Walking off the edge of the cliff does in fact have consequences
Several Republican senators said Wednesday they were surprised and angered after a news report revealed that their GOP colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, made a recent fundraising appeal for a tea party group that is trying to defeat GOP incumbents it doesn't believe are conservative enough.It's not funny because of what Cruz did, but rather it's funny because his Republican colleagues are surprised that he did it. What did they expect from this guy? Tea and crumpets?
The senators said Cruz's efforts appeared to violate his own pledge to no longer target sitting Republican senators in favor of tea party-backed candidates in the hard-fought 2014 campaign in which Republicans believe they have a chance to win back control of the Senate. [...]
"I am stunned that Senator Cruz is involved in this fundraising effort for a group that has targeted his colleagues in the Republican caucus," Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told CNN.
And it's more than a little pathetic that this is the kind of thing that pisses them off, not something that actually has an impact on real people, like engineering a shutdown of the Federal government.