Ted Cruz is telling reporters that he confronted Obama last week, demanding that the president end the shutdown and help everyone "negatively affected by Obamacare."
Cruz later told Politico, "I opposed the shutdown from Day One. I think it was wrong that President Obama and Harry Reid forced the shutdown. They forced the shutdown because they wouldn’t compromise on Obamacare."
Supposedly the "confrontation" took place during a White House meeting attended by dozens of Republican senators, though so far no other Senators are confirming Ted's tale and the White House didn't bother entertaining questions on it.
They don't need to. Cruz has done the opposite.
From day three of the shutdown, as Politico reported:
"Over the August recess, Cruz made the rounds with conservative media and held rallies to call on his GOP colleagues to oppose any bill to keep the government running that would also continue funding Obamacare. As he won support on the right and among several dozen House conservatives, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) agreed to include the Obamacare defunding provision in a bill to keep the government running past Tuesday.
From Sept 23, the Washington Times:
Sen Ted Cruz has become a marked man in Washington, where his insistence that Republicans hold fast to defunding Obamacare --even if it means flirting with a government shutdown-- has been derided from across the GOP political spectrum.
From Oct 02, the Atlantic Magazine:
In just a few days of governing by hashtag, Ted Cruz has gone from asking for a government shutdown to protesting one now that it's happened and people think it's dumb. Last week, the Texas senator wanted to #MakeDCListen by shutting down the government unless Democrats agreed to defund Obamacare. On Wednesday, he wanted Congress to #LetTheVetsIn — as in, open the World War II memorial so veterans could visit. The memorial, like other national parks, was closed by the shutdown.
From Oct 06:
Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Republican Sen Ted Cruz (Texas) rejected the suggestion that members of his own party are unhappy with him for pursuing a fight over Obamacare into a government shutdown.
He also insisted in that interview that he hadn't hurt the Republican Party by his support of a shutdown.
As far back as July, Cruz assured that a government shutdown wouldn't be so bad. Cruz was the point man for the Heritage Foundation's nine-city defund-Obamacare-or-shutdown-the-government tour, was critical of Republicans who disagreed with him, was criticized by conservative writers for advocating a shutdown.
After all that, now he says he opposed it from day one?
Further, according to Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz isn't doing bad in the polls, rather, the polls are skewed.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last Thursday not only confirmed previous poll results blaming the GOP, but delivered perhaps most damning numbers, showing the GOP with a record-low 24 percent approval rating. Ted Cruz specifically has a 14 percent approval rating. That's six polls: Quinnipiac, CBS News/NY Times, ABC News/Washington Post, Fox News, Gallup, NBC News/Wall Street Journal. They all say the same thing. Republicans have been damaged by their stance on the shutdown.
Yet the Texas senator insists those numbers aren't accurate, telling NBC News on Friday, "If you seek out liberal Obama supporters and ask them their views, they're going to tell you they're liberal Obama supporters. That's not reflective of where this country is."
Sounds awfully reminiscent of Mitt Romney's beliefs ahead of the 2012 election. That didn't exactly work out well for Romney. Do Fox News and the Wall Street Journal look like the kind of organizations that would seek out "liberal Obama supporters"?
Cruz refuses to believe the polls are representative because about 20 percent of the respondents are government workers. However, according to pollsters, that percentage is normal. Cruz somehow takes "government workers" to mean "people working for the president" but "government workers" encompasses everyone from military members to teachers. Even so, Cruz believes the poll was heavily weighted with Democrats.
Incidentally, the poll was conducted by two campaign pollsters, one Republican and one Democrat.