Not content to use discredited studies and float bogus arguments, the anti-immigration right wingers in the Senate have now sunk further than even the Gang of Eight imagined.
Speaking of which, his chief of staff, Chip Roy, has taken to Twitter, presumably with his boss’s consent, to vilify fellow Republicans with obnoxious comments accusing them of bad faith and misleading the public. He went so far as to retweet a comment that Republican senators supporting the enhanced border security amendment are “selling out America.” As one Republican staffer put it, “He is saying things that his boss doesn’t have the guts to say in public or directly to his colleagues. I must be old school, but this sort of behavior crosses the line and is unprofessional.” But typical.
Cruz apparently fancies himself as a right-wing radio talk show host. If that’s what he really wants to be, he might consider giving up his present job, which requires a higher standard of conduct than he has been able to demonstrate.
Then there is the matter of permitting further amendments. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has agreed to consider some, but hard-line opponents of the bill — whose own amendments have already been voted down — insist on more than 30 votes, in essence yet another stab at filibustering. Reid should put an end to such nonsense. Here is how: He can ask for unanimous consent on each amendment as it comes up (e.g. Sen. Rob Portman’s E-verify proposal) and force Cruz and his allies to object. It would show their hypocrisy in calling for an open amendment process, yet blocking amendments that improve the bill and garner votes.
Really, enough is enough with this gang.