Watch An Audience Laugh At Ted Cruz When He Tells Them He Didn’t Want A Government Shutdown (VIDEO)

Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz tried to shirk responsibility for last month’s government shutdown – and got just the response he deserved – loud laughter from an audience. – Meme by Elisabeth Parker for Addicting Info.

Ted Cruz Running Away From His Non-Filibuster As Fast As He Can.

At The Atlantic‘s Washington Ideas Forum on Thursday, Cruz tried to blame Democrats for the shutdown. “I didn’t want a shutdown. Throughout the whole thing, I said we shouldn’t have a shutdown,” he said with a straight face.

It made the audience erupt in laughter.

“Now, folks here can disagree. But repeatedly, I voted to keep the government open,” Cruz insisted.

That was too much even for Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the moderator. He interrupted to say, “But you know – and what they’re laughing about – is that obviously, ‘Yes, keep the government open, but only if ObamaCare was defunded or only if ObamaCare was delayed.’”

Still, no personal responsibility from Senator Cruz! Instead, he tried to blame the Democrats for not delaying ObamaCare for one year. Which pretty much proved Wallace’s point. So did Cruz’s later remark, “In my view, based on where things are right now, I think stopping Obamacare is the essence of pragmatism.” He added. “The most pragmatic thing we could do is say, ‘Listen, this isn’t working. Let’s start over.’”

Or to put it another way, Cruz was trying to duck blame for the government shutdown and, at the same time, take credit for his “pragmatism” in demanding that ObamaCare be scrapped.

Ted Cruz Ducks Responsibility For Being A 2016 Presidential Candidate, Too.

Wallace moved on to ask about Cruz’ 2016 aspirations. “How are you going to decide whether to run for president?” he asked.

Once again, Cruz pretended to be something he’s not. “You know, I understand a lot of people are focused on politics and potential future races,” he said, with his best gee-whiz face. “I am very much keeping my focus on the U.S. Senate. And the reason is, the Senate is where these issues are being fought.”

Wallace could not let that go. “But, Sir, at the risk of being a smart aleck. For somebody who’s focused on the Senate, you’re spending a lot of time in Iowa.”

That drew another hearty laugh from the crowd.

“I’ll tell ya, I went on a lovely pheasant hunt in Iowa,” Cruz retorted, obviously joking. But then he reverted to his sincere persona.

Yes, but to be honest, I’m spending a lot of time all over the country and the reason is, …I’m not devoting my time and energy to try to make the case in smoke-filled rooms in Washington. I think Washington’s broken. I think many of the elected officials in Washington are not listening to the problems of the American people are experiencing.

So what I’m devoting my time and energy to? Is going to the American people trying to mobilize and energize the American people. …I think the key to turning the country around is mobilizing and energizing the grass roots.

Gee, didn’t he just say he was focused on the senate because that’s where it’s at?

Still, Cruz wants you to think he’s a Republican team player (despite infuriating party leaders during the shutdown). “I intend to support whoever is standing up and leading, whoever is effectively defending conservative principles, defending free market principles, defending the Constitution, bringing us back to defending liberty and whoever is making the case to the American people,” Cruz said. “And it’s my hope that we see a thousand flowers bloom, that we see lots of people stepping up providing that leadership because that’s what it’s going to take to turn the country around.”

“I never thought I’d hear you espousing the views of Chairman Mao,” Wallace said jovially. He was referring, as Raw Story pointed out, to a common misquotation of Chairman Mao that was part of his initiative to encourage critical thinking. But it was also a possible trap to flush out dissidents whom Mao later executed.

Ted Cruz: radical, irresponsible and dishonest.

Here’s the video, via Raw Story: