Many readers are pushing back on this post:
Sorry, Andrew, but you’re dead wrong. Why? The existence of the filibuster. There is nothing wrong with a Senator saying, “Hey, I don’t like raising the debt ceiling clean, but I realize that if I take Ted Cruz’s position, then the country is screwed because we’ll default. So I vote for cloture – avoiding the disaster – but vote no, because I really don’t like the clean bill.” That’s not corrupt or insincere; it is realism at its best. It is like the votes we’ve seen on Supreme Court Justices, where Senators vote for cloture because they think the filibuster is inappropriate in such a circumstance, but vote no on the nominee – again, it’s not corrupt or insincere. If you don’t like it, get rid of the filibuster and/or the debt ceiling, but don’t think it would have been more honorable for McConnell or McCain to vote like Cruz. It would have ended in disaster. They knew it, and avoided it. They deserve kudos.
I can see how my point could have been misread and apologize for the compression. Lots of readers objected. So let me try again.
That’s my point. And on that one, Cruz’s critique – if not Cruz himself – is not one to be dismissed. Or under-estimated.