With the federal government hours away from defaulting, but the Senate agreeing in principle to end the shutdown and fund the government, “poor” Ted Cruz is taking a beating, and is about to take more.
Cruz emerged as the face of the Tea Party’s effort to defund Obamacare and their willingness to shut down the government over it. His 21-hour filibuster that really wasn’t a filibuster was an attention-getter, and he showed up at the Tea Party idiot-fest at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. this past weekend.
But with the shutdown slated to end with Obamacare unscathed, and nothing to show for it except the billions that the logistics of the shutdown has cost and plummeting approval ratings, Cruz is all but being chased down by angry men with pitchforks from both parties.
His approval rating is at 14%, according to a NBC/WSJ poll released a few days ago. That is the lowest approval of any politician that was included in the poll, even lower than John Boehner (17%).
And today, the Houston Chronicle made the point of doing something unheard of – they took back their endorsement of Cruz after endorsing him prior to the 2012 elections.
The Chronicle article lauded his predecessor, Kay Bailey Hutchison, as part of the editorial announcing the un-endorsement of Cruz.
Here is what they said about Cruz:
One reason we particularly believe that Hutchison would make a difference in these hectic days is that if she had kept her seat, Cruz would not be in the Senate.
When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation – that he follow Hutchison’s example in his conduct as a senator.
Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.
Cruz has already put his spin on his trouncing. He blamed members of his own party for spoiling a “remarkable victory”.
“Months ago, when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed, they scoffed that the American people would rise up, they scoffed that the House of Representatives would do anything and they scoffed that the Senate would do anything.”
“We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand, listening to the American people, that everyone in official Washington just weeks earlier said would never happen,” he continued. “And that was a remarkable victory, to see the House engage in a profile in courage.”
“Unfortunately, the Senate chose not to follow the House. And in particular, we saw real division among Senate Republicans. That was unfortunate. I would point out that had Senate Republicans united and supported House Republicans, the outcome of this, I believe, would have been very, very different.”
Watch Cruz blame his own party members in the video below from Politico.