Ted Cruz, republikanischer Senator aus Texas, hat in den letzten Tagen Berühmtheit für seine Rolle im Streit um den Bundeshaushalt, Obamacare und den innerparteilichen Orientierungsverlust der Republikaner erlangt. Er gehört zum rechten Flügel seiner Partei und hat Ambitionen auf die Präsidentschaftskandidatur. Und er ist Wortführer der Hardliner, die einen Kompromiss mit den Demokraten ablehnen. So weit, so gut. Aber was treibt den Mann wirklich an? Wir haben geschaut, was seine Parteifreunde und politischen Weggefährten so über ihn sagen:
“Ted Cruz is a false prophet and a fraud.” – Peter King, Republican Congressman from New York
“They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,” McCain said. ”But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.” – John McCain, Senator.
“Ted Cruz should spend a lot more time being nice to my colleagues.” – Newt Gingrich, former government shut-downer
“The Beltway crowd and the MSM have a problem where Ted Cruz is concerned. The cartoon character they have created and named Ted Cruz – a wild-eyed, extreme wacko bird – can only exist in people’s minds until they actually interview him and people see the real Ted Cruz.” – Herman Cain, Pokemon-Fan.
“The only confusion that comes out is that Cruz stood on the side and confused people about the fact that every Republican agrees. He said if you don’t agree with my tactic and with the specific structure of my idea, you’re bad. […] He pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away.” Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.
“Thus, without gaining a thing, the Republican Party was being told by this small cadre of self-proclaimed purifiers of the body politic that they would end up where they started, but did not want to start or be. From a strategic point of view, the whole thing was a confusing mess.” – Judd Gregg, former governor and senator from New Hampshire
Explaining his proposal to a visibly alarmed Crowley, Senator Cruz said, “Obamacare is like a parasite that needs a host to feed on. If you want to kill the parasite you kill the host, and in this case that means killing this planet. As long as there’s a planet Earth, the nightmare of Obamacare could always come screaming back to life.” – Ted Cruz (at least according to the Borowitz Report)