“Ted Cruz of Texas is a disaster, not least for the Party that ran him for the Senate. He says he doesn’t trust his fellow Republicans. Neither, he said, does he trust Democrats. He’s putting himself on the national stage as the enemy of compromise, of reasonable comity between the Parties, of bipartisan agreement itself.
“[Republicans] want a Latino to run in 2016, but not just any Latino. They need one who’s openly hostile to other Latinos. Enter Ted Cruz. He’s the Texas Senator and anti-immigration hardliner who leaked to multiple sources last week that he was “mulling” a run for president — which is how candidates raise money to run for president. And you can bet the farm that he will run, because he’s got Newt Gingrich’s ambition and ego mixed with the steely-eyed focus of a serial killer. He’s young and Cuban, like Rubio, but even Tea Baggier — and totally unwilling to compromise with liberals on anything, including eating with a knife and fork.”
“My friend [Ted Cruz] from Texas is like the schoolyard bully. He pushes everybody around and is losing, and instead of playing the game according to the rules, he not only takes the ball home with him but changes the rules. That way, no one wins–except the bully who tries to indicate to people that he has won.”
“We have a situation where this country has been driven by the Tea Party for the last number of years. When I was in school, I studied government and I learned about the anarchists. Now, they were different than the Tea Party because they were violent. But they were anarchists because they did not believe in government in any level and they acknowledged it. The Tea Party kind of hides that.
They don’t say they’re against government, but that is what it all amounts to. They’re not doing physically destructive things to buildings and people, directly, but they are doing everything they can to throw a monkey-wrench into every form of government, whether it’s local, state or federal. That’s what it’s all about.”
“If you mention the name Ted Cruz to other senators, you just get titanic oceans of eye rolling. Because you’re a freshman, you don’t go in and take over hearings, you, like, hang around and learn how it’s done.
It’s like the most unconservative act to come in, two weeks into the job, and decide that the Senate exists for you to take it over. And so I think he’s made a lot of enemies. It doesn’t help that he has a face that looks a little like Joe McCarthy, actually. I just — I find him a little off-putting.”
“Carson has added yet another title to his name – darling of poor-people-demonizing, government-hating conservatives. His speeches at a presidential prayer breakfast in February and the CPAC convention this month have made him the hot, new face for conservatives – as though all they need do is put forth the same old tired message with a black or brown face.
Vitriol is baffling
His incessant, vitriolic assault on the poor and the government has made it hard not to conclude that the dude has gone loony. Or has a new book out. Or is planning to run for office. Or has a new book out.”
“He knows it’s offensive [to oppose the Voting Rights Act] and he knows he’s going to get a gasp from the court room which he got. And he loves it. He’s like the guy in your blog comment threads using the N-word. ‘Ahh! Oh, made you mad? How about if I say this? Did it make you mad? Did it make you mad?’”
“He’s an ornery, swaggering piece of work. …Courtesy isn’t Cruz’s métier. Grandstanding and browbeating are. “