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Ted Cruz: White House Partisanship Reaches 11 on Scale of 10

By Greg Richter   |   Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 11:03 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz compares what he terms the "nasty partisan politics" of the Obama administration to the guitar amplifiers of the fictional 1980s rock band Spinal Tap.

"As they say in 'Spinal Tap,' ours goes to 11.' And the nasty partisan politics from this administration really does go to 11," Cruz, R-Tx., said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity."

In the comedy movie "This Is Spinal Tap," a member of the band explains why their amplifiers are better than others. A close-up shows all of the dials on the amps with volume readings from 1 to 11. Other amps, he explains, go only to 10, making their amps "one louder."

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Cruz told Hannity that President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are so over-the-top partisan that members of their party are terrified to stand up to them.

"It's as if Harry Reid cracks the whip and 55 of them, like lemmings, go off the cliff," Cruz said of the Wednesday budget vote. Nine Republicans joined to pass the legislation, but Cruz and other senators voted against it.

Cruz says he has privately urged some Democrats to stand up to Reid, but none has taken the challenge.

"It's not that hard to buck party leadership. Trust me. I know this in more than a hypothetical way," Cruz said.

Cruz, a first-term senator, has bucked GOP leadership almost from his swearing-in. He led a group that defied the party in late September over the budget deal and saw the government partly shut down for 16 days.

Democrats pride themselves on having a "James Dean 'Rebel Without a Cause' image," Cruz said, but will "sheepishly just fall in line and do whatever the majority leader says."

As it turns out, Cruz wasn't the only senator to quote from classic rock Wednesday. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, quoted Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger on the Senate floor.

"You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need," King said. "And we need a budget."

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