Fox News is a bit of an enigma on several levels. While they’re clearly nothing more than a right-wing entertainment channel, they’re also basically the propaganda arm of the Republican party. Meaning that, when presidential primaries begin, they’re often put in a very awkward position. That’s when they have to decide which Republican they want to get behind (the candidate they believe is most electable) and which ones they want to throw under the proverbial bus.
Well, following Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) officially declaring himself a candidate for the GOP nomination, that means Fox News is soon going to have to make their decision on which candidate to support – without appearing to actually bury the rest of them.
And if a recent interview with Megyn Kelly is any indication, Cruz is someone that they might be trying to bury.
During the interview, the Fox News host made the Texas senator look rather foolish after asking him what he’s actually accomplished during his time in Congress.
“On your time in the Senate, this is what some of your critics point to, they say, yes you led the fight on certain issues, but what have you actually accomplished?” Kelly asked.
“What we’ve accomplished over and over again, in many instances, is stopping bad things from happening,” Cruz responded.
He then went on to use his opposition to gun regulations following the Sandy Hook shooting as his one specific example of “doing something.”
“Much of Washington was consigned, saying ‘We can’t stop this, the train is moving, get on board,’” Cruz said. “I did everything I could to energize and mobilize the grassroots to stand up and protect the Second Amendment. And every single proposal of Barack Obama to undermine the Second Amendment was voted down on the Senate floor.”
First, it’s pretty pathetic that the only thing he could come up with in citing “something he’s done” is preventing sensible gun regulations (such as universal background checks on all gun purchases) following a horrific massacre at an elementary school involving a crazed gunman.
Besides, Cruz had almost nothing to do with any of that. Is he honestly trying to claim that many Senate Republicans were onboard with supporting gun regulations until he “mobilized the grassroots”? In all my years following politics, I can’t recall more than a handful of instances where a member of the GOP said something that would remotely suggest they would support any form of gun regulations.
“But when you’re the president, you have to bring together coalitions to get things through,” Kelly responded. “You can’t just be somebody who stops things. You have to be somebody who gets things through.”
He then went on to laughably claim that it was Democrats who basically “shut down the Senate.” Being that Democrats held majority control in the Senate up until just a couple of months ago, the fault for anything being held up in the Senate fell solely on the GOP. You can’t blame the majority party for the minority party using a record number of filibusters to block legislation, and that’s exactly what Republicans had done since President Obama was elected.
But I’ll give credit where credit is due and Kelly nailed him with some really solid questions and comments, especially about being someone who has to have the ability to get things done. Cruz has shown repeatedly that he has absolutely no ability to get a damn thing done. Hell, most people within his own party can’t even stand him.
So, while I’ll give Kelly credit for making Cruz look pretty foolish during this interview, calling him out for not getting anything done and basing a large part of his career on simply opposing everything, I can’t help but feel this is just a token gesture meant to make Fox News appear more “balanced.” The truth is, even they know Cruz stands no chance at becoming president. So it’s not really that big of a deal if they “sacrifice” him, while eventually propping up whichever Republican they feel stands the best chance against Hillary in 18 months.
Watch the interview below via Fox News: