I’ve made no secret of my total disdain for Sen. Ted Cruz. He epitomizes everything that’s wrong with the Republican party. He is, without a doubt, one of the most dishonest people in Washington and, in my opinion, a complete sociopath.
It’s not just Democrats who dislike him; many members of the Republican party can’t stand him either. He’ll claim it’s because he’s an “outsider” pushing his party to “listen to the American people,” but the reality is he’s a jackass who blatantly lies to the most ignorant among us hoping it helps him politically.
Unfortunately, it has helped him. He’s extremely popular with tea party conservatives (some of the most ignorant voters among us) and he’s solidified himself as a top 5 Republican presidential candidate.
Well, former Republican Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) recently blasted Cruz for hurting the Republican party by constantly lying to the American people about what can or cannot be done in Congress.
“When you tell people you can accomplish something that you can’t, for example, shutting down the government over the Affordable Care Act,” Coburn said, “you create greater disappointment in the hinterlands, because you gave them a false hope, knowing that you couldn’t accomplish it, but it was about yelling, and screaming, and waving the flag.”
“I came out of the Senate with one of the most conservative ratings ever in the history of the Senate. You know, it was like 98.8% in terms of conservative,” he continued. “And yet, I compromised all the time to accomplish things that were good for the country.”
Before going on, I feel it’s important to point out that Coburn is extremely conservative. He’s someone who voted against Hurricane Sandy relief; tried to force offsets in spending following the Oklahoma City bombing; and once said that there’s no such thing as the debt ceiling. So when he’s saying Cruz is ridiculous, that’s pretty bad. It’s not every day that someone who tried to use a domestic terrorist attack that killed 168 people to push for spending cuts calls someone else out for being too radically right-wing.
But the bottom line is, people like Cruz are a huge problem for the Republican party. They’re doing exactly what Coburn said; blatantly lying to their voters, claiming congressional Republicans can accomplish goals that aren’t possible.
The real issue is many of these tea party conservatives are in states and districts where they stand practically no chance of ever being defeated in a re-election campaign as long as they keep pandering to the fringe. So, when it comes to their political rhetoric, they can essentially say whatever they want without ever being held accountable for any of it.
That’s exactly the situation Ted Cruz finds himself in. If he runs for re-election in 2018 then he’s going to win in a landslide, so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t lie through his teeth as long as it’s benefitting him politically. And there’s almost nothing the GOP can do about it because he’s vastly popular with a good chunk of those who support their party in a state where even the moderate Republicans here (yes, there are sane Republicans in Texas) would almost never vote for a Democrat.
But at the end of the day, this is all the GOP’s own fault. When they embraced the tea party, they sold their souls for the long-shot hope of defeating President Obama. Problem is, instead of taking down President Obama, it’s destroying the Republican party.