Ted Cruz’s Name Is Mud

You will never see this shirt again.

AP reports on the scandal gripping the nation this morning as residents of the state of Texas grapple with another disastrous day of freezing temperatures and widespread power outages:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has traveled to Mexico for a family vacation as his home state struggles with a powerful winter storm that left many residents without power or safe drinking water.

The high-profile Republican lawmaker went with his family for a long-planned trip to Cancun and was expected to return immediately, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private conversations…

The revelation opens Cruz to significant criticism in Texas and beyond as he contemplates the possibility of a second presidential run in 2024. [Pols emphasis]

That’s…an understatement:

Although beloved by a segment of the far right who supported Sen. Ted Cruz through his years of antics that have sometimes made him a pariah in his own party, Cruz’s presidential aspirations were effectively dashed when he failed as the last line of defense against Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party in 2016 despite the defiant “Never Trump” backing of Colorado Republicans. Cruz’s transformation from Trump critic to obsequious Trump toady followed a similar arc to that of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner–but after Cruz led the dead-ender drive to undo the results of the 2020 elections culminating in the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the last little shred of Cruz’s credibility outside his diehard base evaporated.

And now? Cruz is reportedly scurrying back today from Mexico, having realized too late the mistake he made leaving his constituents to freeze in the dark while he played on the beach. All things considered he might as well stay put, because it’s tough to imagine how Cruz can ever show his face in the Lone Star State again.

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  1. it’s tough to imagine how Cruz can ever show his face in the Lone Star State again.

    Nah, it's pretty easy to imagine. He has no shame.

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    Not to worry, #PewPew is guarding his Freedumbs while he's resting up for the next insurrection:

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    'I got no defense' Ted Cruz admits in controversy over energy policies in California and Texas

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he has “no defense” after his old tweet mocking California power outages have resurfaced as millions of people in the Lone Star state have lost power in their homes due to large winter storms. 

    In August, the Republican lawmaker took a dig at Democrats when responding to a message from the California governor’s office that urged residents in the state to conserve energy during a heat wave as the state experienced power blackouts. 

    “California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity,” Cruz tweeted. 

    “Biden/Harris/AOC want to make CA’s failed energy policy the standard nationwide. Hope you don’t like air conditioning!” he said at the time. 

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    The average daily death count from Covid, figured over every single day of the past year, for Texans works out to be almost four times higher than the current total death toll from this Republican/free-market catastrophe . . .

    Maybe if Covid made everyone feel chilled, or caused icicles to form on ceiling fans, the Cruzes of this world could then cancel an outing and pretend to get serious?

    Maybe if you ask Dan Patrick, he'd tell you that while older Texans have a duty to die to keep the bars open, they shouldn't ever have to shiver?

    In Texas, an ounce of prevention is a yankee socialist bridge too far . . .

  5. Duke Cox says:

    So…is that Mud Cruz …or Ted Mud?

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Millions of Texans have been suffering for days from lack of power and lack of water, and it seems that you people now want to compound all that misery by forcing Cruz to return there? . . .

    . . . That’s just cold!

    (Not as cold as a lot of those folks in GOPatopia right now, but still . . .)

    Why not also have The Other Guy start up one his specialty relief scams charities while you’re at it? . . . They could probably really use a few paper towels?

  7. harrydoby says:

    Jennifer Rubin’s column has a classic opening paragraph

    Incompetence is not the purview of one party. But when you view politics as theater and grievance-mongering, chances are you are going to shortchange governance. Elect a president with no public-sector experience, no interest in learning, no desire to hire competent people and no ability to accept responsibility, and you get something like the covid-19 debacle. Moreover, if your party is hostile to government and exercising regulatory power because it is beholden to a donor class and right-wing ideologues, you will not be prepared for disasters when they strike.

    And that brings us to Texas.

    Republicans such as Cruz need to stop looking for ways to disenfranchise voters, engaging in climate change denial, fanning the flames of anti-immigrant hysteria and sustaining an economic environment that puts millions of his constituents in peril year after year. Abbott needs to take responsibility for a natural disaster made worse by a governing fiasco. Right now, Texas is not looking good. If only someone there could step up and govern.

  8. MichaelBowman says:

    While Rafael was pretzeling himself on FauxNews, AOC raised $1mm for Texans in about 5 hours:

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