Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was apparently holding back a lot of his criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the 16-day partial shutdown of the U.S. government.

Harry Reid Unloads on Cruz: Hes a Laughingstock

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Texas Republican colleague Ted Cruz is a “laughingstock.” (Getty Images)

But now that the government has been reopened and a potentially disastrous default avoided, it seems Reid is feeling free to sound off on his colleague whom many say is responsible for the shutdown.

Republicans have been “hurt irreparably” by the “defund Obamacare” gambit, an attempt to tie President Barack Obama’s health care law to a bill to keep the government funded, Reid told the Huffington Post in an interview Thursday.

The majority leader said that in his 30 years in Congress, he’s never seen a freshman senator inject himself into the House’s affairs quite like Cruz did.

“Ted Cruz, well, he proved he has a great fundraising operation,” Reid said. “But you don’t have to have Harry Reid criticizing him. Republicans criticized him. What do you think that vote was last night from Republicans?”

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