Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program as the House was voting on the big shutdown-debt ceiling deal, to denounce the agreement. Cruz called it “a lousy deal for the American people.”

Cruz repeated the litany of ills ObamaCare is inflicting on the American people, from ruined health care plans to lost jobs, making particular note of the dwindling opportunities young people face in a high-unemployment market where so many jobs have been converted to part time. The failure of his drive to defund ObamaCare means the rusty pipes of the Affordable Care Act are still chugging out their corrosive sludge of malaise and confusion, not to mention the swarms of online bugs and zombie bureaucrats. (Hope you enjoyed that bit of seasonal imagery. Happy Halloween, everyone!)

Cruz is playing this exactly right, and his colleagues would do well to take note. He’s doing what a Democrat would do: making the other side pay for their “victory,” and reminding the majority of Americans that they’re real losers in all this.

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