It's tough being the new kid in town. Especially if you have an ego the size of Ted Cruz's, and the complete recklessness and immense disregard for all fellow Americans in trying to force your own country to shut down it's government.
The rumors of Ted Cruz's fallout with the rest of his party began last week when Fox News Sunday's host Chris Wallace informed the public he began receiving “unsolicited” research against Cruz from fellow Republicans. This happened as soon as Cruz was booked to appear on the show.
But now with a hugely toxic government shutdown in their hands and only themselves to blame for it, Republicans are no longer holding back on their animosity against the junior Senator.
POLITICO reports Ted Cruz faced angry Republican Senators on Wednesday for his role in creating the shutdown.
According to members in attendance, during a closed-door lunch meeting, Republican Senators questioned Cruz to explain to them how exactly he was going to end this shutdown nobody wanted in their hands. Cruz had no idea and became defensive.
Republicans began to call out Ted Cruz on all of his nonsense.
Grab your popcorn, ladies and gentlemen.
Read more about the angry exchanges between the senators below the jump.POLITICO reports things got pretty bad when Cruz was asked to renounce attacks made by the Senate Conservatives Fund against several Republican members.
“I will not,” responded Cruz.
Cruz was also questioned what he would have done had Republican Senators actually united to filibuster the House bill. One of the senators who attended the meeting had this to say:
“He kept trying to change the subject because he never could answer the question,” said the senator. “It's pretty evident it's never been about a strategy — it's been about him. That's unfortunate. I think he's done our country a major disservice. I think he's done Republicans a major disservice.”
“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn't have a strategy — he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was,” said the senator. “I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.”
Senators interviewed for POLITICO's article could not be named, because the meeting was supposed to be private.
Cruz claims the angry exchanges between him and the rest of the party are just false stories:
“It seems that there is nothing the media likes to cover more than disagreements among Republicans, and apparently some senators are content to fuel those stories with anonymous quotes,” Cruz told POLITICO. “Regardless, my focus – and, I would hope, the focus of the rest of the conference – is on stopping Harry Reid's shutdown, ensuring that vital government priorities are funded, and preventing the enormous harms that Obamacare is inflicting on millions of Americans.”
Other conservatives don't seem to be very happy with Cruz either.
Conservative tax activist, Grover Norquist — president of Americans for Tax Reform and creator of the anti-tax pledge that nearly every Republican in Congress has signed — had some interesting words to say about Ted Cruz.
During an interview with the Washington Post, columnist Ezra Klein questioned Norquist about the government shutdown and its consequences for his agenda. When asked about Ted Cruz's impact on the overall larger strategy Norquist had hoped Republicans followed, Norquist said this about Cruz:
I'm cheerful because every Republicans is for repeal of Obamacare. When's the last time we passed a big government entitlement and every Republican opposed it and kept pointing out that it's a mistake? There's unanimity among Republicans. They all voted against the thing being created and for it being repealed.
The only confusion that comes out is that Cruz stood on the side and confused people about the fact that every Republican agrees. He said if you don't agree with my tactic and with the specific structure of my idea, you're bad. He said if the House would simply pass the bill with defunding he would force the Senate to act. He would lead this grass-roots movement that would get Democrats to change their mind. So the House passed it, it went to the Senate, and Ted Cruz said, oh, we don't have the votes over here. And I can't find the e-mails or ads targeting Democrats to support it. Cruz said he would deliver the votes and he didn't deliver any Democratic votes. He pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away.
So then the House said, breaking completely with Cruz because Cruz thinks if you're not defunding the whole thing it's treason, that there's delay. There's getting rid of medical device taxes. They've done a series of things to hold together Republicans and break with Cruz. But because we started with the Cruz approach this got to the shutdown.
Looks like Grover Norquist wants to drown Ted Cruz in a bathtub.
Looks like we haven't even reached the Republican primaries and, yet, are already witnessing Republicans feast on their own. Building bridges at first glance doesn't seem to be Ted Cruz's forte. But the man has single-handed united both Republicans and Democrats, along with the rest of the country, all against him.
Something tells me Cruz's fifteen minutes of fame and relevance are almost up.
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