In an appearance with PBS’ Jeff Greenfield at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Sunday for the Campaign for the American Conversation, New York Times columnist David Brooks expressed his low opinion of Texas Republican and outspoken conservative Sen. Ted Cruz.
According to Brooks, Cruz has stepped out of bounds as a freshman senator and alienated colleagues by sounding off at hearings.
“So Ted Cruz is, just violates my sense — I think if you mention the name Ted Cruz to other senators, you just get titanic oceans of eye rolling,” Brooks said. “Because you’re a freshman, you don’t go in and take over hearings. You, like, hang around and learn how it’s done.”
Brooks also compared the “off-putting” Cruz to former Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
“It’s like the most un-conservative act to come in two weeks into the job and decide the Senate exists for you, to take it over,” Brooks continued. “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. So, you know, I find him a little off-putting.”