TeaPublican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson weighed in on defunding Obamacare as a Shutdown strategy in a CNN interview–and it’s not something that will make Ted Cruz very happy!
“I’ve done a lot of strategic planning as a businessperson, and the first step in that is always trying to ascertain reality and then trying to set achievable goals. So from my standpoint, I didn’t think defunding Obamacare was achievable. The reality of the situation is Harry Reid controls the Senate. In order to defund Obamacare, you need FIVE Democrat Senators to switch their position. They haven’t done that.”
Just in case you were thinking he was sane for a moment — while he reiterates that a defunding effort was probably not the best strategy to employ, he continues to say that he appreciates any effort that highlights how dangerous affordable health care is. He brings up the House Republicans’ attempts to open the parts of the government that they like, while leaving the rest suffering:
“Now what the House is doing…is they’re starting to pass small appropriation bills — they’re starting to prioritize spending…”
He derides Harry Reid’s refusal to bring those up for a vote, accusing him of “playing politics with the situation.” When it is pointed out that Harry Reid said the Teahadists got us to this point, Johnson replied, “Well, it took two to tango to get us here…” Assuming that by “two to tango,” he means ‘it takes one to hold the gun and the other to hand over his wallet,’ perhaps he is correct.
Johnson chastised the Obama administration for “spending money” to close monuments and memorials, calling it “shameless” and claiming “that is what this administration is doing to inflict pain.” Yes–inflict pain. This guy is reminiscent of a wife-beating husband screaming “SEE WHAT YOU ARE MAKING ME DO?”
Things became intensely uncomfortable as Dana Bash pointed out:
“What you’re telling us right now is that the guy who is sort of the icon or poster child, of (the Tea Party), Ted Cruz, led you down the wrong path. It was a mistake. That’s effectively what you just said.”
Anxiously, Johnson replied
“What I said was that I appreciate any effort that highlights the harm of Obamacare,” followed by skittish laughter.
Perhaps, when Tea Party nutjobs begin to slink out of the woodwork in opposition to his fanatical strategies, Ted Cruz (and his followers in Congress) should take notice!