Now that Ted Cruz has ingratiated himself with the far right and made enemies of pretty much everyone else, he’s bucking for a Bryan Fischer Award with his weapons-grade projection in claiming that it’s his opponents who are willing to “inflict a bunch of harm” on the country for political gain.
While some — including Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and John McCain (R-AZ) — are urging the party to refocus on other issues, pointing to Obamacare’s rocky implementation as proof that the law will unravel on its own, Cruz, joined by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and groups like FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation, says that Republicans should seize future budgetary fights to defund the measure…
McConnell agreed. “[F]ull-scale repeal is obviously something that’s not going to be achievable until I’m the majority leader of the Senate and we have a new president,” he told CBS’ Face The Nation. He conceded that Democrats may support undoing parts of the law “depending upon the amount of heat they get from their constituents because of rising premiums, because of job loss, because of the chaos of the exchanges, they may be open to changes.”
But during an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Cruz dismissed the GOP leader’s wait-and-see approach. “I consider that very — the Bad Samaritan theory,” he said. “Basically inflict a bunch of harm on the American people and hope we benefit politically from it. What a terrible, cynical approach.” “I’m not interested in seeing the American people suffer just because my party might benefit politically if they blame the Democrats for the foolish policies that have been imposed,” he added.
This is the guy who just helped lead a government shutdown that took tens of billions of dollars out of the economy, actually cost taxpayers more money rather than less and caused a huge range of terrible outcomes for untold numbers of people in a fight he knew he could not win. All for his own personal political gain.