On Friday, Ted Cruz slammed his fellow Republican senators while stopping by a Tea Party event. While bragging about successfully killing any gun legislation, Cruz said this of the internal Republican reaction to the letter that Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) wrote promising a filibuster of any gun legislation:
We’ve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing up and looking at Rand and Mike and me and yelling at the top of their lungs – I mean really upset. And they said: ‘Why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I’ve got to stand on principle.’ I’m really not making that up. I don’t even bother to argue with them. I just sort of let them yell and say ‘Look, you know, vote your conscience.’ Look, there are a lot of people that don’t like to be held accountable. Here was their argument. They said: ‘Listen, before you did this, the politics of it were great. The Democrats were the bad guys. The Republicans were the good guys. Now we all look like a bunch of squishes.’
Well, there is an alternative. Y’all could just not be a bunch of squishes.
Them’s fightin’ words. It is highly unusual for a senator, especially a freshman senator, to reveal details about internal meetings of the party caucus. But it’s been clear for months now that Ted Cruz has no interest in Republican public relations – and sometimes he reveals intriguing information through his dedicated carelessness.
Apparently, Republicans knew not to oppose all gun legislation. Americans overwhelmingly want to see new gun control legislation. Cruz and his fellow Tea Party senators wield an amazing amount of power in the Senate, but it’s nothing to brag about. Republicans have now blocked gun control against the wishes of the vast majority of Americans and they will have to answer for it in 2014.
Our own Edward Garris broke down an extensive study yesterday showing that Tea Partiers are not Republicans. That’s true among elected officials, too – if Ted Cruz had the best interests of his party in mind (let alone the country), he wouldn’t have worked so brazenly blocked even the incredibly weak gun legislation in the Senate, and he wouldn’t be revealing internal Republican division while calling his colleagues names.
The Tea Party study also found that Tea Partiers aren’t very concerned about winning elections and that attempts to bridge the gap with the Republican Party are doomed to fail because Republicans are seen as part of the establishment – and part of the problem. That thinking is evident in Cruz’s actions throughout his short time in the Senate, culminating for now in open derision of his colleagues.