The Buzz

September 25, 2013

Cruz pledges to stand and talk...until he drops

Texas senator has become intensely controversial in his first year in office

The Buzz

The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

Wednesday’s hot political quotes:

• “Until I am no longer able to stand.” — freshman Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on his pledge to fillibuster any attempt to fund Obamacare.

Cruz will lose his battle. The Democrat-controlled Senate will vote on the issue Wednesday. Cruz’s talkathon, though, is pushing back the congressional timetable. The House may not get the Senate bill until late this week or early next, giving that chamber precious little time to respond before the government shuts down on Tuesday. So one effect of Cruz’s filibuster is to ratchet up pressure on the GOP-led House.

• “It's hard to recall someone who has created as much controversy within his own party.” — CNN political anlayst Gloria Borger on Cruz.

The Texas senator is not widely loved. He’s also determined not to remain quiet. He’s stirring the pot and enduring the barbs and bad vibes that come with that, even from his own party.

• “In our D caucus meeting. True confession: I'd rather have a diet coke and popcorn the show that must be going in R caucus today.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, on Twitter relishing the split within the GOP over how to deal with the impending government shutdown.

The quotable senator isn’t hiding her glee that the GOP is locked up over how to proceed. She remembers how the last shutdown in the mid-1990s was blamed on Republicans who didn’t do well in the 1998 mid-term elections — even after the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

• “I really haven’t seen things quite this messy or quite this dysfunctional....Folks are really dug in this time.” — Robert Bixby, executive director of the non-partisan Concord Coalition that focuses on federal fiscal issues. He spoke in Kansas City on Tuesday.

Bixby has been in Washington for more than two decades and knows what he’s talking about. He also predicts a government shutdown, although one that may not last very long.

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