Senator Ted Cruz: Doing what he was sent to Washington to do
Rick Moran, American Thinker
And apparently, this is too much for some – especially liberal writers at the Washington Poste and New York Times.
Ruth Marcus at WaPo:
The traditional stance for a freshman senator is to hold back a bit. Being reticent and deferential are not qualities that come naturally to those who manage to win Senate seats, but most new senators choose, as much as it clashes with their instincts, to tamp down.
Since being sworn in fewer than two months ago, the 42-year-old tea party darling has:
●been one of three senators to vote against confirming fellow Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state.
●expressed “deep concerns” with a bipartisan immigration-reform blueprint crafted by, among others, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla).
●introduced his first bill, to “repeal every last word of Obamacare.”
●tangled with Rahm Emanuel over the Chicago mayor’s “bullying campaign” to have the city’s pension funds divest their investments in gun manufacturers.
Most notably, Cruz – a Princeton debating champion, Harvard Law School graduate, law clerk to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Texas solicitor general – trained his formidable rhetorical skills on two targets: gun-control proposals and President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, former senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican.
Cruz has taken the wear-their-scorn-as-a-badge-of-honor approach with his liberal critics. As he told Glenn Beck last month, “I view all of that as a sign that maybe we’re doing something right.”
Behind the scenes, Cruz has rankled even Republican colleagues, who think he lectures too much at private party sessions – “pontificates” is one word used – and listens too little, especially for a newbie.
Oh dear…he expressed “deep concerns” about an issue. Better call the home folks and start a recall drive.
And I’m sorry, but when a big city mayor uses his considerable influence to ask banks not to extend credit to a private company because he disagrees with the products they sell, what other word besides “bullying” is apt?
And so it goes. The New York Times: