Report: GOP Senators Became ‘Lynch Mob’ Against Cruz In Private Lunch

Republicans grew angry with their colleague at a closed door meeting Wednesday

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Sen. Ted Cruz walks towards the Senate Chamber after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon

A small group of Republicans reportedly turned against Ted Cruz in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, attacking the outspoken Texas Senator for leading the charge against funding Obamacare which led to the government shutdown,  the New York Times reports.

“It just started a lynch mob,” a senator who was in the room told the Times. Republican Senators Dan Coats of Indiana, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin were reportedly present, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky joined in the critique.

Perhaps sensing the in-fighting, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi noted Thursday, “it’s very hard to negotiate with the Republicans when they can’t negotiate with themselves.”

Cruz apparently did not offer further shutdown strategy and allegedly implied his colleagues were defeatists.

“Fighting with the president is one thing,” Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) said. “Fighting with the president and losing is another thing. When you’re in the minority you need to look really hard to find the fights you can win.”

The GOP internal conflict only adds to the Obama Administration’s willingness to stand its ground. An anonymous senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal that the White House is confident:

“We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”

[NEW YORK TIMES]

96 comments
Brian2015
Brian2015

Teddy got taken to the wood shed. Good. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. What an arrogant, self-aggrandizing, pretentious man.

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Politics 101 - you can't win when you only control 1 leg of the three legged government.

Get with the program and get the people business done...

mitchec
mitchec

The majority of you posters are morons. Most are people looking for the person that will serve their immediate needs or one small issue that they feel strongly about.  Others don't know what is happening to the country and economy or they just listen to the media.

That is the largest mistake. When the nation is full of housing projects provided by the government and we look like China or Russia  ( or are flying their flag) you will be wondering what happened. You did it.

 Cruz did what he did  based on his constituents requests . I am one of a large number that I know. I knew he would fail but I can tell you he opened a lot of eyes in the process. His goal. The politicians are trying to hold on to their jobs by consolidating power as hard as we are in the public sector. We do it through work, they are doing it through lying to you. Way to many Government employees and public sector employees are relying on your contributions. Get to work if you can.

PaulFranklin
PaulFranklin

Only an idiot can expect things to improve as long as we have Fascists such as Obama and Reid in power. 

MelindaThompson
MelindaThompson

Why are they fighting?  Shouldn't they be WORKING TOGETHER to solve the problems.  Fighting implies that they are just in it for the glory and party politics.  I would respect people who joined in a common accord to improve the conditions of all.  As it is now, Washington politics are nothing but a dogfight with each side being chewed up and spit out. Nothing positive is being accomplished.  It's gotten really old, really fast.  Vote all of them out.  We need new and fresh ideas, hard work, and a willingness to cooperate.  We don't have that now.

zerryl8897
zerryl8897

Is it amazing that caring for the US citizens does not even make the list of why a political party cares about, or does anything. Fight to win, for what, the party of course. Screw the citizens if that is what it takes to win politically speaking. What a bunch of losers. It might be a good idea to use a drone on these terrorist at their political convention S.

George286
George286

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!  Cruz is a nasty-bag, I don't even think of him in political terms.  He's more like Joe McCarthy, an opportunist willing to destroy who and whatever as long as he harvest political power from it and grab the spotlight.  If that means being at the head of an angry confused movement and bringing us to the brink of economic Armageddon for not good reason so be it.

Ted Cruz is about Ted Cruz and the sooner the take out the trash the better.

RegiNova
RegiNova

Why do republicans hate Obama soooo much is it because he is one of the most intelligent people ever voted president ? ... and most republicans are dumb

GeneralConfusion
GeneralConfusion

What a lot of critics don't realize is that even bare-knuckle politics requires the kind of relationships that the current crop of radical congress critters find impossible.  You may get elected on a position that you "will not compromise" or by demonizing your opponents, but you then are branded by your peers as someone unwilling to negotiate. 

The Internet is not the sole domain of trolls, they also try to become politicians--generally for brief terms.  Even is Cruz gets reelected, he has effectively isolated himself from constructive work.  Politics generally is defined, in simple terms, as the art of compromise--even power politics, even politics in Texas or Illinois. 

I worked for two decades for a senior U.S. Senator who changed the course of our nation over 36 years with numerous visionary programs in a number of fields.  He did it by knowing how to compromise.  Ask for a whole loaf and settle for half a loaf, then do it again, and again.  Ideologues  of both parties just gum up the works by seeking instant change to their extreme views.

Even if Cruz is reelected to the Senate in two short years or tries a presidential bid, he is doomed to marginalize himself by his failure to understand comity and civility.

Flechette
Flechette

I support Cruz if for no other reason he actually *tried* to oppose Obama.

I am so sick of RINO Republicans rolling over and wetting themselves when some stupid inside the beltway rag is critical of them. So WHAT! Do you job and oppose Obama!

All of these calls for  "bipartisan" compromise are really an attempt to create a one-party system.  A Politburo where no dissent is tolerated. 

thecopalacarwash
thecopalacarwash

Does that mean we don't have to pay any more taxes if the government is shut down?

thecopalacarwash
thecopalacarwash

Ted Cruz was born in Canada.  How is he in our Congress?

bill1
bill1

Cruz is an a$$hole.  He must go!

GlendaHammer
GlendaHammer

Get rid of Cruz and every sorry worthless Republican in Congress, they want to cut Medicare and Social Security, while giving massive tax breaks to billionaires, and their Lobbyists.  They also want to cut 40 billion in SNAP, when they're the ones responsible for sending millions of jobs out of this country.  Big Business has told the GOP to give amnesty to illegals, because they want the cheap labor.  When Big Business and their Lobbyists knock, the Republicans give them everything they want, at the expense of the American people, and their children.

jcapolun
jcapolun

SUPPORT TED CRUZ!!! HE'S THE ONLY REP WITH COURAGE!!! RINO COWARDS!!!


GroverSyck
GroverSyck

I will supply the rope for the lynching.

Cruz is a disaster looking for a place to happen.

murphydogmom
murphydogmom

I'm from Texas, and I'm ashamed that Ted Cruz is from Texas.  He certainly doesn't speak for me.  He is dangerous and is merely running for president and trying to get the Koch Brothers backing.

AminSan
AminSan

I see the beginning of the end of Boehner's speakership and that means Cantor also since he cannot count the votes.

JDRKerns
JDRKerns

Even if you lose Senator Cruz, you will have served with honor and distinction.  If you only pick the battles you can win, then you would no longer be a leader.  You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything!

glennra3
glennra3

The GOP has become the U.S. version of Greece's Golden Dawn.

romerjt
romerjt

@mitchec Morons you say . . . and then say we will be living under the Chinese or Russian flag . .  I'm wondering how that might happen, I mean really that sounds kind of moronic to me . .  just saying

TimothyE.Wall
TimothyE.Wall

@MelindaThompson I wish that someone of the many who say "vote them all out" could explain what they think happened during the 2012 election...or any election. If you're not happy with the candidate you voted for, then you need to write to them and make your views known. If your candidate lost to the other fellow, then you need to talk to them AND to your fellow voters.
If you're unhappy because you believe your vote was stolen through voter suppression or through the pervasive gerrymandering of Congressional districts, then you need to support legal action to prevent those things. If you just want a do-over of 2012...well, 2014 is your man.

JosephKirkup
JosephKirkup

@George286  

As it turns out Joe McCarthy was right about everything.  The very fact that idiots like you have been successfully brainwashed by the commie left in our public schools proves it.  I really, truly want to see you pathetic libs get to live in the corrupt, violent, starving third world hell hole you are trying so desperately to make of the US.

MichaelWhitehead
MichaelWhitehead

@George286 As far as Ted Cruz goes, someone in the last couple of days pointed out that Ted Cruz's ultimate goal was not to run for President, and not even to be the most powerful person in the Senate.  He is looking to his future on K Street, working for some powerful lobbying firm, or right wing conservative think tank, that will make him immensely rich.  That's all Ted Cruz cares about, the money and the powerful perks he gets with it.

MichaelWhitehead
MichaelWhitehead

@RegiNova That should be patently obvious -- it is because he is African-American.  A black man.  All the most powerful people in politics are rich, old, white men.  A large number from southern, deeply red states, that still live in a fantasy, plantation mentality, world.  They will never change their opinion of him, no matter what he does, or attempts to do.  It even started on the very first night of his inauguration, with a late night dinner meeting where right wingers vowed to say no to everything single thing he attempted.  Look at Mitch McConnell.  His only goal for four years was to prevent President Obama from being re-elected.

MichaelWhitehead
MichaelWhitehead

@Flechette You are so wrong that I wouldn't even know where to begin disagreeing with you.  Our current batch of right wing politicians have stopped our government from functioning the way it is supposed to.  Politics 'is' the art of compromise.  A good politician knows that he/she must be careful when deciding to fight.  Pick and choose their fights carefully.  Our country has never been successfully run from the extremes of either side of the political spectrum.  Our government runs the most efficiently when it is running from either 'in' the center, or slightly left or right of center, depending on which party is currently in the majority.  When you have the House currently being run by the Republicans and the Senate and White House being controlled by the Democrats, then compromise is the only way our country can move forward.  Both sides have to give.  But right now there are maybe fifty or sixty members of the House, the so-called "Tea Partier's", who have shut down the government, who have intimidated the moderate Republicans by threatening to primary anyone who disagrees with them.  And Speaker Boehner is the person responsible for this nightmare, through his failure, early on, to control these unruly batch of children.

TimothyE.Wall
TimothyE.Wall

@Flechette You may or may not be ignorant, Flechette, but your post certainly is. The majority of Republicans are "rolling over and wetting themselves" not because of what "some stupid inside the beltway rag" says (is that a Limbaughism, btw?). It's the Teapartarian faction of dogmatic primary voters who're terrorizing the GOP into voting the way they do. You seem to like dogmatism, though: you use the word RINO, which means "a Republican who isn't dogmatic enough for me". And what you have in Congress right now...in both chambers...is a Republican caucus thoroughly intimidated by dogmata. What? You're still not happy? Explain yourself, then.

rick390
rick390

@Flechette So if I read you correctly a Republican's job is to oppose Obama. Not to work with him in any way to improve the country. Obama's job is what? Work to improve the country for all Americans or just to oppose the Republicans?

George286
George286

@Flechette that is a pretty brainless reason to support Cruz, not for any position he takes but just because it opposes Obama.  Surely there must be SOMETHING you agree with Obama about, the WH Easter Egg hunt, supporting our troops?  Obama is simply a man with political views and most of them are pretty conventional, but Obama has become a cartoon to you, the evil bad guy.  .

I think you need to turn off Rush and Fox News and ask yourself whether you haven't been driven to a laughable hysteria by them.  If so, consider whether you should turn them back on again.

AlexandraGrey
AlexandraGrey

@Flechette And if his no-negotiation policies result in a government shutdown that DOESN'T get resolved? Stop for a few minutes and consider the second and third-order effects of his behavior. An economic collapse can and, in our case, probably will be triggered by an inability to fund the government. In which case, Ted Cruz would be responsible for the collapse of the United States. Do you really hate the President so much that you would be willing to risk that - when the man in question will only be in office for another two years anyway? Frankly, you have some serious issues if you find yourself incapable of seeing and understanding that larger picture. I sincerely hope you're one of those too lazy to get up and vote on election day. You're simply too ignorant to be safely trusted speaking on our nation's future.

kcscout59
kcscout59

Uh no, tax collection is one of the many "mandatory" aspects of government that continues unaffected by the partial shutdown.  Sorry dude

MelindaThompson
MelindaThompson

@thecopalacarwash If one's parent is a US citizen, and has been in the US during the past five year's at one time or another, (I think that's the number, but don't quote me), then the child born to that parent (wherever that may be) is a natural-born US citizen.  It's not all about location.  Parentage is also a point to be pondered.

The reasoning for natural-born citizen is found in the founding fathers' Federalist Papers.  They note that the president should never owe loyalty to any other nation than his own.  Thus, s/he must be first a natural-born US citizen.  It's been hammered out into law since then, but that's the gist of the situation.

kcscout59
kcscout59

The only office for which you must be a natural born citizen is President.  All others just require that you be a citizen, naturalized or natural born.

TimothyE.Wall
TimothyE.Wall

@GlendaHammer I well remember decades of articles printed in William Buckley's National Review, defending the "right" of a business owner to be secure from Immigration & Naturalization Service snooping into his hiring practices. It was sickening to read over and over, in the pages of the "morally superior" Mr. Buckley's magazine, that capitalists have a "right" to break the law...and a "right" to get away with it.

George286
George286

@GroverSyckPlesee knock off that kind of talk, it goes too far, stay civil.  Their doing it probably caused Giffords to get shot.  Kick his a$$ out of office is perfectly acceptable though.

kcscout59
kcscout59

Seems to me that he has already precipitated the disaster.  He cowed his fellow Republicans into this senseless showdown that had no chance of success.  Now it is unclear what the Republicans want (except to get out of this fiasco without totally losing face).  It is a shame the country has to suffer for the sake of Republican ego's.

AlexanderAlekhine
AlexanderAlekhine

@murphydogmom This is great news! If Cruz runs for president, he will certainly lose, and the Democrats will keep control of the White House.

PharmGrl
PharmGrl

The fact that Obama managed to pass Obamacare shows that a slight majority of the American electorate has taken up residence in the barnyard of George Orwell's Animal Farm.

Obamacare will achieve Democrats' dream of a large, easily manipulated underclass voting bloc bought and paid for with free health care and subsidies funded by taking away the biggest tax deduction on IRS books at $250 billion per year: employer health premiums. Democrats included revenue from this massive tax hike on the middle class in the original ACA budget.

And Obama told his Sheeple "If you make less than $250 k your taxes won't go up."

Sadly, Vladimir Putin was right: "Recently, Obama was reelected by a truly illiterate society, and he is ready to continue his lies of lowering taxes as he raises them.."

MichaelWhitehead
MichaelWhitehead

@TimothyE.Wall @MelindaThompson I have written to my representatives innumerable times on various issues, all issues that I disagreed with their position.  And all I ever got in return was a form letter filled with the reasons why they were going to continue doing what they had done.  They never listen to individuals who disagree with their stance on things.  Not unless you have a vast majority of their constituents joining you in your attempt(s).  And even that doesn't guarantee that they will change, because ultimately they only listen and respond to money, the almighty dollar.  But I do agree with the poster, more or less, who says vote them all out.  For all the good it does, I will continue to try and vote out all the right wing extremists on a ballot.  And will support any moderates running for office who are open to compromising, to helping run a government that responds to the needs of everyone.  And I also believe in that old saying I have heard several times over the last year -- that elections have consequences, especially for the losers.

youbetyoursweetasta!
youbetyoursweetasta!

You've got to be kidding! Cruz and his teepotty ilk are what is wrong with the congress, today. Cruz is a money grubing jerk. That Cubanadian needs to be voted out of office--but the people of his Texas district are as stupid as he is!

MichaelWhitehead
MichaelWhitehead

@rick390 @Flechette I voted for Obama twice.  But there have been times when I have been disappointed with his stance on some issues.  But overall, this man has done a tremendous job, has accomplished many good things for our country.  I get angry when I think of how much better the country could have been, even after just one term, if right wing politicians had worked with him on the issues that are so vitally important to our country right now.  But, no, the only thing the Republicans seem to know how to do is to say no, no to everything.  And most of the people I read who criticize him don't know what they are talking about.  The only news they watch is Fox news.  The only type of people they listen to are like -- Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham.  Low information voters who deny the truth even when it comes up and bites them in the backside.  And, for the record, I am not a Democrat.  I left the party in 2008 and registered as an Independent.  I am sick of both parties and their corruption and self-interest.  I cast my votes for the person, or for the individual issue, when I agree, and don't when I don't agree.

What those on the right fail to see, even as it is getting closer to them, is that in November of next year, if they don't change their ways, there will be a whole lot of Republicans voted out of office, even in gerrymandered districts.  And I hope I can help them pack and move back to their homes.

MichaelWhitehead
MichaelWhitehead

@MelindaThompson Totally true, but good old Ted is a citizen of two countries, Canada and the United States, at the same time.  He should be made to either legally renounce his Canadian citizenship, or move back to Canada and renounce his citizenship here in the United States.  He, in the past, made noises about giving up his Canadian citizenship, but I don't know whether he followed through on it.

AlexandraGrey
AlexandraGrey

@soren1947 @jcapolun I don't think advocating the execution of an elected official is the way to go. Tone it down. I don't like him either, but I was thinking more along the lines of voting him out of office.

George286
George286

@momtoagoodson @murphydogmom There is some argument they have been floating around that he is a natural born American because his parents were Americans.  It has never been decided in court, but McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone and held to be natural born (it was a U.S. possession then).

AlexandraGrey
AlexandraGrey

@PharmGrl I'm sincerely worried about you if you think PUTIN is speaking rightly on ANY matter.

George286
George286

@AlexandraGrey @soren1947 @jcapolun  Agree, tone it down, too much, stay civil, we don't go there, their doing it probably caused Giffords to get shot.  Kick his a$$ out of office is perfectly acceptable though.