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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:09 AM

Ted Cruz slanders war hero, embarrasses TX and violates Armed Services Committee tradition

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Ted Cruz slanders war hero, embarrasses Texas and violates Armed Services Committee tradition
By Brent Budowsky - 02/13/13 10:54 AM ET


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The Senate Armed Services Committee has a long and proud tradition of bipartisan statesmanship that was violated by the Tea Party freshman senator who tried to smear a war hero who not only served his country with courage but also has battled for veterans and military families in Texas and nationally for a generation.

Nationally, the shameful performance by Cruz, who acted like Joe McCarthy in short pants with his insults of war hero Hagel, illustrates why Republicans keep losing elections, why the Republican and Tea Party brands are in such disrepute, and why the so-called Republican reboot (which I have called the Republican retoot) is still not close to credible.

In Texas, veteran voters know that Hagel is enthusiastically supported by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and groups speaking for veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Presumably while Hagel was battling as a decorated war hero and fighting for all living veterans, Cruz was being cheered at Tea Party seminars and eating popcorn at war movies.

Cruz's performance at Armed Services was disgraceful and appalling. He violated the proud tradition of a great bipartisan committee and did no service to the countless veterans and war heroes of Texas and the nation who know that Hagel is a great friend and member of the band of brothers and sisters who serve Texas and America with valor.

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Reply Ted Cruz slanders war hero, embarrasses TX and violates Armed Services Committee tradition (Original post)
babylonsister Feb 2013 OP
Laurian Feb 2013 #1
bullwinkle428 Feb 2013 #2
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #3
loudsue Feb 2013 #13
Bake Feb 2013 #23
Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #4
Berlum Feb 2013 #5
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #6
FarleysMom1 Feb 2013 #11
Wait Wut Feb 2013 #14
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #18
justabob Feb 2013 #7
pscot Feb 2013 #8
winterpark Feb 2013 #9
Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #12
marble falls Feb 2013 #10
Yavin4 Feb 2013 #15
Squaredeal Feb 2013 #16
another_liberal Feb 2013 #17
Caeser67 Feb 2013 #19
otohara Feb 2013 #20
Smilo Feb 2013 #21
riverbendviewgal Feb 2013 #22

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:13 AM

1. I'm sure this teabagger takes the admonishment as a

compliment. It is not possible to embarrass or humiliate these ignorant slugs.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:15 AM

2. How many baggers out there right are sporting wood over the idea of a

Rand Paul/Ted Cruz 2016 ticket?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:27 AM

3. They used a couple of pages out of the John Kerry "swift boat" smears during the 2004 election....

...I guess they figured it worked then, why not now?

Kerry was also a decorated war veteran who was absolutely, and falsely, vilified by GOP Tea-Nazi operatives.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:39 PM

13. The truth is, GOPers LOVE the Military Industrial Complex and HATE the vets

All of their votes have shown that through the years. It's the military powerful the GOP love, not the boots on the ground.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 02:09 PM

23. There's the truth!

BAM!



Bake

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:29 AM

4. Cruz was revolting, and I don't even like Hagel.

I was glad to hear Nelson give him a piece of his mind, and I don't even like Nelson. That's how shitty Cruz's behavior was.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:39 AM

5. Chickenhawk Republicans always crap on honorable US Veterans

...it is a real pattern, an ugly pattern.

Republicans really have it in for anyone who served America.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:41 AM

6. Hateful little man.

Not a real surprise though...look what they did to Max Cleland.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:11 PM

11. And let's not forget Tammy Duckworth

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Response to FarleysMom1 (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:40 PM

14. You get a heart...

...for remembering Rep. Duckworth. She's an amazing, brave woman. Joe Walsh is a gigantic, useless tool.

Welcome to DU!

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Response to FarleysMom1 (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:59 PM

18. Wow. Isn't that the truth. Walsh flamed her unmercifully. nt.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:50 AM

7. what an embarrassment that guy is

We've got more than our fair share of wing nuts, but Cruz is awful.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:17 AM

8. Cruz is an embarrasment to the Country

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:33 AM

9. You know, we keep criticizing these crackpots that have been duly elected by the citizens

of their states. But we never talk about what that says about the electorate? How stupid are we that we let our fellow citizens elect these crackpots in the first place? Organizing on the left must be stepped up. Better candidates must be put up for consideration and not just establishment choices. In places like here in Florida we have got to step up the ground game or we'll be stuck with this idiot governor and the rethug majority in tallahassee and asscaps like rubio for decades.

Just sayin

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Response to winterpark (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:23 PM

12. State politics is more fun that DU:

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:05 PM

10. AND he never, ever served. He's my Senator and I never voted for him or .....

the slightly less despicable butthead before him he beat in the primary. I am a Republican and I'd vote for the Socialist candidate first. The Democratic candidate was going to lose but at least he was the most in touch with reality by a long stretch.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:41 PM

15. First Bush, Then Rick Perry, Now Cruz

To paraphrase ESPN: "Come on Texas!"

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:46 PM

16. What did he do?

Wear a band aid with a Purple Heart on it during the hearing, just like the VFW members did to John Kerry to ridicule his military service to his country in Vietnam when he was addressing their convention, while they supported AWOL George Bush, whose daddy pulled political strings to keep his son out of the war?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:46 PM

17. Sure, but . . .

Sure, "In Texas, veteran voters know that Hagel is enthusiastically supported by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and groups speaking for veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan," but, don't you see, the President is still a Black Man! Ignorant, racist, Tea Party types are never going to vote for any of his nominees, not any more than they'll ever stop waving those stupid Snake Flags.

Wait until election day, 2014. I'm afraid nothing much will happen before then.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:06 PM

19. It Is The Fault Of The So-Called Media

That has in years past promoted the Chickenhawks over those who have served. John Kerry was portrayed as soft when it came to War, was ridiculed by Republicans with Purple Heart Band-Aids (for which I have two, not the Band-aids but Purple Hearts, Panama 89, Iraq 2005) at their convention, even though he was a 3 time Vietnam Vet. But who was held up as the War hero? Well I don't need to say who. But who ate it up, played up that narrative, and ran with it because it was good theater? Again, no need to say, so let's stop with the faux outrage (so-called media), you built this.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:06 PM

20. The Is Just The Beginning

has anyone besides me ever called this guy's office?
Holy shit they are mean and argumentative.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:08 PM

21. Like my Dad used to say

empty vessels make the most sound.

Those teabagger chickenhawks who spout on about how patriotic they are, ye have absolutely no problem in slandering a true war hero. Given the chance to serve a week at the front - these teabagger chickenhawks would be running the other way.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:08 PM

22. Joe McCarthy has risen from the dead.

Yes Cruz is using the same tactics...see wiki on McCarthy..

He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere. Ultimately, his tactics and inability to substantiate his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate.

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