I honestly and truly believe Ted Cruz is insane. Maybe not “padded room” insane, but something is clearly not right in his head. Either he’s the biggest sellout this country has ever seen and will do anything to pander to the tea party, or he’s just completely oblivious to the facts and reality that are all around him.
It’s still unbelievable how this guy goes around trying to act as if he didn’t want the government shutdown. The guy staged a fake 21-hour filibuster where all he did was advocate for a government shutdown.
Hell, he campaigned behind the scenes to House Republicans to specifically block the vote on the Senate’s resolution that would have kept the government open.
Yet he still continues to insist that he never wanted to shut down the government. What the hell is wrong with him? I guess it’s a good thing tea party Republicans (basically the only people who like him) often lack the ability to think for themselves or use common sense—otherwise he’d be screwed.
Which is why I snickered when during an interview with Chris Wallace, the audience mockingly laughed at Cruz when he said he never wanted the government shutdown.
Cruz said, “I didn’t want a shutdown. Throughout the whole thing, I said we shouldn’t have a shutdown.”
Which then triggered laughter throughout the audience. Here’s the video of the interview, which took place at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum yesterday:
No, he didn’t “want” the shutdown — he just pushed for demands that Democrats and President Obama said were non-negotiable. It’s like a child saying, “I’m not touching you!” while they hold their finger a centimeter from someone’s face. Sure, they’re not technically touching them — but they’re still meaning to annoy the hell out of somebody.
And that’s what his whole defense is — childish. He claims he never wanted the shutdown, yet he demanded things that he knew he stood zero chance at getting, which then brought about the shutdown.
What Cruz does do well is represent the kind of mentality the tea party has. It’s a “movement” built by people who simply don’t have a real grasp of reality and seem to lack all signs of common sense. Cruz constantly acts as if he’s “speaking for all Americans,” while ignoring the fact that the vast majority of Americans (even many Republicans) strongly oppose what he stands for.
Which is why audiences like this one will continue to laugh at the man when he makes asinine statements like he made to Chris Wallace. Because while Cruz might like to deny reality, most Americans are well aware of who was responsible for the pointless government shutdown last month.
That’s the funny thing about reality; it’s real whether Ted Cruz wants to believe in it or not.