We have to agree to disagree on this. He is no more arrogant than the next guy. What you call confrontational I see as someone speaking up and not cowering. Like him or not- Sink, More Americans are tired of Washington and the same ole same ole. big government. Tired of them voting in their pay raises then voting on the atrocious debt ceiling and being so politically correct they cower to the media. They have become, democrats. The republican leadership could retire right now and live like kings JUST on their slush fund accounts. How about REAL term limits?
The only way I can understand what Rand may be doing is that he is trying the Reagan approach. Reagan got democratic votes. Reagan was bipartisan. But the times were different. I wonder what Reagan would say about the IRS and tea party being shoveled aside as wacko birds? I think Reagan would welcome the tea party and not demonize a man as blunt as Cruz. Rand is playing into the tactics of the democrats by addressing the war on women bluntly making them look to themselves with this false narrative that republicans despise women. But bowing to McConnell is harsh.
Why can't the republican leaders retire and embrace the new younger blood and not demonize them? They forced the hand of a tea party opponent that may beat them. Why did it come to this?
It came to this because Tea Partiers think they can beat down the Democrats and Obama from sheer force of will. And, they also believe they can scare other conserviatives with threats of replacing them in office.
More often than not, they can't do that and will do less and less of it as time goes on. The "Republican leaders" are no longer cowed by the Tea Party, and their success in upcoming primaries will pretty well put the lie to the power of the Tea Party.
We saw the power of the "new younger blood" exhibited in the government shutdown in October. How'd that work out?
The new younger blood needs to figure out a strategy that includes EVERYBODY in the Republican party. If they don't do that, they'll become less and less relevant.