And now look at him today: in D.C., Cruz hams it up at the podium on the Senate floor, still makes bizarre and nonsensical claims that no one understands, and the general public is left mystified with how he ever got elected to begin with.
Since being elected, his performance in the Senate hasn’t gotten him any rave reviews, however. Cruz’s filibuster last September is credited with creating the 16-day government shutdown that followed in October. When other Republicans distanced themselves from him, even avoiding being seen with him in public, Cruz threw another hissy-fit, threatening another filibuster while complaining about “trickery” in his Republican Party.
He also issues bizarre comments that make him seem more like a junior college dropout than an Ivy League attorney. His filibuster, for example, included discussion of “Green Eggs and Ham,” the World Wrestling Federation, and his newly-purchased black sneakers. He even stooped to call implementation of the Affordable Care Act “Nazi,” for which he was reprimanded, even by his own party’s Sen. John McCain.
Cruz recently angered both parties again, this time when contesting President Obama’s nomination of Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense with tantrum-like opposition, making the bold (and proven-false) claim that the appointment was “publicly celebrated by the Iranian government.” (That earned Cruz more flak from McCain, too.)
In his latest hissy fit (dubbed “a partisan hackathon” by one national media), Cruz called for impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder, but on an intangible argument. Cruz says Holder, who is with the Justice Department, should be impeached for a problem with the IRS – which is under the Treasury Department. He’s apparently attempting to recycle the “IRS is targeting conservatives!” claim, which went to the trashcan last year after being proven false. That his IRS argument was already proven false is one thing; that he wants to impeach someone who has nothing to do with the IRS is a whole new deck of cards.
When it comes to the 2016, race, though, Cruz might have to reflect back on his Harvard “acting” days and be prepared to exit this stage, too. Why? He'll have to answer questions about his birthplace and citizenship. The Tea Party doll was born in Alberta, Canada, and Cruz’s Cuban father was not a U.S. citizen at the time, either. Wonder how the rightwing birthers will handle this one?
(BONUS: Cruz’s father was a Fidel Castro supporter and helped overthrow the Cuban government, replacing it with communism. He says he had to bribe a government official to be allowed to enter the U.S. years later.)