Ted Cruz today gleefully admitted the federal government shutdown he started three weeks ago with his fake filibuster was really just a fundraising stunt. The freshman Tea Party Senator from Texas also admitted that the “efforts to defund Obamacare… began months ago.” Which is exactly what the New York Times reported — that the defunding campaign was a creation of former President Ronald Reagan’s scandal-plagued, anti-pornography crusading attorney general Edwin Meese, and former Senator Jim DeMint’s Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Action lobbyists.
So Ted Cruz today, ironically speaking to reporters at the exact same time that his leader — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – was addressing the upper chamber about the deal to end the 16-day old government shutdown.
A reporter told Senator Cruz, “you got nothing” for shutting down the government, but Cruz disagreed.
“We have seen a remarkable thing happen,” Cruz proudly responded. “Months ago when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed. They scoffed that the American people would rise up. They scoffed that the House of Representatives would do anything and they scoffed that the Senate would do anything. We saw first of all, millions of millions of American people rising up across this country, over two million people signing a national petition to defund Obamacare. We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand listening to the American people that everyone in official Washington said wouldn’t happen.”
Those two million people “signing a national petition to defund Obamacare” were added to the database of an ultra-conservative political action committee (PAC) which has been supporting Cruz. Those two million people happily gave up their names and email addresses to the Senate Conservatives Fund, and their email harvesting operation, dontfundobamacare.com, who will be sending them regular fundraising emails, enabling Cruz’s supporters to wage a treasure chest full of battles against anyone running against him.
In “Ted Cruz Admits Budget Standoff Was All About Fundraising,” Think Progress notes that in the ”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.”
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