What would the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) be without some sparks? But Cruz vs. McCain again? Snore. So Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGraham, Cruz proposal to defund the U.N. is misguided Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power Dissenting nominees give hope to GOP skeptics of Trump 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 McConnellSchumer: Hold another hearing for Trump's Education pick The Hill's 12:30 Report Five things to watch in round two of Trump confirmation fights MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate panel sets vote on Sessions for AG Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence Report: Concealed-carry permit holders have killed hundreds since 2007 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 McCainOvernight Defense: Obama commutes Manning's sentence | Boeing sees 'progress' on Air Force One costs | McCain's 0B defense budget McCain: Leak of Trump dossier ‘totally wrong’ McCain proposes 0B defense budget for 2018 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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