Tail Gunner Ted Cruz is watching his grand plan to get rid of Obamacare go to hell in a handbasket and he is helpless to do anything about it other than to storm off the Senate floor after saying that he had tried to keep the government running, all the Democrats had to do was to agree to defund Obamacare and, “there would be no government shutdown. A government shutdown would be taken off the table.” Now he says that the Democrats want the shutdown and he’s through trying to help them out.
His support was, of course never there with the mainstream Republicans who seem to have had their fill of this pushy freshman Senator who came to town with the idea that he was best qualified to lead the party and therefore should be calling the shots. Mitch McConnell is no friend of the people and even he has refused to back Ted’s plan. He says that he will vote for the CR as sent to the Senate by the House, but that is merely a symbolic gesture since Democrats control the Senate and as written the bill stands no chance of passage.
While he thinks that the American people are behind him a recent CNBC All-America Economic Survey found that the people oppose defunding Obamacare by a 44-38% margin. It is a curious fact that has been noted before, while many people say that they do not like the law, they do not want it to be defunded. This may be because while the public says that they don’t like it, when asked how they feel about individual provisions in it they actually support them, they appear to be like Pavlov’s dogs, when they hear “Obamacare” they react negatively, when asked if insurance companies should have to cover people with pre-existing conditions, they say yes, the same for things like keeping children on the parent’s policy to 26 and other provisions, they often are not even aware of what is in the law, they are making their decisions about it based on faulty information put out by people like Tail Gunner and Mike Lee.
He has been trying to drum up support for his plan for months and still cannot convince even 20% of the people to back the idea, to still be pushing it at this point is simply delusional. The people don’t support him and his party is not behind him, other than the other extreme right TEApublicans and that is the sort of support that drives away even some of the few backers he has garnered.
It is easier to understand Ted and his fellows when one looks at the findings of a Pew Research Survey that found that, “[T]he dominant view among Tea Party Republicans is that lawmakers should stick to their principles, even if that results in a government shutdown.” This is the attitude that fuels their determination to accept no compromise but rather demand that they must get one hundred percent of what they want. Unfortunately for them they are going to find that the American people do not see a refusal to compromise as a sign of integrity, most of them know that government does not work without it.
He should have seen this coming but with his megalomania and tunnel vision he refused to listen as both his fellow GOP Senators and almost all conservative pundits tried to tell him that it is a bad idea to even attempt a government shutdown. John McCain told him that he was there in 1995 and that the fallout from a shutdown would land squarely on the shoulders of the TEApublicans. Even Karl Rove called it a bad idea. When Karl Rove says that you are going about the job of getting rid of anything Obama in the wrong way, you might want to listen, he is not going to be telling you that just to hear himself talk.
We can only hope that this is the final straw and that the Party reins Tail Gunner and Mike Lee in and gets them under control. It is not going to be easy and it will take constant vigilance to make it stick but Ted can no longer be allowed to run wild as he has been since the moment he was sworn in last winter.