Ted Cruz is in full presidential campaign mode, giving a speech to hundreds of Republicans at the Reagan Dinner in — of course — Iowa, where the first contest of the 2016 primary will be held. And he showed that he is still in complete denial over his ill-fated government shutdown.
The senator and potential 2016 contender defended his futile battle to defund Obamacare — which led to the two-week-plus government shutdown and damaged the GOP’s already suffering national image — that some in his party’s congressional leadership have since called a tactical blunder.
“One of the things we accomplished in the fight over Obamacare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans across this country,” Cruz insisted to the crowd.House Republicans were “a profile in courage [who] stood strong and listened to the American people,” Cruz said, adding that Democrats who voted to give themselves what he called a special exemption on Obamacare would see that move come back to haunt them in ads in the 2014 midterm.
Listened to the American people? Has he seen the polling data? The American people were overwhelmingly opposed to the shutdown by a 4-1 margin and blame the Republicans for it by a 2-1 margin. And Cruz’ approval rating? 7%, for crying out loud. This is a staggering disconnect from reality.