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Cruzin' for a Bruisin'

By William Murchison · Feb. 19, 2013

If political success equates with how often you drive The New York Times nuts, the freshly minted junior senator from Texas could be bound for some conservative Rushmore.

“The GOP's Nasty Newcomer” is how a Times headline characterizes Sen. Ted Cruz on the basis of his performance since January: voting against John Kerry's confirmation as secretary of state, questioning Chuck Hagel's to head the defense department, voting against raising the debt ceiling, opposing renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, saying no to the barrel of congressional pork wherein aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy was encased.

Wow! You just don't do stuff like that. Or anyway that's Times columnist Frank Bruni's contention. “(A)n ornery, swaggering piece of work,” Bruni calls Sen. Cruz, throwing in for effect the verdict that “Courtesy isn't Cruz's m‚tier. Grandstanding and browbeating are.”

It's only going to get worse, I earnestly hope.

The outrage our senator (I am a constituent) generates throughout liberal/left wing America he may wear if he likes as a political Good Housekeeping seal. “I made promises to the people of Texas,” Cruz told the Times by email, “that I would come to Washington to shake up the status quo.” The status quo appears at least moderately shaken. California Senator Barbara Boxer likens Cruz to Joe McCarthy himself. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Cruz's predecessor, never came in for such a verbal pounding. Alas.

There are two points to make concerning Cruz's gift for outraging the left.

First, the Harvard and Princeton educated ex-solicitor general of Texas lives in a place – Washington, D.C. – not distinguished for, shall we say, reserve in expression. Or in veracity. The incumbent president, who shall be nameless, specializes in the rhetorical game of setting up straw men as targets of his manufactured indignation.

He likes to attack conservatives for seeking to tear down Medicare and Social Security, institutions sure to fail without some urgent attention from the party in control of Washington, the Democrats, as well as from the party not in control, the Republicans. In the inaugural last month, the president attacked the looming budgetary sequestration - the “sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts” sure to “jeopardize our military readiness” and “devastate priorities like education and energy and medical research.”

Huh? Wouldn't that be the same sequestration this same president signed into law less than two years ago? Sure is. Somebody must have put one of those famous AK-15s to the presidential temple, forcing him to do the thing he's horrified now to think about.

Second point in regard to Ted Cruz: Human capacity to take aboard nonsense and distortion from self-appointed moral leaders has limits. It happens in families and in the workplace. Enough gets to be more than enough. We seek in response the services of those willing, as many still say in Texas, to tell how the cow ate the cabbage, to call a spade a rusty shovel with a rotten handle. Ted Cruz provides – at the sacrifice of his previously non-existent popularity on the political left 00 precisely that service. In the argot of the '60s, he tells it like it is, baby.

A Democratic president venerated by liberals, Harry S. Truman, practically put his trademark on the Cruz modus operandi. Explaining his proclivity to “give 'em hell” meaning, of course, the Republicans, Truman said, “I tell the truth, and they think it's hell.”

The New York Times has every right – perhaps every duty – to withhold its editorial endorsement from Ted Cruz of Texas, to wish blisters might emerge on his tongue, and his feet fail whenever he rises to speak. Trying to read him out of the ranks of civilized Americans is a losing proposition. For one thing, he's bound to love it. For another, by my own estimate, Ted Cruz wants more keenly to help arrest his country's drift toward collectivism and dystopia than he does to win the Nobel Peace Prize or the presidency. It makes him an odd foe, wouldn't you say, for such a president as the current one to have to fend off.



Fred in Oregon said:

Wish we had someone like him, here in good old Oregon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Washington State also, we have pukes like Patty Murry and Maria Cantwell and a population of idiots that keep re-electing them.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

We are getting rid of one of our RINO's with Chambliss retiring and if we are lucky we will get a true conservative like Senator Cruz to replace him. Now all we need is to get rid of Isakson and replace him the same way. Everytime I emailed either of them about a concern, I received a form letter that usually did not even address the issue I raised. When I got one from both of them praising John Kerry I knew they were nothing more than Democrat lite. Rubio is betraying the very people who put him in office. No amnesty for lawbreakers!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM


I hope Senator Cruz runs all over the rats and rino's in Congress - he works for the PEOPLE - not the President! Give'm he$$ sir!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Joe in Texas said:

What I like about Cruz is he was using the playbook that David Horowitz suggested before David was inspired to write it!

All we Texans ask are two things: follow the Constitution, and tell the truth. Everything else falls into place.

It's really amazing that The NY Times and DC establishment considers Cruz and a$$hole, but they never call Chuck Schumer one. Cruz hasn't been any more partisan/direct in his actions that Schumer or any other Dem Pol has been.

It'll be hard to knock Cruz off his game, because he's brilliant. It's exactly what the GOP needs. No more fluffy Christine O'Donnels, but true, tested, experienced, smart people to represent us.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Richard of CT in Cheshire, CT said:

Every state needs at least one Senator like Ted Cruz, preferably two!! And a member of the House, or a few, as well. It is well past time for our elected Representatives to start representing us. The truth WILL set us free and the more truth speakers the better. Cruz may not win any prizes as Mr. Congeniality, but 'hooray and halleluia' and bring it on! I only wish that there were more Republican (and Democrat and whatever) truth telling people in politics. Sadly the 'body politic' has no idea what to do with such as these and seems far more willing to do a personal cranio-rectal insertion than face up to the facts.

If everyone of us here reading the Post were to copy some of these essays and send them to our internet contacts perhaps we could begin to shift the balance into the truths favor. This essay is going out to my list today.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Jim in Western NC said:

Admittedly, I don't know much about Senator Cruz. That said, he must be on to something good if the NYT and certain Democrats don't like him. Voting against Sen. Kerry also made me take notice. Kerry represents almost all that is wrong with modern America and its tin horn politicians, from his self-awarded Vietnam medals and subsequent traitorous acts to his poor judgment on major foreign policy issues throughout the years. He's a worse choice than even his friend Hillary Clinton (who proved to be a well-traveled incompetent).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM