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 CruzTrump hires ex-Cruz aide as communications director Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Kasich doesn't expect to speak at convention 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 McConnellTo reduce gun violence, time to really put up or shut up McConnell pledges redo vote on Zika after break Senate Democrats block Zika agreement ahead of recess MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell tees up House Puerto Rico bill Dem senator urges support for House Puerto Rico bill GOP senator praises Supreme Court's abortion ruling 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 McCainMcCain: 'It's up to every delegate to make up their own minds' The Hill's 12:30 Report Pollster: Clinton leads in 5 battlegrounds 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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