The freshman senator from Texas, Ted Cruz (R-TX) missed an important meeting on Tuesday following his infamous secret meeting at Tortilla Coast on Monday night. Cruz met with several House Republicans in the basement of the Mexican restaurant supposedly to discuss strategy as to how they should proceed in opposing legislation that would reopen the government. Cruz issued a statement in regards to his absence stating that he had a previous engagement that went longer than expected. Senator Mike Lee, (R-Utah) also missed this important meeting of Republican senators.
Cruz was very visible over the weekend when he joined forces with Sarah Palin in front of the White House to coop a veterans demonstration organized in protest of the government shutdown. Cruz who has advocated and orchestrated the shutdown has convinced himself that Barack Obama and Harry Reid actually shutdown the government.
"Ted Cruz and his Tortilla Coast Republicans are leading us to a default," the aide told TPM when asked what happens next.
Cruz has one last chance to make good on his promise to do whatever is necessary to defund or repeal Obamacare when the Senate reconvenes at noon Wednesday. The business of the day will be to craft a bill that will pass the Senate and ultimately pass in the House. This became necessary following the debacle in the House on Tuesday when Boehner once again submitted a bill for consideration that had no chance of passing either the House or the Senate.
It has been rumored that Cruz could possibly filibuster the motion to proceed on the bill in the Senate. If he uses this last ditch technique and continue his rhetoric past mid-night, he would have effectively accomplished a government default.
The Tortilla Coast posted on their Twitter account that, "I guess our secret lower level dining area is not a secret anymore."