A group of senators want Ted Cruz to make nice with his fellow legislators, or they won’t be his friends. They’re not his friends anyway (with a few exceptions like Mike Lee), and have done everything they can to stop him, almost handing the nomination to Donald Trump–and the election to Hillary.
Here’s another reason Cruz should never apologize.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a man noted for his calm and stoic demeanor, delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor reiterating the point he made mere hours after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month — that the next president should have say over who filled Scalia’s chair.
“The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter when it considers the qualifications of the nominee the next president nominates, whoever that might be,” McConnell said. He said he repeated that point to Garland in a phone conversation on Wednesday.
As McConnell spoke, he was flanked by members of his leadership team, Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming, as well as Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, a former Judiciary chairman himself.
Sen. Cornyn was the chief messenger to Cruz that he needs to kiss McConnell’s ring.
Worse still, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa wouldn’t rule out “a conversation.” Grassley, on Feb. 14, said “it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice.” Two days later, he backtracked. “”I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions.” And now, Grassley “hasn’t ruled out” meeting with Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
Grassley, as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has nearly single-handed authority to block the nomination, or to allow hearings to begin. Once hearings begin, as they say, the camel’s nose is in the tent.
This is just another in a long string of betrayals from our Republican congress. Ted Cruz shouldn’t apologize. The GOP-controlled senate would rather have Donald Trump lose in a landslide to Hillary than put Cruz in the White House. It is they who should apologize to voters, and when Trump destroys the GOP and they’re at home lamenting their losses, they’ll learn.