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Friday, October 28, 2016

NBC News’ Chuck Todd ripped into Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) during a Monday morning appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, saying that the Texas Republican is living in an “echo chamber,” then rhetorically asking, “what planet are you living on?”

Todd, NBC News’ chief White House correspondent, was set off by a clip of Senator Cruz dismissing the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, which found the Republican Party’s poll numbers in a shutdown-fueled freefall.

“I’ll note that that poll was very heavily weighted with an awful lot of Democrats with an awful lot of Obama supporters and 20 percent of the people polled were government workers,” Cruz said, with absolutely no evidence to back up his assertion. “So, I don’t think it’s surprising that the people who work for the government who are supporters of the president and who are Democrats support the president, are Democrats and blame Republicans for the things that are bad in this country.”

“The problem is two-thirds of the country is thinking something else,” Todd said in response to Cruz’s remarks. “And that’s what you see in our poll. It wasn’t just Democrats, it was independents and it was the one half of the Republican Party that doesn’t associate itself with the Tea Party wing of the party.”

“What planet are you living on here?” Todd exclaimed.

He went on to criticize Cruz for his comments urging Democrats to stop playing games with the shutdown.

“You started this game,” Todd said. “You are the one that lit the fuse. You started this.”

Video of the exchange is below, via MSNBC:

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  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Has Cruz finally faced his “Joseph Nye Welch”? One can only hope.

  • FT66

    Bravo Chuck Todd. You have given Cruz the medicine he asked for. Even my republican friends find this man crazy.

    • stcroixcarp

      He should be referred to as Crazy Cruz from now on and not Senator.

      • Jim Myers

        To think, this man is a United States Senator. Amazing.

        • FT66

          I think they must be a test for anyone who wants to become US Senator. Cruz started all this fiasco. He didn’t think about the consequences of it. After the shutdown (which he caused), was in place, he started screaming:”they shutdown the gov. they are making people suffer”. Who shut the gov. down if not him? Was it not operating as asual and people not suffering before he went to preach for 21 hours? Does he really have the right even to show his face at the Senate floor? Talk about messing up while people who elected him, expected him to solve problems instead.

          • Jim Myers

            Thank you. Your comments are spot on.

          • RobertCHastings

            His “filibuster” would have been dead after fifteen minutes if he had to adhere to the same rules the Texas state legislature requires for filibusters.

        • RobertCHastings

          So was Joe McCarthy.

          • Jim Myers

            It took years for Joe McCarthy to do the amount of damage that Cruz has managed to do in the brief amount of time he has been in the Senate.

            “Evil can be every bit as pure as good.” Damian Thorn, The Omen Trilogy.

          • RobertCHastings

            The scary similarity between Cruz and McCarthy is they had a large cadre of the willing. Many folks already see the crack in Cruz’s armor, while it took some time and many ruined lives for McCarthy to be exposed. Hopefully, Cruz’s demise will be swift and, for him at least, painful and carry with it the underlying cause for his meteoric rise, the Tea Party.

          • Jim Myers

            You have a talent for seeing through some of the finer points of political discourse.

            Thank you for your comments.

          • RobertCHastings

            Hopefully, the strike a chord.

  • Michael Schiller

    I wonder if Cruz ( no respect intended) remembers Joe Wilson. Backmann is gone and Palin is irrelevent. Nuf said.

    • Jim Myers

      There was another Joe Wilson who is well worth remembering. He was the man who was sent to Iraq by President Bush, and reported that there was no Yellowcake Uranium being purchased by Iraq.

      He was then slandered and his wife, Valerie Plame, was outed as a covert op of the CIA by that same administration.

      Such honorable men they were. Crucifying someone for telling the truth.

  • Jim Myers


    The best and brightest that Texas Republicans have to offer.

  • JDavidS

    Please keep Palin and Cruz apart…or at least very, very closely chaperoned,,,What if they breed?

    • Jim Myers

      Now, that is not a pretty sight. That is something that could cause nightmares for years to come.

    • RobertCHastings

      Has everyone forgotten the physics of critical mass?

  • Landsende

    Rafael Eduardo Cruz is a megalomaniac who believes he is smarter than everyone else and has done almost as much damage to the country as George W Bush. It seems that all the politicians that come out of Texas are irrational and crazy. They are not willing to compromise on anything no matter who is hurt by their intransigence.

  • Michael Schiller

    Like I said EGOS RUN AMUCK! It takes a large EGO and a psycotic grab for power that causes a human to believe the only relevant thoughts are his or her own. Crazy Cruz or just plan Crazy, I like it.

  • Lovefacts

    While I’ll say bravo Chuck Todd about this, the man can’t understand why Obama doesn’t negotiate with the House Republicans. Todd thinks Obama is too partisan. Whereas, I believe Obama is to quick to negotiate away items of import all to make a deal. I suspect Obama has finally gotten it through his brain that if he continues that behavior he’ll be nothing to a footnote in history, especially if the ACA is repealed.

    • RobertCHastings

      Except for the very obvious fact that Obama, even leading up to the shutdown, was willing to compromise and negotiate. He has done little in office BUT negotiate and compromise with the Republicans, even in 2009 when he didn’t have to do so.

  • Bryan Blake

    Todd ultimately works for COMCAST and is just another employee of a giant corporate owner of news, information and entertainment media outlets. Even on MSNBC, Todd et al, have to pull their punches when talking about corporations, the rich and ultra-rich. The impartial, unafraid news reporters I watched on the evening news as I was growing up and into my 20s are no more. Dan Rather may have been the last such reporter on the national stage of corporate owned news. Just speaking truth about George W. Bush, although sloppily, got him fired. Today reporters can only sling arrows of truth when it is almost a national consensus that the target is an idiot. Thus, Cruz went from being constantly fawned upon by the national news media to being vilified, only when just about everyone realized Cruz is naked in his own dreams of grandeur.

    If you did not like George W. Bush nor Christian Kamikaze Cruz take heart we have hundreds of thousands waiting in the political wings here in Texas. Can somebody from one of your states that believes in Science invent something to spray on them that kills the spores of lunacy and delusion. Disagreement is perfectly natural to politics. But in Texas being deranged is a prerequisite to being elected to public office.

  • RobertCHastings

    I still don’t understand why no one has shown the balls to compare him with that Senator for Wisconsin in the 1940s and 1950s with whom he bears a remarkable resemblance, even down to the coif, and definitely to the philosophy. I am referring, of course, to Republican Senator Joe McCarthy.

  • DH_Honey

    Cruz to Todd: “Take me to your Leader”