The Washington Times reported on April 30, 2013 that a pair of talking heads on MSNBC attacked Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas for remarks he made at the FreedomWorks Summit in which he suggested that some of his fellow Republican senators were “squishes.”
Alex Wagner claimed that Cruz’s statement proves that gun rights conservatives are worried that gun control legislation will reemerge later this year. Cruz’ mien during his remarks at FreedomWorks was more in the mode of triumph than worry, though.
Chris Matthews claimed that Cruz sounded like a High School student circa 1958 for his use of the word “squishes.” He also brought up the ghost of Joe McCarthy, as so many Cruz critics including President Obama have before.
It should be noted that the word “squish” according to AllWords was a term coined by Reaganite conservatives in the 1980s to describe overly moderate Republicans. Joe McCarthy died in 1957, his once feared influence destroyed by that time. Matthews, who fancies himself a political historian, seemed not to be aware of either fact.