Skip to comments.The G.O.P.ís Nasty Newcomer (Ted Cruz)
Posted on 02/15/2013 6:32:33 PM PST by reaganaut1
WHEN a Vesuvius like John McCain tells you that you belch too much smoke and spew too much fire, you know youve got a problem.
And Ted Cruz, a Republican freshman in the Senate who has been front and center in his partys effort to squash Chuck Hagels nomination as secretary of defense, has a problem. Hes an ornery, swaggering piece of work. Just six weeks since his arrival on Capitol Hill, hes already known for his naysaying, his nit-picking and his itch to upbraid lawmakers who are vastly senior to him, who have sacrificed more than he has and who deserve a measure of respect, or at least an iota of courtesy. Courtesy isnt Cruzs métier. Grandstanding and browbeating are.
He sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and during its final meeting on Tuesday about Hagels nomination, he made such nefarious and hectoring insinuations about Hagels possible corruption by foreign influences that McCain, whod gleefully raked Hagel over the coals himself, more or less told Cruz to cool it. It was an unforgettable moment, and one that Republicans shouldnt soon forget, because Cruz, 42, isnt simply the latest overeager beaver to start gnawing his way through the halls of Congress. Hes a prime illustration of what plagues the Republican Party and holds it back.
A fascinating illustration, too. On the surface, he should be part of the solution: young, Latino, with a hardscrabble family story including his fathers imprisonment in Cuba and escape to the United States. But Republicans who look to him and see any kind of savior overlook much of what drags the party down, which isnt merely or even principally the genealogy of their candidates. Its the intransigent social conservatism, the whiff of meanness and the showy eruptions.
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Frank Anthony Bruni (born October 31, 1964) is an American journalist. He was the chief restaurant critic of The New York Times, a position he held from 2004 to 2009. In May 2011, he became the first openly gay Op-Ed columnist of The New York Times.
The heart of the matter.
May Graham and McNasty rot....
Wow. The onslaught against Ted Cruz is pretty furious.
Without that the GOP has less than nothing
Ted Cruz has been fantastic since coming to Washington. Let’s hope he keeps it up and keeps firing at the enemy.
wait.,.. this isn’t satire?
“WHEN a Vesuvius like John McCain tells you that you belch too much smoke and spew too much fire, you know youve got a problem.”
When McCain, the uber rino, sez you are a problem, you are doing a good job.
HA - I'm LOLing out loud. What a bunch of crap! Leaky Leahy, Racist Byrd, Traitor Kerry, Carpetbagger Hillary, someone needs a reality check at the NYT.
Not surprising to find so many senators totally corrupt ~ but they're coming out in the open now.
If your taking flak, it means your over the target.
When the New York Times hates you, you know you are on the side of the angels.
Don’t forget Menendez the pedophile.
Somebody peed on this restaurant critic’s cornflakes?
John Calvin once commented on the rhetoric of his enemies. “By their roaring, I know I have hit them right.” Looks like Senator Cruz has scored some direct hits. Its exactly what the people want and need.
New York Times does not like Conservatives. Sad story.
As for me, Ted Cruz is like a refreshing breath of fresh air in the Senate.
Honest. Articulate. Steadfast in his principles and ideals.
I know that this comes a a complete shock to RINOs like McCain and Socialist useful idiots like the NYT, but that’s just too damned bad.
Keep kicking ass and taking names, Senator Cruz!
You and I both know that you are on the right track!
I think we can count the number of good Senators on one hand.
Anybody the NYT hates is A-OK in my book.
I’m very proud of my new Senator, as are most of the people I know.
Tells me a lot when the NYT disses him—LOL!
Nancy Pelosi compared Cruz’s behavior to McCarthyism. Growing up in public school history classes, we were led to believe that McCarthy was this idiot Senator with no manners. As an adult, I have to believe that McCarthy was actually a damn good senator. Am I off the mark?
Were the names named?
Exactly why we voted for Cruz here in TX. Dewhurst would have been a go along squish—too many of those in the GOP.
He makes me proud of his firecrackin’ ways. Go get ‘em Ted.
Fire up their candy ashes.
Go insert your butt-plug pacifier and cool your jets, Frank. The First Amendment applies to straight people too.
I don’t know what it’s going to take to wake up enough Americans to the fact that the Left is at war with the America they hate.
And until we fight back more viciously, without mercy and beyond brutal with these vermin of liberty at the NY Slimes and the rest of the revolutionists and MarxoFascists of the Beltway - we will risk our extermination by the same.
We knew Cruz would get the Palin treatment from the goostestepping stooges of Obama. Let us give these slime balls the same courtesy and call them what they are, and what they are doing.
Time to stop pussy-footing around.
The picture I was looking for. Thanks!
Perhaps Frankie should stick to truffles.
We sent TED CRUZ to the Senate for a damned good reason.
So far, he’s doing just what we sent him to do.
Keep up the good work, Senator Cruz!
Never heard of Frank Bruni in my life as far as I know, and I didn’t get through the first sentence and I knew what you confirmed.
Vesuvius is a description only a butt boy would use.
I thank God we have Ted Cruz representing those of us who voted for him here in Texas to do exactly what he is doing. May he keep a thick skin and a sharp tongue. Having met his father, I trust that Ted Cruz is a “like father, like son” patriot.
Now....we have to find a good pardner for Ted to replace John Cornyn in 2014.
Let’s make this happen!
“The stars a big, the stars are bright....deep in the heart of TEXAS....”
The gerbil-smuggler Frank Bruni yet again diagnoses that the republican problem is social conservatism.
“Nasty Newcomer”... Frank’s been overdosing on gay porn again.
“Nancy Pelosi compared Cruzs behavior to McCarthyism. Growing up in public school history classes, we were led to believe that McCarthy was this idiot Senator with no manners. As an adult, I have to believe that McCarthy was actually a damn good senator. Am I off the mark?”
If I may....each and every day that passes, the late Senator Joe McCarthy is being vindicated. His name has been racked through the mud by the same people that are tearing our country apart, today.
He (Senator McCarthy) was spot on from the beginning, for those of you on the Left.
Seniority is one of the major problems in the senate.
Senators think they are royalty and that once elected the senate seat belongs to them.
How much damage did Robert Byrd do to the country after he became senile but still held a seat in the senate?
LONGEST SERVING SENATORS
1. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) - 51 years, 5 months, 26 days
2. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI)- 49 years, 11 months, 15 days
3. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) - 47 years, 5 months, 8 days
4. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) - 46 years, 9 months, 19 days
5. Carl T. Hayden (D-AZ) - 41 years, 9 months, 30 days
6. John Stennis (D-MS) - 41 years, 1 month, 29 days
7. Ted Stevens (R-AK) - 40 years, 10 days
8. Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC) - 38 years, 1 month, 25 days
9. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) - 38 years, 13 days
10. Richard B. Russell (D-GA) - 38 years, 10 days
11. Russell Long (D-LA) - 38 years, 3 days
12. Francis E. Warren (R-WY) - 37 years, 4 days
13. James Eastland (D-MS) - 36 years, 2 months, 24 days
14. Warren Magnuson (D-WA) - 36 years, 20 days
15. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) - 36 years, 13 days
16. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) - 36 years, 13 days
17. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) - 36 years
18. Richard Lugar (R-IN) - 36 years
19. Claiborne Pell (D-RI) - 36 years
20. Kenneth D. McKellar (D-TN) - 35 years, 10 months
21. Milton R. Young (R-ND) - 35 years, 9 months, 22 days
22. Ellison D. Smith (D-SC) - 35 years, 8 months, 13 days
23. Allen Joseph Ellender (D-LA) - 35 years, 6 months, 24 days
24. William Boyd Allison (R-IA) - 35 years, 5 months
25. John McClellan (D-AR) - 34 years, 11 months
Keep kicking a$$ and taking names Ted...its the reason I voted for you.
I think I’ve been more impressed by Cruz than any other newly-elected congresscritter in years. I had a strong notion he was going to be the “real deal” that day I went to that rally of his in the Woodlands, and listened to him speak alongside Palin and DeMint. And I’ve become an incredibly suspicious/pessimistic cuss when it comes to GOP politicians in recent years, to put it mildly. But Cruz seemed to REALLY understand the Constitution, and have a no-nonsense attitude towards those who trample it.
This series of attacks on him by the ruling-class media elites certainly reflect he’s making the right moves.
Can you imagine the onslaught if he had taken an inopportune moment to have a sip of water??? They’d probably still be warming up the tar and getting the bags of feathers ready...
Awwwwwwwwwwww the New York Slimes don’t like Ted Cruz..somewhere Cruz is thinking to himself “Thank God” anyone loved by the Slimes is not someone I would support..Thank God for Ted Cruz this country needs more Cruz’s to defeat the RINOS in the GOP
“a Vesuvius like John McCain”
Ha. More like Pompeii.
If you think there is any hope for Sanity, those hopes will be dashed after you read the Comments following the Story.
Along with the usual Libtard whining, there more than a few of the fictional “Lifelong Republican” Posters who hate Cruz. Of course the McCarthy slander is a big part of their argument.
ONLY three senators voted against Kerrys confirmation as secretary of state. Cruz was among them.
He has an affinity for opposing, a yen for obstructing. He belonged to the minority of 22 senators who voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which passed with 78 votes. He also voted against suspending the debt ceiling for three months and against aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
He has already flagged his disagreement with the immigration reform proposal by a bipartisan panel of senators. He has already indicated antipathy to the new push for meaningful gun control. During an appearance on NBCs Meet the Press, when he was twice asked about the broadly reviled National Rifle Association ad that brought the presidents daughters into the debate on guns, he more or less defended it.
Hes been quick to seize spotlights like the one presented by Meet the Press, and while newly minted senators often keep a relatively low profile, he reportedly holds forth in Senate conferences at great and off-putting length. And hes drawing unusual admonitions from senior Republicans.
I think hes got unlimited potential, Senator Lindsey Graham told Politico. But the one thing I will say to any new senator youre going to be respected if you can throw a punch but you also have to prove you can do a deal.
Indeed, the challenge for Republicans now a challenge that, to limited and varying degrees, Rubio and even Eric Cantor are beginning to grasp is to be seen and to act as a constructive force, as a party thats for things, that wants to be inclusive and that operates with a generosity of spirit, not an overflow of spite. With his votes and his vitriol, Cruz undermines that. He brings himself plenty of attention. Hell bring Republicans nothing but grief.
It appears that Frank "blue boy" Bruni believes himself to be quite the little concern troll. He is a fine example of standing on your head, screaming at the world that they are the ones that are upside down.
When "the first openly gay op-ed writer" at the New York Times loathes you with that special, special loathing, you know you're doing something right.
Gotta like him !
He’s apparently in the sweet spot over the target.
Reprise: Just look at the resume of Cruz. He’s a genius compared to Obama. Probably the smartest man in the federal government. The only ones above him in the entire country are Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell (Blacks to the future).
I doubt that Senator Cruz will back down over the likes of this butt-monkey from the NYT.
These people really do not know what he is going to bring down on them.
The man is a WARRIOR!