Why people think Ted Cruz’s last name starts with C and ends with T

Ted Cruz is not well liked inside the Republican party nor in wider Washington. He is widely acknowledged as being somewhat of an asshole.

That is why the establishment hasn’t really fallen in behind him, and only will if they absolutely have had to in order to attempt to choke off Donald Trump.

But now that he can’t possibly win the required delegates prior to the convention people are starting to recall why he is an asshole…and he’s helping them remember.

In the space of just seven minutes here Thursday, Ted Cruz reminded fellow Republicans that he has few friends in the party.

First he tangled with former House speaker John A. Boehner, a longtime foe who so dislikes Cruz that he labeled him “Lucifer in the flesh.” Then Cruz undercut another Republican, fellow presidential candidate John Kasich, who had entered into an alliance with him to stop GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

“There is no alliance,” Cruz told reporters on Thursday, acting as if a pact announced by his own campaign days before had never happened.

Minutes later, Kasich strategist John Weaver dispatched a cryptic tweet: “I can’t stand liars.”

For Cruz, it was just another day of brawling with leading figures from his own party — a role that has formed the cornerstone of his short political career. But for many Republicans, it crystallized an overriding problem for Cruz’s campaign: Many people simply don’t like him.

My sources in the Republican party all tell me he is a cock. No one wants him.

“Ted Cruz is the political version of liver and onions,” said veteran GOP strategist Ana Navarro. “Some people love it and can’t get enough. And some people gag at the mere thought of it.”

At a moment when he is in urgent need of a Republican army united behind him, Cruz is going into the next Tuesday’s primary here in Indiana with, at best, a platoon. The Republican U.S. senator and House members from Indiana are on the sidelines. However, Cruz got a surprise boost Friday when Gov. Mike Pence endorsed him.

He needs to win Indiana but is trailing Donald Trump in the polls by a considerable margin.

Cruz is trying to shake up the race by picking Carly Fiorina as his running mate, but even as Cruz regularly talks of uniting the party, his prickly relationships with many Republicans have come back to haunt him.

The bad blood extends all the way to corporate boardrooms and fellow Latinos. On Thursday, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest Hispanic business group, took a pass on endorsing Cruz — the only Latino candidate left in the race — and instead backed Kasich and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

For years, Cruz has angered fellow Republicans with his actions in the Senate. His push to shred the federal health-care law led to the 2013 government shutdown. He declined to endorse his GOP colleagues against insurgent primary challengers in 2014, despite holding a leadership position with the GOP committee responsible for reelecting them. He has refused to apologize for calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor — an extraordinary breach of decorum.

Cruz also openly feuded with Boehner, plotting against him with rogue House Republicans in moves that eventually led to Boehner’s ouster.

On Wednesday night, Boehner told a crowd at Stanford University that Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh” and that he had “never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” according to the Stanford Daily.

Boehner also said that he would back Trump if he is the GOP nominee in November — but that he would not vote for Cruz.

Cruz fired back on Thursday, telling reporters that Boehner had allowed “his inner Trump to come out.”

“If you’re happy with John Boehner as speaker of the House and you want a president like John Boehner, then Donald Trump’s your man,” Cruz said.

The senator also said that he has “never had any substantive conversation with John Boehner in any respect.” He served as Boehner’s lawyer in a 1998 lawsuit against a Democratic congressman. The Cruz campaign said his comments were consistent with his work as a junior associate on the case.

While other politicians have read ‘How to win friends and influence people‘, Ted Cruz reads ‘How to lose friends and infuriate people’.

Basically he’s just an ankle…the only thing three feet lower than an asshole.


-Washington Post

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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