Skip to comments.Cruz Breaks With Senate Tradition While Criticizing Colleagues
Posted on 04/29/2013 10:07:42 AM PDT by reaganaut1
In his short time at the Capitol, Senator Ted Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has shown little regard for long-standing rules of decorum. But on Friday, he publicly discussed the closed-door dealings of the Senate Republican Conference and trashed his colleagues in the process.
Stopping by a Texas meeting of the Tea Party-aligned group FreedomWorks, Mr. Cruz called many of his colleagues squishes, forced to stand on conservative principles by the uncompromising stands of a triumphant trio of Republican constitutionalists: himself and Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
At stake was the gun control legislation that the Senate dragged down this month. At issue for Mr. Cruz might be his exposure of a series of closed-door luncheons in which fellow Republicans took the three to task for announcing in advance that they would filibuster every single vote on the gun measure, including the simple motion to take up and begin debating the bill. Such meetings are expressly off the record.
Weve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing up and looking at Rand and Mike and me and yelling at the top of their lungs I mean really upset, he told the group to laughter and titters, according to a video posted by a Tea Party blogger and promoted by the liberal group People for the American Way. And they said: Why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that Ive got to stand on principle. Im not making that up. I dont even bother to argue with them. I just sort of let them yell.
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Cruz won’t be intimidated so easily. What an outstanding Senator he has been so far.
So far Cruz remembers he works for the people of Texas not the R party or fellow senators. I hope he keeps it up, but watch them remove him from good committees.
Sorry, but Rand has forfeited that designation over his unforgivable support for amnesty to wanton lawbreakers.
Yes, and I’m proud to say I voted for him 3 times.
They can't bully him, can't intimidate him and he won't sit down and roll over like a puppy.
The libs and many rinos hate his guts and are digging in his past trying to find the skeleton in his closet so he will shut up.
Ain't gonna happen, Cruz has 16 pound bowling balls.
Not Yours to Give
He has become a shining star for Texas! Fight ON! Those traditions only worked when men of Honor and principle held seats in the Senate—that was a long time ago. Rand, Lee and Cruz will fight to keep us free—and if they fail....they will lead the movement to restore the nation.
Getting yelled at because they will be held accountable and have to 'stand on principle' ... doesn't that just about say it all about the state of government these days? A major house-cleaning is needed. At least the constituents are 'yelling' .... about time.
One such is fantastic. Three, a great start.
What is it about the Constitution that absolutely befuddles RINOS?
Disdain for the Tea Party philosophy?
They better find the antidote fast, because the Obamacare trainwreck is not going away, and things WILL get worse.
(the sound of Sen. Cruz walking)
He really scares the libs..that’s why they are targeting him so early on..
"I've told them this repeatedly in private and in public, 'If you have a new pathway, you're making it hard for any conservatives to get on board with this,'" he added
Cruz is also NOT INTERESTED in fawning approval stories printed by the New York Times and the rest of the media. We had to deal with forty-seven years of Ted Kennedy but they can’t stand only three months of Ted Cruz.
How dare you call me a Squishy Republican.
It's Maverick Traitor!
As far as I can tell the "rules of decorum" mean "roll over every time the liberals demand".
I have seen very little "decorum" from Grimy Harry for example.
His position has been repeatedly misstated by the likes of the NYT and LAT. Liberals trying to spin his positions into fitting their agenda. His out line of a plan can be found at his website and it has not changed one iota. The only amnesty in it is that illegals here that qualify for a work visa to not have to return to their home country to apply for a green card.
So sad that you’re right about the Times - our “respected” paper.
Cruz “trashing” senators sounds ok though;)
Thank you Ted.
Clearly they have no grasp of "principle" as opposed to "opinion." The Constitution's language is not too complicated for a fifth-grader to understand.
Hold your ground. Let them yell.
If they can't understand "principle." no explanation is possible. If they do, no explanation should be necessary.
Dammit, what is it about the Second Amendment that they don't understand? Making America "better" does not mean ignoring the Constitution; no matter how well intentioned.
If ever you must respond, just suggest that they move to repeal the Second Amendment. Do they have the b***s for it? Ignoring it is not an option.
I have found Senators to be very arrogant. I believe they should all be limited to two terms. That should help keep the power from ossifying them.
The Senate's rules of decorum seem to be "shut up and go along because the people that have been here longer know better". I wish Cruz would aggravate one of them enough to get challenged to a duel. /s
Look around and see how well “Senate tradition” is working for us. I say rip that sucker out and stomp it flat.
Oh, the humanity!!!!!! Oh, the horror!!!!!! The kid has the audacity to show the Senate is a circular BOHICA!
me too, he is rapidly becoming my favorite Senator.
>> Yes, and Im proud to say I voted for him 3 times.
In three separate election, right? ;-)
LOL! The Old Grey Whore (tm) finding fault with Cruz.
“’If you have a new pathway,”
They don’t which is why the Gang (aptly named) of 8 has to hatch their little plot in secret.
I haven't yet rewritten the lyrics to The Great Mandalla but such a project comes to mind frequently these days.
Coming from a paper that has supported the anti-American Kenyan iconoclast in the white house, who's slogan was 'change you can believe in', as he's trashed tradition these past 5 years this is beyond hilarious.
Real psychos, these leftists.
“Such meetings are expressly off the record. “
...Except when NYTimes. POLITICO, etc WANT to report what goes on LOL!
Of course! Just wanted to poke any lurking democrat in the eye. :)
Oh point me to the fainting couch. [rolls eyes]
Thank God I changed my mind and voted for Cruz!
I voted for Cruz and so far am very happy with my vote.
I wish I could have seen that.
Dear God, thank you for Ted Cruz!
Hey, NY Times, this is what a real maverick looks like...
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