Since neither of those other things are particularly not insane, we might also note that the rest of the party is mostly just as ridiculous as Cruz.
In an olive branch to his colleagues, Cruz privately assured them he wouldn’t raise money for a conservative group attacking GOP senators.
Agreeing to not align yourself with efforts to defeat fellow Republican senators does seem like the absolute least one could do if you wanted to get along with those senators. Baby steps, I suppose.
And he even allowed the Senate to leave early for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day recess by dropping demands for what would have been a futile attempt to gut Obamacare.
While the 43-year-old Cruz is unapologetic about his role in the shutdown, a number of senators privately believe he was humbled by the backlash over his strategy, [...]
I dispute that "Ted Cruz humbled" is or ever has been a thing, but continue ...
which didn’t stop Obamacare — as he vowed — but resulted in poor poll numbers for the GOP and made him a pariah in the party establishment.
It will be interesting to watch if Ted McCarthy LeShutdown Cruz is able to better comport himself according to Republican needs to not appear overtly insane, or whether the rest of the party continues to slide far enough toward his own brand of insanity that he becomes "moderate" by standing still. No bets on that one.
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