Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Making all the right enemies.

Add Democratic Senator from Missouri Claire McCaskill to the list of pols that don't like Ted Cruz. At last, according to this (badly reported) story by Kevin Robillard writing for Politico.com:

"You’ve got people who are willing to compromise and who understand the beauty of compromise in our democracy and then you have people like Ted Cruz and some of the others that just think that they want to drive as hard as they can off the right edge of the world.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/claire-mccaskill-blasts-ted-cruz-88739.html#ixzz2NKt7kkJU

The Democratic cries for "compromise" ring hollow given their recent history of defining the term as "ultimately seeing things our way or else" so I don't care much about that.  I do think that reporter Kevin Robillard committed journalism malpractice by not once in the story identifying McCaskill as a Democratic Senator but I don't expect much from that shop anyway so I'm not overly surprised.

The bigger point is that Sen. Ted Cruz seems to be making all of the right enemies now.  When progressives like California Dem Senator Barbara Boxer and Sen. McCaskill are against you, you're probably doing something right.  When their stuck making ridiculous claims of McCarthyism and Akinism, despite you having no history of saying anything similar to what either said, then you're really doing something correct because that's a sign they're getting desperate.

What's even funnier is this:  None of the Democrats, including those in Texas, seem to understand that Ted Cruz is doing exactly what he said he would do in the run-up to being elected.  It's these things that helped him cruise (no pun intended) to a double digit win over Paul (outside-the-mainstream) Sadler.  Whether or not the Democrats like it is immaterial, a mainstream portion of Texans do.  As a matter of fact, I would argue that the more Progressives get angry with him, the more secure his re-election becomes.

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