Sen. Ted Cruz has been named "Man of the Year" by The American Spectator , which describes the freshman tea party Republican one of the most important and effective senators in the country.
The conservative magazine compared Cruz to the first senator from Texas, Sam Houston
, by using an excerpt from John F. Kennedy's famous book, "Profiles in Courage."
"Houston and his senatorial colleagues from different eras in American history were held up as examples of senators who persisted in spite of 'the risks to their careers, the unpopularity of their courses, the defamation of their characters' and ferocious attacks on 'their reputations and principles,'" the Spectator said
"Nothing describes Ted Cruz better," the magazine observed.
The Spectator listed some of Cruz's accomplishments, calling them "extraordinary for a freshman senator."
Most noteworthy, the publication pointed out, was that Cruz became the face of the movement to defund Obamacare when he led the effort to shut down the government in October as a way to deny funding for the new healthcare law. They also gave the senator credit for leading in the Senate battle to deny passage of a bipartisan gun control measure that would have expanded background checks to all commercial guns in the country.
Cruz's stance against a U.S. military attack on Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons in civil war there was also listed as extraordinary accomplishment, along with his outspoken opposition to the Senate "Gang of Eight" comprehensive immigration bill.
The Spectator also noted that recent polls showing waning support for Obamacare and the Democrats in contrast to growing support for Republicans "are nothing if not vindication for Cruz."
The Texas Republican, The Spectator concluded is a living example of what Ronald Reagan meant when he said that if the Republican Party wanted to lead the country, it needed to be a party of "bold colors."
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