Senator Ted Cruz R-Texas is using the old Romney Etch-A-Sketch Trick and a severe case of Romnesia to say that he had nothing to do with the Government Shutdown last year.
Bob Schieffer of CBS called him out several times on Face the Nation this past Sunday, laughing at him in disbelief, but Cruz is sticking to his wacko bird story. The Senator has apparently forgotten all his own threats to shut down the government if Obama didn't "repeal Obamacare" as well as his "Green Eggs and Ham" filibuster to stop the vote on the budget agreement. It's the epitomy of childish behavior to not own what really happened, but believe that in this age of YouTube and Google anyone can rewrite history so soon after it happened. Just look at how many posts we wrote last fall here on Snark Amendment about Cruz's Filibuster of the Budget and the subsequent Shutdown, and this is an incomplete list but ridiculously long. On just one blog, so multiply this list by hundreds of thousands out on the interwebs.
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From Transcript of Face the Nation
SCHIEFFER: . . . Let me ask you this, you became a celebrity when you led the drive to shut down the government over Obamacare. But afterward your fellow Republicans said you led them over a cliff. Can you conceive of any situation in which you would do that again, try to shut down the government in exchange or in demand for some action by the president?
CRUZ: Well, Bob, with all due respect I don't agree with the premise of your question. Throughout the government shut down I opposed a government shutdown. I said we shouldn't shut the government down, I think it was a mistake that President Obama and the Democrats shut the government down this fall. The reason they did so, is that President Obama dug in and said he wouldn't compromise, he wouldn't negotiate.
In fact, I went to one of the most surreal meetings I've ever been at where President Obama invited all the senate Republicans to go up to the White House. He sat us in a room -- this is in the middle of the shut down -- and he said I invited you here to tell you I will not negotiate, I will not compromise on anything. That's why we had a shut down.
That was a mistake.
SCHIEFFER: All right, let me go back to one thing. And the question I asked you was, would you ever conceive of threatening to shut down the government again?
CRUZ: Well, as I said I didn't threaten to shut down the government the last time. I don't think we should ever shut down the government. I repeatedly voted to fund the federal government.
SCHIEFFER: Senator, if you didn't threaten the shut down the government who was it that did? But we'll go on to something...
CRUZ: It was Harry Reid and President Obama.
Bob, look, I understand that the White House said over and over again the shut down is the Republicans fault. And I understand, that's what you're repeating. But the reality is, I voted over and over again to fund the federal government and the reason we had a shut down -- look, the Democrats were very candid. I know they told you, they said, we think the shut down benefits us politically. Right now the Democrats are telling you that they want another shut down, because they think it benefits them politically.
Why is it hard to understand that they forced the shut down when they think it benefits them politically.
SCHIEFFER: Senator, I know what Republicans were telling me like John Boehner who said this was the disaster and never again.
Ted Cruz Is Officially a Laughing Stock
~ Headline on Mediaite
Well, a lot of it sort of Alice in Wonderland.
~ Senator Chuck Schumer on Face the Nation
Cruz is recasting his ineptitude as innocence. He’s asking you to believe that because the shutdown hurt Republicans politically, he never wanted it. He wants you to follow his logic instead of researching what he actually did. Logic is useful, but it’s not enough. Always check the record.
~ William Saletan on Salon
. . . the meeting Cruz refers to happened after the government shutdown had taken effect. Obama didn’t call up the Senate in advance to tell them he wouldn’t deal. He told them he wouldn’t deal on Obamacare. Funding of the federal government legislation could be passed without involving healthcare.
This meeting happened after Cruz and his cronies had already made their move to halt the government. Not before. Had Cruz and his Tea Party comrades negotiated the budget deal in good faith there would never been a necessity for Obama to call a meeting and clarify his position on his signature legislation. But after they committed to their strategy Obama let them know discreetly that their posturing would not bring him to the negotiating table
~ Greg Miller on Addicting Info
None of this makes a lick of sense, but by all appearances, being sensible isn’t the goal. For Cruz, coherence is irrelevant; what matters is to capture the Republican id – these are talking points intended to convey primal impulses, free of niceties such as reason.
At a certain level, Cruz is arguably insulting conservatives by preying on their worst instincts, presenting them with nonsense he probably knows to be false, but so long as he’s rewarded for it, Cruz will almost certainly keep these tactics going indefinitely.
~ Steve Benen on Maddow Blog
Ted Cruz's Delusion Continues, Accuses Bob Schieffer of Repeating Liberal Talking Points for Simply Stating Facts http://t.co/kEB44Ta6Mw— Annie (@txstarkeeper) January 27, 2014
I just watched that Ted Cruz clip from Face the Nation. Seriously, he should star in a remake of "Liar Liar"— ProfB (@AntheaButler) January 26, 2014