If you would have told me this time last year that Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were going to debate over the topic of Obamacare, I would have leaped for joy. I was a very strong supporter for Bernie Sanders and a very strong mocker of Ted Cruz during the 2016 election cycle. However, as the election cycle fades and the country focuses more on the future epoch of progressivism vs centrism vs neo-fascism, it appears as if this is going to be less of a debate of substance, and more of an attention grabbing scheme from both sides.
If this debate was truly existing for the sake of having a literal political debate to discuss any change in the course of healthcare policies, then it should have happened months ago. It’s not like Americans didn’t know what was going to happen to Obamacare and any other shred of healthcare when Republicans took control of the White House and Senate. This has been a major talking point throughout the election cycle, and both Sanders and Cruz made their individual statements towards the subject countless times beforehand.
As we are all well aware, Ted Cruz is still holding onto the look of a conservative harlot, hoping for a second chance at the Presidency in (most likely) 2024 or (if Trump fucks with the party) 2020. I’ve said it before, and I’ve said it again: Ted Cruz will never get as close to the White House as he did during his failed campaign of 2016. The conservative wing of politics goes through religious zealots like cicadas. Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee are both perfect examples of this. Huckabee did fairly well in 2008, tried to run in 2012 and 2016, and did significantly worse than 2008 in both subsequent attempts. Santorum did fairly well in 2012, and (you might not have known since he basically stayed below 0% the entire time) failed horrendously in 2016. I predict that when Ted Cruz decides to run again, he will meet a fate similar to anti-gay superstars Santorum and Huckabee.
As for Bernie Sanders, I’ve already thanked him for the movement that he caused. I don’t believe Sanders ran on the notion of actually winning…with everything elitist against him at all times. I believe that the progressive movement that Bernie Sanders started will live well after this entire generation, let alone Sanders himself.
So, to hear two established politicians restate their opinions on Obamacare for the millionth time? In 2016, when these two men could have perhaps made their way to the Presidency – then yeah, it would have been exciting. In 2017, when one is irrelevant and the other has already initiated a movement around his platform? I have one word: meh.
Both politicians have better things to do with their time. Cruz could be shutting down the government for some stupid reason and Sanders could be putting his voice somewhere more relevant. I am, however, surprised that Ted Cruz is allowing himself to go on CNN after Trump’s Party has declared the channel the “opposition party” to Republicanism.