- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Showing his lighthearted side, Sen. Ted Cruz cracked on Congress and the whole D.C. political culture with a recent Twitter message pointing to the brewing battle: Inside the Beltway vs. Beyond the Beltway.

His tweet: “It’s great to be back home — I’ve spent the past month in Washington, D.C., and it is great to be back in America!”

The quip, made as he returned to his home state of Texas for a talk with constituents, showcases the growing cultural and political rifts facing America as the next campaign season looms.

In the wake of the government shutdown and Democrats’ crowing about the infighting among Republican members, Mr. Cruz warned that the tea party shouldn’t be casually dismissed by Washington political power players. He has routinely asserted that he works for the people of Texas, not “the party bosses in Washington.”