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Cruz insists everything’s fine, as his party crashes down around his ears.

Raw Story: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday asserted that his crusade to kill President Barack Obama’s health care law by shutting down the U.S. government had not damaged the Republican Party in any way.
During an interview on CNN, host Candy Crowley asked Cruz if he had hurt the GOP brand.
“Not remotely,” Cruz laughed. “But I also think far too many people are worried about politics.”
“Listen, if we worry about what’s impacting the American people, the politics will take care of itself,” he continued. “The politicians that are gazing at polls — there is a reason why the most common sentiment across this country is that politicians aren’t listening to us, there’s a reason why Congress has a 10 to 15 percent approval rating.”

Unless I’m misunderstanding Ted here, he’s basically saying that people are spending too much time looking at polls and not enough time finding out what people think — which is, of course, complete nonsense. Polls are what people think. That’s the whole freakin’ point.
So let’s take a look at what people are thinking about the shutdown and how it’s not hurting the GOP at all, shall we?

Teagan Goddard: A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that if the 2014 midterm elections were held today, Republicans “would be in grave danger of losing control of the House of Representatives.” In a series of 24 surveys in GOP-held House districts, Republican incumbents are behind in match ups with generic Democratic challengers in 17 districts. In 4 other districts, the incumbent Republican trails after being told that the incumbent supported the government shutdown. In just 3 districts are incumbents leading generic challengers after voters are told the incumbent supported the government shutdown. Democrats need 17 seats to win control of the House. These results show that if the election were held today, such a pickup would be within reach.

Ted Cruz is Chicken Little in reverse; he’s saying everything is fine, while the sky actually is falling.
And it’s falling hard.

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Cruz insists everything’s fine, as his party crashes down around his ears.

Raw Story: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday asserted that his crusade to kill President Barack Obama’s health care law by shutting down the U.S. government had not damaged the Republican Party in any way.

During an interview on CNN, host Candy Crowley asked Cruz if he had hurt the GOP brand.

“Not remotely,” Cruz laughed. “But I also think far too many people are worried about politics.”

“Listen, if we worry about what’s impacting the American people, the politics will take care of itself,” he continued. “The politicians that are gazing at polls — there is a reason why the most common sentiment across this country is that politicians aren’t listening to us, there’s a reason why Congress has a 10 to 15 percent approval rating.”

Unless I’m misunderstanding Ted here, he’s basically saying that people are spending too much time looking at polls and not enough time finding out what people think — which is, of course, complete nonsense. Polls are what people think. That’s the whole freakin’ point.

So let’s take a look at what people are thinking about the shutdown and how it’s not hurting the GOP at all, shall we?

Teagan Goddard: A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that if the 2014 midterm elections were held today, Republicans “would be in grave danger of losing control of the House of Representatives.”

In a series of 24 surveys in GOP-held House districts, Republican incumbents are behind in match ups with generic Democratic challengers in 17 districts. In 4 other districts, the incumbent Republican trails after being told that the incumbent supported the government shutdown. In just 3 districts are incumbents leading generic challengers after voters are told the incumbent supported the government shutdown.

Democrats need 17 seats to win control of the House. These results show that if the election were held today, such a pickup would be within reach.

Ted Cruz is Chicken Little in reverse; he’s saying everything is fine, while the sky actually is falling.

And it’s falling hard.

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Having shot over to Hertfordshire last week for a brief interview with cycling commentary legend Phil Ligget that just left… ALPE D’HUEZ: Shoot 8 of the ESPN feature doc based on Richard Moore’s book Slaying The Badger [see earlier posts]. Alpe D’Huez, cycling’s most iconic climb, was the centrepiece of the '86 Tour. Hinault & Lemond crossed the line hand-in-hand: a pinnacle of sporting noblesse. Or was it…. With the edit room now running all hours and, since we only needed heroic & epic’ shots of the mountain, I offered director John Dower to go solo - providing I could take my bike. Deal! And so passed an insane 36 hours. I flew to Lyon on Wednesday and, from 2-6pm, flew up and down the famous 21 switchbacks - clambering up precipices, parking dangerously and narrowly avoiding being crushed by an inexplicable volume of enormous cement trucks. I filmed at dusk on a neighbouring peak at Villard-Reymond. The view across the Alpe was truly stunning. Worried about missing my flight the next day, I set off on my own cycling Mecca without breakfast, starting my ascent at 8am. As most people comment, Alpe D’Huez is neither the most difficult or beautiful of climbs but with the graffiti, the switchbacks and the folklore, it is certainly a ride through history. Having reached the Arrivée I managed to find a coffee shop open out of season; then, looking nervously at my watch, made the risky decision to descend via the Col De Sarenne. What one forgets however, is that this route involves, not just a death-defying descent down a poorly surfaced, barrier-free canyon but, equally, another sizeable climb. With already enough lactic acid in my legs to stop a horse, it was at this point I felt like crying, suffering the amateur’s tortured disbelief at the pro’s ability - to not only race this parcours, but to race back up Alpe D’Huez a second time in this year’s Tour! Despite this, the Col De Sarenne was the most beautiful I have ridden - highly recommended. I then managed to get back to my hotel, shoot a couple of extra shots for John, pack down my bike and kit, hurtle back to Lyon and just about make my flight. No breakfast, no lunch but home by 7pm, exhausted, starving & happy: a fitting end to what has been a wonderful project. I hope you all enjoy the film!