Ted Cruz, the republican senator from Texas, attended a luncheon with conservative activists and bloggers at the Heritage Foundation. Here’s what he said, “There are some Democrats, some in the media and some Republicans who portray a shutdown as a horrible calamity. I think the term ‘shutdown’ is a misnomer. It’s actually a partial, temporary shutdown. We have seen them before. These “partial, temporary” shutdowns happen every single week on the weekend. Saturdays and Sundays we see temporary partial government shutdowns, and the world doesn’t end.”
Doug: And here’s what bugs me about Ted Cruz’s stupid statement, and why it should bother you. Ted Cruz is not a stupid man. He’s a Harvard law alum with a pretty good W-L record arguing cases in front of the US Supreme Court.
Cruz knows full well what he said is stupid. But he also knows that his gullible, red meat eating, mouth breathing, knuckle dragging base likes stupid. He knows his base likes everything reduced to mindless slogans and tag lines – exactly what his fellow republican, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, said the republican party has to stop doing .
So here’s the reality folks… a man you know is not stupid tells you something he knows is completely stupid. In the real world – not buried in the bowels of your right wing nut media bubble and echo chamber – but in the real world, this is what is called “insulting your intelligence.”
And this is the guy you want to run for president in 2016? A man who thinks and/or knows you’re stupid, but instead of trying to educate you and alleviate your stupidity, he caters to it and keeps you stupid?
His ability to insult the intelligence of his base so blatantly and get away with it is a thing to behold. It is however, a damning indictment of his base.
Do it, tea baggers. Seriously, shut down the government down in your bid to ensure that the working poor can’t get access to reasonable healthcare. I want the Democrats to win some seats in 2014, and Mr. Cruz’s idea seems to be the best way of making sure that happens. It’s gonna’ be fun watching the GOP have their asses handed to them again in 2016. Do it guys -you have my unconditional approval and consent.