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Exhuming McCarthy

[ 115 ] February 15, 2013 |

Ted Cruz really is doing an impressive imitation.


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  1. Speak Truth says:


    Ted Cruz is a member of a minority race. And if there’s anything we have learned from our Democrat overlords, that’s what really matters!

  2. Lacking Moral Fiber aka Useless Muthfucka frmly Nemesis says:

    Idiots are just barely a minority.

  3. thebewilderness says:

    It has been a while since we the people had the discussion of whether it is right and proper for the members of one branch of government to abuse their power in order to prevent another branch of government from performing its duties. I think it time to have that conversation again.

  4. JKTHs says:

    First person to not start a troll thread!

    I relish the day after two election cycles when we’re saying things like “Well at least Ted Cruz wouldn’t have…” in referencing some other teabagger.

  5. owlbear1 says:

    Shorter Ted Cruz:

    “Admit it! Admit you are the reason Jesus hasn’t shown up and whisked me off to Heaven!!! ADMIT IT!!!

  6. The Texas Senate delegation is like some kind of practical joke.

    “I’ll bet you can’t find someone worse than John Cornyn.”

    “Oh, yeah!?!”

  7. Winchester says:

    Feu Senator Joseph McCarthy was awesome.

    We badly need another one today.

    • MAJeff says:

      OK, Miss Coulter.

    • MAJeff says:

      Is Michele Bachmann not enough, or does her extra x-chromosome get in the way?

      • Dagchester says:

        Michelle Bachman was right about Huma Abedin, but that woman is a criminal. If you or I even attempted to do what she did, and only did it on one one-hundredth the scale, we would spend the rest of our lives in prison for fraud. Michelle Bachmann ran for POTUS, solicited and pocketed millions of dollars in presidential campaign contributions, and was, the whole time, carrying DUAL CITIZENSHIP in Switzerland. You can’t be a citizen of any other nation and be POTUS. You can’t be a citizen of any other nation and be Commander in Chief. And yet, Michelle Bachmann ran for POTUS with full knowledge that she was legally ineligible. She took in over $20 million in campaign funds for an office that she fully knew she COULD NOT HOLD. That’s fraud. That’s orange jumpsuit and flip-flops. But, no. She’s a folk hero because she knows how to Bull-shit gullible Tea Parties – a very RICH folk hero, with plans to get even richer with each election cycle.

      • expatchad says:

        Michele Bachmann is WAY more than enough to bring about the end of civilization…

    • sharculese says:

      Nothing says ‘great Senator’ like cynically staking your career on a brand of paranoia that ends up blowing up in your face, leaving you with nothing better to do than drink yourself into an early grave.

      Actually accomplishing something… that’s for suckers.

      • Bill Murray says:

        how is drinking yourself to death not accomplishing something? and in this case, it was even for the good of humanity

      • Dagchester says:

        What I meant was someone’s got to start PROSECUTING the looters.

        Someone — amongst elected officials or law enforcement people — who will make any sort of noise that sound like that.

        “I am really concerned that too-big-to-fail has become too-big-for-trial.”
        — Elizabeth Warren

        Yes. But there’s nothing that focuses the mind on the consequences of one’s actions like the contemplation of jail.

        We need a change in the enforcers’ mentality towards neo-McCarthyism, and since it won’t come voluntarily due to the revolving door bribes lobbying in Washington, we’re going to have to do it by demanding legislative changes from the ground up.

    • Hogan says:

      And that wonderful Roy Cohn–I’m sure you’d love having him back too.

    • Joe McCarthy is the model for modern conservatism’s handling of national security issues. I’m not surprised Winchester admires him.

      There was no real policy or performance complaint that McCarthy was concerned about. His witch hunt wasn’t an actual effort root out communists and address what he thought was an important national security threat, like J. Edgar Hoover’s persecution of leftists. Right from the beginning, it was nothing but a partisan political stunt. McCarthy didn’t try to bag communists and end up catching some Democrats in his net; he was trying to slander Democrats, and any actual communists he might have stumbled upon were by-catch. He invented the entire thing just to have a club for partisan politics.

      Today’s witch-hunting conservatives are like McCarthy, not like Hoover.

    • efgoldman says:

      Better go out and buy more Bisquick. Not nearly enough pancakes to go around today, with two trolls (or maybe one troll with two nyms) on the same thread.

    • Anonymous says:

      No Solzhenitsyn quote this time, Winchester?

  8. Manju says:

    McCarthy is definitively alive and well. And I don’t care what happens when you play “The White Album” backwards.

  9. David Hunt says:

    As a Texan my impression of the whole contest to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson was that I wouldn’t lower myself to vote in the Republican primary and it had the advantage of helping me avoid one particular disappointment: I was of the opinion that whichever of the candidates was the most loathsome would come out on top in the primary. Given how quickly Cruz is making a name for himself, I pray that I was correct. I’d hate to think that he was the least bad option.

    I voted for the Democrat, but I had no illusions of the chances of a non-Republican wining a Senatorial race in Texas right now.

  10. Incontinentia Buttocks says:

    I knew Ted Cruz personally when I was in grad school. He was an undergrad parliamentary debater and, as a former parliamentary debater, I helped out a fair bit with the debate team. He’s a deeply unpleasant human being (no surprise there).

    • FlipYrWhig says:

      Oooh, more proof. Like I said above, one of my friends from high school knew Cruz at Princeton and thought he was bona fide creepy 25 years ago.

    • expatchad says:

      You poor thing! Was recovery difficult?

      • Incontinentia Buttocks says:

        Let’s just say that Ted was very widely seen as an asshole. And there are always assholes. Though the world of Parliamentary Debate had many more great people than awful people (two fine examples of the former who should be familiar to readers of this blog: Dahlia Lithwick and Chris Coons, both of whom I had the pleasure to know through debate), it shouldn’t be surprising to any of you who’ve been around either debaters or Ivy League undergrads that Ivy League debate predictably attracts a certain number of assholes, and the rest of us put up with them knowing that we’d only have to do so for a few short years.

        Recovering from Ted’s becoming a major figure in American public life will be a lot more difficult, though I suppose I can comfort myself with the knowledge that I’ll get to share the experience with many more fellow sufferers.

  11. Jim Lynch says:

    Your point being?

    The White House let it slide. Has even a single congressional democrat so much as taken exception to the sinister remarks of Senator Cruz?

    The SOB personifies the republican party, and democrats don’t lift a glove to attack either him or it. If democratic party officials don’t get fired up about Cruz, why should anyone else?

    • Has even a single congressional democrat so much as taken exception to the sinister remarks of Senator Cruz?


      More than one, actually. Immediately. At the hearing.

    • expatchad says:

      I guess the attitude is that, like a bad smell, he will dissipate in the breeze. And with all the hot air in his environment…

    • Jeremy says:

      As far as I can tell, Harry Reid seems to be playing a bit of hardball with the Republicans by not honoring any holds on the Hagel nomination, forcing them to take a cloture vote to delay the vote on the nom. The Republicans who aren’t as crazy as Cruz (well, 41 of them) are looking like idiots by standing with him. I’m pretty sure many of them didn’t want to make that vote, but were put in a position of having to be party-first nihilists in the open or back down. And the momentum of their ideology forced them to chose the first.

      I suspect that we’ll see a bit more of Reid trying to get the Republican Senators to take cloture votes that will make them look bad. He knows that there are plenty who would prefer to work behind the scenes than to have to chose between going into a primary with Olympia Snowe’s record or into a general with Ted Cruz’s.

  12. Uncle Kvetch says:

    No love for the semi-obscure musical reference in the post title? Guess it’s up to me, then.

    • Uncle Kvetch says:

      Or maybe it was so obvious no one saw fit to mention it, and now I’ve destroyed all the hipster cred I never had to begin with. Shit.

      • gmack says:

        Yep. I used to model all of my musical tastes after you, but now, after this display?–I guess I’ll just have to find someone else.

      • JL says:

        REM is back to providing hipster cred?

        When I was 14 and fell completely in love with REM (around 1999-2000, because I was a little young to be paying attention to music when they were really big) the hipsters, or whatever they were called back then, looked down on then because they had made it big in the mainstream.

        It’s still a pretty relevant song, at any rate. “Loyal to the Bank of America…It’s a sign of the times.”

        • Major Kong says:

          I think I first heard them sometime in the late 80s.

          It was my first realization that there was something out there besides “classic rock”.

        • Uncle Kvetch says:

          REM is back to providing hipster cred?

          Not really…I was clumsily suggesting that recognizing a reference to an obscure album track released by REM “before they got big” was one of those Insufferable Music Snob things (IMS and hipster being overlapping, but not identical, categories).

      • Barry Freed says:

        Saw them open up for the Police in Shea Stadium in 1983 I think. They had a college radio hit with “Radio Free Europe” at that point but I had the impression that I was one of the few who knew who they were.

        • Uncle Kvetch says:

          Saw them open up for the Police in Shea Stadium in 1983 I think.

          I had a ticket to see them on the same tour, at JFK Stadium in Philly. Unfortunately, I had one ticket too many, because a friend backed out on me, so we spent REM’s set outside the gates, trying to find a buyer for the extra ticket. We got to our seats just as REM were wrapping up. Oh well…Madness were great, as were the Police. Nicest surprise of the day: Joan Jett, peace be upon her, was clad in black leather from head to toe on an impossibly hot & humid Philly afternoon, and positively tore the place down.

      • JS says:

        I myself was wondering if the reference was intentional. It’s been ages since I’ve even _thought_ of the song (might need to pull out the old and dusty CD).

    • expatchad says:

      ??? (well I’m old and classical. Fossilized, actually.)

  13. Dagchester says:

    We all so need someone to eradicate the elements of the Muslim Brotherhood that have infiltrated the federal government and political parties.

    Begin with Huma Abedin NOW !!

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