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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

Ted Cruz is speaking for the people who elected him to speak for him.

As one of those voters, I am offended by the term “freshman” . The Senate is NOT high school.

We did not send Cruz there to become the cool, popular guy with the Senior class...we sent him there to REPLACE them.


51 posted on 02/15/2013 7:33:44 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: Howie66

Here’s a copy of Gene Autrey singing “Deep in the Heart of Texas’:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ASGoZWgKVI


52 posted on 02/15/2013 7:34:02 PM PST by basil (basil)
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To: jimbo123

Haha, well that explains it. I can just see Frankie all pouty and limp-wristed calling Sen. Cruz a meanie. Why it’s just not fair, is it Frankie Pooh?


53 posted on 02/15/2013 7:35:21 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Iron Munro

That list right there explains why the country is in such a mess.


54 posted on 02/15/2013 7:38:57 PM PST by WVNan
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To: KittenClaws

Oh, I don’t know, KittenClaws....

From the responses of the RINOs and the thumb-sucking bed-wetters, I’m thinking that Senator Cruz is one COOL DUDE!

Cornyn had best be updating his resume’!


55 posted on 02/15/2013 7:40:41 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: reaganaut1
The NYT really doesn't like Ted Cruz.

The more an author like you, under certain death penalty from God for your behavior, don't like someone like Ted Cruz, the more I like him. Keep it up big boy.

56 posted on 02/15/2013 7:42:33 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: basil

Thanks, basil!

Having grown up with Gene Autrey, that brings back some nice memories.


57 posted on 02/15/2013 7:43:34 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: WVNan

Joe McCarthy knew there was a group of filthy ,freedom-hating Communists manipulating America ,and he tried hard to root them out.But most of America didn’t want to belive the enemy had got inside the gates ,and the commies in the media stopped McCarthy from finishing his work.

I don’t know why,but newspapermen mostly hate traditional Judeo-Christian values.


58 posted on 02/15/2013 7:43:55 PM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Howie66
Honest. Articulate. Steadfast in his principles and ideals.

Yeah, well it looks like the GOP handlers sabotaged his response to Obama's SOU speech the other night. First, he should have been standing behind a podium with the glass of water in an inconspicuous place nearby. Worse, the whole camera angle was wrong causing his response to appear amateurish. The lurch for the glass of water was just the icing on the cake. I believe his imaged suffered some real damage because of the poor production quality. I thought the whole thing was odd.

59 posted on 02/15/2013 7:44:24 PM PST by suijuris
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To: reaganaut1

Clearly opinions vary. I’ve only seen Cruz in action twice. Both times he was the best thing I’d ever seen coming from DC.


60 posted on 02/15/2013 7:45:15 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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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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To: WVNan

I am tweeting and e-mailing support every chance I get - it’s all one can do - at this point. Ted is an exceptional person and if anyone can stand strong against the folly that is Washington DC and government it is him.

The more patriots we get in the line of fire the more this obscene media has to handle. Let’s give it to them - we are in the fight for our life and we have the courage of our convictions on our side. I, myself, am looking forward to it.

And when we have to go into the trenches, I am there. G-d forgive me but I detest these marxists, statists and tyrants.


81 posted on 02/15/2013 8:11:11 PM PST by Vindication
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To: greene66

O voted for Cruz and am loving what he’s doing. I fear he’ll turn into a Beltway like Cornyn...who has been a disappointment.


82 posted on 02/15/2013 8:15:10 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: reaganaut1

Hooray for Ted Cruz, this Senator needs our total support.


83 posted on 02/15/2013 8:18:53 PM PST by izzatzo
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To: suijuris

Wake up Suij!

That was Rubio not Cruz.


84 posted on 02/15/2013 8:25:22 PM PST by DonnerT (After all is said and done, it is God's Will that will be done.)
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To: GeronL

proof that MY SENATOR Cruz is being effective!!!

GO CRUZ!!!!


85 posted on 02/15/2013 8:27:33 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: DonnerT
Thanks Donner. Already got my bitch slap from Howie66. Been self medicating again with The Famous Grouse scotch. Apologies to Cruz. Rubio is a weak dick RINO

.

86 posted on 02/15/2013 8:32:15 PM PST by suijuris
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To: reaganaut1

“. . . lawmakers who . . . . . have sacrificed more than he has and . . ..”

BooHoo!! What in heck does this mean, if anything?


87 posted on 02/15/2013 8:33:40 PM PST by Elsiejay
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To: TexasFreeper2009

bump!

Now we need 50 more


88 posted on 02/15/2013 8:38:34 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: reaganaut1

“... 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.”.

Federal political positions were intended to be a service, not a striving.

People who think in terms of sacrifice and respect shouldn’t be in office.


89 posted on 02/15/2013 8:40:38 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: reaganaut1

It’s obvious that the NY Times hates Hispanics.


90 posted on 02/15/2013 8:42:32 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: suijuris

Sorry. I had not read all the posts before my knee jerked.

Sometimes I wish I were not a tea-totaler so I could at least have an excuse for my slips. :)


91 posted on 02/15/2013 8:45:11 PM PST by DonnerT (After all is said and done, it is God's Will that will be done.)
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To: jimbo123
"Don’t forget Menendez the pedophile."

Of course not. Then too, there's Harry Reid the Las Vegas land swindler, Barbara Boxer who bounced almost a Million dollars in hot checks, Ted Kennedy, "The Swimmer", Ted Stephens, the swindler and bribe taker ...the list goes on and the Senate of the US in nothing to admire, respect or be proud of.

GOD SPEED, TED CRUZ!

92 posted on 02/15/2013 8:46:35 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: KittenClaws

I really don’t care what gay people do in their private lives. I don’t think they choose their sexual orientation.I really believe that they are born gay. I could support civil unions (but not marriage). But I really think their culture sucks big time. There is a large percentage of them in the media and academia who are out to destroy this country and that really makes me mad.


93 posted on 02/15/2013 8:48:06 PM PST by willk
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To: T-Bird45

It wasn’t the sip of water Rubio took. It was the over-reaching/lunge for the bottle, and the awkward look of it, along with Rubio trying to keep looking at the camera.

It was an unfortunate moment which tells us Rubio is not ready for TV. Sorry - he needs some good TV coaching, and he also needs to check out his surroundings to make sure everything is in place before he speaks, even tho his people will have taken care of the details.

The speech was good; at the sipping water moment his appearance, was awkward and clumsy, -and the late-night crowd will not let him forget it.


94 posted on 02/15/2013 9:04:19 PM PST by USARightSide (S U P P O R T I N G OUR T R O O P S)
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To: WVNan

Well said and I agree. I’ve already sent him an e-mail expressing my heartfelt thanks for a job well done. He should consider criticism by the New York Times as a badge of honor.


95 posted on 02/15/2013 9:09:47 PM PST by donaldo
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To: willk

As far as gays are concerned. Born that way or not - I am willing to live and let live.

Just don’t try and forced me, through legal maras, to accept deviance.

That is the only rift I have with the gay lobby.

Hey, be gay! But leave me out of it.

If our government, in its great wisdom (sarcasm), wants to give gays the legal document of civil union , so be it.

But, Holy Matrimony, being a tenant of the Church, can NOT be legislated, and gays need to friggin accept that.


96 posted on 02/15/2013 9:15:40 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
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.

Since when has John McCain EVER been anything like a 'Vesuvius'? The Old Grey Lady doesn't like Ted Cruz, because he makes a lot of sense, and they're afraid folks might start listening.

97 posted on 02/15/2013 9:23:21 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: reaganaut1

Ted is the leader we have been longing for. I just love him. God has sent you to us Ted Cruz.


98 posted on 02/15/2013 9:25:49 PM PST by lone star annie
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To: reaganaut1

Awesome. I like this guy more and more.


99 posted on 02/15/2013 9:26:24 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: reaganaut1
'Pick the Target, Freeze It, Personalize It and Polarize It.'
- Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals; also Hillary!, Obama, Ayers, Dorn, Pelosi, Reid, Boxer, Feinstein, Schumer, Kennedy, etc., etc.
100 posted on 02/15/2013 9:54:51 PM PST by meadsjn
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