Tea Party Senator: ‘I Don’t Think What Washington Needs Is More Compromise’

For the last two years, Republicans in Congress have achieved new levels of obstructionism never before seen in Washington, passing fewer bills than any other session of Congress since such information began being recorded in the 1940s.

But if voters sent a message to the GOP in November by reelecting President Obama and voting out Republicans in both the Senate and the House, freshman tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) seems to have missed the memo. He appeared on Fox News Sunday:

I think the fiscal cliff deal was a lousy one, but moving forward with the debt ceiling and those who believe in limited spending and solving the debt…I don’t think what Washington needs is more compromise, I think what Washington needs is more common sense and more principle.

Cruz has said that he would not have voted for fiscal cliff agreement. Pressed by guest host John Harwood, Cruz extended his no-compromise agenda to everything from new revenue to gun control to the impending nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense. Cruz’s comments harken back to a similar promise made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) three years ago, when he suggested that Republicans’ top priority shouldn’t be governing but rather defeating Obama in 2012. With the elections in the rear view mirror and Obama reelected to another four years, Cruz is simply interested in more GOP obstructionism.