But as the government shutdown heads into day three, a number of Republican senators privately blame the Texas freshman for contributing to the mess their party finds itself in. And now that they’re in it, they say it’s up to Cruz to help find a solution.
“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was,” said one senator who attended the meeting. “I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.”
Maybe you could take the next step and consider the possibility that the Malevolent Fredo caucus in the House shares Cruz’s motives and (strictly personal) goals. Those rubes won’t fleece themselves! (Well, actually, winger rubes might actually be self-fleecing, but you can see what I’m driving at.)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned on Wednesday that the government shutdown could leave the United States vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
“If, God forbid, we see an attack on the United States because the intelligence community was not adequately funded, every member of the committee would be horrified,” Cruz said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the government’s surveillance programs.
I’m pretty sure Cruz is the result of a horrible experiment in which Aaron Sorkin wrote a strawman Evil Republican but felt that the character was a little too on-the-nose and didactic.