In a last-minute gift to Democrats on the eve of the midterm elections, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump Senate moderates hunt for compromise on family separation bill Hollywood goes low when it takes on Trump MORE (R-Texas) has announced his plan to push for Senate Republicans to declare a rightist war against Democrats if the GOP wins control of the Senate. Set aside the campaign pitches of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFlake threatens to limit Trump court nominees: report Senate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending MORE (R-Ky.), Colorado Senate candidate Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Sessions floats federal law that would protect states that decriminalize marijuana MORE (R), Iowa Senate candidate Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Overnight Energy: Senate panel sets Pruitt hearing | Colorado joins California with tougher emissions rules | Court sides with Trump on coal leasing program Pruitt to testify before Senate panel in August MORE (R), Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue and Alaska GOP Senate candidate Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanIcebreaking ships are not America’s top priority in the Arctic Overnight Energy: Senate panel sets Pruitt hearing | Colorado joins California with tougher emissions rules | Court sides with Trump on coal leasing program Pruitt to testify before Senate panel in August MORE, who promise to end gridlock in Washington and govern for "all of the people." Cruz says they are all wrong. Cruz wants a political war against Democrats. Cruz is the real voice of what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate.

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Cruz promises more confrontation in the Senate, more gridlock in Washington and more partisanship in Congress. In recent comments that were bannered on the front page of The Washington Post and reported in media throughout the nation, Cruz issued his call to confrontation from the right, promising that he will lead this fight for Senate Republicans to continue the very aggressive ideological partisanship that voters want ended.

Cruz has made a major blunder in the closing days of the campaign. McConnell, who has spearheaded obstruction in the Senate, has been trying to claim he would restore the Senate as a functional institution. But what voters will get if Republicans win the Senate is the confrontation, obstruction, taxpayer-financed political investigations and partisanship promised by Cruz, not the facade of goodwill and good government claimed by McConnell, Ernst, Gardner, Perdue and Sullivan.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at brentbbi@webtv.net.