Cruz’ Laughable History of Republican Courage

You almost have to hand it to Ted Cruz. That he can say something like this with a straight face is pretty remarkable. He went on Sandy Rios’ radio show and actually claimed that unlike the Democrats, when Republican presidents have broken the law, Republicans have stood up and stopped them. Seriously, I’m not making this up:

“The difference, Sandy, we have had Republicans who have abused their power and when that’s happened, Republicans have rightly stood up to them, called them out and defended the Constitution. What’s missing now is: Where are the Democrats? Where are the media? Where is anybody that has an interest in rule of law and following the Constitution and preserving the liberty of the citizens?”

You mean like when Reagan sold weapons to Iran and used the money to fund the Contras, both actions illegal? Please do cite me the aggrieved Republican outcry about that. And when Bush lied repeatedly about Iraqi WMDs, can you please point us to your criticism of him for doing so? And to all that Republican outrage at NSA data mining, torture and the vast growth of executive power before January, 2009. Please do provide us with citations to all of those abuses of power from Republicans. We’ll wait.

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  • dingojack

    Wait now, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward and Carl Berstein were all members of the Republican Party? Who knew?


  • birgerjohansson

    (1984): “We have always been at war with Eastasia”

  • bobcarroll

    Hey, Ted, how about a specific example? Any example?

  • …And when Bush lied repeatedly about Iraqi WMDs…

    Now you’re just being ridulous. One lie that doesn’t stop isn’t repeatedly lying.


    Please do provide us with citations to all of those abuses of power from Republicans.

    Dubya pushed Immigration Reform. The Patriots in the GOP shut him down. Checkmate, Ed Bratyon!

  • caseloweraz

    Cruz: What’s missing now is: Where are the Democrats? Where are the media?

    Well, we can look back into history. There was Dan Rostenkowski, a Chicago Democrat. He rose to Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in 1981. His career ended in 1996 when he was convicted of mail fraud. He spent 17 months in prison.

    More recently there was Anthony Weiner. He resigned his House seat in disgrace after sending explicit photos of himself to several women. Although he subsequently ran for mayor in New York City, his campaign turned into a joke when it became clear he had not stopped the “sexting.”

    Contrast these two with the co-conspirators of the Iran-Contra scandal: Oliver North and John Poindexter. Both were convicted of felonies but had their convictions vacated. Both remained politically active as private citizens; the latter was called back into public service by Donald Rumsfeld.

    There are also David Vitter, Darrell Issa, and Tom DeLay, to name a few more Republicans.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Sheesh. Don’t any of y’all remember how Fightin’ Joe McCarthy stood up against Dwight Eisenhower’s Communism?

  • Can we please not pretend as if his accusation against Obama has any validity in the first place? Never mind the hypocrisy.

    There are some serious issues regarding the legality of the NSA program, but Cruz and his party don’t care about that. Their latest salvo of bullshit in the War on Obama is that any executive order he issues or discretion he uses when enforcing the law is an abuse of power. It’s their latest excuse du jour for being hyper-obstructionist.