Crazy Ted Cruz just can't help himself.
The Senate (and House) pass hundreds of resolutions each year commemorating utterly positive things like “World Plumbing Day”. Last week, Cruz objected to commemorating Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week because he doesn't like a provision about the purpose of the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition, according to a Hill staffer. These commemorations have no force of law. Cruz is so determined to stick out that he'll stoop so low as to take a principled stance against something so clearly positive and non-impactful. And he barely even bothered to give a reason:
“The Senator, like many of his colleagues, will not grant consent to call up and pass a resolution or bill at the last minute without time for review,” spokesman Sean Rushton said in a statement. Rushton went on to claim that Cruz doesn't oppose the substance of the resolution. So, if he had time to read it, what was the problem exactly with the MS Coalition language? Not a single other senator had a problem with this innocuous resolution in a package of innocuous resolutions. Cruz doesn't stick out of the pack like a noble legislator, or even a sore thumb; he's a rotten thumb doing nothing but harm in Congress.
We can't expect a week to go by more of this from Cruz's office. Cruz will – and does – brag that he gets under the skin of progressives, and that's how you can tell he's doing his job well. What he doesn't realize is that almost no one in the country approves of his awful legislating, and imitating Michele Bachmann is not a winning political strategy.