Skip to comments.Ted Cruz to John McCain: “There may be more ‘wacko birds’ in the Senate than you think”
Posted on 05/23/2013 3:26:50 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Via Joel Gehrke, a scene from the intramural debate over the debt ceiling between Maverick McCain and the Paul/Lee/Cruz tea-party coalition. If you read Erika’s post last night, you already know the background. The tea partiers are threatening to block the Senate’s budget from being sent to the House for a conference committee unless Reid assures them that whatever emerges won’t raise the debt ceiling. (Or, if it does, that 60 votes will be required for passage rather than the simple majority typically required for budget bills.) Reid won’t budge on that — yet. McCain, who’s been busy lately recouping lots of Strange New Respect that he lost five years ago when he momentarily became the left’s chief obstacle to power, has spent the last 24 hours effectively siding with Reid. Whether that’s because he’s a stickler for traditional Senate procedure or because he disdains the new generation of Senate conservatives for being too brash in asserting themselves (and for not being as interventionist as he’d like), I leave to you to decide. In Maverick’s defense, he’s been consistent in criticizing irregular GOP maneuvering on the debt ceiling — and in dumping on tea partiers for driving it. From 2011:
McCain said conservatives’ insistence that an increase in the debt ceiling be accompanied by a balanced budget amendment was “worse than foolish” because it couldn’t get through the Senate.
Reading from the [Wall Street Journal] editorial, McCain continued:
“The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue and the public will turn en masse against Barack Obama…. Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea party hobbits could return to Middle-earth having defeated Mordor.
“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees,” he said, referring to the failed tea-party-backed candidates from Nevada and Delaware.
He got irritated with his foreign-policy and immigration ally Marco Rubio over this last night too, and this morning accused Mike Lee of being, well, ignorant:
“Perhaps the senator from Utah doesn’t know about that — the fact that even if they did raise the debt limit, it could not become law because it doesn’t go to the president of the United States,” McCain said. “So again, maybe the senator from Utah ought to learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.”
As is usually the case with McCain, the excessive nastiness in his criticism leaves you wondering how much of this is about policy and procedure and how much of it is driven by deeper personal dislike. Here’s Cruz reveling in Maverick’s annoyance by answering his attack on Lee with an 11-minute speech, the highlight of which comes at around 6:00 with a reference to McCain’s now-infamous (and since apologized-for) dubbing of Cruz and Rand Paul as “wacko birds.” He’s going to have endless fun tweaking Mac during their time in the Senate together, isn’t he?
Juan is senile. He needs to go home.
McLame goes, “fight! fight! fight!”
Keating 5 McLame should have been removed from the senate years ago for his corruption.
Whooop! Ted Cruz...
Poor old Juan has done his best and given all he has to offer.
Time for Juan to retire with a little dignity still left.
He’d better hurry.
I want dueling brought back on the Senate floor. McMental needs to be made to stand up for his insults.
We’ve lost more than enough times with ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS like McCain. Time for those clowns to step aside.
why do wacko birds hate cheap lettuce!??
take a long hike off a short pier, Juan.
Cruz just gets better and better. He sure has McCain’s number. He might bait hinm into a stroke.
No elite Senate *Good old boys club* tradition.
Exactly what we need.
That would be a terrible shame. I'll almost shed a tear.
Ted, tell that idiot everyday to go home.
Cruz just gets better and better. He sure has McCains number. He might bait hinm into a stroke.
I suspect that McCain has already had a series of very minor mini-strokes. His outbursts of anger have been increasing in recent months.
But I suspect his main problem currently is jealousy. Cruz is becoming the patriotic Senate warrior that McCain has been unable to bring himself to be. McCain is slip-sliding away toward irrelevancy and he knows it.
Plus that bubble-headed daughter of his has to be a major disappointment to him.
Oh that was beautiful! What a great speaker he is, and I’ll bet you could see the steam coming out of McCain’s ears.
Dear Senator McCain,
We’re more than “wacobirds”, we’re ANGRYBIRDS!!!!
McCain thinks he is the Lion of the Senate (aka Ted Kennedy) now. He does need to leave.
Ted Cruz rocks.....
Credit should also be given to the cameraman for keeping those legs in the upper left of the screen..... throughout the entire speech. ;>)
He is the village idiot.
Perhaps the senator from Utah doesnt know about that the fact that even if they did raise the debt limit, it could not become law because it doesnt go to the president of the United States, McCain said. So again, maybe the senator from Utah ought to learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.
McLame has harsher words for Republicans than he does for RATS