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(The Atlantic Wire)   In a rare moment of bi-partisan consensus, almost all Senators on both sides of the aisle in the US Senate have come to the same conclusion: freshman Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is a huge dick   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 270
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2013-03-20 10:30:04 AM  
Does he look kinda like Chris-chan to anyone else or is it just me?
 
2013-03-20 10:34:54 AM  
So you are saying that he represents his constituents well?
 
2013-03-20 10:38:33 AM  
The guy does look very punchable.
 
2013-03-20 10:52:39 AM  
I heard some NPR reporter refer to Ted Cruz as a 'rising star' in the Senate.. funny, I thought he was a punchline already.
 
2013-03-20 10:57:07 AM  

Alphax: I heard some NPR reporter refer to Ted Cruz as a 'rising star' in the Senate.. funny, I thought he was a punchline already.


He's a rocket ship on his way to Mars
On a collision course
He is a satellite he's out of control
He is a sex machine ready to reload
Like an atom bomb about to
Oh oh oh oh oh explode
 
2013-03-20 11:01:16 AM  

Alphax: I heard some NPR reporter refer to Ted Cruz as a 'rising star' in the Senate.. funny, I thought he was a punchline already.


He was a punchline before he even got elected.  But since he's a Republican from Texas, his victory was pretty much guaranteed once he got through the primary.  Each of those two sure love their stupid, much less combined.
 
2013-03-20 11:15:04 AM  
I don't give a shiat. Being 'nice' hasn't made the Senate any less broken.
 
2013-03-20 11:19:33 AM  
"Jim Demint without the charm."

According to Robert's Rules of Order, that constitutes a burn.

Do I have a second?
 
2013-03-20 11:21:25 AM  

Mentat: "Jim Demint without the charm."

According to Robert's Rules of Order, that constitutes a burn.

Do I have a second?


That's the baffling part.  I wasn't aware Demint had any measurable charm.  He's just Demint without the senority.
 
2013-03-20 11:21:34 AM  

Snarfangel: On a collision course
He is a satellite he's out of control
He is a sex machine ready to reload
Like an atom bomb about to
Oh oh oh oh oh explode


Is that why they call him Mr. Fahrenheit?
 
2013-03-20 11:28:00 AM  

Mentat: "Jim Demint without the charm."

According to Robert's Rules of Order, that constitutes a burn.

Do I have a second?


I believe there is a motion to re-commit on the table vis-a-vis whether an "Oh SNAP" would be an appropriate determination at this point
 
2013-03-20 11:29:33 AM  
"Jim DeMint without the charm."

Yeah, that is diplomatic speak for "complete asshole"
 
2013-03-20 11:34:14 AM  
When asked for comment his brother Pablo replied:
"Whatcha gonna do when she says goodbye
Whatcha gonna do when she is gone"
 
2013-03-20 11:39:13 AM  

GAT_00: Alphax: I heard some NPR reporter refer to Ted Cruz as a 'rising star' in the Senate.. funny, I thought he was a punchline already.

He was a punchline before he even got elected.  But since he's a Republican from Texas, his victory was pretty much guaranteed once he got through the primary.  Each of those two sure love their stupid, much less combined.


It's a little more complicated than that. Dewhurst SHOULD have easily taken the GOP primary. What happened was that the Texas redistricting lawsuit pushed the primary back a few months. This gave Cruz the opportunity to shore up tea party support and smash Dewhurst in the primary. After that, he faced off against a Democrat so boring most people couldn't remember his name.

Basically, the Texas GOP's clumsy attempt at gerrymandering gave the senate seat to Ted "Crazy Motherf*cker" Cruz.
 
2013-03-20 11:40:27 AM  

Shostie: GAT_00: Alphax: I heard some NPR reporter refer to Ted Cruz as a 'rising star' in the Senate.. funny, I thought he was a punchline already.

He was a punchline before he even got elected.  But since he's a Republican from Texas, his victory was pretty much guaranteed once he got through the primary.  Each of those two sure love their stupid, much less combined.

It's a little more complicated than that. Dewhurst SHOULD have easily taken the GOP primary. What happened was that the Texas redistricting lawsuit pushed the primary back a few months. This gave Cruz the opportunity to shore up tea party support and smash Dewhurst in the primary. After that, he faced off against a Democrat so boring most people couldn't remember his name.

Basically, the Texas GOP's clumsy attempt at gerrymandering gave the senate seat to Ted "Crazy Motherf*cker" Cruz.


Yeah, but Cruz wasn't the underdog.  He was the big money party.
 
2013-03-20 11:41:30 AM  
A teabagger Senator is a dick?  No way!
 
2013-03-20 11:42:33 AM  

GAT_00: Yeah, but Cruz wasn't the underdog.


Against Dewhurst he was. Once again, if it weren't for the gerrymandering, Cruz would have been knocked out in the primary.
 
2013-03-20 11:48:54 AM  
One Senator decides to take on the establishment and suddenly all you libby libs are for protecting the good ole boys club... As a master of rebuttal, Senator Cruz has much more in common with Mr. Smith then any of you pinkos will ever know.
 
2013-03-20 11:50:37 AM  

Shostie: GAT_00: Yeah, but Cruz wasn't the underdog.

Against Dewhurst he was. Once again, if it weren't for the gerrymandering, Cruz would have been knocked out in the primary.


How do you gerrymander a state?
 
2013-03-20 11:53:09 AM  

Lionel Mandrake: Shostie: GAT_00: Yeah, but Cruz wasn't the underdog.

Against Dewhurst he was. Once again, if it weren't for the gerrymandering, Cruz would have been knocked out in the primary.

How do you gerrymander a state?


Huh?
 
2013-03-20 11:54:15 AM  

Elzar: One Senator decides to take on the establishment and suddenly all you libby libs are for protecting the good ole boys club... As a master of rebuttal, Senator Cruz has much more in common with Mr. Smith then any of you pinkos will ever know.


LOLWUT?
 
2013-03-20 11:54:32 AM  
An anonymous Senate Republican said, "It's becoming a trend when you're a new arrival,... They don't get to know the Senate or the other senators; they just start talking. And that takes away from [Cruz's] ability to be an influential legislator."

He doesn't care about being an influential legislator. He wants attention. He wants headlines. He wants the people back home to go, "Yea! That Cruz is a straight shooter! Give em hell, Cruz!" He's clown shoes.

He defied Armed Services Committee chair Carl Levin, who told Cruz not to play audio of a call-in show during Hagel's hearing.

Pure clown shoes.
 
2013-03-20 11:58:52 AM  
Most of the Republicans later changed their minds, stating that Ted Cruz is a great guy, and that they mistakenly had droolingly agreed with what they had misheard as "Ted Cruz HAS a huge dick."
 
2013-03-20 12:00:47 PM  
Not my senator, not my problem.
 
2013-03-20 12:01:57 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Shostie: GAT_00: Yeah, but Cruz wasn't the underdog.

Against Dewhurst he was. Once again, if it weren't for the gerrymandering, Cruz would have been knocked out in the primary.

How do you gerrymander a state?


Texas' gerrymandering got properly challenged in court and that put the primary on hold.
 
2013-03-20 12:05:07 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Shostie: GAT_00: Yeah, but Cruz wasn't the underdog.

Against Dewhurst he was. Once again, if it weren't for the gerrymandering, Cruz would have been knocked out in the primary.

How do you gerrymander a state?


Have you seen how weirdly Texas is shaped?

www.enchantedlearning.com

Conclusion: Deliberately gerrymandered!
 
2013-03-20 12:09:23 PM  
GAT_00:That's the baffling part.  I wasn't aware Demint had any measurable charm.  He's just Demint without the senority.

I'm pretty sure that's why it's funny. Saying he has less charm than someone generally regarded as completely charmless is like saying, "Slightly less svelte than Dom DeLuise."
 
2013-03-20 12:09:48 PM  
Chris Hayes said that Ted Cruz was one of the best speakers he has ever seen before the Supreme Court. So, while the man may be a blithering idiot and a raving jerk, I wouldn't underestimate his potential appeal with his constituents.
 
2013-03-20 12:11:21 PM  

Shostie: Lionel Mandrake: Shostie: GAT_00: Yeah, but Cruz wasn't the underdog.

Against Dewhurst he was. Once again, if it weren't for the gerrymandering, Cruz would have been knocked out in the primary.

How do you gerrymander a state?

Huh?


I guess I'm missing something...Cruz is a Senator, which is a statewide position, so I don't get how gerrymandering applies.
 
2013-03-20 12:13:37 PM  
We need more people making waves in that stuffy institution. Ted Cruz is not one of those people.
 
2013-03-20 12:14:44 PM  

Elzar: One Senator decides to take on the establishment and suddenly all you libby libs are for protecting the good ole boys club... As a master of rebuttal, Senator Cruz has much more in common with Mr. Smith then any of you pinkos will ever know.


8/10. the spelling error was a nice touch.
 
2013-03-20 12:16:08 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Shostie: Lionel Mandrake: Shostie: GAT_00: Yeah, but Cruz wasn't the underdog.

Against Dewhurst he was. Once again, if it weren't for the gerrymandering, Cruz would have been knocked out in the primary.

How do you gerrymander a state?

Huh?

I guess I'm missing something...Cruz is a Senator, which is a statewide position, so I don't get how gerrymandering applies.


Oh, I get it. Earlier in the thread he said "What happened was that the Texas redistricting lawsuit pushed the primary back a few months. This gave Cruz the opportunity to shore up tea party support and smash Dewhurst in the primary. After that, he faced off against a Democrat so boring most people couldn't remember his name."

So it makes sense, but was oddly stated.
 
2013-03-20 12:17:23 PM  

Car_Ramrod: Lionel Mandrake: Shostie: Lionel Mandrake: Shostie: GAT_00: Yeah, but Cruz wasn't the underdog.

Against Dewhurst he was. Once again, if it weren't for the gerrymandering, Cruz would have been knocked out in the primary.

How do you gerrymander a state?

Huh?

I guess I'm missing something...Cruz is a Senator, which is a statewide position, so I don't get how gerrymandering applies.

Oh, I get it. Earlier in the thread he said "What happened was that the Texas redistricting lawsuit pushed the primary back a few months. This gave Cruz the opportunity to shore up tea party support and smash Dewhurst in the primary. After that, he faced off against a Democrat so boring most people couldn't remember his name."

So it makes sense, but was oddly stated.


Ah...so I suck at reading threads...my bad.
 
2013-03-20 12:24:35 PM  
MaxxLarge:
I'm pretty sure that's why it's funny. Saying he has less charm than someone generally regarded as completely charmless is like saying, "Slightly less svelte than Dom DeLuise."

www.virtualplacebo.com

Looks pretty svelte to me.
 
2013-03-20 12:32:12 PM  

Elzar: One Senator decides to take on the establishment and


people are shocked the establishment doesn't like him?
 
2013-03-20 12:35:48 PM  

SlothB77: Elzar: One Senator decides to take on the establishment and

people are shocked the establishment doesn't like him?


In what way has he actually gone after the "establishment?"
 
2013-03-20 12:36:37 PM  

SlothB77: Elzar: One Senator decides to take on the establishment and

people are shocked the establishment doesn't like him?


I'm glad he's a dick.  Makes him less likely to accomplish anything.

But the teabaggers will eat it up and vote for him.......................forever.
 
2013-03-20 12:36:59 PM  

basemetal: Not my senator, not my problem.


Given that a single senator can currently put an anonymous hold on any piece of legislation or the confirmation of any cabinet appointee, he IS your problem, and the country's
 
2013-03-20 12:41:07 PM  

SlothB77: Elzar: One Senator decides to take on the establishment and

people are shocked the establishment doesn't like him?


I Like this line from the article:
 he "was more down to earth than his Hermès tie and Patek Philippe watch suggested"

 that really wouldn;t be hard no would it?  I wonder how many of his ardent Tea Party supports realize that their people's champion wears a tie that is likely more expensive than their car, and has a watch that costs more than what they make in a year
 
2013-03-20 12:51:18 PM  
ct.fra.bz
 
2013-03-20 01:00:08 PM  

Magorn: Mentat: "Jim Demint without the charm."

According to Robert's Rules of Order, that constitutes a burn.

Do I have a second?

I believe there is a motion to re-commit on the table vis-a-vis whether an "Oh SNAP" would be an appropriate determination at this point


I filibuster. Because Fartbama.
 
2013-03-20 01:01:28 PM  

basemetal: Not my senator, not my problem.


Sure it's not like senators from other states can obstruct important federal legislation that affects you. Right, genius?
 
2013-03-20 01:08:38 PM  
He's Ron Johnson without the Ron Johnson Ron Johnson.
 
2013-03-20 01:10:56 PM  

Magorn: basemetal: Not my senator, not my problem.

Given that a single senator can currently put an anonymous hold on any piece of legislation or the confirmation of any cabinet appointee, he IS your problem, and the country's


I can't vote for or against him, that makes him his constituents problem.  The rules of the senate have been that way since before I was born, so no, he's not my problem.
 
2013-03-20 01:13:02 PM  

basemetal: The rules of the senate have been that way since before I was born, so no, he's not my problem.


Unless you're an infant, not so much.
 
m00
2013-03-20 01:19:31 PM  
"Behind closed doors, some Republican senators report that Cruz, in his stone-cold serious prosecutorial style, speaks at length when it's far more common for freshmen to wait before asserting themselves - particularly ones who were just sworn in,"

I honestly don't know enough about Cruz to like or dislike his policies, but I have to say this is a point in his favor. You're elected to represent your state and contribute to the common good of the United States... you're not elected to keep your mouth shut until you have seniority.

This sounds like a rule by the establishment, for the establishment.
 
2013-03-20 01:20:32 PM  
IE, he destroyed the liberal position on guns with a single question and made Feinstein look like a fool, so now you hate him.

There is nothing that quite so much angers a liberal than the knowledge that they've been proven wrong.
 
2013-03-20 01:21:07 PM  
Graham told Politico, "[T]he one thing I will say to any new senator - you're going to be respected if you can throw a punch but you also have to prove you can do a deal." An anonymous Senate Republican said, "It's becoming a trend when you're a new arrival,... They don't get to know the Senate or the other senators; they just start talking. And that takes away from [Cruz's] ability to be an influential legislator."

I'd agree with this. It doesn't matter how much you ramrodded your way in... once you're there, you have coworkers to deal with. Because the rest of Congress are your coworkers now. When you're the FNG and you immediately start acting like you own the place, your coworkers will quickly act to make your life as miserable as possible. Just like any other workplace.
 
2013-03-20 01:26:54 PM  
When you've been in the Senate for less than two months and you are being compared to Joe McCarthy you might want to re-think your behavior.
 
2013-03-20 01:27:14 PM  
If I had the gumption, "Jim Demint sans charm" would make a nice new FARK handle.
 
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