From Talking Points Memo
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday defended his objection to initiating House-Senate budget negotiations unless Democrats take a debt limit increase off the table, saying he doesn't trust his party to hold the line.
"The senior senator from Arizona (John McCain) urged this body to trust the Republicans. Let me be clear, I don't trust the Republicans," Cruz said. "And I don't trust the Democrats."
. . . "Unfortunately," Cruz said, "one of the reasons we got into this mess is because a lot of Republicans were complicit in this spending spree and that's why so many Americans are disgusted with both sides of this house. ... And every Republican who stands against holding the line here is really saying, let's give the Democrats a blank check to borrow any money they want with no reforms, no leadership to fix the problem."
Joe Scarborough: It's gonna be a lot of fun when Ted Cruz is standing in line in the Cloak Room to get hot dogs. ... This is a guy who has obviously decided he is going to be a lone wolf.
Mika: There's lone wolf, then there's lone wolf....
Joe Scarborough: ... This guy obviously has no interest in working with any of his colleagues. Certainly the people of Texas are going to find out in a very rude way that pissing off 97 Senators is basically ... I mean this guy is more self-righteous than Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were in religion. Uh, it's going to blow up in his face - we all know it. But somebody apparently hasn't told Ted Cruz that he wasn't the first person ever elected to the United States Senate.
I can't believe that this is going to do anything but devastate his effectiveness and hurt the great people of Texas in the long run.
~ MSNBC's Morning Joe
I think he’s representing a voice out there of people that quite frankly are tired of everybody. I think that’s true, I think we all can agree that there are lots of people that get tired of politics and tired of Washington, D.C. in general and just [are saying] ‘Look, I don’t trust anybody.’ I don’t think that’s an unreasonable position for someone to take.
. . . Sometimes it is leadership to stand up and say, ‘Listen, people, I don’t think anybody here is doing a job that I feel is appropriate for the United States Senate or the United States Congress.’ Now I don’t agree with that entire assessment but that’s Ted Cruz’s opinion…I think he’s expressing a lot of frustration, I don’t think that’s unreasonable.
~ Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Politico
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday made it crystal clear that he is not in Washington, D.C. to play ball with politicians in either party, especially when it comes to the nation’s out of control debt. In fact, he revealed that he doesn’t trust Republicans or Democrats to do the right thing.
~ The Blaze
McCain had challenged Cruz, as well as fellow tea party Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.), to let the Senate appoint conferees to work out a federal budget with the GOP-controlled House for the first time in four years.
The tea party members, however, are insisting on a highly unusual set of pre-conditions first, including requiring that the conferees be barred from raising the debt limit. Normally, McCain argued, the Senate gives them instructions, but recognizes that there needs to be room for negotiations in conferences.
McCain said their refusal amounts to not trusting the Republicans who lead the House to stand by their stated oppostion to raising the debt limit without major cuts.
~ Huffington Post
Cruz is being annoying about the budget, but worse, he just doesn't get the Senate.
. . . Cruz's fellow senators were not-so-gently suggesting that he doesn't get how the Senate works. "We have called repeatedly for a return to regular order in this body," fellow Republican Susan Collins said on Tuesday. "Well, regular order is going to conference."
Sen. Ted Cruz Refuses to Play the Game: ‘Let Me Be Clear, I Don’t Trust the Republicans’ (cont) tl.gd/n_1rkek9u— MinuteMan1776 (@MinuteMan1776) May 23, 2013
I love Ted Cruz and everything he stands for. We need a lot more like him and NO MORE John McCains.— Jason Steiner (@jasonsteiner) May 23, 2013
Cruz: I Don't Trust Republicans' goo.gl/8PWzc... I am loving Cruz more and more!— Reid McLain (@colocelt) May 23, 2013