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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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.