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Ted Cruz Begins to Play Nice With His Fellow Republicans

The right-wing Texas Senator comes in from the cold and rehabilitates himself with establishment GOP politicians.

Photo Credit: A.M. Stan

In March 2013, in the midst of a battle over incoming CIA head John Brennan, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) famously labeled Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his allies “wacko birds” for filibustering over drone policy.  But almost a year later, McCain is singing a different tune.  

In an interview with Politico, McCain said that Cruz has “been very cooperative” in recent months. The remarks were echoed by other top Republicans.

Ted Cruz has rehabilitated himself with establishment Republicans, even if he has not changed his Tea Party-infused views.  Cruz’s insistence on shutting down the government over the funding of Obamacare once angered Republicans.  Now, they’ve got his back.

“I think the confrontational style has been mitigated a bit. That’s not saying he’s abandoned what he believes, but I think he’s adjusted, and people who are smart enough to adjust will do very well,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Politico.

As a sign of that new posture, Cruz has agreed to not raise any money for conservative groups attacking current GOP Senators.

Cruz will appear in New Orleans in May for the annual Republican Leadership Conference.


Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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