Mr. Cruz and His Seven Dwarfs

Concerning the new senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, this is in The New York Times today:

Mr. Cruz was among the 22 senators who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, […]

Great start.

And The Times also reports that, though not a veteran himself, he harbors no reticence about going after veterans on defense issues:

“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.

Rush Limbaugh must love this guy. Who needs Viagra?

Mr. Cruz also has seven ideological friends in the Senate:

Chris Chocola, the president of the Club for Growth, a conservative free-market political action committee that strongly backed Mr. Cruz in his victory last year […] said the new senator was doing precisely what he had expected. The growing caucus of ardent conservatives — Mr. Cruz, Mr. [Rand] Paul, Marco Rubio of Florida, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Tim Scott of South Carolina — has begun reshaping what it means to be a Republican in the Senate, he said.

It’s nice to see the Republicans drawing the correct conclusion from the last election (go right harder, becoming even more insular, dug in, ridiculous, and onanistic).

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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