Why I Kind of Respect Sen. Ted Cruz
Since Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took office he has been a one man force of nature. At every turn he has decided to exploit the current Senate rules any way he can to advance his agenda. He doesn’t just threaten to filibuster a big piece of legislation for public attention like some, he also uses his leverage over even the most routine procedures to push for smaller goals.
While I completely disagree with Cruz’s agenda, I must respect a person who is serious about using the power he has to try to advance his long stated goals.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is now calling Cruz a “schoolyard bully” for not “playing the game according to the rules,” but playing by the rules is exactly what Cruz is doing. Cruz isn’t breaking the rules, he is just using the rules that currently exist for maximum advantage.
If Cruz is a schoolyard bully than that means Reid is the biggest weakling ever for refusing to stand up to him. At any time a simple majority of Democrats could change the Senate rules and permanently put a stop to Cruz’s behavior.
The Democratic majority chose to give Cruz incredible power when they decided not to reform the Senate’s absolutely absurd rules at the beginning of the year. It is truly pathetic to then get mad at Cruz for actually using this power Democrats gave him to try to advance the agenda he ran on.
Cruz stands in direct contrast to Reid and the rest of his caucus that stubbornly refuses to actually govern. He shows what you can do if you are serious about using the power you have. If Democrats had the same attitude as Cruz, they would have made him mostly a non-factor by now.
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