A few minutes ago I heard Politico's Glenn Thrush say on MSNBC that his publication is running a piece on Senate Republicans' ferocious disdain for one of their own, the eminently disdainable Ted Cruz. It seems that one GOP senator let loose to Politico a squall of Cruz-describing expletives that could mortify even a Chicago mayor. Well now that's a must-read, I thought, which I proceeded to do.
And these quotes, from four separate GOP senators, are what I encountered:
I love the guy. And he’s got the tenacity to stand for something and not back down. That means he’s my kind of guy.
I think he’s got unlimited potential.
I think he’s going to be a superstar. You’re already starting to see some of that. He’s just smart as a whip.
Obviously, when you shake things up a little bit, that gets people’s attention. But I give him credit for doing that.
John McCain is quoted as saying, "All I can say is that I think the appropriate way to treat Sen. Hagel is to be as tough as you want to be, but don’t be disrespectful or malign his character." And that's as "tough" as the piece got.
Another (unnamed) Senate Republican "lamented" (Politico's word) that "new arrival[s] ... don’t get to know the Senate or the other senators; they just start talking. And that takes away from [Cruz’s] ability to be an influential legislator," and yet another "reported that fellow Republicans were already getting 'annoyed' by Cruz’s antics."
It's not uncommon for things to get lost in translation, but in Politico's case, it would seem they merely got buried.