This is great, via the National Review’s Eliana Johnson. Ted Cruz discusses several issues in front of a Tea Party group in Texas. Among them is the recent gun control bill pushed by Democrats and a few Republicans. Senator Cruz notes that the people most upset with his stance against the bill were members of the Senate’s GOPe caucus. Why were they upset? Simple: Because their constituents were angry that their Senators weren’t as diligent in standing up for their principles as upstart Senators like Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul are.
“I don’t know that there is an issue that has generated more heat internally in the Republican conference,” Cruz said at a Texas tea party rally. “We’ve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing up and looking at Rand [Paul] and Mike [Lee] and me and yelling at us at the top of their lungs, I mean, really upset.” He continued, “They said, ‘Look, why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I gotta stand on principle.’ I’m really not making that up. I don’t ever bother to argue with them, I just sorta let them yell and said, ‘Look, you know, vote your conscience.’”
In the GOPe’s defense, it’s difficult for them to vote their conscience in Washington if they left it in their home districts … or never had one to begin with. Enjoy.