Ted Cruz fantasizes that Democrats might help him repeal ‘every single word’ of ObamaCare
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) failed miserably last year in his attempt to stop ObamaCare by forcing a government shutdown. And Republican lawmakers have voted 50 times now, all to no avail, to repeal the law. But now, Cruz claims the GOP could still totally repeal the law — while President Obama is in office, no less — via a wildly fantastical scenario in which Democrats have a sudden change of heart and turn on the president.
Here’s what Cruz told Jonathan Karl Sunday on ABC’s This Week:
If there’s one thing that unifies politicians of both parties, you know, their top priority is preserving their own hide. And if enough Congressional Democrats realize they either stand with ObamaCare and lose, or they listen to the American people and have a chance at staying in office, that’s the one scenario we could do it in 2015. If not, we’ll do it in 2017. […] Washington isn’t listening to those people. That’s how we win elections and that’s also how we repeal ObamaCare.
An incredulous Karl asked Cruz if he really believed Congress could overturn the whole law while Obama was president, to which Cruz replied, “Every single word.”
Cruz is either delusional or willfully obfuscating the truth on the matter. Poll after poll has shown that while voters don’t particularly like ObamaCare, they don’t support repealing it either. And Democratic lawmakers have shown no indication they would ever get behind the GOP’s repeal efforts; just a few months ago, they locked arms amid the government shutdown and forced the GOP to back down.
Moreover, Cruz is being a little hypocritical in saying repeal is still even an option at this point. In pushing for the self-serving government shutdown last year, he repeatedly warned that the law could not be stopped after January 1. Of course, Cruz has strong financial and personal-branding incentives to beat the repeal drum, so don’t expect him to move on any time soon.
Jon Terbush, The Week magazine
Ted Cruz once again stood by his conservative principles.
Legislation to raise the nation’s borrowing authority with no strings attached was short of the 60 votes it needed to advance — a threshold Cruz demanded — and without a few conversions, Republicans would be blamed for its failure. The stock market was watching.
After what seemed like an eternity, a grim-faced Sen. Mitch McConnell, the party leader who faces a tea party challenge back home, finally voted yes. An equally grim-faced Sen. John Cornyn, the party’s No. 2 leader and Cruz’s Texas colleague, changed his vote from no to yes.
Cruz showed no mercy in exposing Republican leaders … more here
From the dailybeast.com
After leading the shutdown and making headlines for months, the senator is aggressively campaigning in Iowa. But will voters burn out on him before the crucial caucus vote?
Eventually, even the most gleeful child learns that there is such a thing as too much ice cream when the carton is empty and all that’s left is the toothache. Might conservative Iowa Republicans, a demographic that plays an outsize role in the presidential nominating process, ever feel the same way about Ted Cruz?The Texas senator has been in office for less than a year and has already become a national figure and a frontrunner not just in the 2016 Iowa caucuses but eventually to receive the GOP nomination as well.
From Bloomberg Businessweek, October 17, 2013
Say this for Tea Party Republicans: They don’t back down. No apologies for triggering a partial shutdown of the federal government, then refusing to raise the debt ceiling without concessions. Condemnation rains down on them from the White House, from foreign capitals, from public opinion polls, but the Tea Party rages on.
Analysis in the Los Angeles Times
October 25, 2013
Coincidence or not, Ted Cruz’s appearances in Iowa this weekend come as Texas’ tea party senator and his wife appeared to be trying to humanize the potential 2016 presidential candidate, who is both loved and hated, even among Republicans, for his faux-filibuster and failed government-shutdown strategy.
On Friday night, Cruz is scheduled to speak to a crowd of about 600 at the state Republican Party’s big Ronald Reagan fundraiser in Des Moines. (The appearance is to be live-streamed at www.desmoinesregister.com). Over the weekend, he’s set to take part in Rep. Steve King’s annual pheasant hunt and a “Defenders of Freedom” barbeque.
It is his third visit in recent months to the state that kicks off the presidential nominating contests, a place already swarming with presidential wannabes from both sides of the aisle. And, though Iowa has multiple delights, no politician enters its borders without the expectation that presidential talk will ensue.
SEN. TED CRUZ, in a pre-tape with at the ABC Washington bureau, to Jonathan Karl on “This Week”: “I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple members of the Senate Republicans going on television attacking House conservatives, attacking the effort to defund Obamacare, saying it cannot win, it’s a fool’s errand , and we will lose … That is a recipe for losing the fight, and it’s a shame. … [When asked about the next deadline:] I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare.”