View Full Version : Capitol Hill Staffer Survey: Cruz the "biggest disappointment"; Rand Paul top "rising star"

10-09-2014, 01:15 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't look very good in Washingtonian's Best and Worst of Congress list for 2014. The honors, based on votes by Capitol Hill staffers, position Reid as the most partisan, the worst-speaking and the second-meanest solon (behind Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.) in the nation's allegedly most deliberative body.

The magazine's 15th biennial survey has a sort of "sexiest man alive" feel. It's highly subjective and something of a popularity contest, but it does give the voting public a reliable sense of how insiders see one another -- whom they like and whom they loathe.

The other big winner/loser is Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Survey participants named Cruz the second-most partisan senator. Cruz also won honors as top "showhorse," second-place "clueless" and first-place "biggest disappointment." Cruz famously led the House into a box canyon in an ill-fated attempt to "defund Obamacare." Ergo, he was the only legislator named for "most likely to vote for a shutdown."

Two years ago, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., placed second as "showhorse" and first as "biggest disappointment." In 2014, as he has worked to improve his party's image, Paul is Washingtonian's "rising star." (Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., placed second.) There's a message here for every would-be politician. As Cain notes, Reid is the type of leader who is "more feared than liked." As for Cruz, he's neither. You want to be liked in Washington. You don't need to buy a dog. Just don't make your colleagues look bad.

10-09-2014, 01:32 PM
Your title was misleading tbh. There is a strong worst case scenario coming up: Booker runs for president in 2020 or 2024 if hilary loses to a gop nominee other then Paul and Paul has to face Booker. Both are "rising stars"

10-09-2014, 01:36 PM
Your title was misleading tbh.

Bull, it was completely accurate according to the article.

10-10-2014, 04:46 AM
Just don't make your colleagues look bad

Aka cover your colleague's asses and don't let the public find out when they are voting our liberty away

10-10-2014, 05:14 AM
Aka cover your colleague's asses and don't let the public find out when they are voting our liberty away

Cruz is a huge showhorse though. He pulls these transparent stunts all the time. I'd hate to be standing between him and a television news camera.

10-10-2014, 06:33 AM
Rand Paul and Justin Amash both did well on the list.:)