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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:18 PM

Taking McCarthyism literally

Taking McCarthyism literally

By Steve Benen

When his detractors talk about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the one word that seems to come up more than any other is "McCarthyism." The point, of course, is to draw parallels between Cruz's worst habits and those of former Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis.), who led ruthless and baseless witch hunts against his perceived rivals -- while mastering the art of guilt by association -- before being censured by the Senate in 1954, in an effort led by McCarthy's own Republicans colleagues.

Though Cruz is nowhere near McCarthy's level -- give the Texan time, he only joined the Senate last month -- the accusations are not without merit. We saw repeated examples of this during Cruz's campaign against Chuck Hagel's Defense Secretary nomination, which led Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to recently note, "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. It was reminiscent of some bad times."

It was a trick Cruz leaned on repeatedly to question Hagel's loyalty and patriotism, going so far as to suggest, without evidence, the former Republican senator may have received unreported funds from foreign enemies of the United States.

But Jane Mayer reports today that it wasn't too long ago that Cruz delivered a speech at a Fourth of July weekend political rally, sponsored by the Koch brothers' political group, accusing Harvard Law School of harboring secret Communists on its faculty

Cruz greeted the (2010) audience jovially, but soon launched an impassioned attack on President Obama, whom he described as "the most radical" President "ever to occupy the Oval Office." (I was covering the conference and kept the notes.)

He then went on to assert that Obama, who attended Harvard Law School four years ahead of him, "would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School." The reason, said Cruz, was that, "There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists! There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government."

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ProSense Feb 2013 OP
ProSense Feb 2013 #1
ProSense Feb 2013 #2
Sugarcoated Feb 2013 #10
The Wizard Feb 2013 #3
hughee99 Feb 2013 #7
The Wizard Feb 2013 #8
Taverner Feb 2013 #4
ProSense Feb 2013 #6
SidDithers Feb 2013 #9
The Wizard Feb 2013 #5

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:38 PM

1. Separated at birth



Photo at OP link.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:36 PM

2. It's really uncanny:

Ted Cruz Claims He Has A List Of Communists Who Have Infiltrated Harvard Law
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/22/1626661/ted-cruz-claims-he-has-a-list-of-communists-who-have-infiltrated-harvard-law-seriously/


Ted Cruz (L) and Joe McCarthy (R)

The caption sure helps. LOL!

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Response to ProSense (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:31 PM

10. It's really uncanny

how similar they are . . . and chilling.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:14 PM

3. Ampong other things

McCarthy was a drunk. Some say he a closet full of skeletons too. Allen West said there were 78 to 81 communists in the House Democratic caucus. How'd that work out for him?
McCarthy also coined the term Democrat Party, which aside from condescending is bad English. Democrat and Party are both nouns and using the term Democrat as an adjective to modify the noun Party can only come from a moron or drunk Publican.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publican

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:50 PM

7. I agree with what you say, but if the proper name of a party is the "x party" then

x does not necessarily need to be an adjective to modify "party" (though in practical use, it often is).

For example, Bull Moose isn't an adjective even though the party name was the Bull Moose Party (of course, this was another name of the Progressive Party, and Progressive is an adjective).

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:28 PM

8. I stand corrected

I'll trade two nouns for an adjective and buy a vowel. Or I could just join the communist Party.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:15 PM

4. Cruz is, how do you say, um FUCKING NUTS????

 

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Response to Taverner (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:40 PM

6. Maybe we could export him back

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Response to ProSense (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:30 PM

9. Fuck no. He's yours now. You keep him...



Sid

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:29 PM

5. Six Dollars of self loathing (NT)

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