(Salon) -- Nobody likes Ted Cruz. Nobody. Even in his own party, Cruz is a pariah, the guy no one wants to chat with after the debate’s over. It’s easy to see why this is so. Cruz has worked exceptionally hard to be the least liked member of Congress. Indeed, the former Speaker of the House John Boehner has publicly referred to Cruz as a “jackass” and a “fase prophet.”
Uninterested in passing legislation, Cruz has behaved like a self-promoting nihilist since the day he was elected senator. His brinksmanship was on full display last September when both Republicans and Democrats passed a temporary spending measure designed to keep the government afloat for the remainder of the year. This was a measure that had to pass, that everyone knew would pass, but Cruz used it as an opportunity to grandstand before the cameras.
After being denied a roll-call vote (yet another empty gesture), he stood on the Senate floor and unloaded roughly five minutes of conspiratorial gas. “I mentioned to you [his colleagues],” Cruz said, “that the votes were always cooked here. How is it that Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell can promise that there will never ever be a shutdown? Because, I believe, Speaker Boehner has decided to cut a deal with Leader Nancy Pelosi.”
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