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.