(by Garth Kant, WND) – The Texan was too diplomatic to address the New Yorker’s attacks directly – even after his Republican colleague called him a “false leader.”
A soft-spoken Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, insisted he tried hard to ensure his marathon speech focused on defunding Obamacare and not the personalities involved, given the resistance of GOP leadership to his effort.
Despite those efforts, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., complained bitterly about his office getting bombarded with pro-Cruz and anti-Obamcare calls.
“The vehemence of the phone calls coming into the office. I don’t care, people can call me whatever they want … I haven’t heard such vile, profane, obscene language,” King said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday.
“I’m not saying Ted Cruz is responsible for all his supporters, but he has tapped into a dark strain here in the American political psyche here, and again, the most obscene, profane stuff you can imagine all from people who say they support the Constitution,” King said. “I think what we have to do is reach out to his people and let them know that they’re following a false leader here.”
WND reported GOP Senate leaders were not answering their phones, but were getting blasted by constituents in social media, in response to the historic 21-hour speech Cruz gave supporting the defunding of Obamacare.
When asked if he sensed the tide turning among his colleagues, Cruz told WND, “Any senator who expresses annoyance or frustration at hearing from his or her constituents, and receiving phone calls or emails or tweets from his or her constituents, it seems to me, may’ve lost sight of the people for whom we are working.”
During a conference call with reporters, Cruz said the real disconnect is not among Republicans, but between Capitol Hill and Main Street, USA.
“The most fundamental divide in this country right now is the divide between the entrenched politicians in Washington and the American people.”
The Texan cited surveys showing Congress with approval ratings as low as 10 percent.
“I believe the reason is simple,” he said. “It is because a significant number of Republican and Democratic senators are not listening to the people.
“And, if we have accomplished anything this week, I hope we have made significant progress in changing that culture and helping bring senators back to the reason we are here. Which is, to listen to our constituents and to fight for our constituents.”
Cruz speculated, “[I]f we do so, we will stand united against Obamacare — because it is hurting millions of Americans.”
The key issue right now is a cloture vote in the Senate scheduled for Friday.
If it passes, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could easily add language to the bill restoring funding for Obamacare.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would need to get only 41 out of 46 Republican senators to vote to block cloture, but he would not support the effort.
He, and other establishment Republicans, fear they would take the blame for any government shutdown, even though the House bill is specifically designed to force Democrats to be the ones to shut down the government, should they refuse to defund Obamacare.
As to whether his colleagues have been persuaded to join him in his effort to defund Obamacare, Cruz told WND: “Any Senator who listens to his constituents will vote on cloture tomorrow. I don’t know how the Senators will vote tomorrow, but I hope they listen to their constituents.” Continue reading via WND...