As expected, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) used his time at the Iowa Republican party fall fundraiser last night to lament that we didn’t default on our debt.
“We didn’t accomplish our ultimate policy goal in this battle, and we didn’t because unfortunately a significant number of Senate Republicans chose not to unite and stand side by side with House Republicans,” he said. “Had we stood together I’m convinced the outcome of this fight would be very, very different. But listen, none of us ever thought that taking on the Washington establishment was going to be easy.”
From a certain point of view, he’s not wrong. The fight would have turned out very, very different if they had all stood together in defiance. We would have defaulted on our debt and would more than likely be looking at another recession or worse.
This would be a good time to point out that Ted Cruz ultimately did not stand “side by side” with House Republicans. He had a chance to put his money where his mouth is and perform a real filibuster, but he chose not to.
Cruz knows he had no standing to do that, but he’s workin’ the Lunatic Base hard. He’s running for president, for pete’s sake.