Cruz Bites Back! Or, The Obnoxiousness Of Al Franken

It sure looks as though Ted Cruz lives rent-free in Al Franken’s head. After all, Franken has devoted a chapter to him in his new book about this adventures in the Senate, entitled (please Lord, let this be an ironic title) Giant of the Senate.

My colleague Peter Heck has already speculated as to how Ted Cruz would respond to the fact that he isn’t good enough or smart enough for Franken and that, dog gone it, the Saturday Night Live writer/performer turned senator doesn’t like Cruz. Well, now we know that Cruz hasn’t taken too kindly to Franken’s antics because the Texas Republican has – with a little bit of good nature – referred to his Minnesota Democrat colleague as “obnoxious and insulting.”

“Al is trying to sell books and apparently he’s decided that being obnoxious and insulting me is good for causing liberals to buy his books,” Cruz said in an interview. “I wish him all the best.”

How obnoxious and insulting is Franken’s behavior toward Cruz? Well, take a look at the excerpt from the book that is circulating on Twitter today (but be warned that there’s a bit of language in the excerpt):


Gee, I wonder why Cruz’ smile faded? I bet Franken wouldn’t take being referred to as “full of s***” to his face much less kindly.

Franken has said that he has no qualms about retelling details of private conversations that involve Cruz – a breach of protocol – because he believes Cruz did the same thing when he said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a “lie” on the Senate floor. The difference, of course, is that Cruz didn’t say what he said to gin up book sales. When the Politico informed Cruz of Franken’s reasoning, he simply laughed and said, “Said what I’m going to say.”

Good for you, Ted Cruz, for getting bigger laughs from Al Franken’s material than he’s gotten in years.

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