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(The New York Times)   Old and busted: Senator Joe McCarthy. New hotness: Senator Ted Cruz   (nytimes.com) divider line 116
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2013-02-16 04:23:02 PM  
John Cornyn is embarrassing and a grandstanding blowhard. Unfortunately Cruz will quickly make him look stately and dignified. We may give Oklahoma a run for their money as the state with the two biggest putzes in the Senate
 
2013-02-16 04:28:32 PM  
But unlike the McCarthy hearings, the Teabagger Witchhunt will only target republicans they don't like and reinforce the public image of the Republican party as a regressive. In the words of the President, please proceed, Senator.
 
2013-02-16 04:49:56 PM  
Ted Cruz is the perfect example of how the Republicans and especially their Teahadist subset are regressive obstructionists who are the incapable of rational governance.

Digging in your heels and doing nothing while obstructing everything and then complaining that nothing is getting done is not a great long term political strategy.

But unfortunately until enough Americans get sickened by these do-nothings with their McCarthy-esque tactics and lies and hand these guys their walking papers this type of shiat will no doubt continue for the foreseeable future.
 
2013-02-16 04:50:46 PM  
Ignore superfluous "the" there.
 
2013-02-16 04:58:03 PM  
 
2013-02-16 05:05:19 PM  
"All I can say is that the appropriate way to treat Senator Hagel is to be as tough as you want to be, but don't be disrespectful or malign his character," Mr. McCain said in an interview.

Oh fark you, asshole.
 
2013-02-16 05:25:59 PM  
I'd just like to point out again this guy was kicked out of office 16 years ago for being too crazy.  Among the crazy, he said Clinton wanted to destroy Waco because it would teach gun owners a "lesson" and after OKC, he was forwarded information which he immediately sent to the NRA, but only sent to the FBI two hours later.
 
2013-02-16 05:31:05 PM  
In a perfect world the ghosts of Ann Richards and Molly Ivins would have appeared from out of nowhere and kicked the living crap outta Ted Cruz by now.
 
2013-02-16 05:42:05 PM  
I like the addition of the fact that he is questioning the dedication of two men, who both served in the armed forces, to the military of the United States, while not having done any service himself.
 
2013-02-16 05:43:48 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: John Cornyn is embarrassing and a grandstanding blowhard. Unfortunately Cruz will quickly make him look stately and dignified. We may give Oklahoma a run for their money as the state with the two biggest putzes in the Senate


Don't worry, the entire Kentucky delegation has already gone full retard
 
2013-02-16 05:44:58 PM  
Let me be the first to say a hearty fark YOU TEXAS! for inflicting this douchebag on the rest of us.
 
2013-02-16 05:45:34 PM  
quatchi: Ted Cruz is the perfect example of how the Republicans and especially their Teahadist subset are regressive obstructionists who are the incapable of rational governance.

Digging in your heels and doing nothing while obstructing everything and then complaining that nothing is getting done is not a great long term political strategy.

But unfortunately until enough Americans get sickened by these do-nothings with their McCarthy-esque tactics and lies and hand these guys their walking papers this type of shiat will no doubt continue for the foreseeable future.

2016 could be a very good year. the republicans aren't going to have a strong candidate hence no shirttails and the tea party tools will have annoyed enough folks that getting control of the congress again should be doable. some of that depends on what congress does by 2014 and who the republicans run. regular right or wach job crazy right.
 
2013-02-16 05:47:00 PM  

GAT_00: I'd just like to point out again this guy was kicked out of office 16 years ago for being too crazy.  Among the crazy, he said Clinton wanted to destroy Waco because it would teach gun owners a "lesson" and after OKC, he was forwarded information which he immediately sent to the NRA, but only sent to the FBI two hours later.


Wait - I believe you're referring to Steve Stockman, not Ted Cruz. Either way, they're both complete farking assholes.
 
2013-02-16 05:50:16 PM  
Born in Canada, huh? Tough break there, teabonnet.
 
2013-02-16 05:51:39 PM  
Aboot time
 
2013-02-16 05:53:59 PM  

Dr.Zom: Born in Canada, huh?


Yeah, sorry about that, eh.
 
2013-02-16 05:54:17 PM  

Xyphoid: I like the addition of the fact that he is questioning the dedication of two men, who both served in the armed forces, to the military of the United States, while not having done any service himself.


encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-02-16 05:56:59 PM  

GAT_00: I'd just like to point out again this guy was kicked out of office 16 years ago for being too crazy.  Among the crazy, he said Clinton wanted to destroy Waco because it would teach gun owners a "lesson" and after OKC, he was forwarded information which he immediately sent to the NRA, but only sent to the FBI two hours later.


16 years ago, I was 22. Old enough to pay attention.

Back then we, as a culture, eschewed  most  of our assholes in politics. This recent pageant of idiocy and spite is coming to a head, folks. These people are going to blow up in your face and you will finally fade into the slime under the rock you lived under.

The louder you are, the more people understand that you're not fit to govern anything. Hence the establishment Republicans rightly chastising Cruz's behavior. There are too many reasonable Republicans (and by that I mean voters) to keep putting up with this bullsh*t. If I googled right now I suspect I'd some other jerk talking about rape, duct-tape on nipples, voter disfranchisement and all the other things burped out of your sewer mouths.

Just go away, 'baggers. You won some ground, but how long did you think this charade was going to last? With nothing at all concrete to fortify your increasingly absurd assertions?
 
2013-02-16 05:58:10 PM  

quatchi: In a perfect world the ghosts of Ann Richards and Molly Ivins would have appeared from out of nowhere and kicked the living crap outta Ted Cruz by now.


You have no idea how much money I would pay to actually see that. That's bigger than a Beatles reunion.

/really miss Ivins
 
2013-02-16 05:59:50 PM  

Old enough to know better: Let me be the first to say a hearty fark YOU TEXAS! for inflicting this douchebag on the rest of us.


Sadly, you can probably thank Texas Dems for this. A number of them voted for him over Dewhurst in the Republican primaries (they had to have a run off) thinking they were trolling the Republican establishment
 
2013-02-16 06:00:18 PM  
Besides suggesting that Mr. Hagel might have received compensation from foreign enemies,

I can only assume that Cruz was not in attendance at whatever Senate hearings they had with Hagel, because that accusation would have required a hale and hearty go fark yourself as a response.
 
2013-02-16 06:01:17 PM  

GAT_00: I'd just like to point out again this guy was kicked out of office 16 years ago for being too crazy.  Among the crazy, he said Clinton wanted to destroy Waco because it would teach gun owners a "lesson" and after OKC, he was forwarded information which he immediately sent to the NRA, but only sent to the FBI two hours later.


So the republicans caught up to him in crazy. They probably think he was ahead of the times.
 
2013-02-16 06:02:47 PM  

tnpir: GAT_00: I'd just like to point out again this guy was kicked out of office 16 years ago for being too crazy.  Among the crazy, he said Clinton wanted to destroy Waco because it would teach gun owners a "lesson" and after OKC, he was forwarded information which he immediately sent to the NRA, but only sent to the FBI two hours later.

Wait - I believe you're referring to Steve Stockman, not Ted Cruz. Either way, they're both complete farking assholes.


Whoops, you're right.

Disregard what I said, I am referring to the wrong crazy.
 
2013-02-16 06:05:20 PM  

quatchi: Dr.Zom: Born in Canada, huh?

Yeah, sorry about that, eh.


I would never blame Canada for this douchebag. Sadly, he is a uniquely American douchebag.
 
2013-02-16 06:07:31 PM  
"I was compelled to vote no on Senator Kerry's nomination because of his longstanding less-than-vigorous defense of U.S. national security issues," said Mr. Cruz, who also questioned the commitment of Mr. Kerry and Mr. Hagel to the armed forces, though both served in Vietnam. Mr. Cruz has no record of military service.

Screw you, dick.
 
2013-02-16 06:14:55 PM  
I still do not get liberals obsession with conservative's scrotums...
 
2013-02-16 06:21:02 PM  

jdmac: I still do not get liberals obsession with conservative's scrotums...


We want to use them as speedbags...
 
2013-02-16 06:21:32 PM  

jdmac: I still do not get liberals obsession with conservative's scrotums...


Ted Cruz is a conservative scrotum?
 
2013-02-16 06:23:33 PM  

Dr.Zom: quatchi: Dr.Zom: Born in Canada, huh?

Yeah, sorry about that, eh.

I would never blame Canada for this douchebag. Sadly, he is a uniquely American douchebag.


Yeah, Canadians are just really big on apologizing as part of that whole polite thing.

I bumped into a mannequin at the Bay the other day and spent half a minute apologizing before realizing..

Then I apologized to the mannequin for that mistake.

Think we ended on good terms there.
 
2013-02-16 06:23:35 PM  
fta "If you don't ruffle any feathers, you're not doing anything right," said Senator Rand Paul,

Funny, I thought your job was to serve the public, not just be a pain in the ass.
 
2013-02-16 06:23:36 PM  
OK, so how many terrorist are there in the State Department?
 
2013-02-16 06:24:34 PM  

dickfreckle: /really miss Ivins


You aint alone, brother.

*internet fist bump*
 
2013-02-16 06:25:27 PM  

dickfreckle: quatchi: In a perfect world the ghosts of Ann Richards and Molly Ivins would have appeared from out of nowhere and kicked the living crap outta Ted Cruz by now.

You have no idea how much money I would pay to actually see that. That's bigger than a Beatles reunion.

/really miss Ivins


I still occasionally use "shrub" in her honor.
 
2013-02-16 06:28:31 PM  

Notabunny: fta "If you don't ruffle any feathers, you're not doing anything right," said Senator Rand Paul,

Funny, I thought your job was to serve the public, not just be a pain in the ass.


If one doesn't have anything substantive to offer, might as well be a grandstanding asshat
 
2013-02-16 06:35:48 PM  

Notabunny: fta "If you don't ruffle any feathers, you're not doing anything right," said Senator Rand Paul,

Funny, I thought your job was to serve the public, not just be a pain in the ass.


I see what you did there.
 
2013-02-16 06:37:10 PM  

quatchi: Ted Cruz is the perfect example of how the Republicans and especially their Teahadist subset are regressive obstructionists who are the incapable of rational governance.


You are right. Perhaps that is because we don't believe the solution to every problem is to pass another farking law.

Slutter McGee
 
2013-02-16 06:37:23 PM  

cptjeff: I still occasionally use "shrub" in her honor.


That was one of the biggest things that bothered me about her.  It took discussion of his many and varied faults down to the level of 0bama...
 
2013-02-16 06:40:02 PM  
Peter von Nostrand: Notabunny: fta "If you don't ruffle any feathers, you're not doing anything right," said Senator Rand Paul RAND PAUL

Funny, I thought your job was to serve the public, not just be a pain in the ass.

If one doesn't have anything substantive to offer, might as well be a grandstanding asshat

FTFY

Ayn Rand said some things about some stuff so let's all pretend like she's a libertarian.

Nietzsche said it all first anyway but one Russian chick steals it and writes some books that are boring, cliche and full of shiatty speeches and nowhere near as interesting or well written as Thus Spake Zarathustra and everyone shiats themselves and starts teabagging away... America is amazing sometimes.

/Seriously, I don't agree with everything Nietzsche wrote (well nothing really outside the  Birth of Tragedy), but the dude could at least write.
 
2013-02-16 06:41:23 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: We may give Oklahoma a run for their money as the state with the two biggest putzes in the Senate


Anybody who's term limiting themselves and pisses off Grover Norquist (like Coburn) isn't all bad. Besides, I like cheap-ass grouches.
 
2013-02-16 06:46:28 PM  
FTA: "I made promises to the people of Texas that I would come to Washington to shake up the status quo," he [CRUZ] said in e-mailed answers to questions, in lieu of speaking. "That is what I intend to do, and it is what I have done in every way possible in the responsibilities that have been granted to me."

Ted Cruz is like a guy that runs around the house in his grandmother's panties with dogsh*t clutched in his fists and says: "See???  I told you I would shake things up!  Howya like me now?"

Way to go, Texas!
 
2013-02-16 06:46:35 PM  

Slutter McGee: You are right. Perhaps that is because we don't believe the solution to every problem is to pass another farking law.


Because not passing any laws or filling any appointments and voting against everything even if you were for it before is the true solution to the nations ills?

You sound like the highest form of patriotic EVAR.
 
2013-02-16 06:46:41 PM  

The WindowLicker: cptjeff: I still occasionally use "shrub" in her honor.

That was one of the biggest things that bothered me about her.  It took discussion of his many and varied faults down to the level of 0bama...


I've never really been bothered by that, to be honest. I am bothered by the relentless stupidity, the racism driven conspiracy theories... but an insulting nickname? Those have a long history in American Politics, and they're just a part of the game.
 
2013-02-16 06:52:30 PM  

Curious: quatchi: Ted Cruz is the perfect example of how the Republicans and especially their Teahadist subset are regressive obstructionists who are the incapable of rational governance.

Digging in your heels and doing nothing while obstructing everything and then complaining that nothing is getting done is not a great long term political strategy.

But unfortunately until enough Americans get sickened by these do-nothings with their McCarthy-esque tactics and lies and hand these guys their walking papers this type of shiat will no doubt continue for the foreseeable future.

2016 could be a very good year. the republicans aren't going to have a strong candidate hence no shirttails and the tea party tools will have annoyed enough folks that getting control of the congress again should be doable. some of that depends on what congress does by 2014 and who the republicans run. regular right or wach job crazy right.


I wouldn't be so sure about elections in 2014 and 2016 being good for democrats.  Gerrymandering has given Republicans a significant advantage and I don't see them as being marginalized in any way.  As for 2016, it'll be interesting to see who both parties pick as their nominees.
 
2013-02-16 06:55:22 PM  

Almost Everybody Poops: Curious: quatchi: Ted Cruz is the perfect example of how the Republicans and especially their Teahadist subset are regressive obstructionists who are the incapable of rational governance.

Digging in your heels and doing nothing while obstructing everything and then complaining that nothing is getting done is not a great long term political strategy.

But unfortunately until enough Americans get sickened by these do-nothings with their McCarthy-esque tactics and lies and hand these guys their walking papers this type of shiat will no doubt continue for the foreseeable future.

2016 could be a very good year. the republicans aren't going to have a strong candidate hence no shirttails and the tea party tools will have annoyed enough folks that getting control of the congress again should be doable. some of that depends on what congress does by 2014 and who the republicans run. regular right or wach job crazy right.

I wouldn't be so sure about elections in 2014 and 2016 being good for democrats.  Gerrymandering has given Republicans a significant advantage and I don't see them as being marginalized in any way.  As for 2016, it'll be interesting to see who both parties pick as their nominees.


I thought rubio/jindal was a slam dunk.
 
2013-02-16 07:00:10 PM  
Both Ted Cruz and those who have been publicly egging him on are doing yeoman service in pointing out to the rest of the country that the Tea Party stands for intransigence over governance, sloganeering over intellect, and self -service over country. He's going to be a great object lesson in what happens if you actually elect a Mourdock, Angle, or Akin and will help sway those races to the Democrats where they are competitive. It's a bitter pill at times, but strong medicine in the end.
 
2013-02-16 07:01:11 PM  
If my father fought on the side of Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution I would probably STFU about other people's patriotism.

/I'm looking at you Ted Cruz you crazy fark.
 
2013-02-16 07:01:38 PM  

Doktor_Zhivago: Almost Everybody Poops: Curious: quatchi: Ted Cruz is the perfect example of how the Republicans and especially their Teahadist subset are regressive obstructionists who are the incapable of rational governance.

Digging in your heels and doing nothing while obstructing everything and then complaining that nothing is getting done is not a great long term political strategy.

But unfortunately until enough Americans get sickened by these do-nothings with their McCarthy-esque tactics and lies and hand these guys their walking papers this type of shiat will no doubt continue for the foreseeable future.

2016 could be a very good year. the republicans aren't going to have a strong candidate hence no shirttails and the tea party tools will have annoyed enough folks that getting control of the congress again should be doable. some of that depends on what congress does by 2014 and who the republicans run. regular right or wach job crazy right.

I wouldn't be so sure about elections in 2014 and 2016 being good for democrats.  Gerrymandering has given Republicans a significant advantage and I don't see them as being marginalized in any way.  As for 2016, it'll be interesting to see who both parties pick as their nominees.

I thought rubio/jindal was a slam dunk.


The Republican Party doesn't look like it's going to manage to fix itself for a little while. Until they manage to tame the crazy, they're not gonna be winning any national elections, and probably not many statewide ones. But they did such a good job of redistricting that we're going to have the House of Stupidity for a while now, and since most of those members are at a much greater risk of losing in a primary than a general election, they're going to keep the crazy on full blast to avoid losing their seat to a nut who's even further to the right then they are. The continued crazy of House Republicans should keep national Republicans from being competitive until oh, about 2020.
 
2013-02-16 07:18:06 PM  
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Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...
 
2013-02-16 07:21:15 PM  

mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...


One with an allegation that (so far) has no evidence behind it, which has been repeatedly covered by the national press. One, a possible candidate for the highest office in the land, looked really stupid on national TV, which resulted in the press making jokes.

Sorry, I see nothing wrong with that situation.
 
2013-02-16 07:25:57 PM  

mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...


Yeah.. the dude who 'broke the story' can't be found, offered no proof, and disappeared promising details that never appeared. Only corroboration of his existence is some Breitbart writer dude who has NO REASON to make shiat up.  He's probably a lot like threadshiatters like you.

/sends mystery email toWashington newspaper claiming mark12A likes little boys... See I can do to? Pulitzer please....
 
2013-02-16 07:31:57 PM  

jdmac: I still do not get liberals obsession with conservative's scrotums...


It wasn't liberals who dubbed members of the tea party "Teabaggers". They called themselves that first. We're just not letting 'em forget it, because it's a constant reminder of how out-of-touch and idiotic the Teabaggers are.
 
2013-02-16 07:32:39 PM  

mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...


Rush Limbaugh is a Hispanic senator?  Weird.
 
2013-02-16 07:35:09 PM  

steverockson: mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...

Rush Limbaugh is a Hispanic senator?  Weird.


Perhaps he meant David Vitter?  He's not hispanic either, but he is a prostitute lovin' Senator.
 
2013-02-16 07:36:40 PM  

Paul Baumer: steverockson: mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...

Rush Limbaugh is a Hispanic senator?  Weird.

Perhaps he meant David Vitter?  He's not hispanic either, but he is a prostitute lovin' Senator.


It couldn't have been Vitter, no diapers were involved.
 
2013-02-16 07:37:25 PM  
"I made promises to the people of Texas that I would come to Washington to shake up the status quo," he said in e-mailed answers to questions, in lieu of speaking. "That is what I intend to do, and it is what I have done in every way possible in the responsibilities that have been granted to me."

Being a smug obstructionist dick is not "shaking up the status quo." You haven't changed anything that matters--that is altering the status quo. You haven't rattled the existing power structure. You haven't swung the balance of power away from the center. You haven't even made things better for the people of Texas. All you've done is blocked the nomination of one person to the Cabinet, and in a way that was disgraceful over 50 years ago.

Don't pat yourself on the back just yet. I have a feeling the "status quo" is about to knock on your door, and your head.
 
2013-02-16 07:39:56 PM  

Paul Baumer: steverockson: mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...

Rush Limbaugh is a Hispanic senator?  Weird.

Perhaps he meant David Vitter?  He's not hispanic either, but he is a prostitute lovin' Senator.


Hey don't forget James O'Keefe, he's a convicted felon! (well almost, I think he plead guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid felony charges).

Wait, he's still the paragon of truth, justice and the American way.
 
2013-02-16 07:49:35 PM  
...Mr. Cruz...also questioned the commitment of Mr. Kerry and Mr. Hagel to the armed forces

How about that. I wonder what Mr. Cruz's commitment to the military looks like?

...though both served in Vietnam. Mr. Cruz has no record of military service.

Another Republican chicken hawk? This is my shocked face.
 
2013-02-16 07:53:21 PM  

mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...



lil marco did the same thing that Jesse Jackson Jr. is being prosecuted for ( using campaign money for personal use).
JJJ faces fines and jail time,  lil marco the gop's best hope for POTUS scott free.
 
2013-02-16 07:53:53 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: ...Mr. Cruz...also questioned the commitment of Mr. Kerry and Mr. Hagel to the armed forces

How about that. I wonder what Mr. Cruz's commitment to the military looks like?

...though both served in Vietnam. Mr. Cruz has no record of military service.

Another Republican chicken hawk? This is my shocked face.


Not only that but Ted Cruz's father fought for Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution.  How do we know that Ted Cruz isn't a secret Communist?  I'm just asking questions.
 
2013-02-16 08:03:03 PM  

mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...


If you had mentioned Jesse Jackson Jr. you'd have had a point.
 
2013-02-16 08:07:29 PM  

doyner: mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...

If you had mentioned Jesse Jackson Jr. you'd have had a point.


Apart from him not being a Senator, and having already resigned?
 
2013-02-16 08:40:12 PM  
Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said that some of the demands Mr. Cruz made of Mr. Hagel were "out of bounds, quite frankly."

Congratulations Teddy; even Lindsey Graham thinks you sound stupid. Let that sink in for a minute.
Strike that - let that sink in for a week or two, it takes time for things to filter through solid rock.
 
2013-02-16 08:42:34 PM  
He's only doing what he was voted into office to do.

Which is what most Republicans were apparently voted into office to do.

Shiat all over everything possible, then blame the Democrats when everything is covered in shiat.
 
2013-02-16 08:43:32 PM  
The extreme right wing of the Republican party is conducting an experiment to test whether being an asshole just to be an asshole is good policy.  It'll be interesting to see the outcome.
 
2013-02-16 08:45:44 PM  

Almost Everybody Poops: I wouldn't be so sure about elections in 2014 and 2016 being good for democrats. Gerrymandering has given Republicans a significant advantage and I don't see them as being marginalized in any way. As for 2016, it'll be interesting to see who both parties pick as their nominees.


gerrymandering is indeed a potential problem but if today's "independents" are closet republicans they could vote D against some tea party fool. or just stay home which works as well.

as for 2016 IMO it won't be hillary but there are plenty of senators and governors to pick from.
 
2013-02-16 08:47:38 PM  

cptjeff: The WindowLicker: cptjeff: I still occasionally use "shrub" in her honor.

That was one of the biggest things that bothered me about her.  It took discussion of his many and varied faults down to the level of 0bama...

I've never really been bothered by that, to be honest. I am bothered by the relentless stupidity, the racism driven conspiracy theories... but an insulting nickname? Those have a long history in American Politics, and they're just a part of the game.


Agree. 0bama is actually fairly clever, at least as clever as "Dubya" or "Bubba" and has the added bonus of being one of the few insulting nicknames for Obama that isn't racist.
 
2013-02-16 08:49:34 PM  

Slutter McGee: quatchi: Ted Cruz is the perfect example of how the Republicans and especially their Teahadist subset are regressive obstructionists who are the incapable of rational governance.

You are right. Perhaps that is because we don't believe the solution to every problem is to pass another farking law.

Slutter McGee


What about a law against insipid Straw Men arguments?
Or signing your name at the end of your post, like a Class-A douchebag?
 
2013-02-16 08:50:30 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: Old enough to know better: Let me be the first to say a hearty fark YOU TEXAS! for inflicting this douchebag on the rest of us.

Sadly, you can probably thank Texas Dems for this. A number of them voted for him over Dewhurst in the Republican primaries (they had to have a run off) thinking they were trolling the Republican establishment




You can thank the Republicans attempt at gerrymandering which the courts did not like, resulting in a delay of the primary election, allowing Cruz to gain in the polls, defeating Dewhurst.
 
2013-02-16 08:53:03 PM  

Xyphoid: I like the addition of the fact that he is questioning the dedication of two men, who both served in the armed forces, to the military of the United States, while not having done any service himcruscrus


Cruz was born in Canada to the son of a Communist gorilla who assisted Castro in over throwing the Batista government. His father fled Cuba during Castros power consolidation.

To be fair, I am not sure Cruz could join the military.
 
2013-02-16 08:58:51 PM  
Ted Cruz is the product of a belief in the right wing that anyone who pisses off libs must be OK.  It doesn't matter that they don't have any actual ideas or policies of their own: the libs hate them, so they're with 'em.
 
2013-02-16 09:00:23 PM  

Gyrfalcon: "I made promises to the people of Texas that I would come to Washington to shake up the status quo," he said in e-mailed answers to questions, in lieu of speaking. "That is what I intend to do, and it is what I have done in every way possible in the responsibilities that have been granted to me."

Being a smug obstructionist dick is not "shaking up the status quo." You haven't changed anything that matters--that is altering the status quo. You haven't rattled the existing power structure. You haven't swung the balance of power away from the center. You haven't even made things better for the people of Texas. All you've done is blocked the nomination of one person to the Cabinet, and in a way that was disgraceful over 50 years ago.

Don't pat yourself on the back just yet. I have a feeling the "status quo" is about to knock on your door, and your head.


Five bucks says he goes through his entire term without writing a single bill.
 
2013-02-16 09:12:45 PM  

cptjeff: doyner: mark12A: [cdn.pjmedia.com image 600x419]
Yeah, well, you need something to distract the rubes from real asshole senators...

If you had mentioned Jesse Jackson Jr. you'd have had a point.

Apart from him not being a Senator, and having already resigned?


No, just the "Both sides are bad so vote Republican" angle.
 
2013-02-16 10:00:08 PM  

Xyphoid: I like the addition of the fact that he is questioning the dedication of two men, who both served in the armed forces, to the military of the United States, while not having done any service himself.


That is how I feel about DHS targeting, as suspicious, returning military persons.
 
2013-02-16 10:24:47 PM  
I love that some republicans are getting irritated by this guy. Suck it up, republitards, this is the result of everything you've done for the past four years. This is the bed you made.
 
2013-02-16 10:44:08 PM  
Making an enemy of the man who will soon be running the Pentagon is probably not the smart move for Texas, particularly in advance of what may be major cutbacks in military spending necessitated by sequestration.
 
2013-02-16 11:11:29 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Gyrfalcon: "I made promises to the people of Texas that I would come to Washington to shake up the status quo," he said in e-mailed answers to questions, in lieu of speaking. "That is what I intend to do, and it is what I have done in every way possible in the responsibilities that have been granted to me."

Being a smug obstructionist dick is not "shaking up the status quo." You haven't changed anything that matters--that is altering the status quo. You haven't rattled the existing power structure. You haven't swung the balance of power away from the center. You haven't even made things better for the people of Texas. All you've done is blocked the nomination of one person to the Cabinet, and in a way that was disgraceful over 50 years ago.

Don't pat yourself on the back just yet. I have a feeling the "status quo" is about to knock on your door, and your head.

Five bucks says he goes through his entire term without writing a single bill.


Not writing bills isn't a big deal if you provide valuable work in committee to markup bills that come through, or do your oversight work well, or work well with federal agencies to smooth things over for constituents, or whatever else. The vast majority of bills, especially ones from the minority, never even come close to going anywhere, so I could forgive some members for not trying. Sometimes they serve to provide a chance to let other members know about an issue and start the ball rolling on an idea to fix it somewhere down the line, but they're usually more about PR, so you can tell the folks at home you're doing something.

You can provide plenty of valuable work without writing bills. I'm not saying Cruz is the type that will, in fact I would bet on the opposite, but bills written is a poor metric.
 
2013-02-16 11:20:23 PM  
Most people forget that in the end McCarthy was right.
 
2013-02-16 11:35:44 PM  

cabbyman: Most people forget that in the end McCarthy was right.


Of course. That's why "McCarthyism" today is synonymous with honor, integrity, and truth.
 
2013-02-16 11:43:19 PM  

cabbyman: Most people forget that in the end McCarthy was right.


images.sodahead.com
 
2013-02-17 12:05:02 AM  

cabbyman: Most people forget that in the end McCarthy was right.


I don't think anyone has forgotten just how extremely to the right McCarthy was.

He's the model of why we should ignore concerned, self-righteous Republicans that just want you to submit to their will and whims so they can protect us from scary things.
 
2013-02-17 01:08:35 AM  

cabbyman: Most people forget that in the end McCarthy was right.


Fark has no font large enough to properly express the [citation needed] of that statement.
 
2013-02-17 01:22:30 AM  
Masterful troll is masterful.
 
2013-02-17 01:32:41 AM  

LordJiro: cabbyman: Most people forget that in the end McCarthy was right.

Fark has no font large enough to properly express the [citation needed] of that statement.


McCarthy was "right" in the sense that there were some Soviet agents in the US government at the time he was running around waving his list.

However, they weren't in the places he was looking, nor among the people he was looking at; and the way he was looking for them made their jobs much much easier by diverting attention away from them and onto people more visible. So he was correct in his assertions there were Soviet agents in the US government, in the same way it would be correct to say "There are terrorists in the US today." In fact, an argument could be made that by attracting attention away from the REAL Soviet spies by making so much noise, McCarthy actually aided the Reds more than the spies themselves.
 
2013-02-17 01:33:43 AM  

LordJiro: cabbyman: derp

Fark has no font large enough to properly express the [citation needed] of that statement.


That's why I always go with this:

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-02-17 01:48:35 AM  
What Chuck Hagel should say in response (NSFW language): Link
 
2013-02-17 02:37:47 AM  

cabbyman: Most people forget that in the end McCarthy was right.


That you, Bill Krystol?  Wrong as always.
 
2013-02-17 04:20:26 AM  

Mentat: "All I can say is that the appropriate way to treat Senator Hagel is to be as tough as you want to be, but don't be disrespectful or malign his character," Mr. McCain said in an interview.

Oh fark you, asshole.


McCain has certainly used those words on the record.
 
2013-02-17 07:26:53 AM  
Thanks again, Texas!
 
2013-02-17 08:32:02 AM  
Cruz is abusing his power of office and making people testify under oath about their political associations in front of Congress?
 
2013-02-17 08:40:51 AM  

badhatharry: Cruz is abusing his power of office and making people testify under oath about their political associations in front of Congress?


"When did you stop working for the North Koreans" is not a valid question to ask somebody who was a soldier in Vietnam and earned two Purple Hearts during that time. Especially when the person asking that question is a puny little wuss who didn't join the military.
 
2013-02-17 09:44:22 AM  

Serious Black: badhatharry: Cruz is abusing his power of office and making people testify under oath about their political associations in front of Congress?

"When did you stop working for the North Koreans" is not a valid question to ask somebody who was a soldier in Vietnam and earned two Purple Hearts during that time. Especially when the person asking that question is a puny little wuss who didn't join the military.


He accused him of hiding who paid for a speech.  "Who paid you?" is a valid question at a confirmation hearing. We could have done without the speculation but he it was clearly just speculation to make a point. It could have been Saudi Arabia, it could have been North Korea,....we don't know.

That is not the same as,"I have proof in my pocket that you worked for the North Koreans."
 
2013-02-17 09:56:01 AM  

WTF Indeed: But unlike the McCarthy hearings, the Teabagger Witchhunt will only target republicans they don't like and reinforce the public image of the Republican party as a regressive. In the words of the President, please proceed, Senator.


You don't supporse there's any chance that something like this can spin out of control and escape its containment chamber, do you?
 
2013-02-17 10:04:53 AM  

badhatharry: Serious Black: badhatharry: Cruz is abusing his power of office and making people testify under oath about their political associations in front of Congress?

"When did you stop working for the North Koreans" is not a valid question to ask somebody who was a soldier in Vietnam and earned two Purple Hearts during that time. Especially when the person asking that question is a puny little wuss who didn't join the military.

He accused him of hiding who paid for a speech.  "Who paid you?" is a valid question at a confirmation hearing. We could have done without the speculation but he it was clearly just speculation to make a point. It could have been Saudi Arabia, it could have been North Korea,....we don't know.

That is not the same as,"I have proof in my pocket that you worked for the North Koreans."


Sure, "Who paid you" would have been more valid. But let's be honest here; the "I'm just asking questions" defense is bullshiat. We all know that he wasn't trying to figure out if he worked for North Korea. The real answer is irrelevant because he didn't care about the answer. Teddy Boy directly challenged the patriotism of a guy that was injured in war TWICE while in service of the nation, who served his fellow military members as the deputy administrator of the VA, and who had two terms of experience on the Committee of Foriegn Relations by saying he worked for Kim Jong-il.
 
2013-02-17 10:07:20 AM  
The racists on the left are out in force. How dare an American of latino heritage speak his mnd? Es[ecially a Senator!. I have heard nothing but positive, patriotic words from his bilingual mouth. You liberals like minorities who stay on the planation or the hacienda and take marching orders from the idiots who earn their living trying to banrupt America.

Don't let the them silence you Senator Cruz. You are one of only 100 EQUAL Senators. I want to hear your voice on every issue.

That sound you hear is the breaking of the liberal chains which keep blacks and hispanics working at low wages for rich liberals. They thiink you're good enough to clean their mansions, but not to be a proud, loud Senator. Keep up the good work, Senator Cruz! You make all true Americans proud.
 
2013-02-17 10:13:01 AM  

Mrtraveler01: The racists on the left are out in force. How dare an American of latino heritage speak his mnd? Es[ecially a Senator!. I have heard nothing but positive, patriotic words from his bilingual mouth. You liberals like minorities who stay on the planation or the hacienda and take marching orders from the idiots who earn their living trying to banrupt America.

Don't let the them silence you Senator Cruz. You are one of only 100 EQUAL Senators. I want to hear your voice on every issue.

That sound you hear is the breaking of the liberal chains which keep blacks and hispanics working at low wages for rich liberals. They thiink you're good enough to clean their mansions, but not to be a proud, loud Senator. Keep up the good work, Senator Cruz! You make all true Americans proud.


James Fallows made a way-too-early prediction that 2016 would be Clinton v. Cruz. I'd think there's a chance of a Reaganesque crushing by Hilary in that scenario, especially if Teddy Boy keeps being a total wingnut.

/I think that's what you're hoping for
 
2013-02-17 10:18:35 AM  
Almost half of Ted Cruz' financial support came from outside of Texas.

Don't blame Texas. Cruz is just another Republican triple-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich topped with arsenic sauce. He's doing what he is paid to do: delay governance so meaningful tasks get sidelined and his employers stay rich.
 
2013-02-17 10:33:55 AM  

cabbyman: Most people forget that in the end McCarthy was right.


Bravo, sir.

As a non-American, your comment is exactly the kind of retarded derp that makes US politics so consistently fascinating. It's like going to the circus, if the circus was constantly railing against acting decently to your fellow human beings.

As dozens of clowns pour out of a tiny car they're shouting to the assembled crowd about how universal healthcare is evil, calling Obama a socialist and McCarthy a hero. And calling for war with Iran.

You GOP-voting Americans never, ever fail to entertain.

You're always wrong about everything. You idiots even want to teach creationism in schools. It's absolutely friggin' adorable.
 
2013-02-17 10:36:07 AM  
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/My feeling on Joe McCarthy.
 
2013-02-17 10:40:15 AM  

Serious Black: Mrtraveler01: The racists on the left are out in force. How dare an American of latino heritage speak his mnd? Es[ecially a Senator!. I have heard nothing but positive, patriotic words from his bilingual mouth. You liberals like minorities who stay on the planation or the hacienda and take marching orders from the idiots who earn their living trying to banrupt America.

Don't let the them silence you Senator Cruz. You are one of only 100 EQUAL Senators. I want to hear your voice on every issue.

That sound you hear is the breaking of the liberal chains which keep blacks and hispanics working at low wages for rich liberals. They thiink you're good enough to clean their mansions, but not to be a proud, loud Senator. Keep up the good work, Senator Cruz! You make all true Americans proud.

James Fallows made a way-too-early prediction that 2016 would be Clinton v. Cruz. I'd think there's a chance of a Reaganesque crushing by Hilary in that scenario, especially if Teddy Boy keeps being a total wingnut.

/I think that's what you're hoping for


It definitely would speed up the decay of the Grand Ole Party if that did actually happen.

But what many forget to remember is that Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. Unless they change the law to where he would be elligible for president (which would be hilarious after all the birth certificate nonsense Obama put up with), he can't be president.

But some of those comments on the NY Times website...yikes. I still can't figure out how people can praise Joe McCarthy. I thought he was an international laughing stock.
 
2013-02-17 10:46:01 AM  

Mrtraveler01: Serious Black: Mrtraveler01: The racists on the left are out in force. How dare an American of latino heritage speak his mnd? Es[ecially a Senator!. I have heard nothing but positive, patriotic words from his bilingual mouth. You liberals like minorities who stay on the planation or the hacienda and take marching orders from the idiots who earn their living trying to banrupt America.

Don't let the them silence you Senator Cruz. You are one of only 100 EQUAL Senators. I want to hear your voice on every issue.

That sound you hear is the breaking of the liberal chains which keep blacks and hispanics working at low wages for rich liberals. They thiink you're good enough to clean their mansions, but not to be a proud, loud Senator. Keep up the good work, Senator Cruz! You make all true Americans proud.

James Fallows made a way-too-early prediction that 2016 would be Clinton v. Cruz. I'd think there's a chance of a Reaganesque crushing by Hilary in that scenario, especially if Teddy Boy keeps being a total wingnut.

/I think that's what you're hoping for

It definitely would speed up the decay of the Grand Ole Party if that did actually happen.

But what many forget to remember is that Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. Unless they change the law to where he would be elligible for president (which would be hilarious after all the birth certificate nonsense Obama put up with), he can't be president.

But some of those comments on the NY Times website...yikes. I still can't figure out how people can praise Joe McCarthy. I thought he was an international laughing stock.


Doesn't that make him a natural-born citizen?

I think him running after all the WHAR BIRF CERTIFICIT WHAR bullshiat would be absolutely hilarious. You could probably cook a steak on their heads with all the heat the cognitive dissonance would cause.
 
2013-02-17 11:02:38 AM  

Mrtraveler01: But some of those comments on the NY Times website...yikes. I still can't figure out how people can praise Joe McCarthy. I thought he was an international laughing stock.


Yep. I noticed that too. My assumption is was organized and paid for by the GOP. The average NYT reader is not a professional Republican shill. I wonder how many times a GOP shill needs to write "the government is broke" in order to receive their paycheck?
 
2013-02-17 11:11:02 AM  

Delay: Mrtraveler01: But some of those comments on the NY Times website...yikes. I still can't figure out how people can praise Joe McCarthy. I thought he was an international laughing stock.

Yep. I noticed that too. My assumption is was organized and paid for by the GOP. The average NYT reader is not a professional Republican shill. I wonder how many times a GOP shill needs to write "the government is broke" in order to receive their paycheck?


I figured this got posted on Free Republic or Drudge Report. Because you can see that the right-wing, tea-party-esque comments come in spurts.
 
2013-02-17 11:18:17 AM  

Mrtraveler01: Delay: Mrtraveler01: But some of those comments on the NY Times website...yikes. I still can't figure out how people can praise Joe McCarthy. I thought he was an international laughing stock.

Yep. I noticed that too. My assumption is was organized and paid for by the GOP. The average NYT reader is not a professional Republican shill. I wonder how many times a GOP shill needs to write "the government is broke" in order to receive their paycheck?

I figured this got posted on Free Republic or Drudge Report. Because you can see that the right-wing, tea-party-esque comments come in spurts.


You have a stronger stomach for derp than me. I saw that first nauseating sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich then left.
 
2013-02-17 11:41:36 AM  

GAT_00: I'd just like to point out again this guy was kicked out of office 16 years ago for being too crazy.  Among the crazy, he said Clinton wanted to destroy Waco because it would teach gun owners a "lesson" and after OKC, he was forwarded information which he immediately sent to the NRA, but only sent to the FBI two hours later.


Wrong crazy Texas a-hole.  Cruz is the one who accuses everyone else of being a communist who bears anti-American sentiments, while he himself wasn't born in the United States and who's father fought for Fidel Castro in the communist revolution to oust the American Friendly Batista regime.
 
2013-02-17 11:43:38 AM  

Mrtraveler01: But what many forget to remember is that Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. Unless they change the law to where he would be elligible for president (which would be hilarious after all the birth certificate nonsense Obama put up with), he can't be president.


More to the point, his father fought on the Communist/Castro side in Cuba.   If Ted Cruz had it his way, Ted Cruz would have never came to America.
 
2013-02-17 12:45:40 PM  
Ted Cruz? That Ted Cruz? You ought to see his CalgaryAlberthacertificate.
 
2013-02-17 02:01:46 PM  
Is this the same Ted Cruz that expressed his deep and abiding love for putting his penis into livestock on a regular basis?  As far as I know he has NEVER denied his bestiality proclivities.

I'm just asking questions here, people.
 
2013-02-17 02:05:35 PM  
Did Ted Cruz rape and murder a young girl in 1990? I'm just asking questions.
 
2013-02-17 02:12:22 PM  

andersoncouncil42: Did Ted Cruz rape and murder a young girl in 1990? I'm just asking questions.


No. He's too young. But I'm sure the Koch brothers never expected their stool sample would become a US senator.
 
2013-02-17 02:38:13 PM  
I think it would be pretty funny if a reporter asked Ted Cruz a question in Spanish.

Ted Cruz a big fat fraud.
 
2013-02-17 03:01:48 PM  

Mrtraveler01: But some of those comments on the NY Times website...yikes. I still can't figure out how people can praise Joe McCarthy. I thought he was an international laughing stock.


There has been some attempt to rehabilitate his image, at least among the Teatards. Ann Coulter wrote a hagiography of McCarthy a few years back.
 
2013-02-17 03:17:15 PM  
McCarthy.  Protector of the American Dream!
 
2013-02-17 04:30:34 PM  
said Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri. "In this country we had a terrible experience with innuendo and inference when Joe McCarthy hung out in the United States Senate, and I just think we have to be more careful."


Wow, that kind of frustrating understatement would suggest that the Dems have no real plans to call parasites like Cruz on their BS in any meaningful way.
 
2013-02-17 07:35:35 PM  

doctor wu: said Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri. "In this country we had a terrible experience with innuendo and inference when Joe McCarthy hung out in the United States Senate, and I just think we have to be more careful."


Wow, that kind of frustrating understatement would suggest that the Dems have no real plans to call parasites like Cruz on their BS in any meaningful way.


because they can't without legitimizing him even more to the people he panders to. It's a catch-22. If they let him go on, he's a smarmy asshat that makes them look bad to his support structure without the aid of anything near fact. If they shoot down his asshattery with fact, he is a persecuted hero valiantly fighting the NWO or whatever else.
 
2013-02-17 08:11:03 PM  
Ted Cruz, the Tea Party, and the Republicans need to heed the words of the man who brought the decline of McCarthy's witch hunt:

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men."

-Edward R. Murrow
 
2013-02-17 09:35:53 PM  

doctor wu: Wow, that kind of frustrating understatement would suggest that the Dems have no real plans to call parasites like Cruz on their BS in any meaningful way.


He's doing a better job of marginalizing the GOP with mainstream America than any rebuttal ever could.

"Please proceed, Mr. Senator ......."
 
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