Speaking on Monday at a conservative student organization event in Palm Beach, Florida, Sen. Ted Cruz warned that Democrats will become "obstructionists at a level we've never seen" under a Donald Trump administration.
In what has to be a giant fit of irony, the Texas lawmaker — who single-handedly shut the government down because Democrats wouldn't repeal their signature health care law — predicted to Turning Point USA that Democrats will "filibuster absolutely everything they can," according to Texas Tribune reporter Patrick Svitek.
Apparently Cruz, whose stunt was described by a Senate aide as "a toddler’s version of legislating," is now worried that the minority party will resort to what was essentially the only page of the Republican Party playbook from 2010 to now. Since 2010 GOPers have filibustered hundreds of bills passed by the House of Representatives explicitly because they wanted to make Obama "a one-term president."
Cruz warned that Democrats have been "radicalized" by the election of a man whose sole policy agenda seems to be "build a wall so Mexicans can't get in" and "keep scary Muslims away from me."
In 2013, when Cruz was thinking of campaigning for president himself, he told ABC News that purity tests and getting more "radicalized" were good things — especially when they benefitted Ted Cruz and the Republican Party: "Any time Republicans nominate a candidate for president who runs as a strong conservative, we win. And when we nominate a moderate who doesn’t run as a conservative, we lose."
So, in short: Ted Cruz is either tone-deaf or a master at flaming. Or maybe he just doesn't want Democrats to crib his moves.