How soon allegiances change. One-time darling of the Republican Party, Sen. Ted Cruz is facing some pointed pushback from his colleagues in the House over recent remarks he made concerning a possible government shutdown over a plan to defund Obamacare. The rumored 2016 hopeful conceded the plan was unlikely to pass in the Senate and tossed the hot potato—calling on House Repubs to “stand firm, hold their ground." Several responded to his call, and not by putting on their rally caps. Rep. Sean Duffy tweeted “…refuse to fight. Wave white flag and surrender.” An unnamed GOP aide told CNN's Dana Bash: "Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz."