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Ted Cruz, shutdown denier: Now says he didn't orchestrate government shutdown

Tea Party darling Ted Cruz, possibly the most annoying person to come out of Texas since congressman Louie Gohmert, experienced a bit of selective amnesia Sunday on CBS' "Face The Nation." Although it has only been three months since the government shutdown he helped orchestrate, he now insists he had nothing to do with it. And, as was reported by Yahoo News Jan. 28, he doesn't want to talk about it anymore.

He told a reporter that talk of the government shutdown was just a distraction from more current issues.

Does that mean he's conceding that he started the whole shutdown business last year? Not quite. He just wants to move on.

So what got Sen. Ted Cruz to the point of being a shutdown denier to taking a note from Sarah Palin's book of how to talk to reporters? (You know: A reporter asks a question; respondent talks about whatever subject they wish, ignoring reporter's question.)

Questions about the government shutdown, of course...

“Would you ever conceive of threatening to shut down the government again?” show anchor Bob Schieffer asked the senator from Texas on Sunday's show.

"Well, Bob, with all due respect, I don't agree with the premise of your question," Cruz replied. "Throughout the government shutdown, 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."

Schieffer was falling for Cruz' revisionist view. So he asked Cruz the question again.

"I didn't threaten to shut down the government the last time," Cruz insisted. "I don't think we should ever shut down the government. I repeatedly voted to fund the federal government."

What Cruz voted for and what he threatened to do are two separate things. His little misdirection is an attempt to make it seem as if they are the same. And he might not have threatened to shut down the government "the last time," but that was just sidestepping his role as the Republican that took the lead on shutting the government down in order to defund, repeal, or in some way negatively impact the Afforable Health Care Act. It was also the basis for his claim that it was President Obama and Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, who actually shut down the government.

Still, per the Washington Examiner from Oct. 10: "Sen. Ted Cruz during a closed-door lunch on Wednesday argued to his Republican colleagues that the campaign he led to defund Obamacare has bolstered the GOP’s political position in dealing with the government shutdown."

The "campaign he led…"

But back to Sunday's interview with "Face The Nation." Bob Schieffer couldn't help but laugh at Cruz' ludicrous attempts to misdirect and present a revisionist view of the government shutdown.

Schieffer simply started laughing. He noted that even House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) admitted that it was a Republican orchestrated event. Chuckling, he asked, "If you didn't threaten to shut down the government, who was it that did?"

"President Obama," he said.


Ted Cruz is considered a frontrunner for the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential race. It is obvious he wants to distance himself from his involvement in the unpopular government shutdown, something he once told his Republican colleagues would be politically advantageous for those who allowed it to occur in a stand against Obamacare. It was not and now he is attempting to re-write his role in the matter.

And because that did not seem to be working, ignoring questions about the subject was the obvious next step...

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