Imagine, the horrifying idea of having to go on record as supporting an issue of major importance to the nation and to the base of the Republican Party.
As you’ll see in the video, Ted Cruz forced a vote on cloture to bring the “clean” bill on raising the debt limit to the floor of the Senate where it would be passed on a party line vote.
The fate of the bill was never in question in the Senate after John Boehner and the House Republican leadership caved in on the bill in the House. You’ll remember that only 28 Republicans voted with Boehner in favor of this bill and virtually the entire Republican leadership was in that 28.
What Cruz did was to force Republican Senators, primarily Mitch McConnell, to vote on cloture so the bill could be passed. That threw the Senate Republicans into a complete tizzy because they didn’t want to be on record favoring the bill and they could support it but vote against it without a cloture vote. That’s called “politics”.
Senator McConnell is in a tough race against Matt Bevin in the Republican Primary and he’s been getting hammered by Bevin for being a left-leaning, establishment Republican. You can bet Cruz aimed this particular “Cruz Missile” right at McConnell.
The liberal wing of the Republican Senate minority was ticked over this move by Senator Cruz that they delayed the vote and finally settled on a maneuver that would attempt some cover for McConnell by getting other Senators to vote with him for cloture so it wouldn’t appear that he’d cast the deciding vote, which is exactly what he did.
McConnell cut a deal to not have the names and votes of Senators read into the record as they were cast. That is the normal procedure for Senate votes, going back to the first Congress. By not recording their votes seven other spineless, establishment cowards were allowed to change their votes – John McCain first among them – to provide cover for McConnell. Obviously that failed.
McConnell is in a tough race against Matt Bevin, please consider giving up a trip to Starbucks this week and give Matt $10 or $20 to help him get the message out that Kentuckians can do a whole lot better than Mitch, the Democrats’ Bitch.