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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:54 PM

Texas Senator Goes on Attack and Raises Bipartisan Hackles

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.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/us/politics/ted-cruz-runs-counter-to-courtly-ways-of-the-senate.html?pagewanted=all

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DonViejo Feb 2013 OP
AndyA Feb 2013 #1
NightOwwl Feb 2013 #2
gademocrat7 Feb 2013 #3
MiniMe Feb 2013 #4
Cartoonist Feb 2013 #5
question everything Feb 2013 #6
Zorro Feb 2013 #7

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:01 PM

1. If Obama changed his mind and withdrew Hagel's nomination, the Republicans would suddenly

be in support of Hagel, and would complain that Obama was being political or something stupid like that. They don't like Hagel because President Obama wants him, and they don't want to give him anything.

McCain is coming across as totally out of touch, asking questions about Iraq. McCain still doesn't get it that the Iraq/Afghanistan wars were not necessary, a waste of money, and a waste of human life. So much for support the troops. McCain, as a veteran, should have more concerns about sending men and women to war.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:17 PM

2. The wackos over at Cruz's facebook page

think the accusations of McCarthyism are a badge of honor.

That big Marxist dolt Dianne Feinstein is already accusing Cruz of "McCarthyism." She doesn't realize that's the ultimate compliment, when Washington is riddled with Commies and someone is DOING something to resist!



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:26 PM

3. Cruz is not fit be in office.

What a disgrace.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:07 PM

4. One good thing, he was born in Canada

The right and Faux News apparently love this guy.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:32 PM

5. Boxer was against fillibuster reform

So was Feinstein. They both need to apologize to Hagel and shut up.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:53 PM

6. Whatever happened to start at the back benches, listen and be quiet?

Or was this true only for the then new Senator Clinton?

The man has been barely one month in the senate and is already spouting vile.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:00 PM

7. Cruz needs to become the primary face of the Republican Party

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