Worship of power is the defining trait of any fascist. That works out pretty well if you’re one of the sycophants, the worshipers, brown-nosing at the hind-quarters of the most powerful — because if they win, you win, and they throw you a bone afterward. Hopefully. Fascism also works out pretty well for those already in power, since they can count on the support of sycophants. But what happens when a fascist fails, and proves his theoretical power to be somewhat limited in practice? Well…he gets Ted Cruzed.
These days, Ted Cruz’s popularity ratings have dropped to an all-time low of 23% — which, to be fair, is about 22% higher than the rest of Congress. But it’s still a precipitous drop from his all-time high a few months ago, when he was the poster boy for the failed Tea Party Coup d’etat that was the government shutdown. Never failing to spot a connection (even where none exist), Cruz wasted no time in blaming the failure of his strategy on everyone else. Because when the Messiah tells you that you can walk on water, you blame the Devil for drowning.
Of course, outside the world of Cruz’s Crazyland, and the realm of Highly Selective Memory, we all remember that the shutdown was his strategy all along. As noted in the video, Marco Rubio jumped on board the Cruz Wagon, making no bones about who was at the helm. On September 24th, Rubio officially stated his allegiance to Cruz on the Senate floor, and Cruz McCarthy rewarded him with a black-heart-felt “You inspire me.”
Throughout the shutdown, Cruz himself was happy to take responsibility for the extortion strategy, carefully couching it in terms of “necessity.” From a CNBC interview:
“I think we have to be prepared to go so far as to shut the government down if we don’t get some serious policies to stop the out of control spending to tackle the debt.”
To be fair, it’s not exactly correct to say that Cruz “advocated” for a shutdown — just like a kidnapper doesn’t “advocate” for shooting hostages. He’d much rather have the money. At the time, Cruz and his fellow traitor Mike Lee (R-TX) had a different plan altogether, one based in a realm of fantasy wherein they could vote to fund everything BUT Obamacare, and then hold a separate vote to fund that. Mike Lee, August 22nd:
“What I’m saying that is I want at least two votes, a bare minimum of two votes. One vote to fund everything else in government, one vote to fund Obamacare. What I’m saying is if Obamacare can’t stand and get funded on its merits, its own two legs, it doesn’t deserve to be funded.”
And if that didn’t work…well, it didn’t bother Tailgunner Ted a bit. Republicans these days don’t mind being the bad guys. Which is convenient, for the bad guys.
“Some Republicans are nervous about being blamed for a government shutdown. I ask them: ‘What’s your alternative?’ The CR would be the last chance of killing Obamacare, and if defunding doesn’t make it in, “any elected official who votes for the CR is affirmatively voting to fund Obamacare.”
But, surely, shutting down the government to defund something that never had any chance of getting defunded or repealed wasn’t a deliberate part of Ted’s plan. Was it? Since the GOP never had the votes to defeat the bill, and since Cruz himself bemaoned the fact that Obama was “absolutely unwilling to compromise on Obamacare,” nobody could say that he himself was driving the nation toward a cliff, and that he was using his power in Senate as a lever to shove it over.
“The debt ceiling historically has been among the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the executive.”
So, Ted says the blame falls on Obama and Reid because…what? Because his plan was destined to fail from day one? That he himself engineered a government shut down just to say he did, because railing against Obama is good for fundraising dollars? In that respect at least, Ted’s strategy has been a smashing success.
Good thing, because that’s the ONLY thing he’s been successful at thus far.
Now, all of this is a bit old hat; if you’re like most people reading this, you’ll probably just watch the video and get a few chuckles from the beady-eyed freshman senator’s latest attempt to weasel out of responsibility for his failed coup. Odds are pretty good 99% of our audience hasn’t even read this far, requiring no further supporting evidence of Cruz’s weaseling and lies than reality itself. That being the case: I happen to like Mitt Romney’s haircut. There. I said it. On AATTP.
And to our conservative trolls, who have read down this far looking for something to argue about: since you worship unyielding power, grovel to the potency of absolute authority, and brown-nose to those with the strength and fortitude to face down adversaries hell-bent on their utter destruction, I believe I have a new icon to replace Tailgunner Ted for you.
But he’s a black dude. So you may not be interested.