Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, still doesn't understand how the Senate works. He only knows that every "patriot" and Tea Party member needs to hate Obama, and they need to keep throwing down the gauntlet to the old-style GOP members who aren't extreme enough for his liking. What he'd love is another big government shutdown that puts the spotlight on his favorite Senator, himself. But Mitch McConnell has already put the kibosh on that idea since it was a big turn-off for the rest of the country last year.
And now it's hilarious to watch Cruz pitch a tantrum and try to get Mitch McConnell to do his bidding. Old Mitch would rather strike deals with lame-duck Majority Leader Harry Reid than let Ted "Anointed One" Cruz have more power over the Senate. And that's exactly what happened - the GOP turned against Ted Cruz, mainly because he is never a team player.
This time it really backfired on Cruz, LOL. He and his toady, Mike Lee R-Utah, insisted that the Senate work through the weekend so they could have a vote on whether the President's Executive Order on Immigration was Constitutional. The vote didn't go as expected, with many GOP Senators voting the opposite from Cruz, and on top of that the President suddenly got the green light for some of his languishing nominations since they were in session anyway.
And then today the Senate stood up to the NRA lobby and passed through the nomination of Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General.
Thanks, Ted Cruz, you idiot! Merry Christmas!
From Talking Points Memo
It began on Friday evening, when Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were close to securing an agreement to quickly vote on the $1.1 trillion "CRomnibus" spending bill to avert a government shutdown. Cruz, along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), blindsided Republican leaders by objecting and dragging out the process as they demanded a vote to defund Obama's executive actions on immigration.
What Cruz didn't count on was Reid instead seizing on the occasion — which forced the Senate to stay in session for procedural votes — to move forward with starting the confirmation vote clock on a whopping 24 Obama nominations that otherwise might have been jettisoned. The Texan's tactic angered numerous Republican colleagues.
"I think most Republicans think that Christmas came early for Democrats," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, according to Roll Call, blaming Cruz. "I haven't seen Harry smile this much in years, and I didn't particularly like it."
Ted Cruz's 2016 Plan: 1) Court Hispanics, Millennials And Jews 2) Get nomination 3) Ride Unicorn to Convention http://t.co/CQNe0w2DYc— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 15, 2014