This is the way reality looks to Ted Cruz: The deeply conservative leadership of the Republican Party just isn't deeply conservative enough.
On "Meet the Press" this morning, Cruz actually tried to make this case. Yes, with a straight face. Republican majorities in Congress, he suggested, have actually partnered and compromised and cooperated with President Obama and his agenda too much.
In fact, what the Republican majorities have done, we came back right after the last election, passed a trillion dollars cromnibus bill, filled with corporate welfare reform. Then Republican leadership and-- and leadership joined with Harry Reid and the Democrats to do that.
Then leadership voted to fund Obamacare. Then they voted to fund amnesty. Then they voted to fund Planned Parenthood. And then Republican leadership took the lead confirming Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Now Chuck, which one of those decisions is one iota different than what would happened under Harry Reid and the Democrats? The truth of the matter is Republican leadership are the most effective Democrat leaders we've ever seen. They've passed more Democratic priorities than Harry Reid ever could.
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Cruz also argued that Donald Trump has been "immensely beneficial for our campaign. ... (T)he reason is he's framed the central issue of this Republican primary as who will stand up to Washington? Well, the natural follow up if that's the question is who actually has stood up to Washington? Who has stood up to both Democrats and to leaders in their own party?