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There are no stops on Ted Cruz's ego trip

Let's go Cruzing again! It's always a trip to cruise down the narrow roads and hard right turns of Sen. Ted Cruz's mind – a place so dark that no light has ever penetrated it.

Today's trip was prompted by the Texas senator's own recent attempt to carjack our entire U.S. government and drive it into financial default, thus causing markets to crash and our economy to collapse. What was he thinking?

Well, about himself, as usual. Cruz is a product of the far-out Tea Party fringe, and he's trying to impress them with his own extreme fringiness, hoping they'll make him their candidate for president next year. Yes, this goofball thinks that by wrecking the government of our country, we'll elect him to head it. Strange.

Cruz – whose disastrous ego trip of a filibuster last October actually shut down our government for over two weeks, causing an economic loss of $24 billion – recently tried again to be a human monkey wrench. This time, he tried to filibuster a measure to extend the debt limit, forcing his fellow Republicans to stop him. He was toying with the destruction of America's full faith and credit, and Republicans did not want to go into this fall's senatorial election as the party of default.

So, to avoid both financial and political catastrophe, a glum and angry Mitch McConnell, the GOP Senate leader, had to round up Republican votes to curb Kami­kaze Cruz's megalomaniacal maneuver. Even Rupert Murdoch's right-wing Wall Street Journal lambasted the narcissistic Texas extremist for making his party "walk the plank" on this "meaningless debt ceiling vote."

One observer noted how eerie it was to watch Cruz with his hands in his pants pockets, chewing gum, and smirking as he watched his Senate colleagues cut off his latest outburst of runaway ego. Cruzing with Ted is not just strange – it's insane.

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