I've been saying that I believe there to be four young rock stars in the conservative movement. Those people are Marco Rubio (FL), Rand Paul (KY), Mike Lee (UT) and Ted Cruz (TX). I believe that they represent the future of the Republican Party, if they continue on their current principled paths. But this won't be easy.
These Senators have aggravated both Democrats and establishment Republicans. I guess that means they are doing something right; After all, Tea Party conservatives were not elected to go to Washington and be like the Republicans who were already there.
The person currently under fire is Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
While he has only been in Washington for a few months, he is the current object of frustration for many who do not appreciate his principles, coupled with his style.
Almost immediately, the Left promoted this idea of Ted Cruz being a modern-day Joe McCarthy. From the New Yorker to MSNBC, the early comparisons of Cruz to McCarthy showed just how scared these people truly are of his effectiveness.
But he hasn't made a habit of irritating just liberals. After supporting his colleague Rand Paul in a 13 hour filibuster, John McCain went on to call Cruz and Paul “wacko birds.” Remember that? While McCain did apologize for the comment, it was clear that these new guys weren't exactly being embraced by establishment Republicans. Recently Cruz revealed that Republican colleagues yelled at him “at the top of their lungs” over his willingness to filibuster gun control legislation.
So when you fail to stop someone from standing up for their principles, what do you do? You attack their ethnicity. That's where former Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson comes in. In the debate over immigration, apparently Cruz (who is Hispanic) falls on the wrong side, according to Richardson. The problem is that Ted Cruz is Cuban, yet because he does not support the current immigration reform plan, Richardson says that Cruz “should not be considered a Hispanic.” Oh, well I guess that it up to Richardson to decide? Obviously not. When asked about it by Fox News' Neil Cavuto, Cruz said that he would not engage in a mud slinging battle. Richardson has since offered clarification (not an apology) which read in part: “I think you should not be defined just as a Hispanic politician.”
Then yesterday we had Harry Reid call Ted Cruz a “schoolyard bully” on the floor of the Senate: “My friend from Texas is like a 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 he changes the rules that way no one wins except the bully who tries to indicate to people that he has won."
It's about time we sent people to Washington to challenge the process rather than submit to its encumbered ways. I personally think we need more Ted Cruz’s in Washington, and perhaps 2014 will prove a great way to add more conservative rock stars to my list.