Ted Cruz did not lose gracefully.
The young senator from Texas, after just nine months on the job, had managed to drag down his Republican Party to historic unpopularity. But as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., went to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to announce a deal that would begin to repair the damage Cruz inflicted, the renegade couldnít resist one more poke at his leadership.
As McConnell was speaking on the floor about his compromise to end the government shutdown and to avoid a federal default, Cruz marched up to the bank of TV cameras outside the Senate chamber to deliver his own statement. CNNís Dana Bash told him that the news networks were airing McConnellís speech live. ìDo you want to wait until the leaders are done?î she asked.
Cruz did not want to wait. He launched right into a condemnation of the deal McConnell had negotiated. ìUnfortunately, once again, it appears the Washington establishment is refusing to listen to the American people,î the Texan intoned, his protruding chin bouncing as the vitriol poured from the lips above it. ìThe United States Senate has stayed with the traditional approach of the Washington establishment of maintaining the status quo.î
CNN pulled away from McConnell when the sore loser began talking.
The amount of wreckage Cruz has caused in such a short time is truly awe-inspiring. He has damaged his party, hurt the economy, lowered the nationís standing and set back the conservative cause. But appearing at the Capitol on Wednesday morning, he wore a broad smile as reporters and cameras surrounded him to learn what further mayhem he was planning.
ìWill you filibuster?î called out Nancy Cordes of CBS News.
ìIím heading to this meeting now,î he replied, referring to a session held by McConnell outlining the compromise.
ìWas your fight against Obamacare worth it?î asked Politicoís Seung Min Kim.