Joe McCarthy Reincarnate? Well if you subscribe either the New York Times or Washington Post, recent articles published would certainly give you that impression.
McCarthy you might remember was the face of fears of widespread Communist subversion during the 1950’s. The Army–McCarthy hearings of 1954,led to the Senate voting to censure Senator McCarthy by a vote of 67 to 22, making him one of the few senators ever to be disciplined in this manner.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) fills the seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. In November of 2012, Cruz defeated Democrat Paul Sadler in the United States Senate election. The 113th Congress convened on Jaunary 3, 2013 a mere 44 days ago and yet Senator Cruz has managed to enrage many on both sides of the aisles in congress.
In Cruz’s questioning of Secretary of Defense nominee, Chuck Hagel, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), called his actions, McCarthyism. Does Senator Boxer truly believe her statement or does it simply make for a good evening sound bite? It’s apparent that the senator from California needs a history refresh on just what McCarthyism was. Also it would be interesting to get Boxer’s take on just how, asking questions, engenders such a vilifying statement from her.
Senator Claire McCaskill, (D-MO) jumped upon the McCarthyism band wagon saying, “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.”
It is great to see Senator Cruz, not reforming, but being a cause for revolution in the Senate, by calling out the establishment.
Apparently, the ‘Washington Post’ and ‘New York Times’ don’t like the idea of a non-white U.S. Senator acting all uppity. It’s fine for the lily-white Elizabeth Warren to immediately come out guns blazing, but over the past couple of days both news outlets ripped into in Texas Senator Ted Cruz for not knowing his place.
As we all know, the base of the Democratic Party is made up of union workers, who see Hispanics as a threat to their jobs, and rich, white, coastal liberals whose only contact with the Latino community is on grass-mowing day. And so, in what can only be interpreted as a racially-coded dog-whistle attack designed to appeal to the worst instincts of the Democratic base, the ‘Post’ and ‘Times’ have come together hoping to put an Hispanic back ‘in his place.’
In just two months, Mr. Cruz, 42, has made his presence felt in an institution where new arrivals are usually not heard from for months, if not years. Besides suggesting that Mr. Hagel might have received compensation from foreign enemies, he has tangled with the mayor of Chicago, challenged the Senate’s third-ranking Democrat on national television, voted against virtually everything before him — including the confirmation of John Kerry as secretary of state — and raised the hackles of colleagues from both parties.
The traditional stance for a freshman senator is to hold back a bit. Being reticent and deferential are not qualities that come naturally to those who manage to win Senate seats, but most new senators choose, as much as it clashes with their instincts, to tamp down.
Anyone remember Hillary Clinton or Chuck Schumer as freshman senate wallflowers? Anyone remember the ‘Times’ and ‘Post’ coordinating to shut those two white senators up?
Yeah, me neither.
What we have here are two predominantly white news outlets made uncomfortable by someone who doesn’t look like them acting all uppity. I had hoped we were past such things, but apparently not.
Hey, these are the media’s rules, not mine.
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(Via Breitbart Feed.)