The freshman Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, must be doing something right. He’s ticking people off on the left and the right. I’m thinking they believe he “doesn’t know his place” so to speak. The Senate is supposed to be a “wise and deliberative body” that’s above the spectacle of politics and grandstanding. We all know that isn’t true. When it was decided Senators would be elected by popular vote that all went out the window. I applaud Senator Cruz for standing up for what he believes in. I’m sick of seeing so many Republicans going along to get along while our country is being turned into a weakened socialist welfare state. The putrid Senate hasn’t passed a budget in almost four years. They are a joke, and Senator Cruz is a refreshing change.
They’re all ticked off because Cruz is demanding answers to tough questions from President Obama’s Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.
Mr. Hagel, a former senator from Mr. Cruz’s own party, was about to be the victim of the first filibuster of a nominee to lead the Pentagon. The blockade was due in no small part to the very junior senator’s relentless pursuit of speeches, financial records or any other documents with Mr. Hagel’s name on them going back at least five years. Some Republicans praised the work of the brash newcomer, but others joined Democrats in saying that Mr. Cruz had gone too far.
Without naming names, Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, offered a biting label for the Texan’s accusatory crusade: McCarthyism.
“It was really reminiscent of a different time and place, when you said, ‘I have here in my pocket a speech you made on such and such a date,’ and, of course, nothing was in the pocket,” she said, a reference to Senator Joseph R. McCarthy’s pursuit of Communists in the 1950s. “It was reminiscent of some bad times.”
In just two months, Mr. Cruz, 42, has made his presence felt in an institution where new arrivals are usually not heard from for months, if not years. Besides suggesting that Mr. Hagel might have received compensation from foreign enemies, he has tangled with the mayor of Chicago, challenged the Senate’s third-ranking Democrat on national television, voted against virtually everything before him — including the confirmation of John Kerry as secretary of state — and raised the hackles of colleagues from both parties.
I don’t recall Barbara Boxer objecting when her leader Harry Reid stood on the floor of the Senate and accused Mitt Romney of being a tax cheat. Where was her outrage then? I don’t think Claire McCaskill complained, either. But she was quick to climb aborad the anti-Cruz bandwagon.
“He basically came out and made the accusation about money from North Korea or money from our enemies, and he just laid out there all of this accusatory verbiage without a shred of evidence,” said Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri. “In this country we had a terrible experience with innuendo and inference when Joe McCarthy hung out in the United States Senate, and I just think we have to be more careful.”
Of course, Lindsey Graham and John McCain joined their friends from across the aisle to slam Cruz. It’s a shame they don’t emulate him instead. He rocks!