Three Months Of Ups And Downs For Cruz

After spending the past few months spearheading the effort to defund Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz relented Wednesday, saying he would not get in the way of a bipartisan spending bill that reopens the federal government and increases the nation’s borrowing limit.

The announcement marked the end of a tumultuous three-month span of highs and lows for Mr. Cruz, who bolstered his stock among grass-roots conservatives and tea partyers, but also drew the ire of lawmakers who said his no-holds-barred legislative approach was sullying the Republican brand and pushing the nation to the bring of an economic crisis.

Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist, said that the Cruz approach could come back to haunt it in the next spending battle and the 2014 election.

“All or nothing was really a dumb move,” Mr. O’Connell said. “Because they decided to shoot for the moon, they came out the loser, the GOP brand is at an all-time low and somehow Obamacare has increased in public favorability.”

Read more from Seth McLaughlin at The Washington Times

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