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Thune Backs Cruz on Attempt to Torpedo Spending Bill on Immigration Gripe

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, like South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, continues to build his radical conservative brand for the next election by wasting the people's time by futilely bashing the President. During the Senate debate on the stopgap spending bill this weekend, Senator Cruz raised a point of order to declare President Obama's perfectly constitutional actions on immigration unconstitutional. “If you believe President Obama’s executive order was unconstitutional vote yes,” Senator Cruz challenged his colleagues Saturday. “If you think the president’s executive order is constitutional vote no.”

Note to Cruz: President Obama's actions to prioritize enforcement of immigration rules include no executive order.

Whether his colleagues frown on Senator Cruz's terminological error, consider the President's action constitutional, or just think Cruz is a dork, the point was not well taken. The Senate rejected Cruz's parliamentary maneuver 22–74.

Our Senator Tim Johnson voted nay, with all Democrats but Senator Dianne Feinstein, who did not vote. Senator John Thune voted aye among a pretty evenly split and cranky GOP caucus.

Senator Thune did not use the word unconstitutional in his initial response to President Obama's November 20 announcement that he would act where Congress has failed on immigration. But Senator Thune's vote seems to embrace the charge that the President is acting unconstitutionally and signals that South Dakota's Senator wants the home folks to see him as closer to the Cruz wing of his party.


  1. Steve Sibson 2014.12.15

    The GOP Establishment cut a deal with the Democratic Establishment. The 22 votes represent those who do not go along with the crony capitalists who like cheap labor that comes with illegal immigrations and who thrive off of the money the Big Government spending provides their bottom lines.

    The 74 who voted no and you Cory are supporters of crony capitalism. Perhaps unknowingly for some of the 74. Cory has no excuse because I have been explaining that point on this web site4 for months, if not years.

  2. larry kurtz 2014.12.15

    "A council of Native American leaders has offered partial amnesty to the estimated 220 million illegal white immigrants living in the United States.

    At a meeting of the Native Peoples Council (NPC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico yesterday, Native American leaders considered several proposals on the future of this continent's large, unauthorized European population. The elders ultimately decided to extend a pathway to citizenship for those without criminal backgrounds."

  3. larry kurtz 2014.12.15

    Today is the anniversary of the assassination of Sitting Bull.

  4. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.12.15

    That's great Larry! Partial amnesty for the European invaders. The Dinè, Hopi and Pueblo people have a wonderful sense of the ironic.

    In a Wapo opinion column, conservative commentator Jennifer Robin said of Cruz, "[His is] not the behavior of a leader dedicated to accomplishing important things, and it suggests Cruz is grossly unsuited for the Senate, let alone higher office."

    In fact, another item I read earlier, but can't find now, describes the Republican legislators in Washington as being fed up with Cruz. They blame him for making it possible for Harry Reid to push through some of Obama's nominations for various positions.

  5. larry kurtz 2014.12.15

    Deb, Europe wouldn't take Sibby back.

  6. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.12.15

    You are probably right Larry.

    I need to correct my previous comment. The author of the quote I used is Jennifer RUbin, not RObin. (Damn you Autocorrect!)

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