Ted Cruz Just Cost Himself What Little Chance He Had at the Presidency

Ted-Cruz-CryingWhile 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.

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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  • strayaway

    “The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote, which 22 Republicans backed. While that represented a thumping, it could also be seen as a show of strength against the McConnell forces. Just 20 Republicans, including McConnell Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas voted against Cruz; three did not vote.” -blogsDOTrollcallDOTcom

    However, in the final vote to pass the budget, only 12 Republicans voted with Cruz against the budget bill. 27 Democrats voted with Cruz against the budget. This is all very odd. If Obama signs this, his support came from establishment Republicans and fewer than half of Democratic Senators. Allen Clifton does not agree with Senators Jeffers, Franken, and Warren’s votes on this bill it seems.

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    • GenerallyConfused

      I completely understand why there were objections to this bill.. last minute “add ons”, etc..which I think there needed to be some semblance of dissent. But, having said that, the government stays open and people still have jobs to go to.. which is better than the alternative.

  • Jim Valley

    Is there someone who actually thinks that Cruz was on his way to the presidency?

    • Avatar

      Allen B. West website’s commenters are filled with Cruz lickers who believe Cruz will walk all the way to the victory in 2016.

      • Jim Valley

        That’s no surprise. They’re like two nuts in a shell.

      • Rob Bailey

        Did you mean two balls in a (small) scrotum?

      • FD Brian

        you mean the guy who wasn’t born in America? Pretty sure he can’t be president as per his definition

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  • Jim Bean

    So did Elizabeth Warren’s objections to the bill and preference to shut down the government rather than pass it destroy any Presidential hopes for her too? Or does the manifesto of Liberal ideology have something in the fine print that excuses her?

    • tomh7259

      EW has said time and time and time again, that she is not running for President. Try to pay attention please.

    • Avatar

      Unlike the right, hypocrisy doesn’t define the left. Warren isn’t running but she will be next senate majority leader and will make Republicans miss Obama so much.

      • strayaway

        “hypocrisy doesn’t define the left”

        That’s precious.

      • Avatar

        Yes it’s precious because once we realize we are being hypocrisy, we would change the way we act. Right wing is too hard on being mindset without flexibility, hence, continuing being hypocrite-happy people. Look at Sarah Palin and Allen West. Their hypocrisies are off the chart.

      • strayaway

        I only have to think of the most transparent Constitutional Scholar bombing Libya* and changing laws without Congress, his gang of “law enforcers” including Holder, Clapper, and Lerner, not to mention the millions of progressives who pretend that none of this is going on while they drive their trendy foreign cars to jobs, peace and justice rallies.

        *also won the Nobel Peace Prize

      • Dave Girvin

        That was a coalition of nations that bombed Libya.
        If congress refuses to do their job it’s within the presidents exec power to do it, pass a bill and the presidents action ends.
        A gang of “law enforcers” is better than a gang of “murdering war criminals”.
        Talk about pretending… just about everything TB’rs talk and complain about is in their bizarre imaginations, if he was guilty of any of the BS the right has accused him of he would have been impeached years ago, and they must have an aversion to “peace and justice”, acting like it not important, unless you’re white, just sit there and believe and repeat what they’re told even though it doesn’t make sense.
        Oh yeah, he did win a Nobel peace prize.

      • strayaway

        Other nations also bombed Libya. However, since only Congress can declare war, Obama could not start his own war even under the War Powers Act which demands that the US be under imminent attack for a president to do so. He doesn’t get to bomb countries just because some other country did the same. Kucinich said both were impeachable acts.

        You second point is also unconstitutional. Article 1, Section 1 gives ALL legislative power to Congress. Article 1, Section 8 is even more specific about Congress being the part of government having the power to enact uniform naturalization law and repeal invasions. Your toleration for authoritarian rule seems high.

        The mentioned gang of “law enforcers” gave automatic weapons to Mexican drug lords, spied on Americans, used their offices to persecute enemies of Obama, and lied to Congress. None have gone to jail. They also include “murdering war criminals” as you put it when, for instance, Obama bombed Libya in violation of the Constitution. Obama has bombed 7 countries in 6 years.

        It has been impossible to get rid of Obama though the impeachment process because the Senate is willing to put up with all his faults. What “peace and justice”? Black incomes, savings, home ownership rates have slid relative to those of whites under Obama. Polling reveals racial relations haven’t been this bad since 1992. The 1% has accelerated its rate of ownership of wealth under Obama even compared with under Bush while the rest of us have seen our median incomes decline under Obama.

    • GenerallyConfused

      She..isn’t running. Do try to keep up?

      • strayaway

        “Mr. President, Democrats don’t like Wall Street bailouts. Republicans don’t like Wall Street bailouts. The American people are disgusted by Wall Street bailouts. And yet here we are — five years after Dodd-Frank – with Congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for middle class, do nothing for community banks – do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again.” -Senator Warren who vote against this turkey 12/14/14

        Boston Globe’s reaction – “The Massachusetts Democrat brought Congress to the brink of yet another government shutdown in her effort to kill a provision that she said would have once again put taxpayers at risk of bailing out big banks.”

      • Jacob McGlothlin

        So, you like your tax dollars bailing out too big to fail banks?

      • strayaway

        No. I think that some bankers should have gone to jail but didn’t under Obama. That’s one reason I side with Rand Paul and Elizabeth Warren. They both voted against Cromnibus.

      • MorganLvr

        You DO know that the original “bailout” legislation – TARP – was passed on Bush’s watch, don’t you? And he had to lobby hard to get it passed. Obama had no say in it whatsoever. Sorry. But then, that’s not the only thing you have bassackward so no surprise there.

      • strayaway

        I’m very aware of that. You are aware that Barack Obama left the campaign trail to lobby fellow congress members to pass this bill aren’t you? You should be so you don’t come off as ignorant jerk.

    • BB-Mystic

      She didn’t object to the entire bill, just that provision. She and David Vitter (R) co-sponsored an amendment that would have stripped that provision out. But Harry Reid, for some idiotic reason, didn’t allow amendments (probably because he didn’t want Ted Cruz and Mike Lee proposing endless asinine amendments the Senate would’ve had to waste time voting on), so it was all or nothing.

      politicalration DOT com/us/elizabeth-warren-david-vitter-make-last-minute-press-against-reid-on-wall-street-giveaway/

      • Jim Bean

        Good point. Smart, savvy Left wing amendments fell victim to asinine Right wing amendments. Will it never end?

    • Konrad Verloc

      False analogy and partisan dumbness. If you think Cruz is in any way similar to Warren, you are a brainless person.

      • Rob Bailey

        Bean, in fact, IS a brainless person. Good call.

  • SinHalo27

    He wasn’t born in the US… he was born in Canada hence he can NEVER be the US President… thankfully!!

    • GenerallyConfused

      If he has an American citizen parent, he IS an American citizen. Doesn’t matter where he was born… parentage matters too. This is the fact so many birthers fail to grasp.

      • SinHalo27

        Anyone can be an American citizen… that was not the statement… but not all citizens can be president… not born here (like Ted)… cannot become prez (like Ted), end of story.

      • Brady Chris Sylvester

        The phrase is “natural-born citizen.” Which most legal experts interpret to extend to children born abroad with at least one parent who is a US citizen. That’s why John McCain, who was born in Panama, or, for that matter, pretty much any children of US servicemen and servicewomen born where their parents are posted can grow up to be President.* This is also why it actually doesn’t matter whether or not Obama was born in Hawaiia, or Kenya, or the Soviet Union. His Mom was a US citizen.

        Except… The only caveat is that this question has never gone before the Supreme Court, so there is the tiniest possibility of a 5-4 split along ideological lines, which you might have seen happen had Obama actually been born in Kenya and the extreme right had pushed it as far as they could. But even then, most experts doubt it would have gone against Obama because though that may have been John Roberts’ preferred immediate outcome, he’s smart enough to know there might be a Republican candidate some day under the same shadow, so why narrow the tent?

        *I say “pretty much and children of US servicemen or servicewomen” because some people leave their home countries to join the US services without becoming citizens.

      • corppigwatcher

        What about John McCain? He was born in Panama and he ran for president.

      • kathimc63

        John McCain Is white.

      • Dave Girvin

        Mc Cain was born in the Panama Canal Zone which at the time was American territory, (military base), makes him a citizen, Cruz wasn’t, his father is a “communist and his mother is a draft dodger… I know, I’m making it up, didn’t stop the Baggers…

      • Rick Haste

        wrong,you have to be born in America read your constitution

      • Eric Domejean

        the term natural born citizen is not defined. I think it means anyone not naturalized. So yes Ted can run, in my opinion.

      • Rob Bailey

        K, genius. Where was McCain born?

      • polliwogg

        McCain was born on AN AMERICAN MILITARY BASE. Which is, by definition, US soil. So, he’s natural born.

      • GenerallyConfused

        Umm.. I have. Many times. Reading comprehension, much?

      • janetmamajo4

        the law states one parent has to be an American citizen. Cruz’s mother is an american citizen, his father is cuban, and he was born in Canada…so teddy boy is an American….”read your constitution”

    • chapril

      In Canada you can have dual citizenship so he has his American Citizenship also.

      • SinHalo27

        That’s fine… no one is disputing that. His path to the presidency however is either contested or nonexistent at best.

  • BlueLion

    Mr. Cruz is a Senator, why is the term congressman used?

    • GenerallyConfused

      Because it’s the correct term. Congressman can be either of the House or Senate.

  • wendy

    Ted Cruz serves one purpose; adding some levity to the serious world of politics

  • BB-Mystic

    Also, Ted Cruz’s shenanigans allowed Harry Reid to file cloture on a bunch of President Obama’s nominees (including the one for Surgeon General that the NRA was throwing such a fit over) and bring them up for an up-or-down vote. Talk about your dogma biting your karma. 🙂

  • DerpDestroyer

    What a waste of time, this article. Come on, give me something that somewhat matches the headline… please!

  • Macdoodle

    This man is hardly the most dishonest Congressman.But speaking of dishonest what about Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama?

    • Dave Girvin

      Mcnoodle, you like to say his full name don’t you… gives you a little thrill because it sounds dangerous, like an Arab.

  • Eric Domejean

    Ted Cruz became a senator the same reason as other GOPers run for office for the great book deals and endorsement contracts they get after they are out of office. Look at Newt and all of his swag. Heck Cruz is already making money being the pitchman for all the crazy rightwing sites.

  • Macdoodle

    Number of States won
    Romney: 29
    Square miles of land won
    by: Obama:
    580,000 Romney:
    Population of counties won by:
    Obama: 127 million Romney: 143 million

    Professor Olson adds: “In
    aggregate, the map of the territory
    won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying
    citizens of the

    Obama territory mostly
    encompassed those citizens living in
    income tenements and living off various
    forms of

  • DavidD

    For Jeb Bush to win he has to have Texas. Crz is in his way.
    When Perry was indicted most people outide Texas thought it was just a stunt but people here took notice.
    Karl Rove is back on the Bush plantation.He and John Cornyn have joined forces and expect more new revelations on the Perry-Abbott Cruz Axis.planted in the Dallas Morning News.

  • JustAnAmerican

    The radical left has posted thousands of vile and slanderous commentary against an honest man because they are afraid the American Public might learn the truth that Senator Cruz is gifted. Here is just a small piece of info they do not want Democratic, Independent and Republican voters to learn about: After graduating from Princeton, Senator Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree. While at Harvard Law, Cruz was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. Professor Alan Dershowitz said, “Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant.

  • XaurreauX Pont DeLac

    The fact that George W. Bush was not laughed out of national politics should give pause to those who think Cruz has no chance. He has a chance as long as there are enough ignorant and willfully ignorant people who vote and enough reasonably sane people who don’t vote.