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The G.O.P.ís Nasty Newcomer (Ted Cruz)
New York Times ^ | February 15, 2013 | Frank Bruni

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 you’ve got a problem.

And Ted Cruz, a Republican freshman in the Senate who has been front and center in his party’s effort to squash Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense, has a problem. He’s an ornery, swaggering piece of work. Just six weeks since his arrival on Capitol Hill, he’s 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 isn’t Cruz’s métier. Grandstanding and browbeating are.

He sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and during its final meeting on Tuesday about Hagel’s nomination, he made such nefarious and hectoring insinuations about Hagel’s possible corruption by foreign influences that McCain, who’d gleefully raked Hagel over the coals himself, more or less told Cruz to cool it. It was an unforgettable moment, and one that Republicans shouldn’t soon forget, because Cruz, 42, isn’t simply the latest overeager beaver to start gnawing his way through the halls of Congress. He’s 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 father’s 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 isn’t merely or even principally the genealogy of their candidates. It’s the intransigent social conservatism, the whiff of meanness and the showy eruptions.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 113th; arizona; chuckhagel; johnmccain; tedcruz; texas
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The NYT really doesn't like Ted Cruz. He does not defer to Lindsay Graham and John McCain. Good. Another NYT anti-Cruz article is at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2988934/posts .
1 posted on 02/15/2013 6:32:38 PM PST by reaganaut1
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Frank Bruni

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Bruni

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.


2 posted on 02/15/2013 6:35:01 PM PST by jimbo123
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It’s the intransigent social conservatism,

The heart of the matter.

/johnny

3 posted on 02/15/2013 6:35:10 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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Whoosie Graham and McNasty, the media's whore-of-the-moment....

May Graham and McNasty rot....

4 posted on 02/15/2013 6:35:30 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: reaganaut1

Wow. The onslaught against Ted Cruz is pretty furious.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 6:35:50 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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intransigent social conservatism

Without that the GOP has less than nothing

6 posted on 02/15/2013 6:37:11 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: reaganaut1

Ted Cruz has been fantastic since coming to Washington. Let’s hope he keeps it up and keeps firing at the enemy.


7 posted on 02/15/2013 6:37:47 PM PST by LiveFree99
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!1

wait.,.. this isn’t satire?


8 posted on 02/15/2013 6:38:36 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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“WHEN a Vesuvius like John McCain tells you that you belch too much smoke and spew too much fire, you know you’ve got a problem.”

When McCain, the uber rino, sez you are a problem, you are doing a good job.


9 posted on 02/15/2013 6:39:02 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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""...decorous quarters of the Senate.""

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.

10 posted on 02/15/2013 6:40:04 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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He touched a sore spot in the Senate when he asked for more financial information ~ 24 Senators have put a stop to the request. Apparently all of these guys were paid off by North Korea, or maybe somebody in Iraq ~ difficult to tell.

Not surprising to find so many senators totally corrupt ~ but they're coming out in the open now.

11 posted on 02/15/2013 6:40:39 PM PST by muawiyah
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If your taking flak, it means your over the target.


12 posted on 02/15/2013 6:41:03 PM PST by joelt
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When the New York Times hates you, you know you are on the side of the angels.


13 posted on 02/15/2013 6:42:47 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Baynative

Don’t forget Menendez the pedophile.


14 posted on 02/15/2013 6:43:44 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: dynachrome

Thank you!!!!!


15 posted on 02/15/2013 6:45:02 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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Somebody peed on this restaurant critic’s cornflakes?


16 posted on 02/15/2013 6:45:09 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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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.


17 posted on 02/15/2013 6:45:14 PM PST by allendale
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To: reaganaut1

New York Times does not like Conservatives. Sad story.


18 posted on 02/15/2013 6:46:06 PM PST by David
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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!


19 posted on 02/15/2013 6:46:24 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: muawiyah

I think we can count the number of good Senators on one hand.


20 posted on 02/15/2013 6:47:13 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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