Someone will have to pass the smelling salts to me. I must have been in a stupor the past year or so.
Either that or U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is utterly delusional.
I’ll go with the latter for now.
Cruz is a Texas Republican who has denied playing a role in shutting the government down over a fight about the Affordable Care Act. He said at Texas Tribune Fest that the “blame” belongs to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Cruz’s role in that debacle? He says he didn’t have any role to play.
Huh? Cruz’s Republican colleague in the Senate, fellow Texan John Cornyn, said otherwise.
So has every observer of Capitol Hill — Democrat, Republican, independent, media observers — said that Cruz was a key player in the shutdown.
He filibustered against the ACA trying to repeal it. Didn’t he do that?
Of course, Cruz blamed the media — which he said sides with Democrats — for the characterizations attached to the junior senator. According to a blog posted by the San Antonio Express-News: “Remarking that Republicans are usually criticized as either crazy or evil, Cruz said he took it as ‘somewhat of a back-handed compliment that the press has invented a third caricature of me, which is crazy.’”
Well, he’s not crazy. Almost everything he’s done publicly since joining the Senate in January 2013, though, reveals a burning ambition. He’s been out front on high-profile issues almost from Day One of his still-young Senate tenure. He ignores Senate decorum. He’s drawn the ire of fellow Republicans as well as Democrats.
Now he says he had nothing to do with the government shutdown.
The young man possesses some serious hubris.