- Ted Cruz, along with a handful of other Republican senators including Rand Paul, has vowed to filibuster any gun control measures to prevent them from getting a vote in the Senate.
Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to get a vote on universal background checks, which have support from 88 percent of Americans.
- On Monday, Cruz rejected a Senate resolution commemorating International Women's Day because it noted that women in developing countries “are disproportionately affected by changes in climate because of their need to secure water, food and fuel for their livelihood.”
A Cruz spokesman said: “A provision expressing the Senate's views on such a controversial topic as 'climate change' has no place in a supposedly noncontroversial resolution requiring consent of all 100 U.S. senators.”
Climate change is a scientific fact and the greatest threat to humanity. The only people that consider it “controversial” in large numbers are Republicans.
Less than two weeks ago, Cruz blocked a resolution commemorating Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week because he didn't like the inclusion of the federally funded Multiple Sclerosis Coalition's purpose.
- Also on Monday, alongside Sen. Cornyn, Lt. Gov Dewhurst and Gov. Perry at the Capitol, Cruz reiterated his opposition to expanding Medicaid for hundreds of thousands more Texans through the Affordable Care Act. Cruz said he was proud of Texas for not “giving in” to the Medicaid expansion as other Republican states have embraced it.
- We learned this week Ted Cruz will speak at the South Carolina Republican Party's annual Silver Elephant Dinner on May 3rd. South Carolina is an early and important Republican primary state, and that connection has not been lost on the mainstream media.
On this last piece of news – and it is still of course quite early and the South Carolina GOP may just be attracted to Cruz's…ahem…style, I offer not my own commentary but Daily Kos' Jed Lewison's. Bolding my own:
…[I]f Cruz does run, it wouldn't just be spectacular theater-he'd be a real threat to win the nomination, and no threat at all to win the general. He's the perfect fusion of the things Republican primary voters liked most about Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain. Plus, he's got something to offer the establishment types who backed Mitt Romney: his last name. (Apparently, guys like Reince Priebus think Cruz's last name makes him appealing to Latinos. That raises the question of who Reince thinks “Priebus” appeals to, but that's another topic for another day.)
Oh, and by the way, I'm not rooting for the GOP to get any crazier. I'd love nothing more than for them to transform themselves into a sane and reasonable political party. But that's not what they are, and as long as they're going to be nuts, they shouldn't hide it from the American public. And what better way for Republicans to embrace the monster they've created than by nominating Ted Cruz to be their standard bearer?