The Fix: Ted Cruz

Stephen Colbert pages through a Ted Cruz coloring book (VIDEO)

“The inside cover states that is a ‘fair and objective review on this real life superhero.”

How John Cornyn has avoided a tough primary challenge

How John Cornyn has avoided a tough primary challenge

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) kicked off his reelection campaign Friday with only token opposition standing between him and a third term.

With only about three weeks left to file for the Senate race, no marquee conservatives have stepped up to challenge the Senate’s second-ranking Republican, and none are expected to, despite tea party activists’ efforts to recruit a formidable candidate to run to his right.

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The GOP establishment strikes back (against the tea party)

The GOP establishment strikes back (against the tea party)

After spending much of the last few years trying to placate a growing universe of outside groups demanding complete fealty to conservative principles, the Republican establishment is showing signs of being mad as hell and not willing to take it anymore.

Consider this report from Politico’s Manu Raju about a meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday:

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Rick Santorum could be a thorn in Ted Cruz’s side in 2016. Here’s why.

Rick Santorum could be a thorn in Ted Cruz’s side in 2016. Here’s why.

Was the end result of Ted Cruz’s effort to derail Obamacare in the recently concluded budget debate a good one? Rick Santorum doesn’t think so.

“I would say that in the end, he did more harm,” Santorum said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” adding that while Cruz’s aim was worthy, his follow through wasn’t effective.

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Ted Cruz isn’t Rand Paul or Marco Rubio. Here’s yet another reason why.

Ted Cruz isn’t Rand Paul or Marco Rubio. Here’s yet another reason why.

On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) did something Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) already did and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) won’t.

We’re talking about endorsing the reelection bid of the Senate’s top ranking Republican, Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who faces a primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin.

Rubio’s decision was another reminder that (1) Cruz has zero interest in building bridges with the GOP establishment, and (2) his position goes against the grain of Paul and the Florida Republican, the Senate’s two other highest-profile conservative members.

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The Houston Chronicle criticizes Ted Cruz

The Houston Chronicle criticizes Ted Cruz

3:33 p.m. Clarification: Veronica Flores-Paniagua, the Outlook editor for the paper, said the editorial board it is not pulling its endorsement of Cruz, but rather simply criticizing Cruz and praising Hutchison. The headline and lead have been updated to reflect this.

The Houston Chronicle newspaper’s editorial board endorsed Ted Cruz for Senate in 2012 general election. But a year later, it’s not impressed with what it has seen from the junior senator.

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Haunted Capitol graces New Yorker cover

The ghosts of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) hover on the cover of this week’s New Yorker magazine:

Mark Ulriksen, the artist who designed the cover, had this to say: “Boehner and Cruz — these politicians are only after the perpetuation of their own power. There are spider webs growing in the Capitol, bats haunting it, and all this legislation that’s just dying because these guys can’t do anything. The main sign of life is that black cat. If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be worth laughing at.”

Ted Cruz is growing his national profile. Why that's not all good news for him.

Ted Cruz is growing his national profile. Why that's not all good news for him.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has been talking (a lot) in recent weeks. And the public is listening.

That's both good news and bad news for the fiery freshman senator.

According to a new Gallup poll released Thursday, Cruz's name recognition has climbed substantially since the summer. More than six in 10 Americans now have an opinion of the conservative senator, compared to just 42 percent in June.

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Stephen Colbert on Ted Cruz’s marathon speech (VIDEO)

“What makes it truly courageous: The bill was his idea, and it’s not really a filibuster.”

What Ted Cruz’s speech accomplished

What Ted Cruz’s speech accomplished

Twenty-one hours and 19 minutes after he began speaking on the ills of Obamacare, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz yielded the floor at noon Wednesday.

We watched much -- though far from all -- of Cruz’s speech (filibuster or not). And while Cruz didn’t accomplish his goal of blocking debate over legislation that strips out the defunding of Obamacare, which was his stated goal, he did accomplish several other things. Here are four.

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Ted Cruz’s stinging indictment of the Republican Party

Ted Cruz’s stinging indictment of the Republican Party

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a very clear target in his don’t-call-it-a-filibuster speech: The Republican Party.

Yes, Cruz has bashed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for not allowing any amendments to the legislation that will, eventually, keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30 while stripping the GOP-backed provision to defund Obamacare from the bill.

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Where Ted Cruz’s marathon speech stands in history

Where Ted Cruz’s marathon speech stands in history

Updated at 12:27 p.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) spoke on the Senate floor for 21 hours and 19 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving him neck-and-neck with some of the longest filibusters ever.

While there remains disagreement about whether Cruz’s speech qualifies as a filibuster, Cruz in the end spoke for longer than all but three official filibusters.

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When Ted Cruz started talking

When Ted Cruz started talking

Ted Cruz peered meaningfully down at the front row audience of five teenaged ushers seated on the carpeted floor of the Senate. Obamacare, he said, would damage a “lost generation” of “young people coming out of school.”

“Mr. President!” the Texas Republican thundered, now raising his eyes to West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who presided over the session and perused some papers on a desk above the ushers. “Where is the outrage? Where are the senators?”

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The best of Ted Cruz’s marathon speech (VIDEO)

The best of Ted Cruz’s marathon speech (VIDEO)

Updated at 12:29 p.m.

After more than 21 hours, the marathon talking filibuster Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) launched Tuesday afternoon came to an end at noon Wednesday. Here’s how it all began:

In remarks designed to cast a spotlight on Obamacare, Cruz touched on a broad range of topics you don’t hear about every day on the Senate floor.

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What Ted Cruz wants (and why he’s going to get it)

What Ted Cruz wants (and why he’s going to get it)

At around 2:45 pm Tuesday afternoon, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz began speaking on the floor about his opposition to President Obama’s health care law and pledged to continue to do so until he could speak no longer.

Cruz’s goal isn’t stopping the passage of legislation that would keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30 while stripping out the House-passed provision that would also defund Obamacare. Cruz knows that, no matter what he says or for how long he says it, the votes will proceed in the Senate into the weekend.

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How Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn busted Ted Cruz’s Obamacare bubble

How Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn busted Ted Cruz’s Obamacare bubble

The lonely road Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is walking down just got even lonelier.

The top two Republicans in the Senate made clear Monday they will not join Cruz’s call for a filibuster of a government funding bill that cleared the House last week. Their decisions signaled that the fiery freshman’s plan isn’t good politics even for Republicans facing conservative primary threats and reinforced a widely held view that it won’t work in practice.

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This is the most important week of Ted Cruz’s (short) career

This is the most important week of Ted Cruz’s (short) career

Say what you want about Ted Cruz (and people say lots of things -- both good and bad) but the Texas Republican has spent his first nine months in the Senate drastically raising his national profile with nary a slip-up along the way.

That is, until last week when Cruz found himself publicly cross-wise with House Republicans over his oft-repeated demand to give him a chance to defund Obamacare. The House passed a bill that did just that and Cruz quickly released a statement insisting that it was unlikely that he would be able to defund the law in the Senate. (He repeated that sentiment Sunday; “The House is the only body where Republicans have the majority, so the House has to lead on this,” Cruz said on “Fox News Sunday”.)

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Ted Cruz vs. House Republicans

Ted Cruz vs. House Republicans

Now that House Republicans are poised to pass a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare -- just as Senate conservatives have been asking for weeks -- everyone’s on the same page, right?

Wrong.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who has arguably led the charge to defund Obamacare in the upper chamber, responded to the news in a way that didn’t sit too well with House Republicans. The Post’s Paul Kane and Ed O’Keefe report:

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How Ted Cruz and Mike Lee just got more than they bargained for

How Ted Cruz and Mike Lee just got more than they bargained for

The saying, “Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true” was especially relevant on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the House will advance a measure to keep the government running and defund Obamacare -- just like Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and their conservative allies have been demanding.

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What Ted Cruz's non-endorsement of John Cornyn should tell you

What Ted Cruz's non-endorsement of John Cornyn should tell you

Friday night in New Hampshire, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made clear that he has no plans to endorse his Lone Star State colleague John Cornyn for re-election in 2014.

"I think it is likely that I am going to stay out of incumbent primaries across the country, either supporting incumbents or opposing incumbents," Cruz said.

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Ted Cruz might play in primaries, but says the NRSC shouldn't. Here's why it matters.

Ted Cruz might play in primaries, but says the NRSC shouldn't. Here's why it matters.

Updated at 6:35 p.m., with more from Cruz, who told reporters Friday that he does not plan to get involved in any primaries featuring incumbents.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has attracted widespread attention during his first few months on Capitol Hill for many reasons. His role as vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee isn't one of them.

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Ted Cruz is going to New Hampshire. Will they like him?

Ted Cruz is going to New Hampshire. Will they like him?

Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) is the hottest commodity in Republican politics these days, winning rave reviews everywhere he goes on the I'm-not-announcing-anything-but-I-just-might-run-for-president tour.

Today, Cruz heads to New Hampshire to raise money for the state Republican Party. If history is any guide, the Granite State will pose the toughest test thus far for the Texas Republican's national ambitions.

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What Ted Cruz could mean for the 2016 presidential race

What Ted Cruz could mean for the 2016 presidential race

This much is clear from the events of the last two days: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) wants to put questions about his citizenship and eligibility to run for president behind him, as evidenced by the release of his birth certificate and promise to renounce his Canadian citizenship.

Combined with the fact that Cruz has made two trips to Iowa this year (with a third slated for October) and is headed to New Hampshire on Friday, and the question of what it would mean for 2016 if Cruz runs for president is worth asking.

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No, Ted Cruz 'birthers' are not the same as Obama birthers

No, Ted Cruz 'birthers' are not the same as Obama birthers

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday released his birth certificate, seeking to put to rest questions about whether the Canadian-born senator is qualified to run for president in 2016.

Immediately, parallels were drawn to President Obama's 2011 release of his own birth certificate, which also was meant to end lingering questions about his eligibility to be president.

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How much does Iowa matter? Not as much as you might think.

How much does Iowa matter? Not as much as you might think.

AMES, Iowa -- Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and even the Donald.

Yep, just another weekend in Iowa.

The first-in the-nation caucus state has been flooded with attention this year from potential Republican 2016 contenders, pretenders and power brokers.

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2016 is well underway in Iowa. Just look at this weekend.

2016 is well underway in Iowa. Just look at this weekend.

Blink and you might have missed the start of the 2016 presidential campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

It will ramp up in the next couple of days with several events featuring the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Rick Santorum, and Emily's List, a group that works to elect women who support abortion rights, and has launched a campaign to elect a female president.

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Conservative purity becomes harder to define for GOP

Conservative purity becomes harder to define for GOP

Paul vs. Christie. A Senate fight about defunding Obamacare. A House divide over National Security Agency surveillance.

In the span of a week, a trio of substantial rifts in the Republican Party have been laid bare. What does it all mean? In short, if Republicans are looking for a conservative purity test when it comes to evaluating its candidates, they aren't going to find one.

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Conservative plan to defund Obamacare puts McConnell in tough spot

Conservative plan to defund Obamacare puts McConnell in tough spot

Mitch McConnell is at least two things: A Kentucky senator running for reelection next year, and the leader of the Senate GOP Conference.

It's a combination that makes for same painful dilemmas.

To wit: The spat that has erupted in recent days over a proposal from conservative senators to oppose any budget or continuing resolution bills that spend even a penny funding Obamacare. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) are urgently coaxing their Republican colleagues to join their cause to derail President Obama's signature health-care overhaul by supporting the plan.

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The dangers of Ted Cruz's 'scared' tactic

The dangers of Ted Cruz's 'scared' tactic

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) says some Republicans are "scared" to support the plan he has signed onto to defund Obamacare. A surprising comment? Perhaps not. Dangerous? Yes -- for Cruz, that is.

"There are a lot of Republicans who are scared. They are scared of being beaten up politically," Cruz said Monday on Glenn Beck's radio show. He said essentially the same thing on Andrea Tantaros's show.

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Iowa, meet Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz, Iowa.

Iowa, meet Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz, Iowa.

They say you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. So it's pretty important day for Ted Cruz in Iowa.

The fiery Texas conservative senator is in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, where he'll headline the Iowa GOP's summer picnic and address a meeting of evangelical pastors. It's his first appearance in Iowa since joining the Senate this year.

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David Dewhurst: A lesson in political peaks and valleys

David Dewhurst: A lesson in political peaks and valleys

There is an interesting political story unfolding right now in Texas. And it's not about Gov. Rick Perry (R) or state Sen. Wendy Davis (D).

We're talking about Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R). Once a promising prospect for higher office, Dewhurst is now in a primary fight to keep his job against a trio of Republicans who have taken aim at his handling of a legislative debate over abortion that has captured national attention.

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Why attacking Ted Cruz just makes him stronger

Why attacking Ted Cruz just makes him stronger

Meet Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). You can call him "wacko bird" or "Obamaphobic." No, really, he's fine with it.

As Cruz's political opponents continue to apply pejorative labels to the outspoken conservative freshman, his response has been this: If what I believe means that I am (insert label here), then so be it. And I'm not alone.

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Ted Cruz vs. John McCain: Welcome to the new normal in the Senate

Ted Cruz vs. John McCain: Welcome to the new normal in the Senate

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) feuded this week. Then they feuded some more. It wasn't the first time tensions between the longtime senator and the freshman tea party favorite flared up. And it's a pretty safe bet that it won't be the last.

The dispute between McCain and his allies and Cruz and his cohort lays bare a new fault line in the Senate GOP Conference -- one that threatens to further stall movement in a legislative chamber already seized by partisan gridlock.

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'The Daily Show' on Ted Cruz (VIDEO)

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart jokes that it's time to get Donald Trump to look into whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is eligible to run for president.

Ted Cruz and the GOP’s changing face

Ted Cruz’s come-from-behind victory in the Texas GOP Senate runoff on Tuesday — and the near-certainty that he will cruise to a general election win in November — ensures he will immediately join a rapidly growing group of rising national Republican stars that have one big thing in common: None of them are white.

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What a Ted Cruz victory would mean

Eighteen months ago, Ted Cruz was a starry-eyed Texas Republican with long-shot hopes of becoming a United States senator. On Tuesday, the former state solicitor general looks headed to an unlikely runoff victory over Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, win that would defy the power of the state’s GOP establishment.


After speaking in support of Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin signed autographs and spoke to some of the 1,000 Ted Cruz supporters during a rally for Cruz, Friday, July 27, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
A Cruz win would not only be a major rebuke of the well-known (and VERY well financed) Dewhurst, but it would also arguably be the most significant statewide upset of the 2012 cycle to date. (Yes, we’re talking about the same cycle in which a sitting senator was dislodged in Indiana and a little-known state legislator won the GOP Senate nomination in Nebraska.)

There are three key reasons for this.

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Dewhurst and Cruz headed for runoff in Texas Senate race

Updated at 7:58 a.m.

The Texas Republican Senate primary is headed for a runoff, after Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst fell shy of 50 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Dewhurst will face former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, a favorite of the tea party, in the July 31 runoff. The winner of that runoff will be a heavy favorite to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), after Democrats failed to land a top-tier recruit.

With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Dewhurst led Cruz 46 percent to 33 percent. Seven other candidates split the vote enough, though, to push the two into a runoff, according to AP.

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Texas primary: Does Ted Cruz have a shot?

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is very likely to be the clear first-place finisher in tonight’s GOP Senate primary in Texas.

But if Dewhurst fails to get 50 percent of the vote and the race goes to a runoff, it’s a (mostly) new ballgame.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz greets supporters at The Tea Party Express rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on May 6. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

In Texas, the race to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) is all about the GOP primary, after Democrats’ prized recruit — former general Ricardo Sanchez — crashed and burned early in the race.

The GOP contest so far has been a bit of a jumbled mess, and Dewhurst’s top tea party competition, former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, has been badly outspent in a crowded field that includes former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert.

Still, Cruz appears to be the top threat to gain a two-man runoff with Dewhurst, and even if he finishes far behind Dewhurst today, it’s hard to count him out in the July 31 runoff.

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