Teddy Cruz Is Annoying the Crap Out of People in D.C.
Senator Ted Cruz is apparently pissing off everyone in Washington.
From political blog The Monkey Cage:
The staffer, whom two GOP sources identified as working for Representative John Culberson of Texas, went on to decry Cruz for holding events in Culberson's district and telling his constituents that defunding Obamacare would be "easy"...
...A significant number in the room of about one hundred people applauded the woman's remarks, but several GOP aides said it was not a standing ovation or an overwhelmingly positive response...
...On the other hand, it's fair to say the staffer's anger at Cruz carries a fairly broad base among House Republicans, many of whom view his Obamacare push as self-destructive to the party.
So even Republican staffers are already sick of his schtick.
Of course, this is hardly the first wave Cruz has made. He was one three senators to vote against John Kerry as Secretary of State, and wrote a doomed bill to kill Obamacare. The Washington establishment doesn't really know what to make of him because Ted does not care. As the New York Times wrote in an article titled "Ted Cruz Runs Counter to Senate's Courtly Ways": "He could not be more pleased. Washington's new bad boy feels good."
Indeed, when Chuck Hagel was nominated for Secretary of Defense -- a former Republican Senator, mind you -- Cruz went Joe McCarthy on him, insinuating without any real evidence that Hagel took money from North Korea. You can't make this stuff up.
But apparently, Rafael Edward Cruz has always been a bit off. His freshman roommate from Princeton had this recollection:
"I remember very specifically that he had a book in Spanish and the title was Was Karl Marx a Satanist? And I thought, who is this person?" Mazin says of Ted Cruz. "Even in 1988, he was politically extreme in a way that was surprising to me."
I am going to go ahead and guess that the book concluded that Marx was indeed a Satanist. I am hoping and praying -- not to Satan -- that Ted Cruz runs for President. This will be good, good stuff.
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