On Face the Nation (CBS) Sunday, host Bob Schieffer portrayed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a vandal brandishing the government shutdown like a blunt weapon to force the Senate to yield to his unreasonable demands.
After an interview with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew—where he insisted Obama has always been open to negotiations—Schieffer brought on a representative for the Republican side, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).
Taking Lew’s premise to task, Cornyn emphasized the president’s repeated refusal to negotiate as the primary cause of the political standoff:
The president said he won't negotiate on the continuing resolution and now he said he won't negotiate on the debt. But what he needs to do is roll up his sleeves and get to the table, and I'm sure we can get past the impasse on both the continuing resolution, as well as the debt ceiling.
Schieffer responded by blaming Cruz, arguing it was his idea in the first place to use the budget battles as a means to defund Obamacare. In the response, Schieffer compared Cruz’s tactics to that of a menacing vandal:
Which is almost like, “I’m gonna throw a brick through your window unless you give me twenty dollars.”
Cornyn handled the smear of his fellow senator with class:
Well, I would look at it a little different way. I would say that Ted and I share the concern about what Obamacare is doing to our economy, and—
But that is as far as Cornyn could get before Schieffer interrupted.
But that’s beside the point. The law has been passed...
Beside the point for who?