Ted Cruz embraces 'wacko bird' label

Senator Ted Cruz is seen on a television screen in the Senate Press Gallery during the tenth hour of his speech on the Senate floor 25 September 2013 Ted Cruz is short of allies in Congress

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Senator Ted Cruz is deliberately casting himself as a conservative firebrand, a Texan Tea Party purist to whom "compromise" is a dirty word.

Some Republicans despair of both his tactics and his ego.

But he won't care - he has embraced John McCain's description of him as a "wacko bird". Reading Dr Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham from the floor of the Senate can only elevate him from Daffy Duck to Roadrunner in the esteem of his public admirers.

Many Americans think their politicians spout childish nonsense, but rarely have they actually revelled in doing so.

Just about all Republicans loathe President Obama's healthcare reform law and for some of them any attempt to destroy it is to be applauded.

Ted Cruz has earned himself a lot of team points from the Tea Party, but fewer from his peers in Congress.

Some Republicans think what he is doing is either pointless or dangerous. Pointless because this is not a classic filibuster - it stands no chance of actually killing the bill.

Beyond that, it is odd, because the bill he is delaying couples paying the government's bills to defunding Obamacare. That linkage is a core conservative tactic, which Mr Cruz himself agrees with.

While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to take out the latter when it goes to a final vote, it was the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that put it there in the first place.

But some Republicans worry that approach itself is wrong - if the government did come grinding to a halt they might get the blame for real economic harm and a blow to America's image abroad.

It raises questions not just about individuals and parties but the fitness of the whole system. It is perhaps little wonder that in one recent survey just 7% of Americans thought Congress was doing a good job.

As Dr Seuss once wrote: "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"

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    Comment number 146.

    To LucyJ please check the ratings of your dumb out of subject comments and IF you are that "smart white a..",zip it up for good!!Ah Ah Ah

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    Comment number 145.

    Griff: Native Americans

    My experiences are
    1) Arizona on family trip we went to NA festival and had to leave after it turned violent+ we were getting threatened

    2) California for cousin's wedding whose family grew up on Indian reservation, the NA at wedding told us how badly white people treated them in past but said they loved my cousin+ her family
    and would do anything to protect us

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    Comment number 144.

    to 132 Well such a person (There are many like that in the US,we've
    gotten 1 right here in LJ) could pack and move to Greenland,very good idea,or Scandinavia-N Europe,where they came from,or the barren lands
    of Canada,(they may see Eskimos ) there is plenty of room to settle in Antarctica...Whites in Russian Federation would not welcome those retarded US Cross $ Guns urban/suburban hicks,lol!!

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    Comment number 143.


    There is a difference between the ones who come here legally, assimilate, speak English and love USA.


    How fluffy wuffy, over simplistic Walton Mountainesque. Of course loving your country is decided by your definition and perceptions.

    How's your Mohawk, Osage and Shoshone coming along btw?

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    Comment number 142.

    I received notice from my insurance company, (a large one in Pennsylvania) that my policy is cancelled effective January 1, 2014. It was voided because I will have different choices next year. Ted Cruz doesn't realize that even if he is successful in his endeavor, since I WILL NOT HAVE ANY INSURANCE, that my option to get it at 63 would then be almost nil next year. HE gets free insurance.


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