Rand Paul criticized Ted Cruz today on Fox News radio, saying he’s done for because of the tactics he’s taken in the Senate:
On Senator Ted Cruz being snubbed with not one republican granting him the procedural courtesy of a roll call vote.
RAND PAUL: “Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the senate, and as a consequence he can’t get anything done legislatively. He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem. I approach things a little different, I am still just as hardcore in saying what we are doing , I just chose not to call people liars on the senate floor and it’s just a matter of different perspectives on how best to get to the end result.”
Amanda Carpenter, who used to work for Ted Cruz in the Senate, responded on Twitter:
I agree with her mostly. She’s right that it is McConnell’s Senate and he’s a terrible leader. He’s the one who created this environment. That said, Cruz may be ‘done’ in the Senate as Rand suggests, but he knows McConnell is his enemy. So why not go down fighting? Why not expose these fools instead of still trying to work the system in vain?
As Amanda says, it’s good for the conservative movement for Cruz to expose McConnell’s tactics. Cruz may be standing alone in the Senate, but at least he’s got his principles and integrity. And at the end of the day that really matters.