You just have to love the way Sen. Ted Cruz is antagonizing his fellow Senate Republicans.
They want to finish a budget deal so they can go home for Christmas, finish their shopping, kick off their shoes and relax with their families.
What does the freshman lawmaker from Texas do? He launches a procedural move that keeps the Senate in session through the weekend because, by golly, he wants to undercut President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
His Republican pals, even some of his TEA party allies, are having none of it.
What gives with this showboating grandstander?
Oh, I forgot. He wants to run for president of the United States eventually and he might jump into the 2016 race. It’s all about Cruz. Forget that the government needs money to function, you know, do things like entertain visitors who visit our parks and do perform certain essential services that citizens demand.
As Politico reports, the GOP leadership is unhappy with this new guy: “Senior Republicans say there’s a problem with Cruz’s strategy: The GOP lacks the votes to stop Obama on immigration now, the $1.1 trillion spending package was speeding to passage, and they won’t resort to shutting down the government to mount their objections. Plus, the weekend session could allow Obama to get even more of his nominees confirmed.”
According to Politico, some Republican senators are openly angry with the Cruz Missile. Even fellow TEA party advocate, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is ticked off. So is Susan Collins, R-Maine. Oh, and how about the incoming Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.?
Suffice to say that McConnell is likely to have a few four-letter words with the young Lone Star blowhard.
Keep yammering, Ted. Some of your fellow Texans — such as me — are enjoying this sideshow.