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The more I see of Ted Cruz, the more I see a truly foul human being, the worst of the DC Teaparty posers, happy to wreck the nation for fun and personal profit. A man who pretends to be of the people and rags Obama as an elitist for attending Harvard, the same school Cruz attended, while rumors swirl from past classmates paint Cruz as an elitist snob who would not even associate with “non ivy league” college students.

But his McCarthy like approach to defunding Obamacare has been derailed in the Senate with the help of one Mitch McConnell, minority leader, who briefly emerged today like a frightened turtle to pull the levers on obscure Senate procedure:

TPM — Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny,” McConnell spokesman Don Stewart told TPM in an email Monday. “He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill.”

The move also signals how badly McConnell wants to avoid a government shutdown, which observers across the political spectrum agree would harm the GOP. He’s facing re-election in 2014 and fending off a conservative challenger, Matt Bevin, who is demanding he get tougher on Obamacare. A shutdown would also harm McConnell’s ultimate goal of becoming majority leader after the mid-term elections.

Cruz is down, but he’s not out. There’s been some chatter about whether or not Cruz really thinks he can run and win the general election in 2016, or if he’s just lining up for a life of lucrative wingnut welfare. My take is he’s enough of a megalomaniac to think he really can win.

Comments

  1. docsarvis says

    Cruz cannot run for president. He was born in Canada and his father is Cuban, remember? How can his Tea Party backers possibly reconcile their Obama birther vitriol with Cruz’ Canadian birth? Oh, wait. Tea Partiers practice neither critical nor consistent thinking.

    Never mind.

  2. Amphiox says

    Cruz cannot run for president. He was born in Canada and his father is Cuban, remember? How can his Tea Party backers possibly reconcile their Obama birther vitriol with Cruz’ Canadian birth? Oh, wait. Tea Partiers practice neither critical nor consistent thinking.

    On the contrary the Tea Partiers have been remarkably consistent.

    Being born in another country is only a problem if you are Black and a Democrat. Everything else is consistently fine with them.

  3. Robert B. says

    Okay, I read this a few times, and now I think I get it.

    The Republican House has passed a budget that specifically defunds the ACA (Obamacare), meaning it would technically still be in effect but there would be no money for it to actually do anything. The Democratic Senate is naturally going to vote to amend that part of the bill, passing a budget that does fund the ACA, which they can do with the simple majority they have. The Republicans have two ways to oppose this. They can vote against the amendment, but they will certainly lose that vote. Or, the Republicans can filibuster the budget bill entirely, which they can do because it takes fewer votes, but then there’s no budget, the government shuts down, and a bunch of Republicans lose elections in 2014.

    McConnell, who leads the Republican senators, has chosen the safe-but-ineffectual method of voting against the amendment. He’s basically conceding that the Senate will pass a bill funding the ACA, because that’s better than the only alternative, but he’s conceding in a way that lets all the Republicans get on record as voting against Obamacare again. Also, he’s never in a million years going to say that he’s conceding, so his spokesman described the procedure in the most obfuscatory way possible, confusing readers and necessitating long explanatory comments on blogs.

    Did I get that all right?

  4. tubi says

    @5

    Yes, I think you got it, but how does voting against the amendment achieve McConnell’s goal of avoiding a shutdown, which the blurb quoted in the post indicates he is desperate to avoid? If he and his asshole pals just vote against the amendment, and then against the amended bill in the Senate, it still passes and has to be reconciled with the House. So then the Senate is absolved of responsibility but the House turd blossoms won’t accept an amended budget from Senate, so we’re right back to where we started.

    Right?

  5. Skip White says

    Mitch McConnell, minority leader, who briefly emerged today like a frightened turtle

    I see what you did there.

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