Ted Cruz on being a “schoolyard bully”: I do so appreciate Harry Reid’s candor

posted at 9:21 pm on May 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Heh. For a quick addendum to Mary Katharine’s earlier post chronicling the continuing Senatorial drama with the indignant claims of procedural “bullying” that Majority Leader Harry Reid is leveling at Sen. Ted Cruz, you know Cruz wasn’t going to take that one lying down. Try if you will, but there’s just no denying that Sen. Reid has been coming off as irate and condescending while Cruz is cool, calm, collected, and — what’s that word again? — oh yeah, civil. The man impeccably lays out his case, and is it just me, or does it sound like this “very junior senator” has considerably more gravitas than his elder colleague? Via RCP:

I rise today in praise of Majority Leader Harry Reid. Yesterday, our esteemed Majority Leader said the following — quote — ‘My friend from Texas is like the schoolyard bully. He pushes everyone around and is losing. And instead of playing the game according to the rules, he not only takes the ball home with him, but he changes the rules.’ Today, Leader Reid continued his demonstration of civility, referring to me as the — quote — ‘very junior Senator from Texas.’ As I noted yesterday, the Senate is not a schoolyard. Setting aside the irony of calling someone a bully and then shouting them down when they attempt to respond, today I wish simply to commend my friend from Nevada for his candor.


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mmmmm

Jeddite on May 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

If Reid keeps getting his a$$ handed to him like this any more he is going to have transfer to a new school.

katy on May 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Just don’t use a #2 pencil…..

dentarthurdent on May 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I like this gentleman more every day. Kill them with kindness, knowledge and common sense.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

ROFL

Cruz’s version of “Well bless your heart”.

Bishop on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

That’s how to handle a Democrat. Some in the GOP could take a lesson from Ted.

Charlemagne on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

This Cruz guy has some testicles..

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Hehehehehehehe…

catmman on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Ouch, that had to leave a mark.

cat-scratch on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Ted Cruz is just awesome. Keep up the great work!

Mr. Joe on May 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM

And that my friends is how it’s done.

Well played Senator – well played

gophergirl on May 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Oh the only thing that would have made it better – “Bless his heart”

gophergirl on May 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Just don’t use a #2 pencil…..

dentarthurdent on May 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

You can use a #2 as long as you follow it with a #1..

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I like this gentleman more every day. Kill them with kindness, knowledge and common sense.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

…and then…kick them in the ba11s Cruze!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I’m liable to suffer a severe bromance ….

SteveInRTP on May 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

This Cruz guy has some testicles..

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

…so that means… no trolls on this thread!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

It doesn’t hurt that Cruz has about 80 IQ points on Harry.

juliesa on May 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Excellent

Cruz 2016!

cmsinaz on May 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

You know what this calls for? MOAR BIRTHERISM! (courtesy of HotLips).

nobar on May 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

…so that means… no trolls on this thread!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

:)

Unless they like it to hear the slapping sound..

I think they do…

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Reid is such a contemptible pile of amphibian scat.

tom daschle concerned on May 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

This made me think of Reid’s letter sending Rush to Hell being auctioned off for millions.

Keep em coming Harry, Barry, Debbie and Curly.

arnold ziffel on May 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Giant testicle meets #2 pencil.

katy on May 7, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Real Hispanics don’t use words like “esteemed”, “commend”, or “candor”.

/Bill “More Hispanic than Ted Cruz” Richardson

Left Coast Right Mind on May 7, 2013 at 9:37 PM

CLASS! Harry Reid looks like a lowlife thug. Cruz looks like class!

AnnaS on May 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Heh, Ted could clearly afford to share some of his testosterone with the likes of McCain and Graham.

antipc on May 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Swoon!

Well said Senator Cruz!! WELL SAID!!!

Scrumpy on May 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I do so appreciate Harry Reid’s candor

I do so love Senator Cruz’s new definition of candor. Evidently, candor now means having a conference call with one’s imaginary friends and then blabbing about it on the Senate floor.

Well, we can’t allow the Left to have all of the fun changing the language…

Resist We Much on May 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Setting aside the irony of calling someone a bully and then shouting them down when they attempt to respond, today I wish simply to commend my friend from Nevada for his candor.

Hahahahahahaha. Cruz nailed him – a sarcastic put-down delivered in the most civil of tones.

The more he does this, the angrier Reid will be, and the nuttier Reid will be.

The funniest thing is that Reid no doubt expects Cruz to be devastated by Reid’s criticism, or the GOP to “discipline” Cruz.

Except for the equally senile McVain, I’d guess the rest of the GOP is quietly enjoying Dirty Harry’s floundering.

Wethal on May 7, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Cruz, displaying yet another of the reasons why his supporters love him.

Midas on May 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

This Cruz guy has some testicles..

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

…so that means… no trolls on this thread!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Except for libfree because he likes to put his….you know…he’s…well…gay…soooooo…yeah.

Bishop on May 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

OT: Whats with threads having comments linked from other threads? Seems like a system-wide error.

nobar on May 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

nobar on May 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Not seeing that… I don’t know…

Scrumpy on May 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

…so that means… no trolls on this thread!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

So far..
You are correct..

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

OT: Whats with threads having comments linked from other threads? Seems like a system-wide error.

nobar on May 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Smoking the sherm?

tom daschle concerned on May 7, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Smoking the sherm?

tom daschle concerned on May 7, 2013 at 9:46 PM

It doesn’t appear to be a permanent bug, but it keeps reappearing.

The most recent Rand thread had QOTD posts (from what I saw).

nobar on May 7, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Keep needling whorehouse harry. He’ll snap.

wolly4321 on May 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Ahhhhh? F*CK Dingy the illegal land dealing Reid.

Tbone McGraw on May 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM

*SMACKETY* *SMACK* *SMACK*

*RIMSHOT*

itsspideyman on May 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

BACK-SNAPPING!!!!!!!

williamg on May 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

The “Very Junior Senator” eases in the dagger so smoothly and with such a civilized panache, that poor pathetic old Harry is just left standing there completely unaware that he’s even bleeding, much less skewered like a chicken. The spirit of the assassin is strong in this one!

Lew on May 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Reid can only look more foolish from here. The very junior senator from Texas owns Harry Reid now.

Ellis on May 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

This is called pushback, Senator Wuss. Get used to it.

tru2tx on May 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Oh, my. I think I’m in love. Harry seems to be losing this battle of wits. I can’t stop smiling.

BetseyRoss on May 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Nicely done!

KCB on May 7, 2013 at 9:54 PM

BetseyRoss on May 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

I’m loving Sen. Cruz myself but it is hardly a fair battle when Reid has no ammunition. He doesn’t even qualify as a halfwit.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Cruz’s version of “Well bless your heart”.

Bishop on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Oh the only thing that would have made it better – “Bless his heart”

gophergirl on May 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM

His constituents know its implied.

cozmo on May 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I do so appreciate Harry Reid’s candor.

…The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest–
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men
Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know….

Tzetzes on May 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Oh, my. I think I’m in love. Harry seems to be losing this battle of wits. I can’t stop smiling.

BetseyRoss on May 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Harry is nothing when there is no opposition..

Finally we have opposition..

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Hah! The very junior senator from Texas ain’t askeered of the biggest dog in the junkyard.

Rational Thought on May 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

and “Baghdad Bob” Reid leans over to Charles Schumer and asks, what is it he just said up Chuck?
Reid is outta his league here he is just too used to batting McStain around!
The Senile Senator from nevada had better hang it up while he has a smidgen of dignity left!

ConcealedKerry on May 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Harry is nothing when there is no opposition..

Finally we have opposition..

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Fixed..

Electrongod on May 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

It’s sick when a man in his 70s reverts to Kindergarten epithets.

Remember now — Reid is a Democrat leader!

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM

That was impressive! Talk about a snappy comeback.

scalleywag on May 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Shove Harry to the ground and take back our lunch money.

Buddahpundit on May 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Lock Dingy Harry in his locker,
he’s had several too many shots to the head.

ConcealedKerry on May 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I so long for the day when Harry Reid is no longer a member of the DC elite. He is a crook who should have been voted out decades ago.

scalleywag on May 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I think all of us who walked blocks, made endless calls, twisted arms of lazy friends and relatives to vote for this guy knew that if we could get him out of the gate, he’d be like Secretariat. You never put an ole mule like Reid up against a guy like Cruz. Fearless thy name is Cruz.

TxAnn56 on May 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Don’cha just luv it when the heavens converge and somthing goes right for once!!!

Stunningly simple and so civil…

^ 5 Sen. Cruz!!

Scrumpy on May 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Thats my senator! Dayam Im proud of my Texas for sending such a good man to the senate. 2016 Cruz!

neyney on May 7, 2013 at 10:04 PM

We need some genuine trolls in here, to keep it ‘real’.

Any takers?

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM

I like the cut of this guy’s gib.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

…troll free…

CW on May 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

ROFL

Cruz’s version of “Well bless your heart”.

Bishop on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

:)

Exactly.

It’s so good to see someone not at all intimidated by Reid but take him on and bury him with a smile.

Reid has been a little tin-pot tyrant, and Cruz shone a spotlight on that.

INC on May 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Senators McCain and Graham soon to denounce Cruz for bullying their “friend and colleague”.

SouthernGent on May 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM

just put a bit of gene loves jezebel “jealous: on. I dear not link it.

Get em Cruz.

Sincerely,
Your Constituent in Alabama

seesalrun2 on May 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM

…troll free…

CW on May 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Not any more.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

“I regard you as a nonsense person”

cozmo on May 7, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Spoke too soon and it is our most ignorant troll.

CW on May 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Dayam! 5 minutes and 17 seconds of my life was just not wasted.

Cleombrotus on May 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I like the cut of this guy’s gib.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

You’ll do anything to get into Conservative graces, won’t you?

YOU are as worthless as a nine-peso Japanese wooden coin.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Methinks, (hopes) the Senator from Texas is just getting warmed up. Sticking his toe in the water.

In all honestly, I didn’t like how he spoke at first. It seemed slow..

Then I realized he thinks on his feet. No canned responses.

They can’t trip him. He doesn’t blurt out. He thinks before he speaks.

And I dig it.

wolly4321 on May 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM

“President Theodore Cruz” has a nice ring to it!

reliapundit on May 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Will be ignored by the media…but at their peril.

If he continues to hone this classy approach, the media is going to have to stretch quite far to paint him as a nutjob…and they’re already going to have to dance around his ethnicity.

I’m almost willing to bet that MSNBC or NBC edits film footage at some point in the future to make him appear more light-skinned. It’s their M.O.

MadisonConservative on May 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Ted Cruz on being a “schoolyard bully”: I do so appreciate Harry Reid’s candor

Well said Ted, one has to be polite and overlook the nonsense when you’re dealing with a guy like Harry Reid who has an imaginary and invisible friend.

RJL on May 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

You’ll do anything to get into Conservative graces, won’t you?

YOU are as worthless as a nine-peso Japanese wooden coin.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

what? Im not trying to get into anyones graces. I like Ted Cruz, the guy’s mind is as sharp as I’ve seen, and I’ve always had admiration for smart people.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I like the cut of this guy’s gib.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

A metal strap used to connect two parts together? O_o

Ohh….you meant JIB. Sorry.

Yah, sure you do. Suuuuuuuure you do.

Bishop on May 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

OT: Whats with threads having comments linked from other threads? Seems like a system-wide error.

nobar on May 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Someone from Townhall must be doing the coding – that’s been a pervasive problem over there for… oh… YEARS. Not kidding.

Midas on May 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

What’s a gib?

I hung many sheets on the bay. Never heard of that one.

wolly4321 on May 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Well said Ted…

RJL on May 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Well said Ted…Right said Fred…

Oh Snap!

cozmo on May 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

what? Im not trying to get into anyones graces. I like Ted Cruz, the guy’s mind is as sharp as I’ve seen, and I’ve always had admiration for smart people.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I, and others, have read you for about a year. YOU are always in the tank for everything Obama. Many have saved your posts, to show you out.

At this point, YOUR new tack is to try gaining some personal cred among us, acting as if you’re a nice guy.

But you’re not. And your posts are archived to prove it.

So, yeah. You are trying to get into good graces after being a total sh*t for a long time.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

You lie so often, lying is the only thing that can be thought of anything you write.

“I regard you as a nonsense person”

cozmo on May 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

what? Im not trying to get into anyones graces. I like Ted Cruz, the guy’s mind is as sharp as I’ve seen, and I’ve always had admiration for smart people.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Yeah, sorry – not buying the “crap, I have to pretend to say a few things that sound kinda conservative in support of my nick since all I do is say 100% moronic liberal crap” routine.

If you’ve always admired smart people, you would be repelled by most of the crap and people you cheer and bleat about here every day.

Get stuffed.

Midas on May 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

The Senate would work a whole lot better if they’d dispense with this whole “my friend” crap.

There are ideological enemies in the chamber. It blows my mind that someone can call a guy who wants to enslave citizens to the government, a “friend”.

ButterflyDragon on May 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I like the cut of this guy’s gib.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

gib
noun \ˈgib\
Definition of GIB
: a male cat; specifically : a castrated male cat

nonpartisan may be telling the truth for once. Allahpundit is that you?

HumpBot Salvation on May 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

If you’re not familiar with Cruz’ bio, he’s probably about 20 times smarter than Reid and far more adept at verbal repartee:

Ted has authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. During Ted’s service as Solicitor General, Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories, including successfully defending:

U.S. sovereignty against the UN and the World Court in Medellin v. Texas;
the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms;
the constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument;
the constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance;
the constitutionality of the Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law; and
the Texas congressional redistricting plan.

INC on May 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Admiration for smart people? You mean like Harvard law grads?

Ya know, if you admit you’re a kid, we’d welcome you. Help you navigate a little better.

Try honesty.

wolly4321 on May 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

gib
noun \ˈgib\
Definition of GIB
: a male cat; specifically : a castrated male cat

nonpartisan may be telling the truth for once. Allahpundit is that you?

HumpBot Salvation on May 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Freudian slip?

If it comes to cats and liberals like nonpartisan…Well, I would get banned for all the puns I could come up with.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

cozmo on May 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I’ve never lied. Show me ONE statement where I’ve lied.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Senator Cruz is fearless. He is a real leader, plain and simple.

dpduq on May 7, 2013 at 10:27 PM

It was Shakespearean!

Basically Cruz just went Anthony on Brutus…I mean Harry Reid!

After all Reid is a candid man…

Cruz was born to be President.

William Eaton on May 7, 2013 at 10:27 PM

That’s how to handle a Democrat. Some in the GOP could take a lesson from Ted.

Charlemagne on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Some RINOs need to be handled like that as well.

Senators McCain and Graham soon to denounce Cruz for bullying their “friend and colleague”.

SouthernGent on May 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Yep.

22044 on May 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Midas on May 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Oh, I can believe that nonpartisan can tolerate Sen. Cruz for the same reason he’s bluegill’s newest crush. The magic words are Princeton and Harvard, nothing else is needed.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

*ignores nonpartisan*

Just trying to hijack the thread and distract. Tomorrow’s Benghazi threads will be the same; maybe different trolls, but same intent.

Midas on May 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I’ve never lied. Show me ONE statement where I’ve lied.

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Every textbook liberal thing you have posted is a lie, and you have been doing it for a year. I’ll let you off the hook here: You are too stupid to know when you have been lied to.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I saw Sen. Cruz speak at the NRA meeting in Houston. A long speech, flawlessly delivered, with no notes or teleprompter. I was impressed. So, his ripost to Reid didn’t surprise me.Clearly the most intelligent and articulate of the speakers Friday afternoon. And they were all very good.

tngmv on May 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Why waste time proving water is wet?

“I regard you as a nonsense person”

cozmo on May 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

One statement where you lied? Right before you went to dinner for 3 days.

wolly4321 on May 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

nonpartisan on May 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

You are, at the end of the day, a textbook liberal.

We have met your kind time and times again.

And, believe it or not, many of we Conservatives were once liberal, too.

Then we later rejected it.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

*ignores nonpartisan*

Just trying to hijack the thread and distract. Tomorrow’s Benghazi threads will be the same; maybe different trolls, but same intent.

Midas on May 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Yeah, that oughta be fun.

“nonpartisan” will be pwned again.

22044 on May 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Hahahaahha what an idiot.

CW on May 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

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