Senators John McCain and Ted Cruz represent polar opposites of the modern Republican Party. While the former is eager to capitulate, the latter stands firm on his principles and continually represents his conservative constituents admirably.
As Cruz’s political star rises, McCain finds himself more irrelevant than ever. In response, the elderly Arizona senator keeps adding an extra measure of vitriol into his already heated rhetoric by trashing his younger counterpart at every opportunity.
McCain’s latest attack on the junior senator from Texas came Thursday, when he blamed Cruz for causing last month’s federal government shutdown.
With hostility obvious in his tone, McCain told attendees at a forum that “shutting down the government injured people in my state!”
Trashing Cruz for keeping his promise to fight ObamaCare, McCain pinned the blame on him rather than the Obama administration responsible for forcing the unpopular law onto the nation.
“I have to say, ‘Stop! You’re wrong; you’re crazy!” McCain yelled. “That’s what I have to say and if I sound angry, it’s because I have met and talked to constituents of mine who are on minimum wage who had to resort to food banks.”
What he fails to realize, however, is that the increased premiums associated with ObamaCare will cause far more long-term and irreparable economic damage to the working class than a two-week shutdown that affected a very small minority of Americans.
Few expect McCain to call out Democrat leaders in any meaningful way, though, because he is much safer politically in demonizing the Tea Party and conservative figures like Cruz. He seems perfectly content being the left’s favorite Republican.
Cruz, on the other hand, could not care less what politicians who want to destroy this nation think of him. He has been focused on keeping his promises and fighting for America’s founding principles.
If that constitutes “crazy” in McCain’s world, it seems Cruz fits the bill.
–B. Christopher Agee
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