Ted Cruz Puts Impeachment Back on the Table

With his own Klown Kar Caucus set to grow, Cruz also declines to say he’ll back McConnell as majority leader


Republicans appear likely to win the Senate and thus control of Congress tomorrow, despite the fact that their leaders, House Speaker John Boehner and prospective Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have rigorously avoided revealing their party’s plans for governing the nation over the next two years. Stepping into this void of leadership, Sen. Ted Cruz, the Canadian-born Texan who, as chair of the Senate’s ad hoc ad hoc Klown Kar Caucus, led the Republicans’ unpopular shutdown of the government, set out his agenda for a GOP-controlled 114th Congress in an interview with the Washington Post yesterday.

His top priority, Cruz said, would be non-stop hearings on President Obama, “looking at the abuse of power, the executive abuse, the regulatory abuse, the lawlessness that sadly has pervaded this administration.”

In other words, impeachment.

Of course, Cruz carefully avoided using the I-word, which right-wing message-disciplinarians took off the table last summer after Republicans’ incessant calls to oust the president — at least 40 times since 2009 — were starting to spook independent and moderate voters in the run-up to the midterms. If past is prologue and if the election goes their way, it will become a question of when, not if, Republicans will commence impeachment proceedings.

More from the Post:

Cruz also would like the Senate to be as aggressive in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act as the House, which has voted more than 50 times to get rid of the law.

Republicans should “pursue every means possible to repeal Obamacare,” Cruz said, including forcing a vote through parliamentary procedures that would get around a possible filibuster by Democrats. If that leads to a veto by Obama, Cruz said, Republicans should then vote on provisions of the health law “one at a time.”

Cruz — who has ruffled feathers on Capitol Hill by repeatedly countermanding Republican leadership positions and who has frequently broken longstanding protocol against intra-body interference by interceding in matters before the House — also indicated he had no plans to support Mitch McConnell should McConnell become Senate majority leader.

This may be because Cruz believes he’ll likely welcome a few new members to his Klown Kar Caucus — tea party extremists Joni Ernst from Iowa and Tom Cotton from Arkansas are both leading in polls going into Election Day.


  • Uncle Frank
    November 3, 2014 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    The man, Ted Cruz, appears as arrogant as Benito Mussolini. Then again, what else would a fascist look like?

  • Joan
    November 4, 2014 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    He says he gave up his Canadian citizenship this year, does that automatically give him US citizenship and where is his mother?

    I understand his father was a terrorist!

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