A wise man once said “Diplomacy is the art of telling someone to go to hell and have them enjoy the way down.” Yesterday on the Senate floor the Junior Senator used senate niceties to beat up on Senator John McCain diplomatically.
Cruz, along with Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Mike Lee of Utah called for Senate Republicans to block efforts to move the budget debate to a conference committee (each of the two houses passed their own version of the budget) without a guarantee Democrats won’t underhandedly try to insert an automatic increase to the nation’s debt limit through a procedural tactic.
McCain, along with moderate Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and others, challenged their conservative colleagues, upset at the the effort to delay, especially after Senate Democrats finally passed a budget for the first time in three years. The obstruction, McCain said Thursday, threatens to “paralyze the process.”
“How do we reconcile legislation that’s been passed by one body and the other body? That’s what we’ve been doing for a couple hundred years. Perhaps the senator from Utah doesn’t know about that,” McCain said in a dig against Lee, a tea party-backed senator who unseated incumbent Republican Robert Bennett in 2010.
Then Senator Cruz took the floor to push back at John McCain but it wasn’t just a push back it was a put down, while Cruz argued facts, it hit was full of pointed niceties. Every time you hear the senator say, “my friend from Arizona” it sound more like a cuss than diplomacy. The video below is great—a speech from the Texas Senator is like Porn for conservatives. This video is a MUCH WATCH.