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If Sen. Rafael Edward [Ted] Cruz, R-Texas, has perfected anything in his nearly ten years in Washington, it would be his innate ability to drive the left batty.
And Cruz chalked up another score on that front Sunday while commenting on President Joe Biden’s efforts to fill retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat. The president promised during his 2020 campaign to nominate a black woman to serve on the court.
Citing nefarious, if not comical reasons, the GOP senator suggested on his podcast Verdict that Biden may nominate Vice President Kamala Harris.
“I think there is a chance they name Kamala to the court, in part because they can’t stand her,” Cruz said. “And one of the virtues of naming her to the court is they get to get her out of the White House.”
He suggested that the Democratic Party “is very worried that she’s the presumed successor to Joe Biden.”
Ted Cruz claims there is a chance Biden might nominate Kamala Harris to the Supreme Court “to get her out of the WH” because “they can’t stand her.” pic.twitter.com/qHOjWzvNeh
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 31, 2022
“Her political negatives are so strong. She’s just not very good at this stuff. I mean, you’ve seen the weird video of her with kids. That’s almost like a Stepford Wives robotic. It’s bizarre,” Cruz added.
Taking a swing at how the nomination process would go for Harris, the former Texas solicitor general questioned if she’d get a single Republican vote.
“My guess is if Kamala was nominated, it probably would be a 50-50 vote,” Cruz said. “Maybe she’d pick up a Republican vote. I would not be on the fence. I would be a hell no on Kamala if she were nominated.”
Of course, the idea of getting rid of Harris by dumping her on the Supreme Court did not originate with Cruz. Back in November, The Telegraph reported on a “highly improbable” scenario that Democrats are “considering the nuclear option” to clear the way for a more viable 2024 presidential candidate, given the vice president’s historically low approval rating numbers — the nuclear option here being to appoint “unelectable” Harris to the high court.
“Democrats desperately scrambling to find a potential successor to Joe Biden in 2024 are whispering about a potential nuclear option that could see Kamala Harris, the current Vice President, nominated to the Supreme Court,” The Telegraph reported. “While the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumor mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.”
CNN also threw the scenario up against the wall, reporting the same month on the “entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus” from Team Harris: “Defenders and people who care for Harris are getting frantic… When they’re depressed, they bat down the Aaron Sorkin-style rumor that Biden might try to replace her by nominating her to a Supreme Court vacancy. That chatter has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit, according to one person who’s heard it.”
The problem with nominating Harris is that with the current 50/50 split in the Senate, Democrats lose their tie-breaking vote. Also, if she is nominated, the party would no longer have a majority vote in each chamber to confirm her replacement, as required by the 25th Amendment. Unless, of course, a Republican senator throws in their vote.
As might be expected, liberals who ignored the earlier reports are triggered by Cruz’s suggestion — here’s but a few examples from Twitter:
Hey, here’s an idea.
Let’s get rid of Cruz in the Senate because WE can’t stand him. https://t.co/DXj7qd47Aq
— Fenestra (@Realcomordas) February 1, 2022
And where does Cruz get this information from? https://t.co/k5rMhTbPxt
— BOOKS OUR PASSION (@rubydiana) January 31, 2022
There’s a chance that Ted Cruz is projecting shit he has heard about himself. He is universally not liked and practically every one would like to get him out of the Senate because no one can stand him. https://t.co/cEngBAUDjX
— When nothing goes right, go left! (@janinelson_lea) January 31, 2022
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