From The Fix at The Washington Post:
Ted Cruz doesn’t care if John Boehner hates him. He likes it.
Ted Cruz is running for president.
No, he hasn’t announced it yet. But if you can tell a man by his actions […].
The latest example […] came Wednesday, when WaPo’s Bob Costa reported that Cruz was actively encouraging conservative House Republicans to oppose the spending bill pushed by Boehner aimed at addressing the crisis of undocumented children crossing at the southern border.
Boehnerworld didn’t comment to Costa on Cruz’s move — but you can imagine that they were less than pleased.
As Costa notes above, this is hardly the first time that Cruz has intentionally stuck his finger in the eye of the Republican leadership in the House and Senate. Earlier this year, Cruz forced Republican leaders to collect 60 votes to limit debate on a debt ceiling increase — forcing a handful of GOPers who would have preferred not to be on the record in support of such a measure (or at least the procedural vote that allowed such a measure to pass) to do just that. As far back as late 2013 — amid the government shutdown showdown — Cruz was acting as a sort of de facto ring leader of the tea party conference in the House.