Houston, We Have a Problem!  “Tedious Ted” Cruz

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Can it really be only ten weeks since Texas’ own Mr Big Stuff glided into the US Senate on his leathery little wings?  It seems like decades since Ted Cruz has even taken a breath.  I can’t believe I’m actually writing about him—again, but, Lordy, he’s a mother lode of monstrosity in a world teeming with monsters.

Cruz’ latest feat was to make a Senate ceremonial resolution on Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week all about Ted Cruz.  And, no, Ted Cruz, does not have MS.  Such resolutions, representing the unsexy side of a senator’s job, are mundane, bipartisan, uncontentious bits of feel-good legislative business that help Americans stay connected to their government.  Things like Black History Month and the 10 Year Anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia come to life via such resolutions.  99.9% of such resolutions pass via “unanimous consent,” the Senate’s fast track for noncontroversial legislation.

The United States Senate has a lot of important decisions to make that impact all of our lives significantly and, at a time that much of that important business lies dormant in our notoriously dysfunctional Congress, one would hope that senators would not be wasting time sifting through resolutions like the one for MS Awareness Week for split infinitives or the “smoking guns” of liberal constitutional miscreants.

One would hope . . . so, of course, that’s exactly what Ted Cruz did.  He refused to pass the resolution because, in the words of his spox, Sean Rushton, Cruz “will not grant consent to call up and pass a resolution or bill at the last minute without time for review.”

Senator Cruz does not oppose the substance of the MS resolution, and he never did. Unfortunately, the sponsors of this resolution circulated their request for unanimous consent less than 48 hours before they wanted it passed. A member of Sen. Cruz’s staff–who herself suffers from MS–asked for time to review the language, and to perhaps suggest revisions to the language, as is typical.

Sean Rushton appears to share his boss’s gift of gab.

OK.  So Cruz needs 72 hours to review this 500-word piece of fluff, that has no force of law, to make sure it’s not a trojan horse designed to bring down the Constitution.  And, remember, this is not a mere mortal—this is Magic Ted the Master Debater, the graduate who made Harvard Law what it is today, the Supreme Court go-fer—and he needs 72 billable hours to review this blurb that was probably concocted by some low-level PR hack for the MS Foundation and a Senate summer intern.

Not a single one of the other 99 senators saw anything troubling in this resolution.  And some of them have been doing the senator thing for quite a long time.  Furthermore, if Cruz had enough time to read through this page-and-a-half resolution to determine that he had a problem with it, does he really need 72 hours to correct it?

I’m inclined to agree with Our Wonkette who reports that a Democratic aide said that:

He [Cruz] was unhappy with a clause in the resolution describing the purpose of the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition.

Fast forward to that troublesome clause and what do we find?  this sinister plot:

. . . recognizes and reaffirms the Nation’s commitment to ending multiple sclerosis by promoting awareness about people that are affected with multiple sclerosis and by promoting new education programs, supporting research, and expanding access to medical treatment.

OOOOhhhh.  OBAMASCARE!!

Now the Lamestream Liberal Media got wind of this silliness and had a heyday with it—can you blame ‘em?.  And now Tedious Ted has had his feelings hurt . . .

As telegraphed by Sean Rushton:

It appears that Senate Democratic staff, instead of working to ensure unanimous consent, instead decided to leak this story to try to malign Senator Cruz.

I have a newsflash for you, Sean:  Senator Cruz is doing a bang-up job of maligning himself, no leaks or liberal bias could come close to damaging Cruz as much as his own weird self-destructive tendencies promise to. 

 

Posted by Bette Noir on 03/19/13 at 12:19 PM • Permalink

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This guy went to Harvard?  Wow, new low for that institution.  He actually believes there is a UN plot to destroy America’s golf courses.  The man is deranged.

This disgusting creature is just your typical product of Dixie, as far as I can tell.  And typical Repiglickin’, an empty suit that has been filled with turds.

He even looks like the politician he so reminds me of in word and deed: McCarthy.  I’d do some weak snark along the lines of “have you no decency sir?” lines, but I already know he doesn’t.

He’s such a fucking asshole, the kind of guy you want to belt in the mouth after listening to him for five minutes.

You can CARE about it, you just can’t spend money on treating it because communism.

AllAboutTedAllaTheTime Cruz seems to operate under the assumption that any publicity is good publicity.  That might work well for him with the yokels back home but if he’s serious about wanting to be a national player he’d better tone it down.  OH WAIT, what am I saying!  He’s a REPUBLICAN!!

Sorry to be a word Nazi, but I simply couldn’t get past the phrase “the erstwhile Sean Rushton.”

I know people often use “erstwhile” to mean “loyal” or “dependable,” but it actually means “former,” which I don’t think was what you were going for here.

Thank you, @Bettencourt!  And I really mean that.  You have saved me from embarrassing myself in the future and you were quite kind in pointing out today’s blunder.  Middle English is a minefield that I’ll skirt in future.

Thanks again!

As a native Texan, I think of Ted as a Carnival Cruz of the Damned.

@Fearguth Thanks! I needed that—you have restored some small measure of my faith in Texans . . . are there many of you?

http://www.txdemocrats.org

Comment by F Michael Addams on 03/21/13 at 02:37 PM

Texas’s new state motto:

Sorry guys.

I read that Sen. Cruz objected to “a routine Senate resolution commemorating Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week” because, according to his office, he received a copy of the resolution “less than 48 hours before it was brought to the floor” and “he wanted more time to review the measure before voting, so Cruz felt compelled to block unanimous consent.”

Indeed, this all seems to be much ado about nothing.

The public should know about Multiple Sclerosis, and we should applaud any attempts to bring awareness to this horrible disease.

But I also wish that, during Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, the public had been made aware of the fact that its sponsor, the National MS Society, has heavy pharmaceutical company backing. Nearly every state’s MS Society sponsorship page reflects this. For instance, Illinois’ page,  http://walkild.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pa gename=WLK_ILD_Sponsors, shows sponsors such as Biogen Idec, Novartis and Genzyme. Other MS Society sponsorship pages reflect similar pharmaceutical company backing. All of these companies, of course, manufacture very expensive pharmaceuticals for the treatment of MS. (Most of these drugs are also toxic.)

While writing my book, HONEST MEDICINE, I learned a lot about some of these very expensive, toxic MS drugs. For instance, Biogen Idec manufactures two of them: Tysabri, which cost over $28,000 per patient per year in 2011, and can cause a deadly brain infection; and Avonex, whose 2011 per-patient-per-year cost was nearly $30,000. The “winner” price-wise is Novartis’ Gilenya, which has a $52,000 per-patient-per-year price tag and also has some pretty nasty side effects.
Completely eliminated from the MS Society’s discussions during their national weeks and months is one inexpensive, non-toxic, off-label drug I discovered during the writing of my book: Low Dose Naltrexone, or LDN. I was so impressed with this drug, because of its efficacy, low side effects and low cost that a large portion of my book is devoted to it. Literally thousands of MS patients (as well as patients with other autoimmune diseases) have benefited from Low Dose Naltrexone since the mid-1980s.

I wish that there would be more publicity about this promising off-label drug during the MS Society’s national weeks and months. It has been shown to be effective for various illnesses in small studies conducted by prestigious institutions such as Stanford, Penn State and the University of California at San Francisco.

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to tell about LDN. It has helped so many people with MS and other autoimmune conditions.

Julia Schopick
HonestMedicine.com

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