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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:06 PM

Texas Senator Goes on Attack and Raises Bipartisan Hackles


By JONATHAN WEISMAN
Published: February 15, 2013 Comment

WASHINGTON — As the Senate edged toward a divisive 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 lost to 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.

Without naming names, Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, offered a biting label for the Texan’s accusatory crusade: McCarthyism.

“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,” she said, a reference to Senator Joseph R. McCarthy’s pursuit of Communists in the 1950s. “It was reminiscent of some bad times.” ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/us/politics/16cruz.html?_r=0

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:10 PM

1. This week was just a national disgrace and embarrassment--Ted Cruz thinks he done good, though,

I'm sure.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:52 PM

2. Ted Cruz lacks in training, perhaps in the coming weeks he will be able to get control of the words

he says. I have not found a lot about Ted Cruz which says he is capable of representing the residences of Texas. He is playing to the TP and hopefully in the years coming up voters of Texas will get smarter and kick this zero to the curb and we can replace him with a hero. Believe it or not, we do have good people living in Texas and we will get this jerk out of office.

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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:06 AM

3. McCarthy got away with his evil for years before the country got tired of it

I'm glad some in the Senate are willing to make the comparison quicker this time.

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