CRUZ

Filling in the Blanks

Cruz profiled in <em>GQ</em>, prepping for consequential budget fight amidst GOP sniping.

Sept. 23, 2013, 7:25 a.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was the sub­ject of a GQ pro­file. High­lights:

— “As a law stu­dent at Har­vard, he re­fused to study with any­one who hadn’t been an un­der­grad at Har­vard, Prin­ceton, or Yale. Says Da­mon Wat­son, one of Cruz’s law-school room­mates: ‘He said he didn’t want any­body from ‘minor Ivies’ like Penn or Brown.’”

— “Cruz blew his first big shot in polit­ics. Back in 2000, he had scored a plum as­sign­ment work­ing in the policy shop of George W. Bush’s Aus­tin-based pres­id­en­tial cam­paign. He dis­tin­guished him­self in the weeks after the elec­tion, serving on the leg­al team that helped Bush win the Flor­ida re­count … But Cruz’s per­son­al style earned him many de­tract­ors in Bush­World. … When it came time to divvy up the spoils of vic­tory, many of Cruz’s cam­paign col­leagues headed to the White House; Cruz went to Wash­ing­ton, too — but he was ex­iled to the out­er Siber­ia of the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion. Says one friend: ‘He was pretty crushed.’”

Na­tion­al Re­view writer Ramesh Pon­nuru dis­tills Cruz’s ap­peal — and how he’s matched to the mo­ment: “The two things that con­ser­vat­ives are tired of are politi­cians who sell out and politi­cians who em­bar­rass them by not be­ing able to make an ac­count of them­selves.” Cruz is the an­ti­thes­is of both types. Cruz: “I don’t know a con­ser­vat­ive who didn’t feel em­bar­rassed vot­ing in 2006 or 2008. I think the Re­pub­lic­an Party lost its way. We didn’t stand for the prin­ciples we’re sup­posed to be­lieve in.” (GQ)

OBAMA­CARE: Cruz ap­peared on Fox News’s “Fox News Sunday,” where he out­lined his evolving strategy to de­fund Obama­care via the con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion to fund the gov­ern­ment, which now in­cludes block­ing con­sid­er­a­tion for the House bill he pushed for if it looks like Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id (D) will be able to strip out the pro­vi­sions that de­fund Obama­care. FNS host Chris Wal­lace said on the pro­gram that he had Re­pub­lic­ans send­ing him “un­so­li­cited re­search and ques­tions” on Cruz, a sign of in­tra-party an­ger at his bar­gain­ing po­s­i­tion. (Fox News)

Wash­ing­ton Post‘s Chris Cil­lizza and Sean Sul­li­van la­bel this “the most im­port­ant week” of Cruz’s ca­reer: “Cruz has shown a re­mark­able ad­ept­ness at play­ing the out­side game, burn­ish­ing his cre­den­tials as someone who doesn’t know or care about the ways of Wash­ing­ton be­cause those ways are broken and don’t serve the pub­lic. But, this is a week in which Cruz will need to show some level of dex­ter­ity at the in­side game as well. … While your own party es­tab­lish­ment prob­ably can’t keep you from a pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion, they can make it a heck of a lot harder to win one. … [The] key to meas­ur­ing Cruz’s suc­cess will be what ap­proach he takes to mak­ing his op­pos­i­tion to Obama­care known and what (if any) im­pact it has. Does Cruz launch a tra­di­tion­al talk­ing fili­buster, a doomed but prin­cipled ef­fort to show how strongly he op­poses the meas­ure? If he doesn’t, is he able to con­vince/ca­jole a hand­ful of waver­ing Re­pub­lic­an sen­at­ors to vote against clo­ture? Can Cruz make enough of a stand in the Sen­ate to stiffen the spines of House Re­pub­lic­ans — as­sum­ing the le­gis­la­tion, sans de­fund­ing Obama­care, is headed their way some time in the next week?” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

“After be­ing chal­lenged by House Re­pub­lic­ans, Cruz and his al­lies might have no choice oth­er than to wage some sort of fili­buster — per­haps not by tra­di­tion­al means but us­ing pro­ced­ur­al tricks. … The con­ser­vat­ive ef­fort to tie the fund­ing of the pres­id­ent’s health-care law to wheth­er or not the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment stays open on Oct. 1 could VERY WELL blow up in the GOP’s face. But even if that hap­pens, some non-DC con­ser­vat­ives are already try­ing to make Ted Cruz a mar­tyr.” (NBC News)
— Scott Bland

What We're Following See More »
‘NO BASIS IN LAW’
Eleven States Sue Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Access
1 hours ago
THE LATEST

The great restroom war of 2016 continues apace, as eleven states have sued the Obama administration in federal court, claiming its federal guidance on how schools should accommodate transgender students "has no basis in law." "The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on behalf of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The lawsuit argues that the federal government has worked to turn workplaces and schools 'into laboratories for a massive social experiment.'"

Source:
NEXT STOP: THE FLOOR
Puerto Rico Debt Bill Passes House Committee
2 hours ago
THE LATEST

By a 29-10 vote, the House Natural Resources Committee today passed the bill to allow Puerto Rico to restructure its $70 billion in debt. The legislation "would establish an oversight board to help the commonwealth restructure its un-payable debt and craft an economic recovery plan."

Source:
WITHIN 15 DAYS OF NOMINATION
Wyden Bill Would Make Nominees’ Tax Disclosures Mandatory
2 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"Though every major party nominee since 1976 has released his tax returns while running for president, the practice has never been required by law. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) wants to change that. The senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, which handles tax issues, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would force presidential candidates to release their most recent tax returns. The Presidential Tax Transparency Act, as the bill is called, would require candidates to make their latest three years of tax returns public no later than 15 days after becoming the nominee."

Source:
CONTRARY TO REPORTS
Ryan Not Endorsing Trump Just Yet
4 hours ago
THE LATEST
SHORT ON LACTATION STATIONS, CHANGING TABLES
U.S. Capitol Doesn’t Meet Standards for New Moms
5 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

"The U.S. Capitol does not meet the federal government’s own standards for accommodations for new mothers," according to an investigation by NBC Channel 4. "Though the U.S. General Services Administration, a government agency which oversees the management of federal government buildings, requires a minimum number of lactation stations and changing tables, Congress is exempt from the rules and fails to meet those standards." The Capitol grounds have 12 lactations stations, far short of the 42 that would be required given the number of female workers there.

Source:
×