Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) explained Friday the reason behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s request that a vote on cloture be moved from Thursday evening to the following afternoon: He wanted his “tea bagger” buddies to watch.

“The reason Ted Cruz stood up and asked for a delay is so that he could have a vote during today when the ‘tea baggers’ in his Tea Party were going to watch,” the Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said Friday during an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

“That’s why I’ve repeatedly said: the greatest deliberative body in the world has become the greatest delay body in the world,” she added, perhaps not realizing the irony of a high-ranking member of “the greatest deliberative body in the world” referring to her political opponents as “tea baggers.”

[In case you’re unfamiliar with the obscene term, you can see a definition here. But be warned, it’s pretty obscene.]

For those of you keeping score at home, the White House and its allies have in the past few weeks referred to President Obama’s opponents as terrorists, hostage takers, arsonists, and anarchists.

And thanks to Sen. Mikulski, Sen. Cruz supporters got to round out a week of name-calling with the most tired of anti-Tea Party slurs.

Well done, senator.

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