Thursday, September 25, 2014


As expected, the GOP is trying to create a constitutional crisis where none exists, and no one's trying harder than Ted Cruz:
Conservatives are warning President Obama against using a lame-duck session of Congress to push through Attorney General Eric Holder's replacement....

Republicans have repeatedly urged Democrats to refrain from pushing through any non-emergency legislation in a lame-duck session, arguing that lawmakers who have lost their seats would have no accountability.

That holds true for selecting Holder's replacement, said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will consider the eventual nomination.

"Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls, to confirm Holder's successor would be an abuse of power that should not be countenanced," Cruz said.
You love the Constitution, don't you, Ted? You think "every word of the Constitution matters," right? Well, here are some straightforward, easy-to-understand words in the Constitution, specifically in the Seventeenth Amendment:
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years....
Yes, "for six years" -- not "for six years minus the time between their defeat at the polls and the swearing-in of their successors." A senator who's lost a reelection bid is still a senator. The Constitution -- which you claim to hold sacred -- says so.

I know you don't like the Seventeenth Amendment. Well, Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution's main text, which was superseded by the Seventeenth Amendment, said the same thing -- the term is six years, period.

So even though we know your demagoguery on this is just beginning, you should drop it. If you don't you, hate the Constitution.


Nefer said...

He must have that same stupid-ass view of lame ducks as that idiot Palin. "Gee, as long as I will be leaving at the end of my term, I might as well quit now."

Roger said...


Fuck Ted Cruz.

Ken_L said...

Eh he's on a winner of course, in terms of his own agenda. Lots more noise about Obama's lawlessness and disrespect for the constitution will persuade a few more people who aren't political junkies that Obama is a dreadful president, and it's unlikely to upset anyone who isn't already firmly in Obama's camp.

The intriguing question is why so many conservatives are still obsessed with finding fault with Obama (e.g. the sloppy salute idiocy). It made sense pre-2012, but it seems pretty pointless now. Much of it just seems like petty, childish resentment that a man they detest so much could actually get through 8 years unimpeached. As far as any broader strategic political goal is concerned, I just can't see it.

Victor said...

Obama Derangement Syndrome is now their default position.
They'll hate him long after he's dead.
Because on his worst day, he's a million times better than their former hero, W, was on his best day!

Erik C. said...
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Erik C. said...

Sen. Canuck is definitely not stupid, so it's obvious he knows full well that he and his party of nutbags has no standing to make demands on the majority when they're still the majority.

He also knows full well that if the situation were reversed his gang of chuckleheads would do the same thing.