"Last week is a perfect illustration of everything that's wrong with Washington," Sen. Ted Cruz told CNN's Dana Bash, because the Republican majority had to use "trickery" on a critical vote to raise the debt ceiling. Which they only had to do, of course, because Cruz and other far-right Republicans have consistently and perennially misrepresented what the debt ceiling is.
Sitting down with Bash — in a bar somewhere? — Cruz explained why all of his Republican colleagues were what is wrong with American politics and why he is sole virtuous voice in our nation's capital (essentially). From Wednesday night's interview:
I think last week actually is a perfect illustration of everything that's wrong in Washington. What Republican leadership said is, we want this to pass, but if every senator affirmatively consents to doing it on 51 votes then we can all cast a no vote and we can all go home to our constituents and say that we opposed it.
And listen. That sort of show vote, that sort of trickery to the constituents is why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating. In my view, we need to be honest to our constituents. And last week, what it was all about was truth and transparency.
This is either disingenuous or delusional.