Tailgunner Ted Cruz may be thinking about a new career after politics — as a comedian. He certainly succeeded in making the audience laugh at The Atlantic’s Ideas Forum when he told Chris Wallace, “I didn’t want a shutdown. Throughout the whole thing, I said we shouldn’t have a shutdown.”
Of course, he was just sticking to the script he concocted months ago – he has consistently said that the shutdown would be (and was) caused by the President and Senate Democrats.
The audience found his remarks amusing – it didn’t bring the gales of laughter that his friend Sarah Palin is capable of evoking, but it did prompt a few chuckles, to which Ted responded, “Now, folks here can disagree. But repeatedly, I voted to keep the government open.”
Poor Ted still doesn’t realize that simply saying something does not make it true, nor does he realize that while he may be a very smart man, the rest of us are not as stupid as he thinks we are. He just can’t conceive of a world where he cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
When it comes to Obamacare, he went on to say, “In my view based on where things are right now, I think stopping Obamacare is the essence of pragmatism. The most pragmatic thing we could do is say, ‘Listen, this isn’t working. Let’s start over.’”
Of course, he’s been saying that it hasn’t been working since before it ever had a chance to work or fail – he isn’t willing to let it have that chance, and he admitted as much before the shutdown, when he said that it had to be stopped before it was completely implemented because the American people would not allow Republicans to repeal it once it went fully into effect.
Wallace also asked him about his Presidential aspirations, to which Cruz replied, “You know, I understand a lot of people are focused on politics and potential future races. I am very much keeping my focus on the U.S. Senate and the reason is the Senate is where these issues are being fought.”
Wallace broke in and said, “But, sir, at the risk of being a smart aleck, for somebody who is focused on the Senate, you’re spending a lot of time in Iowa.”
Cruz replied, “Well, I’ll tell ya, I went on a lovely pheasant hunt in Iowa. I’m spending a lot of time all over the country and the reason is — since I’ve been elected, I think we’ve done 86 events in Texas, I think we’ve been to 14 or 15 states all over the country — and the reason is, one of the things that has confused some observers, I’m not devoting my time and energy to try and make the case in smoke-filled rooms in Washington. I think Washington’s broken.”
So as you can clearly see, he’s not stumping for the Presidential nomination, he’s just another Bernie Sanders: a man of the people looking out not only for his own constituents, but for all of us. Like Bernie, he is not the least bit interested in the White House – he is only interested in the American people as a whole. Not just Texans, all of us.
Wallace asked, “Can you envision a situation where you would decide, I’m the guy to lead the crusade?”
Cruz, displaying that deep sense of modesty that he is so famous for, told him, “I intend to support whoever is standing up and leading, whoever is effectively defending conservative principles, defending free market principles, defending the Constitution, bringing us back to defending liberty. That’s who as a voter I intend to support.”
He finished up by misquoting Chairman Mao, “And it’s my hope that we see a thousand flowers bloom, that we see lots of people stepping up providing that leadership because that’s what it’s going to take to turn the country around.”
Wallace couldn’t resist, and replied, “I never thought I’d hear you espousing the views of Chairman Mao.”
You can watch the video of the conversation below.
h/t: Freak Out Nation