Public opinion may be strongly against him and even most of his Republican colleagues may be furious at him, but Ted Cruz is still serving up the Koolaid to the true believers. Speaking to a conservative group in Virginia on Saturday, Cruz is still trying to play the populist card.
“How do we win?” he asked. “If you trust the media, if you trust the voices in Washington, if you even trust, god forbid, some of the elected Republicans in Washington, they say we can’t win this fight. The only way to win this fight is the way we won every other fight throughout the history of the republic, which is solutions don’t come from Washington, D.C., they come from the people.”
“Career politicians in both parties have gotten us into this mess,” he said. “But it’s going to be the American people who get us out.”
Populism is the first refuge of demagogues, who claim to be on the side of the “will of the people” even when they clearly are not. Polls show that Americans oppose the government shutdown by a 3-1 margin and most of them blame the Republicans for it. And the very agenda that he claims such populist support for got hammered at the ballot box less than a year ago. But as always, the narrative is all that matters and the facts must be ignored or distorted in the service of ideology.