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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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To: reaganaut1

“his nit-picking and his itch to upbraid lawmakers who are vastly senior to him”

More like vastly senile. What an unashamed hit piece. Cruz is great, a real patriot. McCain may have served, but now he’s serving his country up. We need more like Cruz, and all across this nation, we’re prepping more for 2014. I hope Graham is wearing depends on election night. He should then loan them to McLame for his next primary. That RINO won’t get so lucky again.


61 posted on 02/15/2013 7:46:47 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: suijuris

You are mistaking TED CRUZ for Marco Rubio.

To be honest, Rubio isn’t in the same class as Cruz.

Time will prove me right on this, I have no doubts.


62 posted on 02/15/2013 7:46:47 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Paladin2

he certainly is


63 posted on 02/15/2013 7:47:36 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Viennacon

Graham knows that we are coming for him in 2014.

We will take him down just like we took down Lugar.


64 posted on 02/15/2013 7:50:11 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Howie66

We do not disagree as I see it. :-)


65 posted on 02/15/2013 7:51:32 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: reaganaut1

I went to his FB page and told him if the NY times and Sen Boxer don’t like you, then you must be doing things right. So keep up the good work.

I’m glad I voted for him twice. Very pleased with him. Dewhurst would have been another McCain.


66 posted on 02/15/2013 7:53:08 PM PST by Texas56
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To: Howie66

Ted Cruz is the man everyone thinks Rubio is

I believe!


67 posted on 02/15/2013 7:54:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: jimbo123

So we have someone who used to dine out a lot and who is gay passing judgement on the GOP. Once again, The Slimes puts it’s “Best Foot ( or more likely some other part of it’s anaomy(forward.”


68 posted on 02/15/2013 7:57:12 PM PST by vette6387
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To: rarestia

“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?”

The Venona papers were a collection of Russian telexes back to Mother Russia. They were released in the early ‘90’s due to expiration of security classification. They demonstrated that McCarthy was right in virtually everything he said; Democrats be damned!


69 posted on 02/15/2013 8:01:02 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: donaldo

So...we see them starting to attack and isolate Cruz. Time for us to fight back FOR him. Send hims letters of praise. Let’s make it an avalanche of positive mail. I think I will actually write him a letter...on paper..and send it via mail. We must not let them destroy him. He will need for us to have his back.


70 posted on 02/15/2013 8:01:34 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Howie66
Damn, you are correct! More proof that one should not drink and drive a computer. I am still so pissed off at Rubio's performance the other night I was laying in wait for an opportunity to bitch about it. Boy did I miss the mark.
71 posted on 02/15/2013 8:01:41 PM PST by suijuris
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To: Howie66

So glad I voted for Ted Cruz, I don’t think he will listen to McCains crap. Go Ted Go.


72 posted on 02/15/2013 8:05:14 PM PST by Milly (An Aggie Grama .)
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To: T Baden

Well said ,so glad I voted for him.


73 posted on 02/15/2013 8:07:00 PM PST by Milly (An Aggie Grama .)
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To: T Baden

Well said ,so glad I voted for him.


74 posted on 02/15/2013 8:07:00 PM PST by Milly (An Aggie Grama .)
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To: T Baden

Well said ,so glad I voted for him.


75 posted on 02/15/2013 8:07:09 PM PST by Milly (An Aggie Grama .)
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To: T Baden

Well said ,so glad I voted for him.


76 posted on 02/15/2013 8:07:13 PM PST by Milly (An Aggie Grama .)
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To: T Baden

Well said ,so glad I voted for him.


77 posted on 02/15/2013 8:07:13 PM PST by Milly (An Aggie Grama .)
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To: T Baden

Well said ,so glad I voted for him.


78 posted on 02/15/2013 8:08:59 PM PST by Milly (An Aggie Grama .)
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To: onyx

I like that pic almost as much as the one of Dick Cheney giving _resdient Skeet the ‘stink eye’ at Zero’s first inaguration...


79 posted on 02/15/2013 8:09:13 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: reaganaut1

Pelosi says he represents McCarthyism.
Sounds like just what we need. If he continues on this way he’s liable to become president.


80 posted on 02/15/2013 8:09:41 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Guns should not be illegal; they should be undocumented.)
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