- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chris Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday” that it’s been one of the “strangest weeks” he’s ever had in Washington after top Republicans bombarded the host with opposition research about Sen. Ted Cruz in advance of his appearance on the show Sunday morning, Mediaite.com first reported.

“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Mr. Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”

“This was a strategy laid out by Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz without any consultation with their colleagues,” Karl Rove said of the pair’s efforts to defund Obamacare. “With all due respect to my junior Senator from Texas, I suspect this is the first time that the end game was described to any Republican Senator. They had to tune in to listen to you to find out what Ted’s next step was in the strategy.”

“You cannot build a Congressional majority, in either party, for any kind of action, unless you are treating your colleagues with some certain amount of respect, and saying, ‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’” Mr. Rove added. “Instead they have dictated to their colleagues through the media, and through public statements, and not consulted them about this strategy at all.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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