Brian Beutler in Salon tells us how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) just handed the GOP a steaming hot turd and perhaps the 2014 elections to the Democrats.
Last week the seams holding together factions of the Republican party burst open once again. And once again, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was the guy scraping at them with a scalpel.
He didn’t shut down the government, or talk himself hoarse on the Senate floor. But he did spoil his leadership’s plan to let Senate Democrats increase the debt limit on their own without implicating any individual Republicans — including the highest-ranking Republican, who just happens to be in the midst of an unexpectedly tough election.
This can get a little technical. But suffice it to say that Republicans — for once! — wanted to not filibuster a bill. To avoid the whole 60-vote requirement they’ve made so routine, and just get on to the up-or-down final passage vote. Let 50 Dems and Vice President Biden do all the dirty work.
But ending debate on a bill and going directly to final passage requires consent from everyone in the Senate, and Cruz refused to provide his. Now several Republicans, including Mitch McConnell himself, must wear scarlet letters whenever they face conservative activists, all because Cruz wanted to court another damaging confrontation with Obama and wants the people denying it to him to suffer for their actions.
The bad blood has grown redolent.
This means that the Republicans will try to run against Obamacare, Benghazi!, and anything else they can cook up with Fox News, but it’s going to be really hard to run against the Tea Partiers who are already sharpening their knives to go after the traitors and collaborators that sold the debt ceiling down the river.
In a new ad, Stovall sits in the bed of a pick-up truck with a golden retriever and equates Cornyn with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“As a U.S. senator from Texas, you vote for Texans, you don’t stab her in the back by voting for cloture on Obamacare. You don’t enslave it’s children with unconstitutional laws and overwhelming debt. And you certainly don’t do all this to please some guy that looks and fights like a turtle,” Stovall says.
McConnell and Cornyn came under fire from conservatives for voting Wednesday to move forward legislation increasing the nation’s borrowing limit.
“I’m a Texan. We Texans don’t need a Beltway turtle telling us how to fight,” Stovall continues, suggesting that Cornyn’s votes have been influenced by McConnell.
I suppose we should chastise Mr. Stovall for making ad hominen attacks on Mitch McConnell’s reptilian resemblance, but if the carapace fits….
Let’s just stand back and let the fun begin.