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Ted Cruz gives a high give to (his definition of) the American people
Republican Texas Sen. Ted "Speaker" Cruz returns to the Lone Star State to celebrate his shutdown victory with the American public hang out with the only people who still like him:
Ted Cruz returned to his hometown Monday night to a hero's welcome bestowed by the tea party faithful who filled the headquarters of the King Street Patriots in northwest Houston. [...] "I've spent the past month in Washington, D.C.," Cruz told the overflow crowd. "It is terrific to be back in America."
Yes, it's terrific back in America. Where the real people are. The real American people that hang on Ted Cruz's every word and think his shutdown strategy was a huge success even though he didn't accomplish anything he told them he was trying to accomplish.  
"People are saying mean things about me," Cruz said. "Who cares? At the end of the day, I don't work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for each and every one of you. What they don't understand is that we're standing here together. We've got a problem in Washington. They're not listening to the American people."
Who cares, Ted Cruz asks? Well, obviously, not him. He complains that politicians in Washington are "not listening to the American people," but there is nobody more out of touch with the majority of Americans than Cruz and his tea partiers. We saw more evidence of that this morning, when yet another poll showed that the backlash to the GOP/tea party shutdown was so severe that the House is now in play. So the next time Ted Cruz spins out some story about listening to the American public, the only interesting question is this: Why isn't he listening?

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM PDT.

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