Harry Reid Offers Compliment to Ted Cruz, and Also About Nine Insults

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US Senator Ted Cruz walks to a meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.  US senators scrambled together an eleventh hour compromise Wednesday that they hoped might protect Washington's battered financial standing by heading off fears of a default. The Senate deal must still pass a divided and unpredictable House of Representatives, but lawmakers were hopeful it will allow the US government to reopen and keep borrowing to meet its obligations.     AFp PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ted Cruz's face, all the time. Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Fresh off his success at forestalling yet another governing crisis for a whole three months, Harry Reid is taking something of a victory lap — all over Ted Cruz's smug, vanquished face. And he's wearing his cleats:

"He is a laughing stock to everybody but him. What has he accomplished other than raising some money for president? And if this man can get the nomination to be the Republican nominee for president, I pity the Republican Party."

"Ted Cruz is smart," Reid added. "He has always been able to talk down to people. He is now in the Senate. People are as smart as he is. He can't talk down to anyone anymore. But he has still not accepted that in his own head. He still thinks he's smarter than everybody else. He might be able to work a calculus problem better than I can. But he can't legislate better than I can."

All Ted Cruz heard just now was "Ted Cruz is smart and can work a calculus problem better than I can."