Ted Cruz Quite Possibly Just Made His Most Ridiculous Statement — Ever

cruz-1It’s no secret that I absolutely cannot stand Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  I still go back and forth between him and Sarah Palin when trying to figure out who I loathe more.  Currently the edge goes to Cruz simply because he’s actually a senator, whereas Sarah Palin is nothing more than a failed vice presidential candidate and the Alaska governor who quit before her first term was up.

That being said, it’s not difficult at all to find ample quotes from Ted Cruz that are completely absurd.

But while there are plenty of quotes proving Ted Cruz is an idiot, the context of his recent comments about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid using the “nuclear option” to change the rules of the Senate might just be his most ridiculous ever.

During an exchange with Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, Hunt asked Cruz about the change in the rules made by Senator Reid:

Hunt: Will it complicate passing budgets or debt ceilings or anything?
Cruz: Of course it will. I mean, it will poison the atmosphere of the Senate.


Yes, that’s Ted Cruz accusing Harry Reid and Democrats of poisoning the atmosphere of the Senate.  The guy who many within his own party can’t stand.  The man who staged a fake 21-hour filibuster where he tried to compare “Obamacare” to Darth Vader and misconstrued the meaning of Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor.  The same Senator who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to force a government shutdown, knowing that it stood absolutely zero chance at accomplishing his ridiculous “goal.”

The same Senator Cruz who, in his very brief time in the United States Senate, has done absolutely nothing except use his position as senator to set himself up for a 2016 presidential bid — at the cost of the taxpayers, of course.

Ted Cruz epitomizes “poison” in the Senate.  It’s clear to anyone with any kind of common sense that Cruz only ran for the Senate because he had presidential ambitions for 2016 and needed a way to get his name known to voters.  And since his election he’s taken up the strategy that the only thing he’ll do is pander to the tea party, hoping that if he builds enough support with far-right Republicans, he’ll set himself up to claim the GOP nomination in 2016.

But like I said, you don’t have to believe me — many within his own party can’t even stand him.  Look at how quickly many leading Republicans emphatically denounced the idea of shutting down the government again once another vote on the budget will have to be held in a couple of months.

So while what he said wasn’t the most asinine thing he’s ever said, the context behind what he expressed might just be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard him say.

Of all people, for Ted Cruz to accuse anyone of introducing poisonous behavior in the Senate could be a definition for hypocrisy.  And while this just might rank at the top of my list for ridiculous comments from the Texas senator, I’m sure it won’t be long before he says something else outrageous to trump its stupidity.

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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  • Jim Bean

    The author apparently believes that whenever Pubs avail themselves of the democratic process to oppose Democratic Party ambitions they are unjustified in doing so and that Democrats are justified in undoing the democratic process in order to circumvent the complexities of it.

    • ivellios

      You obviously don’t understand what actually changed.

      They changed the rule to a simple majority to DISCUSS a nomination. There will still need to be 60 votes to override a filibuster to confirm the nominee.

      Hardly earth shattering to want to have a discussion.

    • Reddkl

      I guess it was okay with you that Congress changed the rules on who could start the voting process to re-open the government. They took that right away from all congress persons and laid it in the lap of two, both tea-party republicans.

  • Corey

    Doesn’t “treason” include anyone trying to get in the way of running the government both domestic and foreign, regardless of if the culprit is a US citizen in the USA or outside? If this is the case, then aren’t many people in congress guilty? It’s not just those who want to actually “take down” our government, if is anyone deemed an “enemy”, which has wide-range of examples that could be used to label someone “enemy”. There are people in Guantanamo who are less of an “enemy” to the US government and Americans, than many in the US Congress. So what are the real enemies?

    • Stella Luna

      I keep wondering that as well… sedition and treason. Ted Cruz and his ilk are the kind of shit-disturbers that are going to get someone killed, but they are allowed to go on their merry way, inciting insanity and implied violence at every turn. It really is frightening to see and read about the people they are inspiring to direct so much outward hatred toward our president and government.

      It would be one thing if they were honestly educating people about the failings of our government, but they don’t do that — heaven forbid people actually learn the truth about things. Cruz, Palin, and Co. (not to mention shysters like Limbaugh and Beck) want their minions to be nothing but ignorant loose cannons…

    • Gary Smith

      Ted Cruz is an odious pukestain on the baby bib of the Republican party, but he’s not guilty of treason.

      Article III, Section 3 of the constitution says: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

      The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.”

      While Cruz is guilty of aggravated asshatery and general douchebaggery, he’s not guilty of treason.

      • BR549

        You hate Ted Cruz because you fear him.

      • Gary Menten

        Nobody fears Ted Cruz. He has as much chance of becoming president as I have of being crowned King of Norway.

      • CherMoe

        Anybody who doesn’t “fear” a crazy person with bad intentions is stupid. It would do well for you to wise up and recognize who your enemies really are.

      • Michael Skorup

        I would aid anyone, who would help un-elect him from office. I can clearly see why Canada did want the heathen swine.

    • CherMoe

      The Majority in the House are certainly in your category. As for Guantanamo, most certainly many of them are less an “enemy” to us than many in Washington. The real people who SHOULD be in jail are the ones who perpetrated 9/11 … those who tortured and committed war crimes. Others who also should be in jail are those who trashed our economy and stole from the people. Big names, big banks, rich people who are “insulated” from prosecution by sheer virtue of their money & their “importance.” To go further …. the REAL terrorists are the people IN OUR OWN COUNTRY who trash our elected officials because of the color of their skin, their political party … because of their beliefs in freedoms, etc. You know the ones I’m talking about … the ones who USE THE MEDIA to SPREAD HATRED and incite violence UNDER THE GUISE OF “free speech” or “religious freedom” or whatever Amendment they decide to pick and choose, just as they pick and choose which Bible verses are applicable to people’s lives, AS THEY DICTATE HOW WE SHOULD LIVE AND WHO GETS TO LIVE.

      You are right …. our country has many enemies. “WE, the people” have many enemies and many of them are in Washington. Most of the terrorists and THREATS to our nation ARE RIGHT HERE. It is high time we recognize our enemies and take them down.

  • Shifflett

    He was born in Canada. He’s delusional if he thinks he’s even elligible for the presidency.

    • mcfarl58

      He’s eligible. “Natural born citizen” doesn’t just include those born here, but also those born elsewhere to U.S. citizens. Cruz’s mother is a U.S. citizen, therefore, he also is a U.S. citizen. The only people who can’t be president are those that have to go through the process of naturalization. Cruz didn’t have to by virtue of his mother being a U.S. citizen.

      • Rosa Alicea

        That is incorrect. BOTH parents must be “natural” american citizens. Ted Cruz’s father is Cuban. Read. Only native-born U.S. citizens (or those born abroad, but only to
        parents who were both citizens of the U.S.) may be president of the
        United States, though from time to time that requirement is called into
        question, most recently after Arnold Schwarzenegger, born in Austria,
        was elected governor of California, in 2003. The Constitution originally
        provided a small loophole to this provision: One needn’t have been born
        in the United States but had to be a citizen at the time the
        Constitution was adopted. But, since that occurred in 1789, that ship
        has sailed.

      • Reddkl

        Only one parent must be a citizen. Check a civics book out.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      No, he IS eligible for the presidency. It’s just Democrats won’t go ape shit over his birth certificate. http://wws DOT politifact DOT com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/aug/20/ted-cruz-born-canada-eligible-run-president/

      • 1EdMeadows83

        By all means Cruz should run for President in 2016. He’s the best choice the Tea Party has and Democrats should all get behind him and support his candidacy during the Republican primary. He would be the outstanding idiot to run against Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren!

    • Gary Menten

      Both his parents were American citizens when he was born, so there is no eligibility issue. The entire issue is with fitness, and he has none.

      • Edward Krebbs

        Uh, no. His father didn’t become a citizen till afterwards.

      • Gary Menten

        If I’m not mistake, even if only one parent is an American citizen, as long as that parent has lived in the US for at least five years following his or her 18th birthday, then Cruz is meets the federal requirement to be an American citizen at birth.

        I’m not an expert, but all the birther baloney of a few years back made me do a bit of research.

      • Gary Smith

        You are correct

      • Rosa Alicea

        Nope, Cruz’s father became a U.S. citizen in 2005.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Agreed! A little scopolamine in his Kool-Aid ought make his hallucinations of Grandeur ALMOST match reality!!

  • carolinablessed

    What’s really scary is that you people vote……no wonder this country is rolling down hill at an alarming rate!

  • Skymouth

    The guy is a tool, pure and simple.

  • Randy Pierce

    I sincerely hope he runs for President. I’m already getting the popcorn ready for the GOP primaries. Bwahahaha

  • GDW13

    “Ted Cruz Quite Possibly Just Made His Most Ridiculous Statement — Ever”

    You seriously underestimate the Hon. Mr. Cruz.

  • Anthony Jones

    He was born in Canada….it’s a nonissue.

  • Jim

    If Cruz can run for President why did the birthers give Obama such a problem? His mother was a citizen. I would love to hear their explanation.

    • Reddkl

      They don’t have an explanation except NONE of them every had a history or civics class in school. Stupid people those birthers.

      • Michael Skorup

        No they just had their Faux diplomas

    • Gary Menten

      There is a different set of standards for white Republicans and black Democrats.

  • disqus_9LO1DdVEIb

    There are several different arguments against Ted’s bid for election. The best one, I feel is his ignorance. Ignorance of the law, science, social order, and the list goes on and on. The one I point out the most, is how ignorant he is on the most simple subjects. For example, as far as he knows, “there are no Hispanic panhandlers in the US”. That’s some pretty basic stupidity dont you think? If he could make such a ignorant statement on such a simple subject, how stupid will he be on a much more complicated issue? The list of his stupid thoughts, put into statements given to the public are easily googled. Stick a fork in him, he’s done.