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A badge of honor

Senator Reid calls Senator Ted Cruz a "schoolyard bully."

If, as was reported last week, he might run for the White House in 2016, is he a Ronald Reagan whose adamant conservative principles will confound the naysayers, attract voters and lead his party to national victory? Or is he a Barry Goldwater, whose conservatism was equally apparent and who inspired future generations, but nevertheless led his party to a crushing defeat in 1964?

Conservative Republicans, including former Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.), head of the Heritage Foundation, applaud Cruz’s willingness to challenge the status quo in the Senate Republican caucus.

The Texan has become a hero of movement conservatives by taking on members of his own party and scolding them for apathy and defeatism.

It is what many had hoped to see from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who like Cruz defeated a heavily-favored opponent backed by the establishment in a Republican primary. But Rubio has taken a more cautious approach and irked conservatives recently by teaming up with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to craft immigration legislation.

Cruz’s aggression has also rankled colleagues in a chamber where seniority rules.

He created an uproar by calling his colleagues “squishes” for what he considered weak opposition to gun-control legislation. On Friday, he publicly challenged Vice President Biden to a debate on guns and crime.

Several colleagues initially did not approve of Cruz’s push for an amendment to defund the 2010 Affordable Care Act. When he later told the Conservative Political Action Conference that GOP senators had to be prodded to fight ObamaCare, the comment inflamed tensions still more.

Cruz’s Senate colleagues fear that he makes them look ready to go along with business as usual in Washington, which makes them more likely to be challenged and defeated in primaries.

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who could face a primary in 2014, has stuck to Cruz like glue, voting in lockstep with his junior colleague. They were two of only three Republicans to vote against former Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) nomination to become secretary of State this year.

Cruz’s rivals in the party whisper that he is too confrontational, extreme and almost boorish.

[...]

“The senator from Texas was on the losing side…now he wants us to adopt the losing side’s view or we cannot go to conference,” Reid said.

“My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully,” Reid added.

"He pushes everybody around and is losing and instead of playing the game according to the rules, he not only takes the ball home with him, but he changes the rules that way no one wins except the bully who tries to indicate to people that he has won."

Cruz, a Tea Party darling whose rhetoric has sometimes raised eyebrows among Republicans, shot back that “I wasn’t aware we are in the schoolyard.”

It's obvious he's doing something right...

4 comments to A badge of honor

  • Gusano

    "A sad thing it is to not have friends, but even sadder must it be not having any enemies; that a man should have no enemies is a sign that he has no talent to outshine others, nor character that inspires, nor valor that is feared, nor honor to be rumored, nor goods to be coveted, nor anything to be envied." --Jose Marti

  • Honey

    Cruz will have enemies galore.

  • asombra

    Reid is a gray, dried-up hack who's never been part of the solution and will always be part of the problem. If he were merely useless that would already be unacceptable for a Senate Majority leader, but he's downright obstructionist. He neither leads nor follows, but is squarely in the way. The creep is mean-spirited, uninspiring and frankly depressing. He reflects damn poorly on his party and especially on the people who put and have kept him in the Senate, to the detriment of the entire country. Democracy, alas, is seriously flawed.

  • FreedomForCuba

    Beautiful and powerful quote by Jose Marti Gusano. BTW, first time I read that one, thanks for sharing it...

    asombra you're so right,

    Obama, Reid, Pelosi the liberal Democrats, the RINOs, the MSM, the Hollywood idiots and last but not least all those very wealthy, influential and powerful characters (like Bloomberg and Soros) that finance and support Obama's agenda are the reason that our country is in such sad shape and at the verge of collapse.