Lee, Cruz Undaunted by Critics

Conventional wisdom holds that the threat by Mike Lee and Ted Cruz to shut down the government over Obamacare is quixotic at best, political suicide at worst, but the two senators are refusing to back down.

Reports National Review’s Katrina Trinko:

“I gotta tell you, [defunding Obamacare] has been publicly described as stupid, dishonest, deceitful, crazy, and that’s just by the Republicans,” Cruz told a crowd at a town hall in Texas on Monday.

But none of that seems to matter to Cruz and Lee, who are both pushing ahead with the help of an insurgent coalition of activist groups including Heritage Action, the Madison Project, and Brent Bozell’s ForAmerica.

In an interview, Cruz expanded on his ideas, saying that his Republican opponents are “haunted by ghosts of shutdowns past” but that the conventional wisdom on the 1995 battle between Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton is wrong.