Monday, February 17, 2014

John McCain and Mitch McConnell are Pissed Off at Ted Cruz because he wouldn't let them Lie

Ted Cruz upset the apple cart and pissed off John McCain.  See this tweet.
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Okay, the "problem" is that Ted Cruz forced the Republican leadership to tell the truth.  You see the Senate was going to pass the clean debt limit bill.  And the Republican Leadership was going to let them do it without a Filibuster (the 60% floor).  So it was going to pass with just Democrats and all the Republicans would get to say they voted against it.
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But Teddy Cruz objected.  And that meant that 60 votes were needed to vote on it.  So some 12 Republican Senators had to vote YES to bring this to the floor.  Actually only 4 Republicans were needed, but the other 8 stood up with their colleagues.
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So 12 Republicans determined it would be better to allow the government to work as it should than risk the full faith and credit of the United States to pay bills they already racked up.  Twelve smart men and women said that the country was more important than the Tea Party.
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You see, most of them think their voters are stupid.  And maybe they are.  Because these 12 voted to allow a vote because the bill would die otherwise.  But when the vote on the bill came, it only needed a simple majority - to be had with only the Democrats - so all those Republicans turned around and voted no.
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I think it shows a level of contempt for their voters - too stupid to see through the charade.  They are trying to appeal to the Tea Party by voting NO to raising the debt limit.  But there is a government to really run, so they had to vote yes to allow it to come to the floor.
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Which brings us to Teddy Cruz.  The leadership is mad because "he made them vote FOR cloture".  Or, as we in the reality community believe, he made them vote for what they really believe, not the lies they are telling.
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Which is one of the few things I find admirable about the Junior Senator from Texas.

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