October 26, 2013 10:08 pm -

While pheasant hunting in Iowa Senator Ted Cruz said the government shutdown was good because “it got people talking.” What he ignores is how it “got people talking” about him–and not in a good way.

‘One of the things we accomplished in the fight over Obamacare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans across this country,’ Cruz told about 600 Iowa Republicans on Friday at the Iowa GOP’s annual fundraising dinner in Des Moines.

Cruz’s crusader’s spirit was the perfect example of what longtime Republicans in Iowa and nationally say is at the root of the party’s losing ways and has sparked an intraparty fight over the way forward after losing consecutive presidential elections…

Immediately before the Cruz spoke, five-term Iowa Governor Terry Branstad barely acknowledged the guest and said the way forward for the party nationally was by way of the route cleared by Republican governors.