In less than five months in office, the Republican senator has made a big impact. His tactics have inspired a comparison to this infamous senator.
IS SENATOR TED CRUZ OUR NEW MCCARTHY? asks Jane Mayer in The New Yorker.
David Brooks, the conservative columnist for The New York Times, recently made a similar comparison. Brooks said:
"If you mention the name Ted Cruz to other senators, you just get titanic oceans of eye rolling. Because you're a freshman, you don't go in and take over hearings, you, like, hang around and learn how it's done. And it's like the most unconservative act to come in, two weeks into the job, and decide that the Senate exists for you to take it over. And so I think he's made a lot of enemies. It doesn't help that he has a face that looks a little like Joe McCarthy, actually. I just -- I find him a little off-putting."
This morning Politico is out with a fresh examination of Cruz and rumors he may run for president in 2016.
All that's left is a send-up on The Daily Show, right? Well, here you go.