September 29, 2015

FUTILITY IS TOUGH TO RUN ON:

Ted Cruz Will Get Nowhere (Martin Longman, 9/29/15, Washington Monthly)

It's not even surprising, at this point, that Cruz is being treated with a virtually unprecedented lack of deference and respect by his Senate colleagues, including every member of his own party not named Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

For the second time, Cruz has been denied a sufficient second to call up a roll call vote. The first time it happened, back in late July, I wrote a piece explaining the procedural significance of this. I refer you to that if you are the kind of geek that needs to understand how the Senate actually operates.

The big picture is that, in July, Cruz's colleagues were angry that he had called Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor which is an actual violation of the Senate rules. This time, however, there was no comparable provocation for retaliation. This time, the Senate Republicans were just tired of his showboating and grandstanding, and they didn't want to give Cruz a vote that he would turn around and use to criticize them.

Last time, senators lined up to tell reporters why they had slapped Cruz down. This time, it seems more like routine business.

So, in his little time in the Senate, Cruz has managed to alienate himself from his colleagues in a way that I've never seen before. There have been similar senators in the past, I guess, but I can't think of any since Joe McCarthy who can even begin to compare to how the Senate feels about Cruz. And I don't think McCarthy suffered the same kind of rebukes from his colleagues until he'd been in the Senate for about seven years and was finally censured.

Posted by at September 29, 2015 6:39 PM
  

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