In many ways, I truly believe Ted Cruz represents the exact type of conservatives the Republican party really wants running this country. Which is a terrifying thought considering he’s quickly proving himself to be quite possibly insane.
I think most of us are well aware of what happened during the whole government shutdown fiasco. Basically, it was a pointless move spearheaded by Ted Cruz in a last-ditch effort to try to defund the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). Every one knew – including several Republicans who spoke out against it – that it stood absolutely no chance at actually working. It was probably the most pointless thing I’ve seen in a very long time.
Anyone who knew anything factual about the entire situation knew all Speaker of the House John Boehner had to do was stop blocking a vote on a clean version of the resolution the Senate had sent over to the House of Representatives, and the entire government shutdown would have been averted completely.
The entire government shutdown was 100% on the Republican party. Largely due to the antics that were going on behind the scenes – again led by Ted Cruz.
Well, Cruz is once against denying that he pushed for a government shutdown. This time he accused Bob Schieffer during an interview of using liberal talking points because Mr. Schieffer decided to use facts when speaking with the Texas senator.
Schieffer mentioned that Cruz was someone who pushed for the government shutdown, to which Cruz quickly went off on his usual delusional rant where he claims he never wanted it and instead it was President Obama and Democrats who forced the shutdown.
Cruz said, “As I said, I didn’t shut down the government the last time. I don’t think we should ever shut down the government. I repeatedly voted–”
At this point Schieffer cut Cruz off, asking him, “Senator, if you didn’t threaten the shut down the government, who was it that did?”
To which Cruz responded, “I understand that the White House said over and over again the shutdown was the Republicans’ fault, I understand that’s what you’re repeating. But the reality is I voted over and over again to fund the federal government, and the reason we had a shut down. Look, the Democrats were very candid. I know they told you we think the shutdown benefits us politically. Right now the Democrats are telling you that they want another shutdown because they think it benefits them politically.”
At this point, clearly annoyed with Cruz, Schieffer fired back, “Senator, I know what Republicans were telling me, like John Boehner, who said this was the disaster and never again.”
Even Speaker Boehner has several times alluded to the fact that the government shutdown was a giant mistake and he wouldn’t do it again. A clear admission by the leading congressional Republican that this was the fault of the Republican party.
It’s just amazing how Cruz simply refuses to admit that he pushed for the government shutdown. Even when people point out the fact that before it happened – he was pushing for a government shutdown.
The guy is absolutely out of his mind. Sometimes I can’t tell if he’s just a crafty politician who’s fully committed to the strategy of pandering to the tea party or he’s just living in some sort of alternative reality. Then again, tea party voters usually seem to live in some form of alternate reality to begin with, so maybe it’s both.
But the really sad part is, he’s the exact type of conservative tea party Republicans want running this county. It’s up to all of us to make damn sure that never happens.