In an interview with the Washington Post this Wednesday, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist slammed Ted Cruz, saying that the Texas GOP senator “pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away.”
Speaking to Ezra Klein, Norquist charged that Cruz “confused people” when he insisted that a vote to fund the government while rejecting Obamacare — was essentially a vote for Obamacare.
“There’s unanimity among Republicans,” he said. “They all voted against [Obamacare] being created and for it being repealed.”
The only confusion that comes out is that Cruz stood on the side and confused people about the fact that every Republican agrees [on Obamacare]. He said if you don’t agree with my tactic and with the specific structure of my idea, you’re bad. He said if the House would simply pass the bill with defunding he would force the Senate to act. He would lead this grass-roots movement that would get Democrats to change their mind. So the House passed it, it went to the Senate, and Ted Cruz said oh, we don’t have the votes over here. And I can’t find the emails or ads targeting Democrats to support it. Cruz said he would deliver the votes and he didn’t deliver any Democratic votes. He pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away.
Many think Norquist is the most influential conservative to criticize Cruz so far. He’s the head of Americans for Tax Reform and is a major player in right wing politics. Any Republican running for office is essentially forced to sign his “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”