin’s motto was “peace, land, bread” .

    • gemma liar

      yep,,,commie! and we continue to have muslim commie martian andti Christian sites which will speed up the long needed decay and destruction of regressive small dicked white trash rightwing tea BAG party trash who suck churches port-o-potties and think IRAQ was a great idea. GO COMMIES! GO NAZIS!! GO SOCIALISTS!! GO ATHEISTS!!! ,,,and when we are done sarah palin will be in my bed- screaming “DRILL BABY DRILL” knowing I will demand she pay for my swordfish dinner with ice cold yoo hoos for drink—- Im such a commie! YOO HOO’s for all comrades!!

      • fights

        Did I upset you just a tad bit. ;)

      • gemma liar

        sorry,,,was too busy laughing at you,,,,did U say something/? meds? naaah- I don’t need em,,,just sex with big breasted women and tons of weightlifting and basketball,,,,and IM WHITE!!

      • Mike Williams

        You have such a thing for Palin. Dude just go see her and get it over with already…While your there, take a look in her back yard. I hear she can see the commies a coming from there.

      • gemma liar

        my girlfriend is hotter: 5’6 133 with NATURAL DD breasts. no woman will take me from her— and I might add ive been ejaculating in women built like Katherine all my life— working in the adult strip clubs of broward and dade country FLA since 1989 did fuel that jes’ a TAD

      • fights

        If she knows you make comments like this about her, she’s as low as you are. Male chauvinist pig and the glutton for punishment. But you can’t help it, most libs are hypocrites and pretend to be for equal rights. Disgusting!

      • gemma liar

        Katherine hale on facebook,,,,why not ask here what type of scumbag I am>?? how I treat her??? U wish U could be as chauvinistic as I am,,,,,”glutton for punishment”…well; if that includes the beatings I take surfing south FLA waves in winter or the decades of basketball LEAGUES I played in or the weighttraining I still “endure”,,,or the quotidian sexual abuuuuse I ‘tolerate’ from my lady,,,,I AM GUILTY AS CHARGED!!! however; as U don’t have what it takes for any of my self-abusive exploits: shouldn’t U be begging ted cruz for salvation from all the encroaching commies???

      • Mike Williams

        well bully for you….

      • gemma liar

        yeah baby,,,,,,,,,,,,,been emptying my nuts in chesty women all my life,,,,,,,,, bully for me? sorry: that’s too aspersive a comment. how about: ” whats it like ?” :)

      • Mike Williams

        You have no idea what aspersive means do you?
        Never mind…I know your theme…. “I’m always troll’n…”

      • gemma liar

        nope,,,,,,, no trollin: I learned decades ago how EASY it is to get pussy. — but U don’t look as I do so I suspect U simply remain HOPEFUL

      • Mike Williams

        Sure thing stud…

      • gemma liar

        just to edify your neutered self: Im a self employed chef in south florida ( native of this area) and since 1989 have EXCLUSIVELY catered to ( contractually) the adult strip club business,,,,, SOLID GOLD/ PURE PLATINUM/ SCARLETS/ VEGAS CABARET/ CENTERFOLDS/ BOOBY TRAP/ PLATINUM PLUS/ PT SHOWCLUB/ THEE DOLLHOUSE ( sunny isles)/ PINK PONY/THE CHEETAH…. also 1997-98 TIFFANYs in Memphis. Now the good stuff: Im 6’2 210 an always maintain great looks by tons of basketball/ surfing/ weigh training ( not machines; FREE weights) so to summarize 4 U I have been making predominantly CASH money ( will not mention income as I cannot prove here) and lost track of how many females I have entered. Now as Im pretty certain U will send back some infantile regressive reply,,,,feel free to do so. remember: sex with sexy women is EASY once U know the game,,,and KEEP looking as I do of COURSE!!!! :))

      • fdsa

        None of that made ANY sense…

      • gemma liar

        that’s because U evidently get none

      • loves

        Wat?

      • gemma liar

        messin with the guy who says I should go “do” palin as I think she is sexy ( she is,,,,but silly wealthy and stupid)

    • SiquePupi

      LOL, some people don’t even get what regulated capitalism looks like.

  • Edward Krebbs

    If Coburn (or anyone else identified by R-OK) says you’re off the deep end, then you’re REALLY off the deep end.

  • fights

    I know I’m doing my job when I have all dislikes on a very progressive site! YES!

    • Informer

      Lol, you really need some new glasses as I see only two dislikes on your original comment, that hardly represents “all”.

      • gemma liar

        well; FOX “news’ would equate 2 statistics out of 40 as “accurate” so FIGHTS simply follows suit as all lemmings of his ILK

      • Smiter

        “fights” is an idiot. Spend your time fighting the real threats, not those just imagined…

      • gemma liar

        he feels threatened by anything that isn’t what he deems as HIS style. so he bravely throws poop on these blogs– a strategy used by regressives on FOX “news”

    • Fred Penner

      The only reason Ted Cruz is scaring anyone is because we’re really not sure how he’s walking and talking with such a low IQ. This guy belongs in a funny farm licking windows, not trying to govern anything, lol.

      • gemma liar

        and he facially looks too much like sen McCarthy from the 1950′s

      • fights

        Oh, good, now I know why he bugs you commies.

      • fights

        Ted Cruz has more intelligence on the hair on his butt than the liar Barry has in his whole body. 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.He previously 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-Cheneycampaign. 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.

        Yep, he actually was a law professor unlike Barry who was only a lecturer. But he likes to make people believe that. And only served as a senator 2 years and always voting “present”.

      • gemma liar

        wow– so education equates to intellect????

      • fights

        No, we know Barry’s intellect is that of a 15 yr old. Fried his brain with all the weed!

      • gemma liar

        hey schmuckface,,,I was referring to ted cruz and his overt education/ lack of true intellect

      • fights

        Obviously you don’t get sarcasm in any form or fashion. However, what I said is 100% true of little Barry. Ted is far and beyond the intellect of Barry’s. Will I resort to calling you a name? Wouldn’t lower myself to your level.

      • gemma liar

        perhaps calling me a sesquipedalian hedonistic thelyphthoric agnostic opsimath. please maintain that accuracy in future displays of your oligophreniality.

      • onewhoknows

        you must mean “W”.. coke head and alcoholic he was..

      • Smiter

        You are delusional. He is a moron.

      • onewhoknows

        The answer to this is .. “WHO is president and who is not?” Don’t care how “book” smart he is, obviously he can’t execute what he knows or else he wouldn’t be associated with the teabaggers..

      • fights

        And Barry is brilliant! NOT! We all know why he’s president and it’s because he’s black and you didn’t care anything about his intellect.

      • Mike Williams

        Hmm.. Partners usually get their name in lights too.
        Must not have been a full partner.

        You forgot. In 1998, Cruz served as private counsel for Congressman John Boehner.

        Yep, that guy. Boehner used campaign money to pay for his personal law suit against a fellow congressman.

        What is an Adjunct Professor…hmmm sounds lofty.

        An adjunct professor is a part-time professor
        who is hired on a contractual basis rather than being given tenure and a permanent position. Many universities hire large numbers of adjunct faculty members because they are flexible and cheaper to maintain than traditional full-time faculty members.

        So Cruz is contractual, flexible and cheap. Desirable attributes for a date.

        He was the domestic policy guy that advised Bush….oh so which is it. Was it his idea to cause the economic collapse or did bush just wing it.

        Lets go back to his “partnership” with Morgan… He and about 40 other “partners” enjoy a position with this company in D.C. Sounds like it’s an unique position, filled with excitement and commonality.

      • Mike Williams

        Too bad the gop defunded funny farms back in the 70′s…wait…now I know how they got elected….

      • strayaway

        Visit the “education” section of the Wikipedia article on Rafael Ted Cruz. He was a High school valedictorian, graduated cum laude at Princeton, he was named the U.S. National debate Speaker in 1992, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He might be the brightest presidential candidate since Clinton or Carter.

      • onewhoknows

        not by the way he’s been acting..

      • Sylvester Katt

        So it’s not that he’s dumb, but that he’s bat shit crazy like Michelle Bachman?

    • Mike Williams

      Ted Cruz is reading Green Eggs and Ham…and he is a Cubadiamerican. The only thing he can do is waste the time the GOP would be spending trying to repeal the ACA.

      • tempestadore

        I think he’s a wacko as much as the next person, but he was reading that as a bedtime story to his daughters. Even if it was a tactic to make himself look good, it was still a sweet sentiment and I think people should be more focused on important things than a few minutes of kind-doing.

      • Mike Williams

        I know who he was reading it too. The congressional floor is not the place for that. He was also pandering, and being very unprofessional.

        It also sets precedence for this type of behavior to be tolerated in the future. Should it be excused, we can expect that someone will break-out with a portable camping stove and cook diner for their family while they’re supposed to be debating important issues. Not wondering if they put too much garlic in the sauce.

    • gemma liar

      scaring us just like your last messiahs did,,,,,, palin,,,,,Bachmann,,,,,pawlenty,,,,,,,,mittster,,,,,, U guys do pick winners

    • janetmamajo4

      what does Ted cruz have to do with you being a complete fool who knows nothing about facts… you are the one who started the name calling…..”commies”…remember… go away, little troll… your arguments are just too silly for intelligent people…

      • fights

        Freedom of speech. Remember this is not a commie country. Too bad for you.

      • loves

        Right, just like you have the freedom to visit a progressive new sight and spout your uneducated drivel, we have the right to call you out on it. Also, since when does “progressive” “liberal” or “democrat” equate to “communist?” I think you should go back to your high school social studies class so they can educate you on the difference between these political ideologies.

      • loves

        *progressive news sight

    • Pauline Contois

      seems I scared him as I was having a show proof discussing with several of his fb friends and we shared many reasons and he deleted it all, afraid of the truth he is….wants to make believe everyone believes in him, but at least several know now that Obamacare is not what he pretends and the rep. insurance idea would cost more from my reading it – also found that many soldiers, vets, hard working low wage workers (not word workers) collected food stamps and now he wants to cancel pay from them making around 20,000 a year. I challenged him to insist Congress give up so many perks–sure that s c a r ed him. Be as strong on that as wanting to take from low / middle income..,.,so he doesn’t scare me at all.

      • Mike Williams

        Wait, you discovered a republican health bill?

  • cheeriogirl

    And yet just last week Coburn was threatening to impeach President Obama. Now who’s off the rails Tom?

  • fights

    10 dislikes and racking up! <3

  • janetmamajo4

    The ads that the RWNJ’s have put out to scare people about the ACA… like the woman who has cancer, and she thinks “Obamacare” is a terrible idea, and she wouldn’t want her grandchildren to have to “live with it”… and other scary lies these super pacs tell on their ads…please, don’t believe fox or those rwnj ads… go to the website… there is a lot of information on it… let’s give it a chance… the rwnjs are afraid it’s going to work…. they can’t have President Obama succeed….

  • leftwinger7

    Times Are A Changin. Like it or not. The majority will eventually rule no matter what obstacles are put in front of it by those who profit from what has been.

  • Melonie Reazor Houske

    I lost a few brain cells reading through these comments. I was hoping to learn something besides “Name Calling” No wonder this country is in so much trouble.