Cruz's predictable trajectory

What would the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) be without some sparks? But Cruz vs. McCain again? Snore. So Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzDem lawmakers rally Muslims against Trump Anti-Clinton super-PAC looks to inflame intraparty tension with Sanders backers The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Texas) has been on some reform streak, trying not to pick fights with his Senate colleagues—right? Wrong. First he made Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPeter Thiel does not make the GOP pro-gay Reid: Trump is a 'hateful con man' McAuliffe: Clinton won't move TPP without changes MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Hopes dim for mental health deal Overnight Finance: Senate punts on Zika funding | House panel clears final spending bill | Biz groups press Treasury on tax rules | Obama trade rep confident Pacific deal passes this year MORE (R-Texas) walk the plank and vote with Democrats on a procedural vote to increase the debt ceiling — in order for it to pass — and now he is inferring that previous GOP presidential nominees former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.), Sen. John McCainJohn McCainFULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention Republican foreign policy advisers call on Congress to probe DNC hack Trump’s minimum wage two-step confuses business groups, advisers MORE (Ariz.) and former Sen. Bob Dole (Kan.) don't stand on principle.

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Doing his no-notes, preacher-style speech Thursday at CPAC, Cruz wooed the crowd with more torpedo-ObamaCare refrains and then returned to his criticism of sell-out Republicans in Washington. Cruz noted that "President McCain and President Romney" are good, decent men but said "when you don't stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don't stand for principle, Democrats celebrate."

Of course today McCain said that although he doesn't care what Cruz says about him, he expects Cruz to apologize to Dole. "I wonder if he thinks that Bob Dole stood for principle on a hilltop in Italy when he was so gravely wounded," he said.

Someone should tell Cruz that being predictable is boring and that gratuitous swipes are adolescent.

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