Morning Joe, 10/3/13, 6:10 AM ET

Is Cruz the 'Honey Boo Boo of Washington'?

Top Talkers: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is facing criticism from within the GOP for his handling of the government shutdown. The Morning Joe panel discusses Cruz's strategy as a senator.

Robert Gibbs: Cruz is the ‘Honey Boo Boo’ of Washington

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Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and businessman Donny Deutsch compared Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to the child beauty pageant contestant who stars in a show on TLC.

The Republican senator “is the Honey Boo Boo of Washington,” Gibbs echoed Deutsch’s comment Thursday on Morning Joe. “Let’s be clear: That series keeps coming on TV because a lot of people in America watch it.”

Last week Cruz fake filibustered a bill for more than 21 hours in opposition to Obamacare–a stunt host Joe Scarborough said was “just phony.”

Americans will remember the current government shutdown as Cruz’s filibuster, Scarborough said.

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Robert Gibbs: Cruz is the 'Honey Boo Boo' of Washington

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