Yesterday we had a field day with Wendy Davis latest Flip Flop both on this site and on Twitter with the hashtag #wendydaviscorebeliefs
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) February 12, 2014
It was a lot of fun but Wendy Davis was not the only Texan who flipped on a position this week.
24 hours after we talked about Nancy Pelosi telling her caucus not to gloat over the Debt bill while John Boehner wondered why his caucus wasn’t cheering a senator from Texas was scurrying to find another Senator to do his dirty work for him.
It started when Ted Cruz said he would insist on the 60 vote threshold for the debt ceiling bill
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could stage another filibuster – this time in an attempt to raise the debt limit…
The bill on Wednesday moves to the Senate, where lawmakers are expected to pass the legislation later this week.
Cruz plans to object to hold a simple majority vote, thus seeking a 60-vote threshold in the Senate.
But while Cruz got headlines his move had big implications in the upper house. It meant the bill couldn’t pass without at least 6 republican votes but WHICH republicans would flip?
Republican leadership worked the floor as they searched for votes. Finally, several Republican leaders exited the cloakroom and changed their votes, as if to say “let’s all hold hands and jump together.” First, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn cast yes votes, with the latter having initially voted no. emphasis mine
Excuse me? Am I to understand that less than 24 hours after Wendy Davis flipped on the debt ceiling Senator Cornyn facing a primary fight from Dwayne Stovall flip flopped on the debt ceiling? Not only is the answer “yes” but it’s worse than it sounds
Senators said four Republicans were willing to join all 55 Democrats, but that left them one vote shy of the 60 needed to break the filibuster.
Ultimately, Mr. McConnell came to the well of the chamber and cast his vote as the crucial 60th supporter.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican, then switched to join Mr. McConnell in opposing the filibuster. He and other allies then went to try to persuade other Republicans to join them in a show of solidarity.
Apparently the fix was in.
Now I understand the argument the political argument for this vote:
It’s better to get rid of this issue for the left can’t use it to bombard the GOP in the midterms. With the MSM behind them Democrats, as Glenn Reynolds put it, have air superiority & would use it.
But if you actually believe this was the case, the honorable thing, the thing a leader does, is make that argument openly and out front, both to the voters and on the Senate floor.
As much as I disagree with John Boehner on this he made that honorable argument leading from the front.
John Cornyn can’t say the same. He didn’t even have the propriety to abstain from voting then joining his leader. He was a “No” right up until the moment his boss discovered no other Senator drive off the cliff for them. Then like Louise to McConnell’s Thelma Cornyn jumped in the car grabbed his partner’s hand and switched.
People wonder why ordinary folks don’t trust Washington pols say or why the Tea party is so fired up about challenging the GOP establishment.
Final thought: If I was Dwayne Stovall with little money but lots of Tea Party support I’d be comparing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till election day
Update: That didn’t take long
“Cornyn’s vote with the Democrats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its passage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that liberal victory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the simple majority of Democrats in the Senate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-truth and it’s misleading. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”
“Sen. Cornyn betrays the trust of Texas and votes with the Democrats at every opportunity. A vote for John Cornyn is a vote for more debt that enslaves us, our children, and our grandchildren. I’ve said throughout my campaign, and I will say again, I will never vote to increase the federal debt. Now I pledge to filibuster every bill that seeks to do so. We cannot continue on this unsustainable path.”
“I will never do procedural bait-and-switch voting like John Cornyn.
He didn’t spare Steve Stockman hie ire either referencing this story in the Washington post
Among those voting with Boehner were Reps. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) and Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who just three weeks ago refused to support Boehner in the formal vote for House speaker. Later, after the measure easily amassed enough votes to pass, Stockman joined some other conservatives in switching his vote to “no” — a sign that he opposed the measure but was willing to support Boehner if his vote had been needed.
One of the things Ted Cruz decried in this long speech last October was his disgust with people who cast meaningless votes to cover themselves. This is a great example of it.
Update 2: Smitty is not happy and his unhappiness is not restricted to Cornyn:
What’s actually wrong here is that voters have tolerated such an egregious evasion of responsibility for so long. Our representatives, one might have been tempted to think, are elected to do mature, adult work on tough issues like budgets. And here we see a ‘clever’ system whereby the cloture vote is the one that matters, and the simple majority vote on the legislation is an afterthought, so that Senators can do their foul deeds while piously claiming to vote against them.
This pattern is not dissimilar from one a couple thousand years ago involving the Sanhedrin and the Romans.
Why is this November’s election not a sure thing for the GOP? Because it’s entirely unclear that, given majority power again, the GOP would be any less wretched than Reid, Pelosi and crew.
There is a reason why Tea party types don’t trust the GOP, stuff like this is it.
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