Republicans have been at odds with Sen. Ted Cruz for a while now, but his latest stunt seems to have propelled inner-party hatred to new heights, the kind that might require a food taster, according to Jonathan Karl at ABC News.
Cruz has spent much of his time in the Senate taking his own very unique stand in political battles, whether that lined up with the interests of his own party or not. His most infamous move was when he held his own anti-Obamacare filibuster last fall, culminating with him reading a slightly altered rendition of the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham. (In case you were wondering, he did not like Obamacare with a plan, he did not like it with a ram, he did not like it anywhere, he did not like Obamacare. Or something like that.)
Filibusters have become super popular among the political climbers these days. State Sen. Wendy Davis rocketed to political fame and a run at the governor's office based on her filibuster opposing strict abortion legislation last summer. Cruz then took a page from the Davis playbook. Even though his Obamacare filibuster wasn't technically an actual Frank Capra-esque filibuster, he got lots of media coverage and attention from that stunt.
So with the debt ceiling problem looming, Cruz took another run at a filibuster last week, most likely, we're guessing, in the hopes it would do him more good with the "real" Republicans, the ones who have lost all interest in trying to make a government actually function and work.
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While Sen. John McCain has pointed out that Cruz didn't actually have his own plan for the debt ceiling, according to CBS, Cruz still attempted to filibuster the Republican leadership decision to move the legislation forward and save the political scrapping for other issues since the whole shutdown thing proved incredibly unpopular last time around.
If Cruz has many friends left before this stunt, Jonathan Karl of ABC News noted on Sunday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos that Cruz is so unpopular within his own party he will most likely "need a food taster" at weekly Senate lunches. Karl was (probably) just joking, but either way Cruz has achieved something very few achieve -- people within a party may not like each other much, but it's not often they break ranks enough to show it.
But on the bright side, if things should ever get too dangerous for Cruz within his own party, he's still technically a Canadian citizen, so he could always go run for political office there and become a Canadian problem. There's still hope.