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In just two short months, Ted Cruz, a newcomer to the Senate has made himself known as a Conservative in a place where many Republican politicians go with promises they never live up to. Mr. Hagel, who now may be the first nominee for Defense Secretary who faces a filibuster, is just one piece of proof that Cruz is going to shake up Washington. He demanded Hagels financial records, which he has failed to produce, and has questioned Hagel on whether he is the best candidate for Defense, Hagel has basically agreed, he’s not sure if he is either.
The result? Cruz is now being called a “McCarthyist”, he’s been called out of line by middle of the road Republicans Lindsey Graham and John McCain, but Cruz remains steadfast – he’s kept his promise to the people of Texas to represent their best interests in the Senate.
“It would be wrong to avoid speaking the truth about someone’s record and past policy positions, even if doing so inevitably subjects me to personal criticism from Democrats and the media.” said Cruz.
In sum, Cruz is a Conservative dream come true, he’s given energy back to the party which has abandoned their roots. He’s not the only Conservative in the Senate, but for the amount he’s done in the short time he’s been there, Conservatives need to take note of this rising star.
Of course, being a true Conservative, Liberals find it intolerable, so they compare him to McCarthy — “It was really reminiscent of a different time and place, when you said, ‘I have here in my pocket a speech you made on such and such a date,’ and, of course, nothing was in the pocket… It was reminiscent of some bad times.” – said Senator Boxer in a comment, comparing Ted Cruz to McCarthy because he’s gone so far as to demand Hagels’ financial records before he becomes Secretary of Defense.
“I made promises to the people of Texas that I would come to Washington to shake up the status quo, 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.” Cruz said in emailed answers to the New York Times.