Dead Horse Gulch


“Never insure a burning house, and never bet on a dead horse.” I said that. Here’s what Toby Neugebauer said:

(CNN) – Toby Neugebauer made headlines last year by donating $10 million to a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC.

He’s taking $9 million of it back.
The Texas energy investor and son of retiring Rep. Randy Neugebauer ran Keep the Promise II, one of several pro-Cruz super PACs under the Keep the Promise umbrella. But despite pleas from fellow Cruz backers throughout the campaign, he never followed through with big spending to help the Texas senator against Donald Trump, only spending $1 million of his $10 million investment.

All right. It’s not actually what Toby Neugebauer said, but it’s what he did. He went to the parimutuel window and withdrew his bet before the race started. Wise move.

Full disclosure: I voted for Donald Trump in the Texas primary election in March. Why? I figured it might be the last opportunity I would ever have to vote against Ted Cruz. Why somebody like me, who intends to vote for Hillary Clinton in November and again four years from now, would vote for Trump—well, that’s another story.

What makes me think I will never have another opportunity to vote against Ted Cruz? Maybe it’s wishful thinking. Maybe I’m reading something from history 60 years ago:

Deprived of Adams and other potentially headline-making witnesses, McCarthy was reduced to ranting and raving. Special army counsel Joseph N. Welch became something of a folk hero with such comments as “Little did I dream you could be so reckless” and “Have you left no sense of decency?”

The hearings ended, mercifully, on June 17. McCarthy won a technical victory, in that a majority of the seven-man subcommittee largely exonerated him from charges of “improper influence.” But seven weeks later, the Senate established a select committee to consider censure charges against McCarthy. On December 2, with the elections over, the Senate finally voted, 67 to 22, to “condemn” McCarthy for contemptuous conduct toward the Senate. Those Republican senators present and voting split exactly, twenty-two senators for censure, twenty-two against. McCarthy was a broken man, although he hung around for two and a half more years, shunned by most of his fellow senators. When he died, on May 2, 1957, he was a hopeless drunk. Vice-President and Mrs. Nixon, Roy Cohn, and Bill Knowland were the most prominent people in attendance at his funeral.

Ambrose, Stephen E. (2013-02-05). Nixon, Vol. 1: The Education of a Politician, 1913-1962 (Nixon Biography) (Kindle Locations 7030-7039). Premier Digital Publishing. Kindle Edition.


Yes, Ted Cruz is no Joe McCarthy, but hardly a senator is more disliked in the Senate today. His chances of obtaining Party support for a re-election bid in 2018, possibly not necessary, are unlikely. While his disruptive activities in the United States Congress never rose to the level of Joe McCarthy, neither has his level of personal popularity. To put it lightly, Republicans don’t like him:

Former House Speaker John Boehner seems to be enjoying his retirement—and wouldn’t you, after what he went through in Washington? One reason for his buoyant mood, besides the chance to cut grass, is the opportunity to stay far, far away from Senator Ted Cruz.

Asked about Cruz during an appearance at Stanford University on Wednesday, Boehner called him “Lucifer in the flesh,” according to the The Stanford Daily.

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” Boehner added. He said he would not vote for Cruz in a general election, though he would vote for his fellow tangerine-tinted Republican Donald Trump.

Sometime in the future we hope to find out what John Boehner really thinks of Ted Cruz.

That said, I will not pile on board with those who dislike Ted Cruz. The fact is, I don’t dislike anybody. I’m 75 years old, and I have had ample opportunity to dislike people. It doesn’t work. Nothing changes by disliking somebody. So I gave it up a long time ago.

I do think Ted Cruz is stupid on stilts. Let me count the ways. From a previous post:

The AP further reports the following from Texas Senator Ted Cruz:

CRUZ, defending his vow to deport 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally: “I would note that in eight years Bill Clinton deported 12 million people. In eight years George Bush deported 10 million people. Enforcing the law. We can do it.”

THE FACTS: Statistics from Immigration and Customs Enforcement show that roughly 1.6 million were deported under Bush, not 11 million. Under Clinton, about 870,000 immigrants were deported, not 12 million, according to the Migration Policy Institute. So far, about 2.4 million have been deported under the Obama administration.

To get the swollen figures, Cruz appears to be combining deportations with arrests made by the Border Patrol in the previous administrations, according to the institute.

Enough said about that. Again, I prefer a liar to a fool.

From another post:

Lest you take Palin lightly, please note some saner sources:

The Trump campaign issued a statement announcing the endorsement and humorously turning the knife in Cruz by quoting the front-runner’s Lone Star State rival:

Palin’s endorsement is amongst the most sought after and influential amongst Republicans[…]She helped launch the careers of several key future leaders of the Republican Party and conservative movement. Senator Ted Cruz notes: “I would not be in the United States Senate were it not for Gov. Sarah Palin…She can pick winners.”

Thanks, Governor. You are the gift that keeps on screwing.

All right! That’s a stack of quotes quoting quotes, but it snags the message. With Senator Ted Cruz of Texas we are apparently dealing with a first rate mind that has long ago gone off the rails. But that doesn’t mean Texans won’t vote for him. Again.

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