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 CruzFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Cruz: Clinton 'tired' and 'formulaic' during debate The Trail 2016: Fight night 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 McConnellSenate moves to get out of town Obama urges McConnell, Reid to sustain 9/11 bill veto Reid to GOP: Commit to Flint money MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate overrides Obama 9/11 veto in overwhelming vote Cornyn ramps up support for 9/11 bill before veto override vote Obama defeat is Schumer victory 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 McCainKerry threatens to end Syria talks with Russia Media must demand Clinton disavow Dean's cocaine comments EpiPen investigation shows need for greater pricing transparency, other reforms 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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