Tail Gunner Ted Cruz is one of those people who has to be hit between the eyes with a 2×4 before he gets it — and perhaps not even then.
With the approval ratings of his party at historic lows Ted is still telling House TEApublicans to stand firm because if they do they can and will still “win this debate.”
In a statement Saturday night the intransigent Senator from Texas said, “House Republicans have heroically led this fight, and they should stand firm. Patience and courage and persistence is required, and will not come from the permanent beltway class.”
Of course, there is nothing heroic about shutting down the government and bringing the nation to the brink of default, to the contrary it is irresponsible and borders on the treasonous. Rather than being heroic it is more akin to behaving like a terrorist cell holding hostages and threatening to start beheading them one by one until their demands are met.
It appears that he is trying to undermine the leadership of his own party since the Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has resumed talks with majority leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) in an attempt to resolve the current impasse. Of course this is nothing new as he has for the last 10 months behaved not as a freshman Senator but as if he were the minority leader himself.
Reid and McConnell are two of those members of the “beltway class” which Cruz derides for their willingness to negotiate and compromise. Unlike him they understand that while they may agree on very little the secret to a successful democracy is the willingness to compromise of which he is so disdainful.
McConnell has said of the challenge of working with someone like Cruz and his ally Mike Lee (R-UT),
“Imagine you’ve been chosen by some mysterious process to be the leader of a bunch of class president types. A lot of big egos and sharp elbows. On any given day they probably think they can do my job better than me. I don’t expect to be able to sort of skate through without any criticism.”
His characterization of Cruz and Lee is not very accurate however, it might be better said that it is like trying to lead a group of megalomaniac would be dictators. A class president type would know that insisting on getting everything he wanted would not work and that compromise would be necessary, these men not only think that they should get everything the want, they demand it.
For his part Cruz claims that,
“The people want jobs and strong economic growth back, and Obamacare is a major impediment to both. As long as we keep listening to the people and fighting for jobs and prosperity, Republicans will win this debate.”
What he does not understand is that it is not the will of the majority of the people he is following, but the will of a very small, and very vocal minority. Like his followers, Cruz mistakes noise for numbers. A group of 10 among a larger group of 100 can seem to be the majority if one closes their eyes and listens to the sound of the ten shouting at the top of their lungs while the other 90 speak in a normal tone of voice. This is what Ted continues to do as he and the rest of the TEA Party element of the larger GOP drag the party down to a level that may take them decades to recover from.
It would be laughable if not for the fact that they may destroy the economy of the entire world in the process.