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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Anybody the NYT hates is A-OK in my book.
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!
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?
Were the names named?
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.
Go insert your butt-plug pacifier and cool your jets, Frank. The First Amendment applies to straight people too.
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.
The picture I was looking for. Thanks!
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!
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.
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.
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....”
The gerbil-smuggler Frank Bruni yet again diagnoses that the republican problem is social conservatism.
“Nasty Newcomer”... Frank’s been overdosing on gay porn again.
“Nancy Pelosi compared Cruzs 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.
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
Keep kicking a$$ and taking names Ted...its the reason I voted for you.
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.