Ted Cruz to McCain: “There may be more ‘wacko birds’ in the Senate than you think”

posted at 4:41 pm on May 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Joel Gehrke, a scene from the intramural debate over the debt ceiling between Maverick and the Paul/Lee/Cruz tea-party coalition. If you read Erika’s post last night, you already know the background. The tea partiers are threatening to block the Senate’s budget from being sent to the House for a conference committee unless Reid assures them that whatever emerges won’t raise the debt ceiling. (Or, if it does, that 60 votes will be required for passage rather than the simple majority typically required for budget bills.) Reid won’t budge on that — yet. McCain, who’s been busy lately recouping lots of Strange New Respect that he lost five years ago when he momentarily became the left’s chief obstacle to power, has spent the last 24 hours effectively siding with Reid. Whether that’s because he’s a stickler for traditional Senate procedure or because he disdains the new generation of Senate conservatives for being too brash in asserting themselves (and for not being as interventionist as he’d like), I leave to you to decide. In Maverick’s defense, he’s been consistent in criticizing irregular GOP maneuvering on the debt ceiling — and in dumping on tea partiers for driving it. From 2011:

McCain said conservatives’ insistence that an increase in the debt ceiling be accompanied by a balanced budget amendment was “worse than foolish” because it couldn’t get through the Senate.

Reading from the [Wall Street Journal] editorial, McCain continued:

“The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue and the public will turn en masse against Barack Obama…. Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea party hobbits could return to Middle-earth having defeated Mordor.

“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees,” he said, referring to the failed tea-party-backed candidates from Nevada and Delaware.

He got irritated with his foreign-policy and immigration ally Marco Rubio over this last night too, and this morning accused Mike Lee of being, well, ignorant:

“Perhaps the senator from Utah doesn’t know about that — the fact that even if they did raise the debt limit, it could not become law because it doesn’t go to the president of the United States,” McCain said. “So again, maybe the senator from Utah ought to learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.”

As is usually the case with McCain, the excessive nastiness in his criticism leaves you wondering how much of this is about policy and procedure and how much of it is driven by deeper personal dislike. Here’s Cruz reveling in Maverick’s annoyance by answering his attack on Lee with an 11-minute speech, the highlight of which comes at around 6:00 with a reference to McCain’s now-infamous (and since apologized-for) dubbing of Cruz and Rand Paul as “wacko birds.” He’s going to have endless fun tweaking Mac during their time in the Senate together, isn’t he?


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so glad i voted for Cruz

burserker on May 23, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Yea. Not.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

You survived, so be happy.

Geesh, yankees and their whining…

cozmo on May 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

cozmo on May 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I’m not whining. we’re supposed to get hit w/ some major weather this weekend-and for the first time this year…the local weather chick mentioned the potential for…tornadoes.

Awesome!
*crosses fingers.*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

But McCain as GOP nominee, essentially and I am convinced of this, was purposed to elect the Democrat, Obama.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I agree and Romney was selected for Obama’s re-election imo.

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

cozmo on May 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Have you two and any others from Texas seen this?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3022970/posts

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Awesome!
*crosses fingers.*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Yeah, you won’t be thinking that if it happens noob. You are in exactly the wrong kind of terrain to want that.

Never seen a tornado, and don’t want to. Grapefruit sized hail was bad enough.

cozmo on May 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I’ve seen it. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

There are good and bad to those bills.

The one I am most familiar with is the third one. I make it a point to avoid toll roads. I figure when 0bama leaves office and the economy improves, most of the yankees who are clogging up the roads will go back to where they came from.

The rainy day fund is over funded as it is. The reporting of contributors is over rated and I think they should remove the exclusion for labor groups. I think full disclosure is alright, especially when it removes caps.

cozmo on May 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Reid: “Will no one rid me of this turbulent senator?”

applebutter on May 23, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I absolutely adore Ted Cruz. He makes me so proud that he’s a member of the Senate. Thank you Texas for sending him there. He is carrying on in the spirit of Ronald Reagan. He eloquently makes his points without resorting to hyperbole and name-calling, something from which McCain and the other Democrats cannot refrain. He is always upbeat and good-humored and he commands respect as a result.

GeorgiaBuckeye on May 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Yes! Finally, a national politician that gets it!

JeffPBlues on May 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Team Cruz

WhatSlushfund on May 23, 2013 at 8:07 PM

But McCain as GOP nominee, essentially and I am convinced of this, was purposed to elect the Democrat, Obama.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I agree and Romney was selected for Obama’s re-election imo.

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I disagree with that, bluefox. McCain, clearly Left, even outright encouraging voters to support Obama (“my friends, you have nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency”).

Romney, no, my opinion is he really wanted the Presidency, as did Ryan the VPcy. They appear to have been burdened once again with the Progressive goals of the Progressives in the GOP.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

How old I this POS?Do we have any hope?

redware on May 23, 2013 at 8:28 PM

I wish SC had him instead of Grahamnesty. The latter is a sell-out and a fraud.

Conservchik on May 23, 2013 at 8:36 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

So true and we’re certainly seeing it from D.C. Glad you had a chance to see that article.

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

As is usually the case with McCain, the excessive nastiness in his criticism leaves you wondering how much of this is about policy and procedure and how much of it is driven by deeper personal dislike.

I get that the Senate is seniority-based and for McCain he abhors first term Senators speaking. Like children they should be seen and not heard. But there comes a point when this isn’t defending the institution and nothing more than a cranky old bastard attacking people he hates. We are at that point. Good for Cruz for poking a stick at the fossil!

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

cozmo on May 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Sounds like you’re on top of things out there. I was concerned with the Senate Bill 346 (SB 346) since it is designed to discourage people from giving to Tea Party groups who wish to replace RINO’s with conservatives. It is a Saul Alinsky device to identify donors so they can be targeted and then discouraged from giving to conservatives.

A commenter on the site said: Looks like SB 346 is sponsored by these two RINO’s:
Sen Kel Selinger (Rino – Amarillo)
Sen Charlie Geren (Rino – Fort Worth)

I would hope that Gov. Perry will veto this or else it becomes law by 5/23/13.

Anytime I see anything that is against or limits the Tea Parties, I suspect Rove & Co:-)

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM

A good speech and some nice legs.

Sherman1864 on May 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Romney, no, my opinion is he really wanted the Presidency, as did Ryan the VPcy. They appear to have been burdened once again with the Progressive goals of the Progressives in the GOP.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I agree. I think the strategy was to be clear in the difference of maker vs. taker, and thought the majority of Americans could easily see where the country would go with 4 more years of communist lite.
He was wrong and rightfully shocked, as I was, that Obama won.

The biggest mistake in our history. Lazy purists and just plain lazy detached people have allowed the republic to burn.

Mimzey on May 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM

They appear to have been burdened once again with the Progressive goals of the Progressives in the GOP.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

That’s true too and makes one wonder why doesn’t it? I can’t recall many R’s from the House or Senate that campaigned for Romney or publically supported him tho. I do recall them criticizing him about Benghazi tho:-)

However, Gingrich campaigned for him:-)

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I wish SC had him instead of Grahamnesty. The latter is a sell-out and a fraud.

Conservchik on May 23, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Do you think Trey Gowdy might run for the Senate against Graham?

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I want to have his baby.

Theworldisnotenough on May 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

McCain enabled Obama he could not bring himself to call out Obama’s commie roots or his radical past.

He does manage to low dog any and all conservatives in the Republican Party.

Blame him for his sins.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Cruz is giving conservatives a great gift… A slow and painful coronary to the senior Sen from AZ.

katy on May 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Just remember that when John McLame calls you “friend,” what he means
is “You stupid-ignorant dumb-a$$ not worthy of my attention.”

shorebird on May 23, 2013 at 9:53 PM

We have to draft Trey Gowdy! If we South Carolinians want to have a shot at getting rid of Lefty Lindsey,Gowdy is the only one who could do it!

redware on May 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Bravo. McCain is disgusting.

kunegetikos on May 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Johnny McCain or Jimmy Carville…

Which trusts Obama mostest, Hobbitses?

ndanielson on May 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Bravo. McCain is disgusting.

kunegetikos on May 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Hobbit!

ndanielson on May 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I get that the Senate is seniority-based and for McCain he abhors first term Senators speaking. Like children they should be seen and not heard. But there comes a point when this isn’t defending the institution and nothing more than a cranky old bastard attacking people he hates. We are at that point. Good for Cruz for poking a stick at the fossil!

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

McCain’s a spoiled princess who needs to learn to suck it up regrading Cruz, just like his other Senatorial friend with escalating dementia, Harry Reid.

Anti-Control on May 23, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Man, when the trolls are reduced to spouting gibberish they must be in bad shape.

All you do is spout.

alanstern on May 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

redware on May 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM

It would be great if Trey Gowdy would primary Graham, but it will not happen. Graham has the SC State Pub. party in his pocket and they are not about to let a congressman primary Lucy Graham. Gowdy would be committing political suicide if he lost the primary. The person to primary Lucy would be Demint. Demint culd beat Lucy in a primary and would have the support of tea parties from across the USA who hate Lucy. Demint also helped others get elected and they owe him. All Demint has to do is to say, Lindsay Graham is not a conservative and SC needs a conservative Sen. to represent their values and to support conservatism, and Lucy is not representing SC voters, he is representing the special interests. SC voters need to put pressure on Demint to primary Lucy.

they lie on May 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

McCain is worse than “fundamentally flawed” in the political sense. There has always been something very wrong with his character, which is one of extreme “me-first-and-only” self-entitlement. He was wrongfully admitted to the Naval Academy with bad grades ahead of more qualified applicants because his daddy and granddaddy were admirals. Rules that apply to ordinary people don’t apply to him. He thumbed his nose at Annapolis because he couldn’t be kicked out or flunked out, because he was JOHN MCCAIN, son and grandson of ADMIRALS. He ignored orders and crashed planes, because he couldn’t be disciplined as the son and grandson of admirals. He ditched the wife who stood by him, when he wanted a rich blonde chick young enough to be his daughter, who could finance his political ambition.

He was caught taking bribes to his wife from the Keating 5, so tried to cover his tracks by imposing the McCain-Feingold nonsense on everyone else (laws only apply to everyone else, not to JOHN MCCAIN). He entertained a blonde lobbyist in ways that worried his staff, and improperly pressured the FCC for her in exchange for …., because he is JOHN MCCAIN!!!!!!. He yelled obscenities at other senators who questioned ramming his McCain-Kennedy amnesty through the Senate in the dead of night without debate, and screamed he knew more about it than anyone else – because he is JOHN MCCAIN, a legend in his own mind !!!!!! He has had secret no press allowed meetings to praise Mexico as our dearest friend and closest neighbor, calling enforcement of the laws “Rhetoric”.

As president, McCain, like the man he helped elect. Barack Obama, would have tried to rule by fiat and would make Hugo Chavez look like George Washington. Like the Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts, if any GOP congresscritter disagreed with him “OFF WITH HER HEAD- I’m JOHN MCCAIN, KING OF THE UNIVERSE!!!” There has always been something consistently very wrong with McCain’s character. Through it all, this lying unreliable self-aggrandizing megalomaniac poses as a “straight talker”, and is so sick, he probably believes it himself, because he is JOHN MCCAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!, son and grandson of ADMIRALS.

RasThavas on May 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Excellent post!

Anti-Control on May 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Romney, no, my opinion is he really wanted the Presidency, as did Ryan the VPcy. They appear to have been burdened once again with the Progressive goals of the Progressives in the GOP.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I agree. I think the strategy was to be clear in the difference of maker vs. taker, and thought the majority of Americans could easily see where the country would go with 4 more years of communist lite.
He was wrong and rightfully shocked, as I was, that Obama won.

The biggest mistake in our history. Lazy purists and just plain lazy detached people have allowed the republic to burn.

Mimzey on May 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM

It’s reaaly difficult to defeat an incumbent. Romney deserves a lot of credit for trying. Unfortunately Obama’s media support, and the near universal support of the black community made him impossible to defeat.
There were also some notes about very high black turnout in the past election. Given the remarkable 100% turnout in some black precincts in places like Philadelphia which then went 100% for Obama, and the reports of people like the Ohio Democrat who admitted to casting multiple ballots for Obama, one has to wonder how much of a role voter fraud played as well.

talkingpoints on May 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

So glad Cruz is in the Senate. He and a couple others are slowing down the destruction Reid/Schumer/Durbin/Graham/McCain are orchestrating. It’s nice to see what a “minority of the minority” can do.
It’s be nice to see what the majority of House could do.

ritewhit on May 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM

McCain is an idiot wrapped up in a moron. He is so deluded and a severe lack of common sense. Hopefully some Tea Party Conservative will primary his ass out of the Senate

hamradio on May 23, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Can’t McConnell get McCain to sit down and shut up? He’s become a full-blown obnoxious and self-righteous a-hole.
Somebody please….tackle him would ya?

lynncgb on May 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Why would the chinless wonder want to silence McLame? They’re on the same (other) side.

The senate is the ultimate Old Boy’s Club, and being senator has got to be the sweetest job in the world. Get elected once and the odds are heavily in your favor that the seat is yours for life. As long as you don’t, you know, make any waves. McConnell doesn’t like the wacko-birds any more than McLame, but with the need to get re-elected coming up he’s doing the traditional “Look-At-Me-I’m-A-Conservative” butching-up that all the GOPe’s seem to do right before elections. Think he likes Rand Paul either?

bofh on May 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Romney, no, my opinion is he really wanted the Presidency, as did Ryan the VPcy. They appear to have been burdened once again with the Progressive goals of the Progressives in the GOP.

Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Romney’s “past” – which he didn’t actively work to discredit early on – also wound up a burden. As did his reaffirming stand on Romneycare. His staff wasn’t the best, either.

Myron Falwell on May 23, 2013 at 11:59 PM

McCain puts the “ick” in maverick.

Wino on May 24, 2013 at 3:39 AM

one has to wonder how much of a role voter fraud played as well.

talkingpoints on May 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

. . . JFK smiles.

BigAlSouth on May 24, 2013 at 5:24 AM

TED CRUZ……is my President.

McCain?…..he’s just a tool of his big business donor base. And HE is the reason that Obama sits in the White House today. “Fight with me”………what a crock of shinola.

PappyD61 on May 24, 2013 at 7:24 AM

C.R.U.Z.

TitularHead on May 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I LOVE this guy.

As a Arizonan i can say it’s time for the VERY SENIOR Senator to come home to “The Valley of the Sun” and retire with SDO’C”.

mmcnamer1 on May 24, 2013 at 8:43 AM

McCain is a POS. Thank you for calling him out Senator Cruz.

sunstamp on May 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

McCain knows exactly what the Founding Fathers wanted – because he was there – /s

PJ Emeritus on May 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Cruz should just refer to McCain from now on as “my senile colleague from Arizona”.

You know it would take on a life of its own. The media wouldn’t be able to stop from reporting on it (“Republicans eat their own”), and it would come into play if McCain ever pursued another term.

I dislike McCain as much as Obama and Holder.

dominigan on May 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Never owned up anything like this before, but I’m experiencing a major MAN CRUSH!

Tomolena1 on May 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM

What’s the excuse for thousands of staff for Congress? These thousands are appointed not elected or maybe when Nancy said we have to pass this bill to find out what’s in it warrants some thought. My source is yours if you google (number of staff for congress).

mixplix on May 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM

McCain wants to be remembered as the 2nd great lion of the Senate (after his buddy Ted Kennedy).

maybe by the Ruling class he will be.

PappyD61 on May 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Outstanding Ted Cruz!! Now that’s leadership. How’s that bird taste McCain? While I thank you for your service and sacrifices on behalf of this Nation unfortunately I see only failure after failure regarding your representation of the American people in your political career. No Mr. McCain? Take a look around. This is what you and your colleagues have allowed to happen and it’s unequivocally unacceptable to the point of dismissal. Marco Rubio, you had better beat McCain or dis-attach yourself from him or his multiple failures will become yours.

Tangerinesong on May 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Mccain and Graham are experts at slyly hlping Democrats every chance they get.On every confirmation vote the two of them refuse to vote gainst cloture,then cast a symbolic no vote on confirmation,after they have already insured the nomination passes.Why don’t these two come out of the closet-as Democrats(and Graham as something else too!)

redware on May 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Ted Cruz is a disgrace.

rubberneck on May 24, 2013 at 7:12 PM

rubberneck, why are you here? Ted Cruz & Mike Lee, (2) of the last conservatives left standing.

“But McCain as GOP nominee, essentially and I am convinced of this, was purposed to elect the Democrat, Obama.
Lourdes on May 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I agree and Romney was selected for Obama’s re-election imo”.

bluefox on May 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I totally agree. Umm, anyone notice that after Romney got the nomination, he kind of gave up? Then he made a strong comeback after the 1st debate. & then he stopped trying. That’s how I see it.

Reince Priebus & Rino Karl Rove will be do everything possible to get another RINO nominated. Maybe Romney himself will reappear. & me? I’m going to stay home this time. After voting for (2) losers (McCain & Romney), stick a fork in me, I’m done.

I think McCain should pull an Arlen Spector & come out of the closet as a Democrat. Same with our SC senator Lindsey Graham. McCain, Graham, Flake & Rubio, this foursome will go down in history for sealing the decline of America.

Belle on May 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM

rubberneck, why are you here? Ted Cruz & Mike Lee, (2) of the last conservatives left standing.

Last I heard “real” conservatives were bitterly moaning about not getting a budget for years. Now “real” conservatives now want to stop a public televised conference committee meeting to stop it. You idiots just love obstruction of any form.

rubberneck on May 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM

On board with Team Cruz — I love dat guy!

Conservchik on May 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

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