Ted Cruz’ Fantasy World

The shutdown of the government last year that was largely engineered by Ted Cruz was so unpopular that even his fellow Republicans were furious with him over it. But in the fantasy world that Cruz seems to inhabit, the shutdown is giving Republicans the advantage in the 2014 midterm elections.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) argued Saturday that his efforts during the two-week government shutdown in October contributed directly to the GOP’s advantage in the 2014 elections, and he urged GOP “graybeards” to recognize that fact.

Cruz, speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference, bristled at the idea that his shutdown strategy had failed and hurt the GOP. Republicans did not earn concessions after the shutdown, and polls afterward showed the party lagging and being assigned the lion’s share of the blame for the shutdown.

But Cruz said the proof of the shutdown’s success would emerge over the long term and that the strategy had cast a floodlight on Obamacare’s problems, which eventually led to the GOP being favored to retake the Senate this year.

Cruz suggested GOP “graybeards” are failing to give credit where credit is due.

“They’re reaping the fruits of the battle, which is perfectly fine,” Cruz said. “But we need to take a moment to acknowledge the lesson of the battle.”

Polling data showed that the shutdown was massively unpopular, with people opposing it by about a 3/1 margin. Even Republican voters opposed it by a wide margin (53-37% in one poll). When a politician continually claims that “the American people” really agree with him on everything, they often start believing it and denying the evidence to the contrary. Confirmation bias and motivated reasoning for, in this case, the loss.

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  • eric

    Okay Cruz, if you think it was such a good idea, why not propose another one?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Given that most of us will be given only candidates from the two major parties to choose from; I ask people to keep in mind:

    One major party supports a program that has already helped millions of Americans but did a very poor job of starting up a web site.

    The other major party shut down the federal government for weeks and attempted to destroy the world economy.

    Not a tough choice.

  • sugarfrosted

    @1 and do it during the election. That’s bound to work even more.

  • Mr Ed

    @2 Reginald Selkirk

    Don’t leave us hanging which party do we pick?

    If we put magnets on Ted and set him in the center of a few copper coils we could generate all our electricity with his spin. I particularly like the idea that this will help in some undefined distant future. Like a psychic he need only point to any future success and take credit.

  • raven

    that the strategy had cast a floodlight on Obamacare’s problems,

    Oh FFS, what Obamacare problems?

    1. The ACA answers a major need in the USA, health care for poor people. Ironically enough, many of those targeted are Tea Partyists.

    2. It has so far been working well in terms of enrollment and fulfilling its function i.e. health care for low income people.

    3. It’s not wildly popular but not wildly unpopular either. The latest poll shows more dispprove than approve but the margin isn’t too large considering the relentless lies and propaganda of the GOP.

  • bjarndoolaeghe

    Now if Ted Cruz would just shutdown himself for while…

  • raven

    Pew poll Feb. 2014:

    As the four-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, the law remains unpopular with the public. Currently, 53% disapprove of the 2010 health care law while 41% approve of the law. Opinion of the measure is virtually unchanged since last September.

    However, the new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Feb. 27-March 16 among 3,335 adults, finds that when opponents of the health care law are asked about the law’s future, more want elected officials to try to make it work than to make it fail.

    A majority of ACA opponents – representing 30% of the public overall – want politicians to do what they can to make the law work as well as possible, compared with 19% of the public that wants elected officials to do what they can to make it fail.

    Only 19% of the public want to see the ACA die.

  • raven

    If Ted Cruz gets elected president, I’m leaving the USA. He is clearly a sociopath.

    By leaving, I mostly mean mentally. Just going to concentrate on surviving the next GOP created catastrophes and ignoring as much of the insanity as possible.

    It’s what I did during the Reagan years. Starting with throwing out my TV.

  • eric

    @1 and do it during the election. That’s bound to work even more.

    It IS during an election; a bunch of states have primary elections either tomorrow (June 3rd) or next week (June 10th). I can’t imagine any GOP incumbent in anything like a tight race would support shutting down the government right at this moment. (Not that it’s a real issue, given the legislative cycle.)

    I think it’s worth noting that Cruz decided to pull his stunt in year 1 of his six-year Senate career. There was little to no danger of it coming back to bite him in the ass in terms of reelection. Dollars to donuts says he won’t be calling for a shut down in 2017 or 2018, when his own reelection is coming up.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    raven “Oh FFS, what Obamacare problems?”

    1. It helps get people below me something.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Ed, for the last time, on the list of things I don’t want to know about…yep, right there at number 3: Ted Cruz’s fantasies.

  • Alverant

    And now Crux is saying that by preventing rich people from buying elections liberals are burning the first amendment to the Constitution. Compare that to his views on freedom of religion and you have some major privilege. I’ve heard of “American Exceptionalism” and Crux is taking it to new heights.

  • caseloweraz

    Cruz: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) argued Saturday that his efforts during the two-week government shutdown in October contributed directly to the GOP’s advantage in the 2014 elections, and he urged GOP “graybeards” to recognize that fact.

    According to my research, those “greybeards” include: Jeb Bush; Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT); Republican strategist Mike Murphy; Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Gov. Terry Branstad (Iowa); Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Sen. John McCain.

    I spent about 10 minutes on this. I’ll bet real research would find virtually all the Republican old guard (whom Rand Paul has denounced as a group) would be on this list. George H. W. Bush, George Schultz, Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft are names that come to mind.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “One major party supports a program that has already helped millions of Americans but did a very poor job of starting up a web site.”

    And a lot of the “very poor job” was due to state level fuck-ups, according to a piece I read in an April Bloomberg’s Business.

  • Trebuchet

    If Ted Cruz gets elected president, I’m leaving the USA. He is clearly a sociopath.

    Just don’t move to Canada. He’s a citizen of that nation as well. Hey, perhaps he could be a senator in BOTH countries! At the same time!

  • samgardner

    Oh, yes Ted, us dems would be terrified if you kept reminding everyone of your central role in the shutdown. In fact, the more you remind people, and the louder a voice you use to do it, will surely cow us. Maybe it would even force Obama to admit he’s a muslim and that he had Obamacare enacted as a national terrorism of providing health care. I mean doctors are scary, right? What with those shots and all. Make sure you warn everyone.

  • lorn

    Up next, Ted Cruz , takes credit for the sun coming up.

    Quick, someone point out that the sun doesn’t actually come up, the horizon recedes so we can take bets of how long it takes Cruz to declare heliocentrism a plot to deny American exceptionalism and have it outlawed.

  • dingojack

    lorn – no, no, you misunderstand how it works. The PoG will simply pass a bill to defund heliocentrism* (a dozen times or so) before moving on to do the same to the sun. @@

    Dingo

    ——–

    * but they’re all in favour of ‘smaller solar systems’. They can just about handle the idea of the Moon circling the Earth.

  • Reginald Selkirk
  • throwaway

    raven @ 8

    2. It has so far been working well in terms of enrollment and fulfilling its function i.e. health care for low income people.

    Only in States with expanded medicaid. Unless you’re pregnant or a child in the unexpanded states, you’re screwed. Pretty much the entire south and the midwest.

    I’ve had the misfortune of telling all the hopeful people who thought that, since their income was below the threshold of $15,200 (or whatever it was for their family size) that because they would qualify for Medicaid under the reworked ACA rules, that they would not receive any type of subsidy. They seemed resigned to that fact and only a few were upset after I explained it to them. These were the older people, nearing the upper 50’s where the insurance prices grow rapidly, so I had a lot of sympathy for them.

    Now, the people who did get a subsidy for their monthly premiums, but they felt it was too low because “How can I afford to pay for my boat and have insurance? It’s those damn moochers at the bottom taking all of MY tax dollars!” as one man put it. They were the real entitled assholes. They deserved no sympathy. These are the people Ted Cruz appeals to.

  • throwaway

    Sorry, that was raven @ 5.

  • throwaway

    It wasn’t just older people who suffered the brunt, it was young unwed single mothers as well, or young couples with a few children. They couldn’t get subsidy for their premiums, but their state would not accept the parents to Medicaid.

    So let it be known far and wide that the ones who really fucked the Affordable Care Act are the asshole DINOs and Republican Governors who failed to expand Medicaid for the most vulnerable.

  • dingojack

    throwaway – so the States refused to accept Federal money to expand Medicaid*. Thanks Obama!

    @@

    Dingo

    ——-

    * Is Medicaid = the Affordable Care Act?

  • throwaway

    dingojack: Medicaid is a state operated program.

    But you are correct. The Federal government (when the states also didn’t offer their own marketplace) wouldn’t allow those under the poverty level the subsidy because there were no federal funds available to do so.

    But, some of the asshole governors DID try their best to get the money by proposing “partial” expansions.

    And I’d like to walk something back: no Democratic Governors failed to expand Medicaid. There is one, Jay Dixon, in Missouri who favors expansion, but the General Assembly didn’t include funding for it in the budget.

    More information to be found here about how they screwed and how many they screwed: