The best thing about the New York Times (NYT) is the amount of space provided writers which allows greater depth and texture to stories not often found in other media. The worst thing about NYT
is their consistent leftist if not totalitarian perspective. Thus, it should not be a surprise as they go on attack by claiming a conservative is attacking.
The headline sets the tone, “Texas Senator Goes on Attack and Raises Bipartisan Hackles” which begs the question of the NYT’s own hackles.
Hackles, in this case, are not referring to multiple “hacks,” the state of professional integrity held by NYT reporters, or the singularity of the editorial world views demanded. After all, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz held his own in what few quotes were provided. No wonder Conservatives like this guy. Here are the excerpted paragraphs Tulsa Today editors believe our readers may most enjoy:
“Comity does not mean avoiding the truth,” Cruz added. “And 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.”
To the growing core of ardent conservatives in the Senate, Mr. Cruz has offered a jolt of positive energy.
“If you don’t ruffle any feathers, you’re not doing anything right,” said Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, who garnered similar attention in his opening weeks in the Senate two years ago.
Mr. Cruz was among the 22 senators who voted
against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, among the 34 who voted against raising the debt ceiling, among the 19 who tried to cut off military sales to Egypt, among the 36 who opposed a relief package for the regions hit by Hurricane Sandy, and among the three senators who voted against Mr. Kerry’s confirmation.
“I was compelled to vote no on Senator Kerry’s nomination because of his longstanding
less-than-vigorous defense of U.S. national security issues,” said Mr. Cruz, who also questioned the commitment of Mr. Kerry and Mr. Hagel to the armed forces, though both served in Vietnam. Mr. Cruz has no record of military service.
Chris Chocola, the president of the Club for Growth, a conservative free-market political action committee that strongly backed Mr. Cruz in his victory last year against the establishment’s favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, said the new senator was doing precisely what he had expected.
The growing caucus of ardent conservatives — Mr. Cruz, Mr. Paul, Marco Rubio of Florida, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Tim Scott of South Carolina — has begun reshaping what it means to be a Republican in the Senate, he said.
“The last thing we need is another status quo senator or congressman who will go along to
get along,” said former Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who pumped money into Mr. Cruz’s campaign, then left the Senate to lead the conservative Heritage Foundation.
To read these comments within demeaning context, click here for the original posting on the New York Times.