David Brooks Is Unimpressed With Senator Ted Cruz

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The New York Times columnist David Brooks sat down with PBS’s Jeff Greenfield on April 21, 2013 at 92nd Street Y. In this clip, Brooks discusses some of the more controversial new Republican lawmakers, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz:

“If you mention the name Ted Cruz to other senators, you just get titanic oceans of eye rolling.” He added, “You’re a freshman, you don’t go in and take over hearings, you like hang around and learn how it’s done.”

Brooks went further on Cruz’s behavior:

“It’s like the most un-conservative act to come in two weeks into the job and decide the Senate exists for you to take it over.”

Brooks concluded with a comment on the links being made between Cruz and former Senator Joe McCarthy:

“It doesn’t help that he has a face that looks a little like Joe McCarthy.”

Do you agree that new lawmakers should learn the ropes rather than making political waves right away? Leave a comment!