Ted Cruz, Hypocrite and Fraud

“And I’ll tell you, any vote for cloture, any vote to allow Harry Reid to add funding for Obamacare with just a 51-vote threshold, a vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare.” – Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Ted Cruz is a hypocrite. Ted Cruz is a fraud. Ted Cruz is a politician, a childish, self-centered “leader” who cares more about getting on the news than doing his job. 21 hours, my friends. In the end, all Ted Cruz wanted was 21 hours. He wanted 21 hours of free publicity, 21 hours of free airtime, and 21 hours of free advertising. Obamacare was merely the means to that very lucrative end.

My rebuke of Mr. Cruz is harsh, but frankly, not harsh enough. Before continuing, though, I think it prudent to point out exactly why my opinion of Ted Cruz is so dreadfully low. I can answer that “question” in one word: cloture.

For those who don’t know, “cloture” is a process by which the Senate ends debate on a piece of legislation. Debate must stop before a bill is voted on, and therefore, cloture is a necessary prerequisite for passing laws. Earlier this week, Ted Cruz vowed that he would not vote for cloture in the Senate, going so far as to say that a vote for cloture was “a vote for Obamacare.” He added to the vitriol by calling skeptics of his plan “Nazi appeasers.”

Well on Wednesday, after an attention-grabbing, 21-hour speech, Cruz did the unthinkable: he voted for what is called “cloture on the motion to proceed.” Simply put, “cloture on the motion to proceed” commences  debate on the bill in question (in this case, the FY 2014 budget). Now on the surface, voting in favor of this bill seems like common sense. In fact, Cruz said as much late Tuesday:

“The first vote we are going to take on this is a vote on what is called cloture on the motion to proceed. Very few people not on this floor have any idea what that means and even, I suspect, a fair number of people on this floor are not quite sure what that means. That will simply be a vote whether to take up this bill and to begin debating this bill. I expect that vote to pass overwhelmingly, if not unanimously. Everyone agrees we ought to take this up, we ought to start this conversation.”

I think we can all agree that, despite the lack of rationality in much of what Senator Cruz attempted to do, this statement makes sense. However, I would urge you to look beyond the words themselves and consider the context in which Cruz said them. This ‘yea’ vote came from a man who, on Sunday, said he would oppose “any vote for cloture, any vote to allow Harry Reid to add funding for Obamacare with just a 51-vote threshold.”

By my estimation, supporting “cloture on the motion to proceed” was, in a sense, a vote to “allow Harry Reid to add funding for Obamacare with just a 51-vote threshold.” Why? Because the bill initiated the countdown to cloture, thereby moving the Senate that much closer to a situation in which Harry Reid could reinstate funding for Obamacare. If Senator Cruz had truly opposed cloture, wouldn’t he have done everything possible to keep the Senate from voting on it in the first place?

In simultaneously supporting “cloture on the motion to proceed” and opposing cloture, Cruz set himself up for success. If cloture had not passed, he would have continued to promote himself without having to admit legislative defeat. On the other hand, a vote in favor of cloture gives him extra clout in the conservative movement, as one of the few who stood up to the tyranny of the Republican establishment. No matter the outcome, Ted Cruz wins.

As a result, I have reached the following conclusion: this entire ordeal (Cruz speaking for 21 hours straight, voting for “cloture on the motion to proceed,” and voting against cloture) was just another political circus, put on to attract the media and win the hearts and minds of hardcore conservatives. In the end, Senator Cruz didn’t care about Obamacare. He got what he wanted: more media attention and conservative admiration. He deserves neither.

Ted Cruz exploited our political system for his own gain, using a debate on Obamacare to maliciously advance his own agenda. My friends, do not be fooled. As a loyal Republican, I will not stand by and allow Senator Cruz to make a mockery of the conservative movement. We do not stand for lies and deceit. If that is what Ted Cruz seeks, he can find a political home elsewhere. Hypocrites are not welcome in the Republican Party, nor should they be welcome in our political system.

I can only hope Senator Cruz’s supporters realize his address was nothing more than a circus, orchestrated to increase his popularity and mislead the American people. In the end, he got what he wanted. Ted Cruz abused the system and won.