Sen. Ted Cruz appears to have made House Republicans quite angry by puncturing their delusions with a tiny little dose of reality. By merely mentioning the undeniable fact that the Senate is not going to let any bill that defunds Obamacare pass, he has them throwing themselves on the ground in a tantrum:
Cruz, a tea party favorite, is one of the most vocal proponents of defunding the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. He’s spent months championing the cause. But on Wednesday, as House Republican leaders unveiled their latest plan for sinking Obamacare — tying a measure to defund the law to a must-pass resolution that keeps the government running — Cruz thanked House Republicans for their fight, and said they’re on their own.
“[Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so,” Cruz said in a statement. “At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people.”
Aides to top Republicans in the House, where GOP leadership has already been struggling to keep the party together on the measure, were beside themselves. And once granted anonymity, they didn’t mince their words.
“We haven’t even taken up the bill and Ted Cruz is admitting defeat?” fumed one senior GOP aide. “Some people came here to govern and make things better for their constituents. Ted Cruz came here to throw bombs and fundraise off of attacks on fellow Republicans. He’s a joke, plain and simple.”
“Cruz officially jumped the shark this week,” said one GOP operative allied with House leadership, who, like others, requested anonymity to speak critically about fellow Republicans. “He’s doing for the House Leaders what they couldn’t do for themselves. House rank-and-file members are uniting with Boehner, Cantor over Ted Cruz’s idiotic position.”
The retreat by Cruz has led to public questioning from House Republicans about his motives and political acumen, not to mention joking speculation that he may be part of a vast and devious liberal conspiracy to undermine conservatives.
“Cruz is the leader of a secret cabal of leftists that are seeking control of the conservative movement,” quipped one senior House Republican leadership source. “Their aim is to force the party to take on suicidal missions to destroy the movement from within.”
Notice what’s missing from all of those angry comments? Even the slightest discussion of whether he’s right or not. And he’s obviously right. But the Tea Party wing of the the House Republicans simply does not care. Liberals don’t need a secret cabal to take over the conservative movement and send them on suicide missions, they’ve got conservatives who are not just willing to do that but demanding it. And the mere suggestion that they consider reality at all in their plans makes one a traitor.