Even people who believe Ted Cruz is the devil go on about how smart he is. Boy, I don’t know…
To America’s watch-me-woke-it-up CEOs I say: When the time comes that you need help with a tax break or a regulatory change, I hope the Democrats take your calls, because we may not.
Starting now, we won’t take your money either.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 30, 2021
The WSJ piece is behind a paywall, but a HuffPo article on the topic contains another jaw-dropping confession from Cruz:
“This time,” he wrote, “we won’t look the other way on Coca-Cola’s $12 billion in back taxes owed. This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies to preserve its multibillion-dollar antitrust exception, we’ll say no thank you. This time, when Boeing asks for billions in corporate welfare, we’ll simply let the Export-Import Bank expire.”
Here’s the reaction of Walter Shaub, who headed up the Office of Government Ethics:
This may be the most openly corrupt thing any Senator has said. It’s the part everyone knows: these crooks sell access. Others have the sense not to admit it. This is why our republic is broken. Immoral politicians selling power we’ve entrusted to them like it’s theirs to sell. https://t.co/hRciXUXeEs
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 2, 2021
Well, yeah. Cruz is a corrupt loudmouth jockeying for the pole position in a field of corrupt loudmouths who hope to lead a corrupt party formerly led by the most corrupt, dumb loudmouth of them all. “Saying the quiet part out loud” is a meme because Republicans so often, well, say the quiet part out loud.
But usually it’s a hot mic incident or GOP blabbermouth holding forth among friends who publicly confess that Republicans are changing laws specifically to suppress Democratic votes or what have you. It takes a special kind of stupid to broadcast your corrupt dealings with corporations on the WSJ opinions page.
Maybe it’s time for people to stop saying Ted Cruz is smart. Open thread.