Programing note: CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley will have an exclusive interview with Sen. Ted Cruz, this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET.
(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz returned to Texas following a whirlwind week in Washington that saw an end to the partial government shutdown that he helped ensure - and for which he made no apologies.
Instead, Cruz blasted his fellow Senate Republicans, saying they are most to blame for the failure of the push to defund or delay Obamacare.
"The House Republicans marched into battle courageously," the first-term senator told the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s state convention on Saturday, "and the Senate Republicans should have come in like the cavalry to support them."
Instead, said Cruz, "a significant chunk of Senate Republicans came like the Air Force and began bombing the House Republicans, our own troops."
Cruz was a leading voice in Republicans push for Congress to reject any funding proposal to reopen the government that did not specifically defund President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act. He even spoke for more than 21 hours in a filibuster-like attempt to promote his strategy in the Senate.
Throughout his remarks Saturday, Cruz railed against what he called "the Washington establishment" - people from both political parties who he says are afraid of grassroots movements.
"There are a lot of professional pundits in Washington who go on television and explain that ‘Well, if you stand for anything, it's risky, and we may lose elections in 2014 as a result of this,'" Cruz said, seemingly referring to critics within his own party. "You want to win an election in 2014? Republicans need to stand for principle. And it is the grassroots, organized, that will win elections in 2014."
While Cruz lambasted his critics in Congress, he heaped praise on his grassroots supporters. The effort to defund Obamacare will eventually be viewed as a success, he said, because it energized conservative voters, drew attention to flaws in the health care law and caused Democrats to take "a lot of stupid votes."
He called on supporters to keep up the pressure on their elected officials.
"Nobody said this was going to be easy," Cruz warned. "And nobody should be surprised that the Washington establishment fights back."
Cruz went so far as to tell supporters about the tone of discussion in closed-door meetings, a breach of unspoken congressional etiquette. He accused fellow members of Congress of making back room deals that they don't admit to, claiming that they fear constituents involved in grassroots movements.
"Over and over again," said Cruz, "my colleagues have turned… red in the face, and said: 'My constituents keep calling me!'"
However unpopular Cruz might be in Washington, he maintains significant support from Texas conservatives and was well received at the San Antonio event. He entered to a standing ovation and his remarks were met with cheers of "We love Ted Cruz."
Ted Cruz, white collar crime, stolen 24 Billion dollars from American economy. Federal prison should be his retirement home.
Cruz is an idiot
He is off the wall crazy...its his way or the highway, maybe Texans should show him where the highway is?
Yes! Stand up for your beliefs and fight the tough battles.
You are already dried up Cruz. Now blow away.
Cruz is not a math major – he's a sleazy lawyer. He already has won the radical, right-wing crazy vote. He should stop working for it.
He is just another rider in the Tea Party Clown Car. He will strip the Republican Party of the moderate votes and doom them to yet another losing presidential race. At this point the Democratic Party strategists have more than enough to send him to Fox News as yet another Tea Party loser/commentator.
Cruz, Rubio, Lee, and Paul are the future of the Tea party. They will eventually have to split off from the establishment Republican Party that stands for nothing any more! God bless them and others like them!
cruz should be sent to guantanamo....he is an enemy of america
Cruz knows how to shutdown the government BUT doesn't know how to shut up his mouth. He can't realise that even Fox News has noticed already he is a ticking time bomb to their Party, thats why they have kept distance from him. I also doubt the way he thinks. How can he change things without working together with his fellow republicans? If what he cares only is his people in Texas, why can't he stay there and don't come to Washington at all? What is the use of going there?
Please give this guy the Republican nomination in 2016. Please! Please!
Cruz is a nut who cares only about power.
Cruz has hurt our veterans, our government workers, our economy, added $24 billion to out national debt, and has done nothing for 28% of Texans who have no healthcare. He is a true domestic terrorist.
he didn't do this for the "American People". He did this for himself.
Cruz helped Harry Reid time the Senate change to the House Budget CR so that the House Republicans took the blame for the shutdown. Cruz is still too stupid to understand how he was played by Harry Reid.
Yes, they put their country first. O, the shame of it!
Yes, in the process of insulting your coworkers, using an analogy which associates the Air Force with friendly fire is clearly the best way to not continue to dig that gargantuan hole you are in any deeper.
Apparently he is now the leader of the party of hate and anger! What a big time idiot and this is what the Tea Party really stands for!
Senator Cruz - you failed America. The senate Republicans were intelligent enough to call you on your shenanigans. It's nice that some Republicans finally remembered their duty.
Cruz is a dangerous demagogue ! ! !
Well, it goes to prove what people have said about Texans for as long as I can remember. clueless, selfish, greedy, cold-hearted, not very bright, numbskulls, morons....need I go on?
Isn't Cruz a Canadian? Why has he refused to produce his long form birth certificate for review?
He is living proof that the mob is crazy and will eventually destroy themselves and their country.
Keep railing, Ted. More votes for us.
He is nothing short of a jerk
And Cruz failed the GOP.