Cruz ‘Made Fool of Himself:’ Scarborough

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the ‘Exempt America from Obamacare’ rally, on Capitol Hill, on September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Joe Scarborough was a congressman, a Republican.

Ted Cruz is a senator, a Republican.

“Ted Cruz has made a fool of himself,” Scarborough says, in the concession that all he can really do about his pledge to “defund Obama-care” is stage a Senate floor filibuster on the budget bill aimed at keeping the government running past Oct. 1.

Cruz, Harvard- and Princeton-trained, apparently can’t count, says Scarborough, host of ``Morning Joe” on MSNBC, having great fun at the expense of the Texas senator’s apparently dead-end campaign to block Obama-care.

“Ted Cruz went to Harvard and apparently didn’t take a math class,” Scarborough said today. “The Ivy League doesn’t teach math?”

Cruz upset fellow party members this week, as Bloomberg’s Kate Hunter and Roxana Tiron report today, with a statement that urged House Republicans to “stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people,” after the Senate strips the House’s Obamacare ban from the budget  starting on the House floor today.  “As he sought to appease his colleagues by saying he’d hold a filibuster,” Tiron and Hunter write,“Cruz created a rift with more moderate members of his party who questioned the approach.”

Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said Cruz would put the party’s strategy in jeopardy. In a posting on Twitter:

“How could a poor country boy like myself, or Bob Corker from Tennessee, just from the foothills of Tennessee, know to count,” Scarborough asked his chortling co-host and guests on his show, “but a Harvard and Princeton guy can’t.”

With a filibuster, Cruz would be following in the steps of Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, who in March held a 13-hour filibuster delaying the confirmation vote for John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency and seeking a promise from the Obama administration that it wouldn’t use drones to target Americans on U.S. soil without an imminent threat. Both Cruz and Paul have their eyes on the 2016 presidential contest, judging from their travel routes.

Fund-raising ads in which senators have appeared demanding a defunding of President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law may have had more to do with building the bases of future campaigns for office than actually derailing any health-care program, Scarborough suggested — a theme which MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was hammering earlier this week.. “They got their money, they ran their 30-second ads, they got their mailing lists,” Scarborough said, and now the Republican caucus is “mad at them.”

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