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February 13th, 2014
09:33 PM ET

Is Ted Cruz leading GOP “cannibalism?”

The communications directors for the RNC and DNC square off on Sen. Ted Cruz's clash with GOP leaders.

Did GOP take wind out of Dems' sails?
Crossfire host S.E. Cupp asks Mo Elleithee if the Democrats have anything left to blame on the GOP after debt ceiling concessions.

Cupp: "Dems are playing small ball"
S.E. Cupp suggests Democrats are using low priority issues to distract voters from Obamacare.

Kohn: Roker stuck shovel where it doesn't belong
Sally Kohn was outraged about Al Roker taking to twitter to criticize NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to not close schools.

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  1. joe0311

    I don't think te civil war ever ended

    February 26, 2014 at 9:43 am | Reply
  2. countingdown

    "Is Ted Cruz leading GOP “cannibalism?”

    This YOUR headline, fueling hate! YOU and the liberal media do this crap day after day and conservatives have had enough!

    February 20, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
    • Chuck

      Are you kidding? Dems love him. He's doing more to further the left's agenda than any Dem politician could.

      If there's any hate for Ted Cruz it comes from the Republicans that want to govern responsibly.

      February 20, 2014 at 10:05 am | Reply
    • Vince

      Seriously? I'm a LIBERAL, well educated, gay man who votes (probably your worst nightmare)...and I LOVE TED CRUZ! Every time Rafael opens his Cuban/Canadian mouth, the nuggets that fall out are Democrat dreams!

      February 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
      • countingdown

        Giggle, snicker, laugh, cough, ha, ha, Who cares what you think! You may be well educated but not very smart if you are a liberal. But of course, you first need to be a real man (your worst nightmare) to understand!

        March 4, 2014 at 8:33 pm |
  3. texasgreenacres

    (Cruz)He favors Hitler with out the moustache

    February 20, 2014 at 1:48 am | Reply
  4. texasgreenacres

    GOP Your as stupid as you sound.Cruz is a Canadian with American citizenship That thinks if he makes enough noise and makes a big enough ruckus he can be president.He a publicity hound a real true scam.And the TEA party crowd is to damn stupid to see it.I'm truly sorry about your affliction of ignorance.But there again your not real GOP'ers

    February 20, 2014 at 1:40 am | Reply
  5. Thom

    History will show that Obama cut spending, taxes and the deficit more than any other president in the history of the world.

    February 20, 2014 at 12:48 am | Reply
    • Chuck

      Your wasting your time. The right puts ideology over facts.

      February 20, 2014 at 10:08 am | Reply
  6. Thom

    Ted Cruz is the best thing to happen to the Democrat party since JFK. He is making the GOP do what the left wants every time with big idiotic !!!!!

    February 20, 2014 at 12:42 am | Reply
  7. emskadittle

    pretty easy for cruz to talk after he allowed the republican leadership to hand over the credit card and there is nothing on the line

    February 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  8. American Worker


    More like a dethroning of the RINOs.

    February 17, 2014 at 10:41 am | Reply
  9. American Worker

    Stefan Molyneux – He should be a campaign adviser.
    But there aren't any candidates that are intelligent to listen to him.

    'The Handbook of Human Ownership – A Manual for New Tax Farmers'

    February 16, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Reply
    • jamesc

      Thanks for posting that link! That's a hilarious romp through world history. Sort of like Bevis and Butthead on "critical elitism" 🙂 Very funny 🙂 Thanks!

      February 18, 2014 at 6:10 am | Reply
  10. Bob Marley

    That was delicious. It was cringing to see Cupp try and downplay actually important issues (i.e. equal pay, birth control...etc) just because Obamacare isn't the centre of discussion.

    People are not single-minded robots where discussion has to only focus one issue at a time. Sure, Obamacare is really important and SHOULD be a important topic. That doesn't mean there are a whole load of other issues. It's just so demeaning to hear her talk as if those other issues should be "throwaways".

    February 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  11. Vicki

    The Affordable Care Act is now covering over three million people and many more are now covered by Medicare. This is wonderful for this country and more people can still sign up to have good and decent health care.

    February 16, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  12. Vicki

    One thing you can tell the GOP is doing on Faux is making them crazy over a debt that has been cut in half. Republicans did not care about the debt or any of the other phony issues that the GOP points at for them to be so concerned and so obsessed about. It was the Afghanistan War and the Iraq War that made the debt as well as the several tax cuts that Bush handed out that benefited the wealthy the most. What was irresponsible was the deregulation that republicans forced on the country. And that is why the country ended up in the financial crisis that brought the country to the jobless and terrible recession. All before President Obama was sworn in.

    February 16, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  13. Hector Slagg

    Woodja run that by me one more time. Who is cannibalising who? The National debt is now larger than the Gross National Product, all given to us by Liberal's.

    February 16, 2014 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • Winky Blinky

      Since this debt is the worst thing that has ever happened and will destroy this country, how many time have we not run a deficit?

      Also its funny how its always the republican who run up the debt then leave offic and complain about how high the national debt is.

      February 18, 2014 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Thom

      History will show that Obama cut the debt by more than any other president in the history of the world.

      February 20, 2014 at 12:46 am | Reply
  14. PennyDreadful

    Can't we all just get along 🙂

    February 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  15. jamesc

    Isn't that the Canadian who was elected from a gerrymandered voting district who is always speaks for "all Americans "?

    February 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • Chuck

      He is from Canada but he's a Senator, elected in a statewide election. Says a lot about TX doesn't it?

      February 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Reply
      • jamesc

        Yeah I hear ya. Ever since Lyndon rammed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 thru congress, Texas has voted Republican. Shoot, anyone just claiming to be a Republican can get elected and anyone with one eye an half sense can even get elected governor - as long as they are willing to sell out working folks and side with those ultra rich sociopaths up North. Don't that knock yer hat in the crik? Maybe we can get all these Republicans out of office one day and have a decent state again. Hope so.

        February 16, 2014 at 3:11 am |
      • GODZILLA1

        Actually Louie Gohmert says all there is to say about the intellectual level of Texas voters.

        February 16, 2014 at 8:32 am |
      • Bob Marley

        Sorry. He may be Canadian (by birth) but he has no similiarities to actual Canadians. As much as there are politicians in the Canadian governmetn that also have various ideologies, they certainly are a lot more productive and focus more on substance than rhetoric.

        It probably helps that if the government fails to pass a budget, the parliament dissolves and elections have to be called. Definitely forces more collaboration.

        February 16, 2014 at 7:39 pm |
      • emskadittle

        dixiecrats switching when Johnson push through the civil rights act really says a lot for the southern republicans (now the republican base)

        February 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm |
      • Chuck

        @ emskadittle

        I live in the south (transplanted Northerner) and I'm old enough to remember when Nixon turned the south. Nothing's changed down here. Still very racist.

        February 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
      • texasgreenacres

        Please give us a break they thought he was Mexican it was a mistake.We had no idea he was a Canadian/ Cuban.

        February 20, 2014 at 1:44 am |
  16. tstorm92

    Don't piss Ted "the Penguin" Cruz off or he'll shut down our national government again!

    February 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  17. tstorm92

    Don't piss Ted "the penguin" Cruz off or he'll shut down our national government again.

    February 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  18. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Yes, Cruz is leading the GOP cannibalism and we all thank him for it. The sounds we hear are the Democrats opening their champagne bottles.

    February 15, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
  19. Gunderson

    Whoopy Doo, Typical Democrat voter. Sorta like French during reign of LouisXVI Don't know nothing, proud of it!

    February 15, 2014 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Chuck

      Knew enough to send him to the guillotine.

      February 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  20. Typical Republican Voter Profile

    1. Thnks they themselves are rich.
    2. Makes less than $100,000/yr.
    3. Has a net worth less than $200,000.
    4. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will be the person most likely to need SS and Medicare.
    5. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks.
    6. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible).
    7. Benefits directly from the ACA but really, really hates Obamacare.
    8. Racist.
    9. Thinks republicans are conservatives.
    10. Actually thinks rebulicans represent THEM!!

    February 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • W.G.

      Totally agree !

      February 15, 2014 at 6:53 am | Reply
    • countingdown

      You wrote: "1. Thnks they themselves are rich."
      ** but know we don't have to have wealth to be rich in life!

      You wrote: "2. Makes less than $100,000/yr."
      ** so, why is it you want minimum wage! huh!

      You wrote: "3. Has anet worth less than $200,000."
      ** and proud of what we EARNED and tired of the (you owe me low lifes) wanting a share of what we EARNED!

      You wrote: "4. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will be the personmost likely to need SS and Medicare."
      ** anyone who works know that SS and Medicare is money they paid in and have a right to receive. I guess you don't work!

      You wrote: "5. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks."
      ** My wheels cost more than some houses and if your house is not on blocks or concrete, have it checked for termites. Also, we pay for your low income housing.

      You wrote: "6. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible)."
      ** blasphemy, think you might receive some benefit from reading the Bible.

      You wrote: "7. Benefits directly from the ACA but really, really hates Obamacare."
      Ask the 6 plus million people who lost their insurance and PRAY your not next! Yes, we hate obamacare.

      You wrote: "8. Racist."
      You are filled with so much hate I suggest you read the Bible as stated and get professional help!

      You wrote: "9. Thinks republicans are conservatives.

      You wrote: "10. Actually thinks rebulicans represent THEM!!"
      ** Republicans and conservatives represent all people, including you!

      March 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply

    HILARIOUS watching Guns Over People tea potty eat each other as they walk the plank toward November. Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    February 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Reply

    Is Obama "attempting" to lead the country the end of America?

    February 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • Winky Blinky

      What? English?

      February 18, 2014 at 11:47 am | Reply
  23. Kurt

    I'm confused by Cupp's idea that the GOP giving in hurts the democrats.

    The democrats have won the argument. They've argued that the time for debate on spending is when the spending bills are being debated... not for raising the debt ceiling to pay for the spending you ALREADY APPROVED. The GOP leadership has accepted that as fact (finally).

    It's not like this is about GOP obstructionism. The GOP is still blocking tons of stuff. They just aren't holding our country hostage with the debt ceiling anymore. We get left with a situation where democrats can still point to all the stuff the GOP is doing to block progress without actually having the danger of an economic collapse because of their obstructionism.

    And this is a bad thing for Democrats? How exactly?

    As far as her idea that the Democrats are using low priority issues to deflect from Obamacare... these issues are a much higher priority then Obamacare. Obamacare is a settled law that is in the early stages of implementation. While there is going to be some analysis of how well it is doing, we're talking about something similar to the prescription drug program under Bush... it's not something worthy of daily talk. The program can be evaluated after a year or two of being implemented... until then we're just guessing.

    Things like nuclear talks in Iran, the Syria negotiations, the minimum wage... those are all bigger issues then Obamacare at this moment. The GOP view that the only thing that should matter until the 2014 elections is Obamacare is very stupid.

    February 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • Greg Kells

      I know people like to believe this administrations claims of debt ceiling negotiations being "unprecedented", but history is not that subjective or malleable. Negotiations on debt limit increases go back to the Eisenhower administration. As one House member put it in the first big Debt Ceiling standoff in 1953, "one of the reasons for the [debt] limit was so that we could reexamine the operations of the Secretary of the Treasury as far as management of the debt is concerned." The 1953 Debt Ceiling increase was the first since WWII, and was immediately seen as an opportunity to negotiate on future spending. In 1954 the first temporary increase was passed, with the explicit understanding that it was meant to give Congress and the President another chance to address the debt. The entire purpose of making these increases temporary was to provide an opportunity for negotiations. In the years since 1953, the debt ceiling has been used as leverage by both parties to either increase revenue or reduce spending. The tax increases that critics of Reagan like to mention are a prime example of Democrats using the same bargaining chip. If raising the debt ceiling was simply a perfunctory duty, it wouldn't be voted on separately at all, it would be attached to the original spending bill it is meant to pay for. There is a very specific reason that Congress must vote on and pass any increase in the debt limit. Negotiating the terms of these agreements is the entire reason they were made temporary in 1954.

      February 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  24. planman

    So, is Cruz and company an example of the "eating their own" crowd?

    February 14, 2014 at 10:30 am | Reply
  25. Andrea Renee Hall

    Calling names go no where. NYC can deal with one day off to save children. Al Roker is 100% right. It's simply pure greed and unorganized business heads who just can't handle not making money for just a day. Bottom line.

    February 14, 2014 at 7:49 am | Reply

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