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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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To: reaganaut1

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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To: reaganaut1
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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To: reaganaut1
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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To: JRandomFreeper
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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To: reaganaut1

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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To: 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.”

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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To: reaganaut1
""...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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To: GeronL
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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To: reaganaut1

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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To: reaganaut1

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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To: reaganaut1

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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To: joelt

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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To: reaganaut1

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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To: reaganaut1

Anybody the NYT hates is A-OK in my book.


21 posted on 02/15/2013 6:47:55 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Howie66

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!


22 posted on 02/15/2013 6:49:50 PM PST by basil (basil)
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To: reaganaut1
Consolidated B-24

You know you're on target when you start catching the flak.

23 posted on 02/15/2013 6:51:05 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: reaganaut1

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?


24 posted on 02/15/2013 6:52:12 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: muawiyah
...24 Senators have put a stop to the request. Apparently all of these guys were paid off...

Were the names named?

25 posted on 02/15/2013 6:52:15 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: reaganaut1

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.


26 posted on 02/15/2013 6:53:04 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: reaganaut1

Go insert your butt-plug pacifier and cool your jets, Frank. The First Amendment applies to straight people too.


27 posted on 02/15/2013 6:54:52 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: reaganaut1

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.


28 posted on 02/15/2013 6:54:56 PM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Snickering Hound

The picture I was looking for. Thanks!


29 posted on 02/15/2013 6:56:08 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: jimbo123

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!


30 posted on 02/15/2013 6:59:19 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: jimbo123

Amazing!

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.


31 posted on 02/15/2013 7:01:14 PM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Cyber Liberty

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.


32 posted on 02/15/2013 7:02:34 PM PST by T Baden (Tenth Amendment Texan)
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To: basil

Amen, brother!

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....”


33 posted on 02/15/2013 7:03:23 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: reaganaut1

The gerbil-smuggler Frank Bruni yet again diagnoses that the republican problem is social conservatism.


34 posted on 02/15/2013 7:04:24 PM PST by crusader71
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To: reaganaut1

“Nasty Newcomer”... Frank’s been overdosing on gay porn again.


35 posted on 02/15/2013 7:05:34 PM PST by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (I AM ANDREW BREITBART)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends





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36 posted on 02/15/2013 7:07:04 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: rarestia

“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?”

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.


37 posted on 02/15/2013 7:07:31 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: reaganaut1
"his nit-picking and his itch to upbraid lawmakers who are vastly senior to him

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


38 posted on 02/15/2013 7:11:22 PM PST by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: All

Keep kicking a$$ and taking names Ted...its the reason I voted for you.


39 posted on 02/15/2013 7:14:45 PM PST by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: reaganaut1

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.


40 posted on 02/15/2013 7:14:52 PM PST by greene66
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To: GeronL

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...


41 posted on 02/15/2013 7:15:33 PM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: reaganaut1

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


42 posted on 02/15/2013 7:15:47 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: reaganaut1

“a Vesuvius like John McCain”

Ha. More like Pompeii.


43 posted on 02/15/2013 7:17:08 PM PST by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: INVAR

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.


44 posted on 02/15/2013 7:20:07 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: reaganaut1
As usual the best part of the article is at the end.

ONLY three senators voted against Kerry’s 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 NBC’s “Meet the Press,” when he was twice asked about the broadly reviled National Rifle Association ad that brought the president’s daughters into the debate on guns, he more or less defended it.

He’s 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 he’s drawing unusual admonitions from senior Republicans.

“I think he’s got unlimited potential,” Senator Lindsey Graham told Politico. “But the one thing I will say to any new senator — you’re 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 that’s 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. He’ll 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.

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45 posted on 02/15/2013 7:20:46 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: reaganaut1
The NYT really doesn't like Ted Cruz. He does not defer to Lindsay Graham and John McCain.

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.

46 posted on 02/15/2013 7:24:13 PM PST by Bryan
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To: TLI

Gotta like him !


47 posted on 02/15/2013 7:24:45 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: GeronL

He’s apparently in the sweet spot over the target.


48 posted on 02/15/2013 7:29:15 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Bryan

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).

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


49 posted on 02/15/2013 7:29:58 PM PST by donaldo
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To: T Baden

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!


50 posted on 02/15/2013 7:32:33 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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