Ted Cruz Ascending

26 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The freshman Republican senator talked for 21 hours and 19 minutes on the Senate floor this week to hope that the public would carry out his message to oppose President Obama’s healthcare law. Within the hour, he was Rush Limbaugh’s afternoon radio talk show being grilled by the master who had a fat cigar in his mouth as smoke began to filter up from the screen. Rush talked little and even offered him another half hour to rant which Cruz quipped, ed, “I’m here as long as you like.” It was the fourth-longest streak in the so-called world’s greatest deliberative body. Cruz repeated his main message often in the subsequent hours: Washington wasn’t listening to the public, which opposes the Affordable Care Act, and the law will put the nation on a path to ruin. Cruz was challenged by Sen. John McCain who said that the healthcare law was a major issue in the campaign for him and the GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, but that the people had spoken and Obama was reelected. Cruz is emerging as the Republicans’ Lone Ranger on the radical right, bypassing the party establishment and emerging as a major player in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

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