Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says if Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wins the Republican nomination for president in 2016 it will spell doom for the GOP.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, which aired Wednesday, Reid said he’s sure the 16-day shutdown was an attempt to raise funds for the Tea Partier.
“With Ted Cruz, I am sure this will help him raise more money,” he told Maddow.
“If I didn’t care so much about our country, I would hope he will get the Republican nomination for president, because that would be the end of the Republican Party,” he added.
“In what sense?” Maddow asked.
“He stands for everything American doesn’t,” he explained.
Reid said the GOP is suffering after the shutdown and doesn’t think they will risk a similar stunt.
“The Republican Party is staggering right now,” Reid said. “Any poll, have Rush Limbaugh run a poll. No matter who did the poll, this has really hurt Republicans what they’ve done. I don’t know who they can expect to have a vote for them. I don’t see it. So they’re not going to do it again, is what I’m saying.”
He said what worries him the most isn’t the Tea Parties who drove brinksmanship, it’s the moderate Republicans who got on board with them.
“My disappointment in all of this is not the 80 or 90 people who live in some other political world that I don’t understand,” he said. “But my disappointment is the so-called moderates who went along with this vote after vote after vote.”
The House voted 45 times to repeal Obamacare.
“Einstein said this, pure definition of insanity is somebody who does something over and over and over again and expects a different result,” he said. “So that was my number one concern, that these so-called moderate Republicans went along with this crazy stuff.”