So Ted Cruz is not the TOAST of the Senate, but, instead, is TOAST in the Senate.
At least, that is the take on the situation as seen by Senator Rand Paul, the junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He made those observations in an interview carried on Fox News Radio (hat tip to Rollcall.com). In Rand's view:
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 lived in Kentucky for a couple years. I am, in fact, a member of the Kentucky Bar Association. I have family there. One might say our family's ancestral lands include a broad swath of Eastern Kentucky, since our long grand grand sire, John Beckley, a friend of Thomas Jefferson, held land patents for large tracts in what would become the Commonwealth.
As a public service, I am providing the following translation of Rand's observations, so that you can understand what Rand actually said:
Ted Cruz has exposed Mitch McConnell as a liar, and several of his republican colleagues as political eunuchs who talk an interesting game but consistently walk down Capitol Hill with their balls in a jar answering the taunts and jeers of BarryO the Boyking with servile kowtows. A man who does such things makes the public wonder why the eunuchs willingly allowed their own castration.
In turn, that makes the decision to be a ball less, unmanly, vigor-free, political courtesan one that even the eunuchs question within themselves. Such questioning makes their own hearts and minds burn with shame. Of course they hate Cruz. Of course they will refuse to work with him. His manly firmness in the fight, his willingness to stand on principal, these things expose them as what they are: neither man, nor woman, neither clever nor skilled.Later this month, for the first time since the Last Emperor of China discharged the imperial eunuchs, the United States will witness a courtesan eunuch leaving Capitol Hill, when John Boehner makes good on his hissy fit and departs the Speaker's Chair in the House. Rumors already are running rampant that the skulduggery among Republican courtesan eunuchs is not yet complete: it appears that party leadership is also urging Mitch McConnell to grab his bao and go.