Ted Cruz: ‘I Didn’t Shutdown The Government, Obama Did’

Ted Cruz: 'I Didn't Shutdown The Government, Obama Did'

On Face the Nation Sunday morning Bob Schieffer laughs in the face of Sen. Ted Cruz when he says he wasn’t responsible for the shutdown of the government.

Bob Schieffer couldn’t contain his laughter Sunday morning when Ted Cruz responded to a question about the previous government shutdown. The normally reserved elder statesman of broadcasting couldn’t help but scoff at the preposterousness of Cruz’s statement on this week’s Face the Nation.

Schieffer pressed Cruz to answer the question posed. Cruz, in true political double talk, slithered his way into blaming the president and opposing party.

Bob Schieffer – “You became a celebrity when you led the drive to shut down the government over Obamacare… Can you conceive of any situation in which you would do that again? Try to shut down the government in exchange or in demand for some action by the President?”

The truth as seen by Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz – “… I opposed a government shutdown. I said we shouldn’t shut the government down. I think it was a mistake that President Obama and the Democrats shut the government down this fall. The reason they did so, is that President Obama dug in and said he wouldn’t compromise, he wouldn’t negotiate.”

Sen. Cruz proceeded to tell a story about a White House meeting to which Senate Republicans were invited. The President let it be known in no uncertain terms that he would not negotiate or compromise. Cruz categorized the meeting as surreal.

But let’s get a couple things straight. First, both parties opposed a government shutdown. But it was Cruz and the Republican extreme that refused to finalize a budget if it didn’t contain a repeal of Obamacare. Now Cruz blames the shutdown on Democrats and most specifically the President for not caving in to Gestapo tactics and terrorist like threats and demands. The actual issue of funding the government never needed to involve the current healthcare law. Republicans tried a last ditch effort to do away with a law they didn’t like and held the country hostage to get their way.

Secondly, the meeting Cruz refers to happened after the government shutdown had taken effect. Obama didn’t call up the Senate in advance to tell them he wouldn’t deal. He told them he wouldn’t deal on Obamacare. Funding of the federal government legislation could be passed without involving healthcare.

This meeting happened after Cruz and his cronies had already made their move to halt the government. Not before. Had Cruz and his Tea Party comrades negotiated the budget deal in good faith there would never been a necessity for Obama to call a meeting and clarify his position on his signature legislation. But after they committed to their strategy Obama let them know discreetly that their posturing would not bring him to the negotiating table

Sen. Cruz take two.

And so, Schieffer asked again,

“Would you ever conceive of shutting down the government again?”

Cruz responded,

“Well, as I said, I didn’t threaten to shutdown the government the last time. I don’t think we should ever shut down the federal government, I repeatedly voted to fund the federal government.”

That’s true. Cruz voted to fund the government with the repeal of Obamacare every time it came up for a vote. And it shouldn’t take much for anyone to remember the position of Republicans to kill Obamacare at all costs.

Schieffer asks while laughing, “Senator, if you didn’t threaten to shut down the federal government, who was it that did?”

Ted Cruz answered, “Senator Harry Reid and President Obama.”

Cruz goes on to explain his version of events which at best are twisted manipulation of fact if not outright lies.

Maybe the best part of the entire interview was, as Cruz is still trying to bob and weave politically, Schieffer just cuts him off. He couldn’t stand to listen to the bullshit anymore either. So much for the memory of elephants.