In a cheerful press conference today Senator Ted Cruz said he would not try to stop a bill reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling from passing the Senate. It would seem that Senator Cruz should be in a more sour mood given that his plan to stop Obamacare is set to be thwarted. Things really seem to be going poorly for Cruz as the Houston Chronicle, one of his home state’s most prominent papers, took back its endorsement of him.
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.
Ouch. But then again, did Cruz really fail at his objective? What if his objective was not defunding Obamacare, but promoting himself?
If that was the real objective of the standoff then Senator Cruz has some celebrating to do. Not only has he advanced his profile nationally within the conservative movement, Cruz has raised a nice wad of cash.
In three week period following Cruz’s speech — even as GOP’s national approval ratings plummeted — conservatives frantically built their fundraising lists and campaign coffers. In the last quarter, Cruz’s political action committee raised in $797,000, nearly twice what it pulled in the quarter prior, and Heritage Action — which has pressured conservatives to vote against any bill that does not undermine Obamcare — collected $330,000.
So while the country got taken for a bumpy ride and the Republican brand collapsed in national polls – Ted Cruz smashed fundraising goals and posed for the cameras to raise his national profile. A party of one?
No wonder Cruz’s Republican colleagues hate him. His tactics have benefited no one but himself.