Ted Cruz: Still Denying Reality

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.

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  • Mr Ed

    His message is pitch perfect. He could care less about reality he is trying to get donors. A large war chest and name recognition could deter others. Anything he says now will hopefully be forgotten or spun when tries to engage independents.

  • blf

    Echo chambers, memory holes, unskewed polls, and the kochroach brothers’s money are Teh Really Real Reality™®©.

  • Alverant

    He only listens to people who count, ie those who agree with him.

  • cswella

    Ted Cruz: Neck deep in shit, but assumes if it’s not above his nose, he’s doing great!

  • eric

    @1 has it right. To the ‘donors’ argument I might add, this is pitch perfect for the primary season, since that’s all about the GOP base. If he’s still doing it during the general, that will signal he’s in denial. Right now it’s just tactically useful lying.

  • Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach

    Some days, I envy his ability to manufacture and exist in his own private reality, completely disconnected from whats actually happening. I wish I could do that, just for a little while. It would be nice, I think, to get out from a reality that contains entirely too many people like Ted Cruz.

  • frankb

    Once again the big lie about exceptions to ACA requirements rears its head. According to him I am enjoying an exception to the ACA. Am I bad or what?

  • M can help you with that.

    Of course he listened to “the American people” — for teabagger values of “American” and “people.”

  • flyv65

    Of *course* it’s a disconnect: why should they change course from the policies that worked so well for them in 2012?

  • Melvosh

    I’d love to have it explained to me how I’m being hurt by having the opportunity to get really good health care at a much lower rate than I otherwise would be able to. I don’t qualify for any tax credit, but the monthly premium on a platinum plan through healthcare.gov is way lower than anything I’d pay on a similar plan purchased directly.

    Oh yes, btw, this does actually mean that I’ve been able to create an account, log in, provide information, see all of the relevant information, and I have the ability to enroll in the supposed disaster that is healthcare.gov. Oh woe is me, being able to use the website that doesn’t work to obtain cheap healthcare that irrevocably harms me and my family.

  • bushrat

    I blame Dr. Seuss. If the Dr. had of been thinking, he wouldn’t have made his book so hard and Teddy might have made it to the end where he would have learned a valuable lesson.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Democrats who voted to give themselves what he called a special exemption on Obamacare

    And somehow the stenographic media never get around to asking him just WTF he’s talking about on this one.

    Because pointing out in any way just how fractally wrong this is would be, you know, partisan.

  • raven

    what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans across this country,”

    Which is impossible. It hasn’t even started yet.

    One of the heavy users of one provision which has started, is the Republicans. More Republicans than Democrats have put their adult children up to age 26 on their insurance policies.

    1. We won’t know for a few years how well Obamacare is working. It takes a lot of time for uptake of a program like this.

    2. What is the Tea Party/GOP afraid of, here*? It looks like they are afraid that the ACA will work and be quite popular.

    It might well be so. And then what will they do? After all their Sturm and Drang, people aren’t going to forget this.

    3. Ironically, one of the heavy users of the ACA is likely to be…the Tea Party base. They tend to be poor, older, uneducated, and low socioeconomic status. The ACA might as well have been designed for them.

    *They seem to be afraid of just about everything. It’s a life but it isn’t much of one.

  • DonDueed

    Cruz made his bed, only to discover it was made of mostly nettles and poison ivy. Now he’s trying to sleep in it.

    There’s not much else he can do except hope everybody forgets the rash and sting by 2016.

  • Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach

    After all their Sturm and Drang, people aren’t going to forget this.

    Boundlessly unfounded optimism. Five bucks says the ring-wing talking heads will be calling it Romneycare 10 mins after it proves popular and convincing their base it was the Rethugs idea the entire time.

  • Doug Little

    Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans across this country

    Yes, those that actually can’t apply for it in Republican held states and those that believe the propaganda and haven’t even tried to enroll in it preferring to take an ideological stance over their own well being.

  • Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    This will work on the same people who think that the description “wise elder stateswoman” describe Sarah Palin, the half-term governor of Alaska, incompetent executioner of tethered game animals, and Word Salad record holder.

  • coragyps

    “Which is impossible. It hasn’t even started yet.”

    Pah! We know better!

    I have it on very good authority that poor, innocent babies – both boys and girls, mind you – are being born stark naked nearly every day now that they are stuck with Obamacare. Oh, the humanity!!

  • ambassadorfromverdammt

    What’s he supposed to say:?

    “93% of you would rather vote for a sack of sour owl shit, and the other 7% would lose a battle of wits with it.”

    He’s gotta say stuff that will encourage the donorcrats to donorize.

  • bobcarroll

    Mr. Ambassador@19, you’ve made me laugh out loud. Thanks, I needed that.

  • lordshipmayhem

    The thing is, his “public” isn’t the pubic of the rest of the Republic, it’s only those who make up that small slice of America who are eligible to vote in his particular district.

    And I very much fear they think very much as he does, and will vote for him again.

  • mobius

    All things considered, I think that I wish Ted Cruz the best of luck in his bid to become the Republican presidential candidate. That is because he has likely already lost the all-important middle ground by alienating so many centrist voters.

    If the election was to be held tomorrow, I think the Republicans would lose in a landslide. But it is still 3 years off and voters’ memories are notoriously short. (I know. I know. this second statement somewhat contradicts my first statement. But I have faith that Mr. Cruz will continue to alienate the middle.)