Ted Cruz's effort to defund the Affordable Care Act by threatening a government shutdown has gained a new Texas supporter: George P. Bush, Republican candidate for Land Commissioner. Bush, apparently exercising the intellect of his uncle George W., told the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce this last Wednesday about Cruz's threat:
“It's a monstrosity of a law. In terms of defunding it, that would be one way to reduce and mitigate the impact it's going to have on practicing physicians and hospitals here in Texas…I agree with this effort to defund it, or keep Texas out of the program unless we can modify it to a Texas-specific solution.”
If this is any indication, Bush has chosen to stand on the craziest side of the Republican Party. Read more below the jump.Cruz's effort is ridiculous because he wants to shut down the U.S. government if President Obama doesn't agree to a budget that ends Obamacare. The plan is getting much more derision than support from other Republicans for it. George P. backing the plan is notable because there isn't much of a political price to pay for him opposing it. Many prominent Republicans, like John Boehner and John McCain, already do. He's also not in a primary with any other Republicans, so he's not jockeying for position in his race. If anything, this gives fuel to a Democrat running against him for Land Commissioner.
This unnecessary support of Cruz's unpopular, extreme plan means that George P. is heading towards the extremist wing of his already-extreme party. Perhaps he's looked at the success of our famous, rabid new senator, or Perry's national notoriety-if-not-admiration, and thought, “I want that some day.”
Or maybe he's trying to run a combo game. In the past, P. has advocated bipartisan immigration reform with an eventual pathway to citizenship. Like Marco Rubio, a government shutdown supporter, he might be matching whatever hint of reasonable policy preferences he has with a quadruple dose of crazy.
Oh, to glimpse inside the mind of a Bush.