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.