In order see what happens when you convince your friends to burn their playhouse down by telling them that it will make a lovely glow, I present: So Much For The Afterglow In Two Acts.
First up, The Texan From Canadiastan:
A group of Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), railed against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at a private luncheon on Wednesday, according to The New York Times, which cited two unnamed people who were present.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) presented a Senate Conservatives Fund printout that logged 25 Senate Republicans — including Ayotte and McConnell — as voting for cloture on Sunday in what the group said was supporting Obamacare, “betraying their principles” and “giving Democrats the power,” the newspaper reported.
When Ayotte asked whether Cruz would repudiate the Senate Conservatives Fund’s attack, Cruz responded, “I will not,” an attendee told Politico.
At that point, McConnell, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and others joined in lashing Cruz, leader of the anti-Obamacare showdown that spiraled into the government shutdown. “It just started a lynch mob,” one senator told the Times.
…and his partner in self-immolation:
In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) opened up about a closed-door meeting he recently had with the Republican Senate colleagues in which both he and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) were “attacked.” Lee said that the terms used by his fellow Republicans to attack the two Senators were “demeaning.” He asked why, given that the details of the meeting were leaked to the press, that his GOP colleagues did not reveal their identities.
…Lee disclosed, the facts of that meeting was already revealed to the press. “It was an all-out attack against Ted Cruz and me,” Lee disclosed. “It was unflattering. It was unfair. It was demeaning.”
“It was demeaning to Senator Cruz and to me, but more than anything it was demeaning to those who engaged in the attacks,” he added.
Lee refused to disclose which Republicans rose to attack him in that closed door meeting, but said that it was enough so that he “lost count.” He added that he was not clear why the Republicans who attacked him and Cruz did not reveal their identities.
“Did anyone rise to your defense,” Hewitt asked.
“Sort of,” Lee replied. “Not really.”
CUE: [SAD FACE] [TREMBLING LOWER LIP] [VISIBLE SLUMPING OF SHOULDERS] [SOUR FLOP SWEAT SMELL]
Tiny violins may be found on aisle 4. But hurry, they’re going fast and quantities are limited…