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A Very Junior Senator Delivers A Jolt

By Jonathan Weisman | The New York Times | February 15, 2013

WASHINGTON — As the Senate edged toward a nasty filibuster vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, sat silent and satisfied in the corner of the chamber — his voice robbed by laryngitis — as he absorbed what he had wrought in his mere seven weeks of Senate service.

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.

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And this guy is soon to be presented to us as the

next "leader" of our cause. He will be speaking at CPAC in the (false) hopes of bringing the young people in (and controling them) at a discounted rate. These neocons will try every trick in the book to hoodwink us and hijack our movement.

I really do hope CPAC 2013 is a complete bust.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

I can't believe that so many

I can't believe that so many here are applauding this fool Cruz. Hagel is not an ideal man for the position, but he is far better than anyone else that Obama would nominate. This is all about Hagel's refusal to kiss Israel's ass. I swear, if Christian Zionists really knew what was going on in Palestine, they would lose their religion.

This may be showmanship, but

This may be showmanship, but do you think Cruz is going to tow the line when the next bank fails? Do you think he'll vote for the next bailout of GM? Do you think he'll support the disarmament of law abiding citizens? Do you think he will support the indefinite detention of American citizens, or the murder by drone of them on American soil? I think not. And that is something to be applauded.

The story is simple:

There's a lot of AIPAC money raining down his pockets.

if there was a filibuster

if there was a filibuster everytime in senate since its inception, we would be a free people

lawrence

No is always the right answer

No is always the right answer when it comes to Washington. Nothing there is worth voting for ever. Even if the correct answer is yes, vote no. Call them liars, call them thieves, call them traitors and do it to their face. It only makes sense to fight fire with fire. Subjugate them, embarass them, demean them, lie about them if you have to. Whatever it takes to destroy them, one by one.

I will add that since McCain & Boehner

don't like him, I do. I do have two questions. His mother is American and his father is a Cuban refuge (illegal alien?). Ted was born in Canada. Why do they call him Hispanic? Does his birth in Canada make him ineligible to run for president?

hispanic is merely a term for someone . . .

with Spanish ancestry--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Yep

The only step up he can make is governor or cabinet, that's if you consider cabinet a step up. It was for Hillary...

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Thank you both

for the answers.

If Lindsey Graham hates him.....

I love him.

Did you even read the article?

And why they dislike him?

Cruz is yet another chickenhawk neo-con

Attacking veterans who honorably served their country.

Hagel endorsed by Iran? With rhetoric like that our country is doomed.

I recall the neo-cons saying Obama was endorsed by Iran back in the first election.

If they actually debated issues instead of personal attacks the neo-cons might have some value. Right now they have none.

They could have done much better in the last election if they stuck to the economy, reducing debt, balancing the budget.

Instead they are fixated on this Benghazi fishing expedition.

I wonder how many times Ron Paul has kicked himself

for endorsing this little neocon. He is great on some things but definitely isn't a Ron Paul Republican with this attitude. Ironically he shares the same foreign policy values as Graham and McCain, his two biggest GOP critics for attacking Hagle.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

The alternative was

David Dewhurst. He may still become a problem. Thank your lucky stars Cruz beat Dewhurst. Americans need to start thinking in terms of the real choices that present themselves. The pie-in-the-sky is not an option. Who's running in your district?

In Many Ways, Dennis Kucinich Reminds Me Of This Fella Cruz

I didn't like Dennis on some issue, but on many others he was awesome!

Too early to tel with Cruz..

He better be careful not burn himself out. At the rate he is going he definitely will. Those slithering vipers will frustrate him aweful..

Expect little from the Congress, that way you're not disappointed..

I'm Still A Little Green About Cruz...

He seemed to come out of nowhere..No very little about him..Must start doing a better job of vetting...

with one exception

Kucinich is likeable

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Some of those"Tea Party" senators at the end are not

conservative. Jeff Flake? Seriously? He's one of 8 sponsoring a dream act to flood the borders.

This article if fodder for democrats

see here:

“If you don’t ruffle any feathers, you’re not doing anything right,” said Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, who garnered similar attention in his opening weeks in the Senate two years ago.

Mr. Cruz was among the 22 senators who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, among the 34 who voted against raising the debt ceiling, among the 19 who tried to cut off military sales to Egypt, among the 36 who opposed a relief package for the regions hit by Hurricane Sandy, and among the three senators who voted against Mr. Kerry’s confirmation.

“I was compelled to vote no on Senator Kerry’s nomination because of his longstanding less-than-vigorous defense of U.S. national security issues,” said Mr. Cruz, who also questioned the commitment of Mr. Kerry and Mr. Hagel to the armed forces, though both served in Vietnam. Mr. Cruz has no record of military service."

Frank Bruni: Ted Cruz, the G.O.P.’s Nasty Newcomer (February 17, 2013).

Talk about a box of chocolates.. return this article!

He reminded me of Joseph McCarthy.

He was making outrageous innuendos about $200,000 and saying it could have come from the North Koreans. This guy is a loose cannon and becoming a laughing stock here in Texas.

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"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."