There’s nothing wrong with pointing out that Ted Cruz is a real jerk, and laughing. Still, let’s not pretend that he’s some kind of anomaly. It’s not like McCain, Graham, Grassley or some of the other long-serving members of the cooling saucer are universally beloved sweethearts who were shocked and hurt by Ted’s refusal to accept their heartfelt welcomes and displays of collegial bonhomie.
They hate Cruz not because he’s an asshole, but because he’s not their kind of asshole. He doesn’t want to kiss the right old butts to so he can move to the front of the line at a press gaggle. He doesn’t want to sprinkle the Senate rules with holy water and hold them up for their daily veneration. He’s in it for a fuck and run, because Ted is, at least in his own mind, on the Obama plan: a couple of years in the Senate and then the White House. McCain fucking hates Cruz because Cruz doesn’t think the road the Presidency is lined with 3,500 appearances on Meet the Press, 7,500 cloture votes, and being the ranking member on the Armed Services committee for three decades.