I think readers of this blog will agree that I do not have a partisan bone in my body. I am a reach-across-the-aisle let's-get-along kind of guy who believes that the American experiment in popular democracy works best when Senators from across this great nation can find common ground. For that reason, I have always had a special place of affection in my heart for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has the extraordinary ability to bring ninety-eight of his colleagues together [excluding only Senator Mike Lee] in agreement that he is a dick. As one of his fellow senators explained, when asked why everyone takes an instant dislike to Cruz, "Because it saves time."
I thought of this yesterday while watching the testimony of Sally Yates and James Clapper before a Senate subcommittee. Cruz, a fabled champion debater in college, came loaded for bear, slyly and with manifest self-satisfaction setting a little trap for Yates in his questioning of her refusal, as Acting Attorney General, to defend Trump's original Muslim ban in court.
Yates crushed him. You can see the exchange here, where it drew 118,000 views overnight.
The commentary after the hearing has been an uplifting manifestation of bi-partisan schadenfreude. The natural centrist in me glowed with pleasure.