Ted Cruz, Iowa frontrunner? http://t.co/nwljLXIar1— PostTV (@PostTV) October 29, 2013
On the hunt itself, at which several reporters trailed Cruz with cameras, he seemed only to chat with his fellow hunters briefly and in hushed tones, at one point discussing a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as "a principled conservative." Cruz and King discussed loyalty in electoral politics as they pushed through the underbrush, both agreeing that "you never forget who was in the first foxhole with you."
. . . Cruz used his own shotgun -- flown up from Texas as checked baggage on his United flight. He hit two pheasants himself and cheered others along the way.
"Someone make a pillow!" Cruz said when one bird fell from the sky in a hail of feathers. "Or just turn it straight into McNuggets."
~ NBC News
Chris Matthews on Hardball, Oct. 28, 2013
The Wacko-Birds go pheasant hunting. Let's play Hardball.
Halloween is about pretend goblins - we can laugh at what we're afraid of. Death, zombies, ghosts, monsters. Tea Partiers. But Ted Cruz is for real and he's not just a nightmare and he was out there this weekend in the broad scary daylight of Iowa. . . . Senator Cruz is the right wing zealot of the season. His shutdown killed public confidence in government, and his attacks relentless and righteous have stirred resistance to the President's health care program. His tactics of shutdowns and threats to default have hurt economic growth even as he campaigns on a promise of, guess what? Economic growth. He reminds me of the kid who kills his parents then begs the judge's mercy on the ground that he's an orphan. A perfect candidate for Halloween Week.
Friday night at the Iowa Events Center, conservative Christian activist Steve Scheffler came to the podium to give thanks to God for the Tea Party savior — and plead for more principled conservative leaders like him willing to “be crucified for their belief system.”
The ballroom full of amens that followed went a long way toward explaining why Cruz — fresh off a failed crusade to dismantle Obamacare that resulted in a 16-day government shutdown and a political disaster for his party — has been greeted with such adoration by Tea Party crowds in recent days.
. . . “Every time one of these guys attacks him, it’s good for him,” said one Iowa Republican operative. “He’s like a superhero. The more bullets that get shot at him, the bigger and stronger he gets.”
Terry Branstad to Ted Cruz: "Welcome to Iowa. Come here often. Spend a lot of money." http://t.co/iCEvlLb2HW— Gabriel Debenedetti (@GDebenedetti) October 21, 2013
Sen. Cruz now collecting Iowa cell phone numbers, by asking audience to text "GROWTH" to the number he provides. #2016— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) October 26, 2013
Ted Cruz speaking in Iowa on his filibuster:"21 hours is a long time, that's almost as long as it takes to sign up on the ObamaCare website"— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 26, 2013
With Ted Cruz. RT @SteveKingIA: Good hunting on opening day. pic.twitter.com/yjZc8pz0B5
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 26, 2013
Ted Cruz thinks he is hunting peasants today. Imagine his surprise when he learns it is pheasants. :) #p2
— Stephany (@steffy7680) October 26, 2013
I saw Ted Cruz on TV pheasant hunting. Where is Dick Cheney when you really need him?
— Barbara J. Eastman (@eastman1292) October 28, 2013
Cubanadian Rafael Cruz is going hunting with Steve (cantaloupe calves) King. They should take Dick Cheney, he could shoot 2 birds at once!
— DamnedObama (@auldphartt) October 25, 2013