Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is poison. There’s no other word that acurately portrays what he is to the Republican Party. He and 20 of this Tea Party compadres were holed up in the basement chamber of Tortilla Coast plotting their next strategy for the government shutdown/debt ceiling endgame.
Among the band of anarchists dining with the Canadian-born Cruz were Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Raul Labrador (R-ID), Justin Amash (R-MI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Steve Southerland II (R-FL), Mark Meadows (R-NC) and fellow Texas Louie Gohmert, at the chips-and-liquor boîte near the Capitol.
The deal that is materializing in the Senate is one that Cruz and his House compatriots are unlikely to endorse. But it appears to be one that can pass both chambers with bipartisan support.
Of course, Cruz and his allies in the Senate could decide to attempt a filibuster of the deal, but doing so would likely push any Senate vote on final passage past the Thursday deadline to raise the debt ceiling. That would mean Cruz and his allies would bear the brunt of any political consequences that might come from a default, including a potential dramatic downturn in the stock market and/or the world economy. Conversely, allowing the deal to move through the Senate without a fight could cost Cruz his pugnacious conservative credentials.
But from the genesis of the fight to link government funding to defunding Obamacare, Cruz has primarily tried to keep the pressure on, and the fight in, the House. Source: Roll Call
Despite the polls showing a majority of Americans overwhelmingly blame the Republican Party for the government shutdown and the impasse, leading up to the debt ceiling default, Cruz and his Cruzettes still insist on including amendments to any proposals to open the government aimed at dismantling Obamacare. When will House Speaker John Boehner grow a pair and stand up to these anarchists, hellbent on destroying America?