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Harry Reid Calls Ted Cruz a "Schoolyard Bully"

rmt5 in MA Wrote: May 07, 2013 9:31 AM
Cruz made a respectful request to reserve the right to object. He explained his position clearly and was well within the rules of the Senate to do so. It was Reid who said "We won, you lost!" and falsely implied that Cruz was violating rules. So who was the bully? The one who made a reasonable request, or the one who tried to use his authority to shut someone up? Cruz's response was priceless. Good for him!
jclark854835 Wrote: May 07, 2013 9:59 AM
Yep. I have often had my own resentment of the way that our so-called leaders in office use their seniority as a club with which to beat down the junior members. This isn't a fricking fraternity, ladies and gentlement, it is the United States Senate. The word "senate" is based on the Latin word "senex", or older person, because it was felt that the older generation in Rome (at least the patricians) were wiser. We adopted the name Senate (like Rome), to be the body to give "advice and consent" to the President. In doing so, it was presumed that the members of the Senate would act as adults, would be able to engage in reasoned discourse, and would be able to work together to solve problems. So, I suppose when Senator Cruz submitted his request, the "old man" of the Senate decided that this young whippersnapper needed to be put back in his place. What was it like for you, Harry, when you were a freshman Senator? Does the fact that you might have been treated the same way you treated Senator Cruz justify your treatment of Senator Cruz? "Well, that's the way it was when I was a freshman Senator, and it was good enough for me, so it should be good enough for Ted Cruz." Uh-huh, and back when you were a freshman Senator, we didn't have iPads, Droids, decent satellite TV, the Kardashians, or your arrogant attitude, and we got along just fine. But times have changed, Harry, and if you don't choose to change along with the times and keep up with the way this country feels about its government, you're going to lose your job and never have a clue that it's coming.

Yesterday on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid called Cruz a "schoolyard bully" after he dared to question Reid over tactics being used to raise the debt ceiling. Cruz responded by saying, "I wasn't aware we were in a schoolyard."

Cruz is concerned about Reid raising the debt ceiling without a proper vote or input. Imagine that.

Cruz said he was concerned that the conference report—which cannot be filibustered—would be used to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. He asked that Reid amend his motion to go...