Who changed the rules and allowed a junior Senator to question the establishment? The old guys are completely baffled because in just a little over two months, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is literally turning Washington upside down and asking some very important questions about Chuck Hagel.
“I made promises to the people of Texas that I would come to Washington to shake up the status quo,” he said in an e-mail interview with the New York Times. “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.”
What’s interesting is that while “Republican” Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham were as giddy as high school cheerleaders throughout Obama’s State of the Union Address, the two Senators were loudly “booing” Senator Cruz for daring to speak out against Hagel’s controversial nomination.
Graham (R-SC) said Cruz was “out of bounds, quite frankly.” And reminiscent of his 2008 presidential run against then-Senator Barack Obama, McCain said, “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.” (P.S. This is precisely the reason you lost to Obama, Sen. McCain…)
Along with McCain and Graham, their other Democrat friends are equally displeased with Cruz. California Senator Barbara Boxer mentioned “McCarthyism”, which frankly Conservatives should take as a compliment. If you want to call vetting a politician “McCarthyism”, so be it.
At least Cruz is in good company, spending time under the bus with people like Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Congressman Louie Gohmert and others who have recently dared to go against the establishment, meeting the wrath of the curmudgeon crowd.
What career politicians like McCain and Graham don’t understand is that the days of cushy, carefree, ego-driven political careers are over. It doesn’t matter if a Senator is brand new to the game–We the People expect them to speak out for us, no matter what the rules of hierarchy were before.
Long live politicians like Senator Ted Cruz, who has a clear understanding that he was elected of the people, for the people, by the people.
Time to step aside and let them save America, McCain and Graham.