The Disingenuous Ted Cruz

There are few things more absurd than when politicians pretend to be a-political. “I don’t care about the politics,” they claim. “I’m only here to help people and do the right thing for my constituents and for the country.” Right. Here’s Ted Cruz’ version:

“This is a city where it’s all politics all the time, and I’m trying to do my best not to pay attention to the politics,” he said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” “I know that’s hard to believe, because no one in this town does that.”

Cruz said that his goal is not to make friends in Congress, but to serve Texans, regardless of how his fellow lawmakers view him.

“This is a time for people to step up and do the right thing, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” he said. “Nobody should be surprised, if you’re trying to change Washington that the Washington establishment pushes back.”

The truth is that those who claim not to care about the political implications of their actions are the ones who care the most. This is just as disingenuous as those who pretend that they don’t really want to run for (insert political office), but they’re willing to if “the people” demand it. Because they’re just a servant of the people, don’t you know. Your bullshit detector should be blaring anytime someone says something like this.

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  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Whether X=politics, X=money, X=Power or whatever, when they say “This isn’t about X,” it’s about X.

  • Chiroptera

    To be an effective politician means being able to work with your colleagues and with various interest groups among your constituents. This will often mean making compromises and setting reasonable priorities, and this always means taking a long-term view of your goals and how you ultimately achieve them.

    A politician who truly does not care about the “political implications” of their actions won’t be a very effective politician for very long.

  • coragyps

    Every time Cruz or his daddy open their mouths it pegs out my bullshit detector.

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    Every television network should keep a special Ted Cruz chyron handy to splash across the bottom of the screen whenever the Texas senator is on the air: “THIS MAN IS LYING.”

  • http://atheist-faq.com Jasper of Maine

    Cruz said that his goal is not to make friends in Congress, but to serve Texans, regardless of how his fellow lawmakers view him.

    … but that’s a description of politics.

    Politics is about different factions trying to work out differences between each other, for their own sake.

    I realize that “politics” has some baggage, synonymous with scheming/etc, but at it’s core, politics is a good thing.

  • matty1

    Every television network should keep a special Ted Cruz chyron handy to splash across the bottom of the screen whenever the Texas senator is on the air: “THIS MAN IS LYING.”

    Given how common lying is among public figures of all kinds I suggest it may be more effective to have “THIS IS A LIE” written onto every TV screen.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “The Disingenuous Ted Cruz ”

    I didn’t know that there was more than one Ted Cruz.

    Today’s GOP’s lack of moral scruples must have the Borgias, Nicolo Machiavelli and Cardinal Richelieu spinning in their graves like quasars.

  • rmsc

    At least he didn’t say he was doing it because god told him to.

  • uzza

    He gave himself away when he said he listened to the American people, and then cited a figure of two million Americans who agree with him (that Obama care ain’t working).

    How much of the American population is that? Right about one per cent. So yeah.

  • pocketnerd

    “This is a city where it’s all politics all the time, and I’m trying to do my best not to pay attention to the politics”.

    How can anybody take a statement like this seriously? And if you do take it at face value, isn’t this an admission of catastrophic incompetence? It’s like a quarterback at the Superbowl saying “I don’t really pay attention to the football… I just like walking around on this big field!”

  • Michael Heath

    Cruz said that his goal is not to make friends in Congress, but to serve Texans, regardless of how his fellow lawmakers view him.

    I read an AP article in the morning newspaper that reveals one of many examples that Ted Cruz is lying hypocritical piece of shit.

    5 million people in the confederate states that are now eligible for access to health care through Medicaid won’t be getting access. In spite of the fact nearly all the costs are borne by the federal government. The report went on to note that 20% of those, 1 million people, live in the state of Texas.

    What has Ted Cruz done to help Texans access healthcare? Not only nothing, this Autumn he played a key role in shutting down the government in hopes that would stop access to healthcare for millions of other Texans who will now enjoy such access.

  • http://thebronzeblog.wordpress.com/ Bronze Dog

    A politician claiming to be apolitical comes across as saying that he won’t hesitate to tread on your toes if they happen to be where he’s determined to walk. He asks that you pardon him for not being in the habit of acknowledging other people’s existence or the possibility of alternative paths for him to take. They’re saying it’s apathy and “objective” certainty driving them. “Don’t take it personally, because only immature people care about stuff, and look at how mature I am because I don’t squabble about extremely important issues. Instead, I just unilaterally do whatever I want.”

  • bushrat

    I know many of you are claiming that all Ted does is lie, but he did tell the truth when he said, “I know that’s hard to believe, because no one in this town does that.”.