There’s lots of room in the world where Tail Gunner Ted Cruz lives, he’s the only one there. Sitting down to talk with ABC’s Jon Karl in a segment that aired on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning he displayed once again his total disconnect with reality placing the blame for the shutdown solely on the President and the Democrats in the Senate.
When Karl tried to point out to him that there was good reason why people were referring to the shutdown as the ‘Cruz shutdown’ saying, “there never would have been a shutdown if you hadn’t gone with this strategy of saying, ‘we’re not going to even fund the government for six weeks unless we can defund Obamacare,” Cruz countered by saying, “There never would have been a shutdown if Harry Reid and President Obama hadn’t said, ‘We will not compromise. We will not negotiate. Shut the government down.’”
Karl did not try to argue with him on it but instead changed the subject to the fact that he seems to be the most reviled man in the city of Washington D.C. at this point asking him, “How much do your colleagues just despise you right now on the floor?”
Ted seemed to find this amusing as he smiled and replied, “There’s an old saying that ‘Politics, it ain’t beanbag.’ And, you know, I’m not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the US Senate, Given the choice between being reviled in Washington, DC, and appreciated in Texas, or reviled in Texas and appreciated in Washington, I would take the former 100 out of 100 times.”
Karl then asked him about his own attacks leveled at fellow Republicans for not supporting his plan to keep the government shutdown and allowing the nation to default on its obligations.
Cruz responded saying, “I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple members of the Senate Republicans going on television attacking House conservatives, attacking the effort to defund Obamacare, saying it cannot win it’s a fools errand and we will lose this must fail. That is a recipe for losing the fight, and it’s a shame.”
It is obvious that he still thinks that it would have been no big deal had the government been unable to meet its obligations, an attitude that belies the assertions by so many who know him well that while he may be abrasive and unlikeable he is a very intelligent man. If he were truly intelligent he would know what everyone else did, that allowing the U.S. to default on its debts would indeed be a very big deal.
Karl goes on to ask what will come next, “We have another deadline, government funding runs out on January 15th. Will you rule out pushing to the brink of another shutdown by saying you would block funding for the government unless Obamacare is defunded, will you do that again?”
To that Cruz said, “I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare. What I intend to do is continue standing with the American people to work to stop Obamacare, because it isn’t working, it’s costing people’s jobs, and it’s taking away their healthcare.”
While Karl allowed the statement to go unchallenged the truth is that he was never standing with the American people, the people never have supported defunding Obamacare, they may not like it or may not think that they like it but the polls have shown since before the shutdown that the majority did not support defunding it nor did they support the shutdown.
Not only is it lonely in Ted’s world but the air is apparently rather thin there since he seems to be not getting enough oxygen to his brain for it to function properly.
You can watch the interview in the video below.