GOP Rep: Agreement to Reopen Government is a Victory for America and a Defeat for Ted Cruz

peter-kingIt seems that in this back and forth over who was primarily to blame for the government shutdown, there’s one thing some Republicans and probably every Democrat can agree on — Ted Cruz is a scumbag.

Many say Cruz’s futile push to defund “Obamacare” was a fool’s errand, with Ted Cruz being the epitome of a fool.

As I’ve said before, this push to delay, defund or repeal “Obamacare” stood absolutely no chance.  That’s a fact that even some Republicans agreed with long before the shutdown began.

One of the most vocal GOP critics of Ted Cruz has been House Republican Peter King.  He hasn’t pulled any punches when he’s discussed the idiocy behind Cruz’s push to shut down the government to defund “Obamacare.”

Well, following the announcement that the Senate has reached a deal to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling, King took to Twitter to applaud the deal and slam Senator Cruz:

The agreement to reopen the government is a victory for America and a defeat for @SenTedCruz.

This is from a very conservative Republican, mind you.  Even Senator John McCain made a comment alluding to his relief that this embarrassment caused by his party finally seems to be nearing its end.

But it’s really no secret that Ted Cruz has made quite a few enemies within his own party.  That’s what happens when you decide to use your position as a United States Senator to launch your own selfish presidential ambitions to the detriment of your party.

And make no mistake, this shutdown will cost the Republicans next fall when the 2014 elections roll around.  Though I’m sure Ted Cruz feels that he’s solidified his position as a front runner for 2016.

He masterfully pandered to the ignorance of the right-wing, has risen to the top of the tea party as the “go-to guy” they’ll need for whatever asinine plan they want to try to force on the American people, and put many Republicans in a position to either support him — or face the “wrath” of the tea party in their next primary battle (cue scary Halloween-themed music).

But by doing all of this, he might have just cost his party the majority in the House of Representatives.  Something that’s great news for Democrats, but shows how selfish and self absorbed Ted Cruz truly is.

One thing is for certain — any sort of Cruz presidential campaign will mean absolute job security for fact-checkers.  Cruz is more delusional than Sarah Palin and distorts far more truth than Mitt Romney.

And while Republicans will undoubtedly still try to pin the fault for this shutdown on President Obama and Democrats, even many Republicans have publicly acknowledged that Ted Cruz was the ringleader behind this whole embarrassing fiasco for our country.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Ookie Arriaga

    I think I am in love with your article.

  • The reason why many Republicans are coming out against Cruz is because
    they live in reality and can do simple math. The also understand the
    meaning of the word ‘veto’. Cruz is fighting a losing battle, and by the
    time Obama is out of office (and welcoming Hillary into office), the
    ACA will be widely loved by many in the nation. It happened with Social
    Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

    • Charles Vincent

      “It happened with Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.”

      All those programs are or will soon be bankrupt, Please learn to read something other than party talking points. And learn basic math and economics while you’re at it cause you fail to comprehend what your Awesome entitlements are doing to our economy.

      http://www DOT cbo DOT gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/new/budgetinfographic DOT png

      http://crfb DOT org/blogs/cbo-social-security-looks-much-worse-we-thought

      http://www DOT npr DOT org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/09/17/223366240/cbo-report-warns-of-long-term-debt-problems

      http://www DOT ssa DOT gov/oact/trsum/

      http://harvardpolitics DOT com/arusa/runaway-medicare-and-medicaid-spending/

      • Thank you for the informative links. While I understand what you are saying, those programs are essential to the well-being of many people in this nation who live at or beneath the poverty line, even while holding one (or multiple) job(s). Not everyone has ‘bootstraps’ upon which they can pull themselves out of their situation, and they need the help. I do believe, though, that there should be a mechanism within those programs to encourage them to better their situations.

        While I do not have all of the answers, I do believe that something needs to be done to curb spending, without the use of the sequester. Hopefully the budget conference can hash out a compromise. I think that the defense budget should be on the table for cuts. There is a lot of waste that can be trimmed away. One portion of the budget that I believe could use a major increase is education and science funding. That is the only way that we can advance as a society, in my view.

  • strayaway

    It is a short term defeat for Raphael Cruz. However, if the $244M computer system supporting Obamacare doesn’t start working better, Obamacare insurance rates are higher than expected, and/or not many people sign up, then Cruz is positioned as the guy that had it right. We will have to wait and see how well Obamacare pans out. Seventeen other Republicans voted with Cruz. A few months ago about 13 Republicans tended to vote with Cruz on tea party type issues.

    Also, Cruz established himself among Republican primary voters as someone who stood for something during this budget crises and probably put himself into the lead among Republican presidential primary candidates. That could hardly be deemed a loss for Cruz. Maybe that was the game he was playing.

    Peter King, by the way, is unusual among Republicans in that two of his three largest contributors are labor unions.

    • The Green Devilish One

      Hitler stood for something too. Right to the end he stuck to his irrational hatred of Jews, gays, Romanis, and other non-Aryans. Yeah yeah yeah, Godwin’s Law.

      • strayaway

        Bringing racism and “Hitler” into a discussion always wins arguments about how things will go in the future.

      • gemma liar

        talk to the FOX news cretins as they constantly have made references to hitler and stalin about Obama,,,,see your micropenile fellas like beck and hannity

      • strayaway

        Then if Hannity and Beck make racist and Hitler references, its good form, not to mention persuasive, to do so here too? Interesting logic.

      • gemma liar

        that was absoluuuuuuutely non sequitur. U have just proven U are oligophrenial par excellence

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Cruz stands for Cruz, nothing else. Not sure what exactly you want. I think allowing 30 million people to BUY PRIVATE health insurance isn’t such a bad thing. A single payor would be better.

    • nobamunism

      Plus…… he is a gun grabber.

    • gemma liar

      strayaway heeeee beeeeeeeeeee crying

  • JamieHaman

    He may have been the ring leader, but he has plenty of stupid followers. Will Canada take him back??

  • nobamunism

    How is this a defeat for either side? When any American of any political stripe steps into a voting booth in 2014, he or she will know that the GOP did everything within its limited ability to rid the country of Obamacare. They will also know that the democrat party has without a single republican vote, and the full power of the federal government, promoted and installed Obamacare. I personally can’t wait to vote.

    • Pipercat

      Democratic Party…