Ted Cruz keeps deluding himself about next year’s election:

The single-most damaging thing that has happened to Republicans for 2014 is all of the Senate Republicans coming out, attacking the House Republicans, attacking those pushing the effort to defund Obamacare and lining themselves up opposite of the American people.

It’s bit rich for the politician who has been agitating against the “surrender caucus” to complain about the criticisms of others, but the real flaw here is that Cruz’s claim simply isn’t true. When a majority of Americans now says that it is a “bad thing” for Republicans to control the House on account of the shutdown, the party’s political woes can hardly be traced to Senate Republicans because they failed to imitate their House colleagues. Winning control of the Senate next year was always going to be difficult for Republicans, and Cruz and his allies have made that result significantly less likely because they have made Republican control of any part of the government appear much less desirable. Having inflicted a huge political loss on his party by picking a pointless fight, Cruz blames the people most responsible for extricating the party from the mess he helped create.

As for “lining themselves up opposite of the American people,” what does Cruz think that he and his allies have been doing for the last month if not that? The fact that he still seems to think that the public is on his side in all of this may be an even bigger indictment of his poor judgment than the earlier blundering. Cruz continues to have many fans in spite of all this, but they should ask themselves if they really want a leader who never takes responsibility for his failures and issues one self-serving denial after another when confronted with the cost of his mistakes.