Late Night Open Thread: Cruz, Still Running for God-King

He’s got as much chance of being the Republican candidate as I do, but Ted Cruz sure is doing his best to ensure himself many prosperous years as the new Newt Gingrich — now with Xtra Christianistism!

ETA: Hat tip commentor TR:

Open Thread: Rooting for Injuries?

I frankly suspect this “rally” will never happen — the Trump and Cruz camps will never be able to agree on top billing, dais placement, who gets to bloviate first, etc. But I doubt it’s only Democrats gleefully imagining the Clash of the Titanic Egos…

Meanwhile, on the Republic of Gilead Campaign Trail…

Link from The Hill:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Sunday that the concept of birthright citizenship is illogical given America’s struggles with rising illegal immigration.

“I think birthright citizenship as a policy matter doesn’t make sense,” the GOP presidential candidate told host John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“We have right now upwards of 12 million people living here illegally,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense that our law automatically grants citizenship to their children, because what it does is it incentivizes additional illegal immigration.”…

Brave words for a candidate born on foreign soil whose own father’s immigration to America was legally a little iffy. Except that Ted Cruz doesn’t seem to be running for President any more — he’s running for God-King in the Republic of Gilead.

Conventional wisdom is that Cruz is now deploring “illegals” in an attempt to lure the angry racists populists once Trump gets bored. I’m sure those voters would, as Austen might phrase it, make a tidy supplement to the marks already cheering for Cruz’s long con. Which wouldn’t worry me, if there weren’t a lot of desperate women going to get hurt by his ongoing maneuvers to draw Talibangelical attention…

The Washington Post, on the Iowa event last weekend:

… Here in Iowa, 57 percent of Republican caucus-goers identified as evangelical Christians, according to entrance polls. Cruz has been courting faith leaders here, dispatching his father Rafael, a pastor, to speak at events around the state and announcing Friday that he wants to recruit a pastor in each of Iowa’s 99 counties to do faith outreach.

Cruz’s Iowa campaign chairman, Matt Schultz, suggested Cruz was chosen by God. Read more

Agents of a Foreign Power

Under the headline “Republicans Have Minds Made Up on Day 1 of Iran Debate”, here’s The New York Tmes front-of-the-web teaser for the Iran deal hearing story:

Republicans loyal to Israel, distrustful of President Obama and wary of Iran had some sharp words on the deal long before knowing its details.

Go to the story itself, and here’s the expanded version of that thought:

Their view seems born of genuine distaste for the deal’s details, inherent distrust of President Obama, intense loyalty to Israel and an expansive view of the role that sanctions have played beyond preventing Iran’s nuclear abilities.


That is: Republicans — elected officials within the government of the United States of America — are intensely loyal to the state of Israel.

It would seem that the party of the Confederacy still has some issues on the matter of what country it serves.

Also too, what freaking clowns:

Hours after the accord was revealed — but before classified sections were made available to Congress — Republican lawmakers raced to send out news releases criticizing it.

As always, Ted Cruz does not disappoint:

Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas and a candidate for president, rushed to give interviews after the Senate briefing to excoriate supporters of the accord as expressing “partisan loyalty to the White House” before conceding that he had not asked Mr. Kerry a single question about the deal.

And Marco Rubio shows again that he is all about waaaaay more profile than courage:

For example, Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee and is running for president, derided the agreement before the members and departed promptly.

These are people who should not be allowed near the controls of an espresso maker, much less a superpower.

Image: Joannes Fijt, Mushroomsbefore 1661


Dumb question for Maine

I’ve been enjoying the clusterfuck that is Maine’s governing system from a time zone away, but I just had a sneaky bastard idea to promote good public policy.  First via Wonkette some background on the situation:

Wacky ol’ rubber bag of infected pus and Maine Gov. Paul LePage is one comical fella. Last week, we told you how he thought he had “pocket vetoed” 19 bills by doing nothing about them, but had actually screwed the procedural pooch because the Maine Legislature had not actually adjourned, and so the bills became law. The fun continues, because as of Sunday, Democratic lawmakers say that an additional 51 bills have become law because LePage refused to do anything about them on time. Among the bills was an expansion of Medicaid funding for reproductive health that will benefit some 13,000 women in the Pine Tree State. But not so fast, says LePage — he’s gonna take the whole thing to the state supreme court, and he’ll win, because Democrats are dumm and he is smrt….

the way Maine’s “pocket veto” works is that if the Legislature has adjourned its session, the governor can sit on a passed bill for 10 days, and then it just dies, with no chance for the Legislature to override the veto since they’ve all gone home… But if the Legislature is still in session, the governor’s inaction causes the bill to become law. And so, last week, 19 bills became law after LePage did nothing with them; then this weekend another 10-day period passed with no action, so even more bills became law, YAY

The Maine legislature is at ease right now but not adjourned.  They are due back to Augusta soon.  The Legislature has repeatedly passed Medicaid expansion bills with bipartisan majorities.  Governor LePage has repeatedly vetoed those bills because he is a sadistic fuck.

What if the Maine legislature passes another Medicaid expansion bill and then immediately goes back to “at ease” status before the bill is delivered to the governor’s office.  LePage has two choices.

Choice one is to continue to do sit on bills as he is doing now.  Most likely the outcome of that choice is Medicaid expansion is declared law by the state Supreme Court and 80,000 more people get health insurance.

Choice number two is to actively veto the bill within ten days of receiving the bill.  That produces one hell of a point of evidence that the other 70 bills are valid laws for LePage’s argument is that an at ease Legislature is an adjourned Legislature but he is belt and suspendering his veto on Medicaid expansion which is an “at ease” bill just like the other 70 bills he received from what he considers an adjourned Legislature.  Why is that Governor?

What do the Balloon Juice lawyers think about this?