McConnell and Reid shiv Ted Cruz

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The more I see of Ted Cruz, the more I see a truly foul human being, the worst of the DC Teaparty posers, happy to wreck the nation for fun and personal profit. A man who pretends to be of the people and rags Obama as an elitist for attending Harvard, the same school Cruz attended, while rumors swirl from past classmates paint Cruz as an elitist snob who would not even associate with “non ivy league” college students.

But his McCarthy like approach to defunding Obamacare has been derailed in the Senate with the help of one Mitch McConnell, minority leader, who briefly emerged today like a frightened turtle to pull the levers on obscure Senate procedure:

TPM — Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny,” McConnell spokesman Don Stewart told TPM in an email Monday. “He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill.”

The move also signals how badly McConnell wants to avoid a government shutdown, which observers across the political spectrum agree would harm the GOP. He’s facing re-election in 2014 and fending off a conservative challenger, Matt Bevin, who is demanding he get tougher on Obamacare. A shutdown would also harm McConnell’s ultimate goal of becoming majority leader after the mid-term elections.

Cruz is down, but he’s not out. There’s been some chatter about whether or not Cruz really thinks he can run and win the general election in 2016, or if he’s just lining up for a life of lucrative wingnut welfare. My take is he’s enough of a megalomaniac to think he really can win.