Though there were no major elections held this year, 2013 still turned out to be one of the more eventful years in recent political memory. Between the government shutdown and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, there was certainly no shortage of major political news.
There was also no shortage of political losers. (See our list of winners on Tuesday.) Below, a look at who fared the worst politically in 2013.
Sen. Ted Cruz
Cruz (R-Texas) will run for president at some point despite the fact that he was born in Canada. And he may actually win a primary or two, but that’s it—and for Cruz, that will not be enough, because the man really thinks he has what it takes to be president.
He doesn’t. But more importantly, his behavior in the last year—most notably his role in the government shutdown—may have made him an extremist conservative hero, but it has all but ensured that most voters will always view him as a toxic joke and will never let him within 1,000 feet of the presidency.
He picked a fight with civil rights icon Harry Belafonte and lost. He embarrassed the White House with an ill-advised trip to Cuba with his Mrs. and further embarrassed himself with a rap about it. Whatever credibility he and his fans thought he once had as a thought leader or political influencer officially evaporated this year.