I Do Not Like This Mr Cruz

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Looks like impeachment is the GOP’s meme du jour.  Earlier this week we had Speaker Boehner teeing up his Impeachment Lite suit [details TBD] and yesterday Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) dusted off his hurdy-gurdy and took it out for a spin in an encore performance of his widely-ignored Impeach Eric Holder street show.

Hard to tell if it’s professional jealousy or just plain cussedness but Cruz has called for Holder to either resign or be impeached on numerous occasions during his brief but gaudy tenure in the US Senate.

Cruz certainly didn’t disappoint while introducing his most recent Impeach Holder resolution:

When an attorney general refuses to enforce the law, when an attorney general mocks the rule of law, when an attorney general corrupts the Department of Justice by conducting a nakedly partisan investigation to cover up political wrongdoing, that conduct by any reasonable measure constitutes high crimes and misdemeanors.

Sounds a little like an audition for Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show, eh?

However, this was the Senate, which is happy to give credit for showmanship but, nevertheless, still requires unanimous consent to move forward with such a resolution.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the chairman of the Financial Services Committee, refused, calling Cruz’s call for impeachment a “waste of taxpayers’ money” citing that:

. . . besides the three other probes being conducted by congressional committees, he and the top Republican on the finance committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UH), were nearly done with their own bipartisan investigation into the matter.

Wyden also questioned the need for a special prosecutor when, after multiple investigations over 13 months, there is no evidence that any crime was committed.

Wyden added:

Many of us can remember special prosecutors abusing their power, spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money and going on for years and years without concluding their investigations.  Too often, special prosecutors have turned into a lawyer’s full employment program. They ought to be reserved for where there is evidence of criminal wrongdoing inside the government.

Something tells me that Ted Cruz won’t be particularly moved by that argument since he had no qualms about shutting down the government to the tune of $24 billion.

So.  Let’s see where we stand here—no criminal evidence and no victims, as Mr Todd recently pointed out, for the rest of us who have been shrieking this for a year, thank you very much:

Posted by Bette Noir on 06/27/14 at 09:27 AM • Permalink

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Sometimes, it feels like the GOP has given up on being an adversarial in favor of serving as a talent farm for right-wing news and talk radio. Gohmert’s the worst in this regard, but Ted Cruz has some fine hits as well. Grandstanding like this feels less like a passionate political stance and more like a clip for his demo reel.

As usual, for a party that’s trying to stand on less government and less government waste, they certainly spend a lot on things they don’t be spending on. I find it odd that most Joe Republicans apparently don’t realize that.

But then, I guess the most rabid (and unfortunately, the noisiest) of the base thinks spending as much as possible to get that socialist Kenyan out of office even this late in the game is more important than roads, schools, the elderly/disabled, clean air….

The GOP nutters have had it turned up to eleven for so long that their base of nutters is going emotionally deaf from the constant raging.  Solution? More crazy raging, yeah, that’ll do it!  Koch money + looking for 12 on the crazy dial is going to make for an interesting 2014 election season, for many values of “interesting”.

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