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America has been watching in shock as the saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is materializing before ones eyes. Texas Senator Ted Cruz has morphed into Joe McCarthy. Anyone watching the manner he presented leading questions to Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel would have thought Cruz to be an understudy of Joe McCarthy, likely to have watched his every machination in Congress.

Senator McCain publicly rebuked Senator Cruz. McCain’s rebuke made it on every national broadcast. According to the New York Times

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said that some of the demands Mr. Cruz made of Mr. Hagel were “out of bounds, quite frankly.” Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, issued a public rebuke after Mr. Cruz suggested, with no evidence, that Mr. Hagel had accepted honorariums from North Korea.

“All I can say is that the appropriate way to treat Senator Hagel is to be as tough as you want to be, but don’t be disrespectful or malign his character,” Mr. McCain said in an interview.

Democrats were more blunt.

“He basically came out and made the accusation about money from North Korea or money from our enemies, and he just laid out there all of this accusatory verbiage without a shred of evidence,” said Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri. “In this country we had a terrible experience with innuendo and inference when Joe McCarthy hung out in the United States Senate, and I just think we have to be more careful.”

McCarthy-like attacks by Ted Cruz on the opposition has been standard for some time. The New Yorker reports

Two and a half years ago, Cruz gave a stem-winder of a speech at a Fourth of July weekend political rally in Austin, Texas, in which he accused the Harvard Law School of harboring a dozen Communists on its faculty when he studied there. Cruz attended Harvard Law School from 1992 until 1995. …

He then went on to assert that Obama, who attended Harvard Law School four years ahead of him, “would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School.” The reason, said Cruz, was that, “There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists! There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government.”

Cruz is an intelligent man. There is a method to and a reason for this type of behavior. His reason is to get notoriety. His method has proven to get attention. He should however remember that all those that have practiced his form of attack, have ultimately failed both politically and personally. He does not need to look as far back as McCarthy. He simply need to revisit all the Republicans that attacked President Clinton. Their own misdeeds were uncovered. While President Clinton was left with a reputation of a flawed but decent human being doing positive things for the world, their political life is non-existent and they are all considered hacks now by most.

Many will view the young freshman senator, including many in his own party as pushing the limits. His escalation is simply an outgrowth of a behavior openly promoted by the party. Sarah Palin as a vice-presidential candidate was just as caustic and partisan as she levied accusations. The establishment did nothing to reign her in. The GOP  Chairman Reince Priebus continues unfounded attacks and lies on the administration policies with the intent of misleading all. While Ted Cruz is the new McCarthy, his teachers were all the prominent leaders in his party.

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  •  The Rs are evil, the elected and their enablers nt (1+ / 0-)
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    •  The tea party has John Birch Society roots, so (0+ / 0-)

      it is no wonder we get these 'Everytbody but me is a commie.' wackos!!

      Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

      by arealniceguy on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 07:29:31 PM PST

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  •  Communism was not a threat back then, (10+ / 0-)

    and less of a threat today than bakelite itch

    Everyone is crying out for peace; no one's crying out for justice...

    by mojave mike on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:13:36 AM PST

  •  The key difference between now and then,... (12+ / 0-)

    ...though, is that now nobody actually gives a crap.  Communist infiltration is kind of a dated scare line.

    He might as well rail against the Free Soilers or the Know-Nothings.  Perhaps he could warn of Prussian hegemony or raise the alarm about a leprosy outbreak.  

  •  I'm glad he left my country for yours. (6+ / 0-)

    Although you might have a good case for charging Canada with illegally dumping toxic waste.

    -8.38, -7.74 My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. - Jack Layton

    by Wreck Smurfy on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:15:46 AM PST

  •  REIN her in! (6+ / 0-)

    "The establishment did nothing to REIN her in."  
    Sorry, this is one of my pet peeves.

    Ted Cruz has always been a conspiracy theorist, especially regarding authority figures who do not agree with his skewed vision of the world around him.  The general public is just now getting a taste of his insistence on acting as a prosecutor of anyone who doesn't toe his line.  His accusations and diatribes may be over the top to rational people, but that's what endears him to his irrational supporters in Texas.  We've got a long way to go down here before this state turns blue.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:16:36 AM PST

  •  This man is a complete disgrace (2+ / 0-)
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    He is saying whatever he thinks it takes to get him ahead, regardless of the damage it causes to other people or to his constituents and country.  The overtness of his strategy is not only breathtaking in it's lack of shame, but the realization that he can get away with and even be praised for it by so many.  It's a testament of how far off the rails that American conservatism has really gone.

    At some point people will tire of him and he'll get booted from office, but by cynically playing to the wingnut crowd he will guarantee himself a seven figure (or better) payday down the line.  Oh, and he'll leave the country in worse shape than it would have been without him.

  •  Communists? Really? Do they even exist anymore? (5+ / 0-)

    Wonder what else he is afraid of from the 1950s.

    How about Greasers!!!!!

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:30:22 AM PST

    •  The Lords of Flatbush beat up his son yesterday... (0+ / 0-)

      ...didn't you hear?

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      by Floyd Blue on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:57:20 AM PST

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  •  Cruz will be done in (8+ / 0-)

    by the Senate -- both parties.  None of them like a noobie to try to jump ahead in the asshole line.  Seniority matters.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:31:56 AM PST

  •  Communists don't believe in Communism any more (6+ / 0-)

    Can someone please update Sen Cruz? Surely someone has binders full of boogiemen they can share.

  •  Opportunism is nothing new, nor is the (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, JBraden

    phenomenon of people saying absolutely dumbass stuff in Congress.

    What is rare--and a rare opportunity, imo--is an opportunist saying such baseless, stupid shit in the Senate. Statewide-elected figures get a lot more scrutiny than lowly Reps. I believe Mr. Cruz presents a chance for us to pick up a seat in the Gret Stet while further degrading his party's brand.

    Give that man all the airtime he wants.

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 11:20:01 AM PST

  •  Tail gunner Ted! (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Bob Duck

    I like that name for him.  It alludes to Tail Gunner Joe McCarthy.  And of course while he doesn't fly planes, he shoots from his ass.

  •  Comments (0+ / 0-)

    The one thing that McCarthy had going for him was that you could define a "communist" as someone doing the bidding of the Soviet Union.  There was a shadow definition based on conservative social ideology, but in 1952 this was relied upon less than the obvious definition.

    However, this is irrelevant today.  First, the Communist Party USA has a website, but they don't have any members.  Second, when conservatives call someone a "communist", it has little do with Marxism-Leninism as practiced in the Soviet Union circa 1918-1991, but like everything else is interpreted as a social issue.  We all know that those communists are all scary gay Muslim brown deviates, not withstanding the fact that the Soviet Union spent a lot of their domestic counterintelligence budget hunting down suspected gays, and that even today in Russia non-whites and religious minorities and GLBT people and anyone else the Russian Orthodox Church doesn't like are harassed.

    I think you'll find that Ted Cruz has no idea what the term "communist" even means.  But that won't stop him from trying a witch hunt for commies, who as we all know are hiding everywhere.  (Hey, Ted, help me out?  I think there's a communist hiding in my neighborhood and eating my yard plantings.  He's got four legs and a big thing on his head sort of shaped like a hammer and sickle.  It must be to communicate with Moscow.  And he's looking for female fellow travelers for godless sex, and playing dead when he gets run down by cars so we don't know that he's godless and can't be killed.)

  •  According to our local daily paper, (0+ / 0-)

    the Cleveland Plainly Republican (Plain Dealer), this far-right fringe extremist with less than two month on the national stage is a "rising star." Not in his wildest dreams. You suck, Plain Dealer, and I will not be among those weeping when/if you go to three days a week later this year making ours the largest city in America without a daily paper. Apparently, you never got the message that this metro area is 60-plus percent Democratic and Ted Cruz is NOT a "rising star."

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:07:19 PM PST

  •  when i was but a young sprout, growing up in va, (0+ / 0-)

    i too was taken in by the notion (pushed by the school, for obvious reasons) that anyone who graduated from harvard law (or medicine) was, by definition, a very smart person. then i grew up and had occasion, as part of my job, to work with some of those esteemed graduates of harvard law. the myth was shattered. it turns out, you can be an idiot, and graduate from harvard law. heck, you could be the top of your class, and still be an idiot. what i have learned is, if you take an idiot and send them to harvard (or any school really, not to just beat up on harvard), you generally end up with an idiot, who possesses a degree from harvard law.

    fortunately, for both harvard and the country at large, their % of idiot graduates is pretty low. i attribute that in large part to their admissions culling process. they have pretty good quality control. however, even the best quality control isn't going to be perfect, some damaged product will slip through. sen. cruz is one of them. being able to successfully regurgitate isn't the same as being intelligent. (see: Man, Rain)

    sen. cruz, i predict, will be a "one hit wonder", as the demo that elected him dies off, and he continues to display his non-constructive agenda in public.

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