While the Republican National Committee (and the GOP as a whole) might never admit it publicly, they really hate that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) got elected. Then again, I remember seeing several stories during his campaign in Texas about Republicans here growing exceedingly frustrated with dealing with him at the local level. There were even some stories floating around at the time saying that the GOP was going to regret him becoming a United States Senator if he won, which he obviously did.
And for the most part, that prophecy from two years ago has come true. Cruz has been nothing but a nuisance since he was elected in 2012.
It’s been my theory all along that Cruz never became a senator to actually govern as a public servant. Instead, he ran for office with the sole purpose of setting up a future presidential bid. As a senator, he’s almost a caricature of what one would think of when they envision some partisan hack congressman who just regurgitates talking points over and over again. Cruz is basically using his time in office to fund a perpetual presidential campaign in the Senate on the taxpayer’s dime.
Aside from being one of the most dishonest congressmen in Washington, he’s constantly using the Senate as a staging ground to pander to far-right conservatives by pushing for legislative moves that stand absolutely no chance at possibly getting passed. Our government shutdown was a prime example – it was never going to work and he knew it. But that didn’t matter because it wasn’t about the shutdown accomplishing anything, it was about him adding to his radical right-wing resume for his future presidential run.
But it seems now, finally, the GOP has had enough of Cruz’s antics.
While most members of Congress were focused on trying to fund our government to avoid another shutdown, even if it was with the passage of a somewhat controversial spending bill, Cruz decided to do what he seems to always do during these situations – he made it about himself.
Because while most of Congress was working on something that they could actually get passed (the spending bill), Cruz and his pal Mike Lee (R-UT) decided to object to the bill in some pointless attempt to block President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
And by doing so it meant that the Senate had to waste time all day Saturday, and into the early hours Sunday morning, so that they could vote to end the filibuster that had absolutely no chance at accomplishing anything. Well, except for giving Cruz another item to add to his radical right-wing resume that he’ll certainly boast about during his presidential campaign.
But what Cruz ultimately did with his latest move was irritate just about every member of the Senate (including Republicans) and pretty much ended any chance he has at ever becoming the GOP’s presidential candidate, let alone president. Not that he really stood much of a chance at becoming either of those anyway.
While Cruz has tackled everything with his lone strategy of pandering to the conservative base, he’s failed to understand that without the financial backing of his own party he won’t stand a chance. And now that it’s become obviously clear that even most Republican members of Congress can’t stand Cruz, there’s absolutely no chance that anyone within the party is going to legitimately get behind him as their 2016 presidential candidate.
Though I’m sure Cruz fails to see any of this because he’s an egomaniac. I think he honestly feels that all he has to do is keep pandering to far-right tea party conservatives and that’ll be enough for him to win the nomination. Except in his blind selfish ambitions he’s forgotten one small detail: He still needs the backing of his own party. Which I don’t believe he stands any chance at getting.
Right now on the “pecking order” of potential GOP candidates, he sits behind Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Mitt Romney, Scott Walker and Paul Ryan. And after this latest stunt he’s probably closer to being on par with the likes of Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann (two people who have zero chance at winning the GOP nomination) than he does anyone at the top of this list.
My only real hope is that after a failed 2016 bid to become president, Cruz bows out as Senator after one term and moves on to something else after realizing that he’s never going to get what he wants as a congressman. Because it’s bad enough for me to write this knowing we have to deal with him for at least four more years, but I don’t even want to think about the possibility that in 2018 he might run for re-election and we would be stuck with him for another six years.