Ted Cruz: The Senate must block all presidential nominees until Obama rescinds his amnesty

posted at 2:01 pm on November 24, 2014 by Allahpundit

Another leftover from Sunday brunch via the Corner. Joel Pollak floated this idea a few weeks ago in a piece for Breitbart. I thought of it again on Thursday night, when I was busy enjoying my vacation from HA by watching Obama’s amnesty speech and screaming at my TV. Now here’s Cruz proposing the same plan, although with two caveats. One: It’s not so much that he wants the Senate to block O’s nominees as he wants Mitch McConnell to refuse to bring those nominations to the floor in the first place. That’s a clever way of killing two birds with one stone. If McConnell follows Cruz’s plan, Cruz can take credit among conservative voters for having been the motive force in bottling up O’s nominees. If McConnell doesn’t follow Cruz’s plan, Cruz can point to it as proof that the establishment squishes refuse to fight the White House with everything they’ve got, which of course is why we need to nominate someone like Ted Cruz in 2016. Even so, I like the idea on the merits. If Obama won’t respect Congress’s constitutional power to set policy, why should the Senate respect Obama’s constitutional power to staff the executive and judicial branches? He’s the one who declared war on separation of powers. Let him live with the consequences. Plus, who knows? Maybe he’ll go rogue again and decide that he has some sort of emergency power to confirm nominees himself if the Senate won’t do it. I figure we’re only eight or nine more grossly unconstitutional actions away from the media beginning to express “concern” about Obama’s behavior.

The other caveat, per Cruz, is that the Senate should consider nominees for “vital national security positions.” Every other executive and judicial nominee will be bottled up, but people whose job is important to America’s defense get a special dispensation. That makes sense politically: This strategy will backfire, needless to say, if Democrats can twist it around to accuse Republicans of not caring about protecting the country because they refuse to approve NatSec officials. But … isn’t defunding the Department of Homeland Security, which will oversee Obama’s amnesty, one of the GOP proposals currently on the table? If so, Republicans will be accused of not caring about security no matter how many exceptions they make for nominees. Also, the timing here is odd in the sense that the two biggest vacancies in the cabinet right now — Attorney General and, as of this morning, Secretary of Defense — just so happen to be key NatSec positions. I’m imagining Mitch McConnell walking out to the mic, solemnly vowing to protest the president’s lawlessness by refusing to consider any new nominees, and then adding, “Oh yeah, except for the two positions that everyone’s spent weeks talking about. Those are too important for a petty constitutional crisis like this.” If we’re going to carve out big-name exceptions to the “no new nominees” rule, maybe we’re better off just blocking judicial nominees.

Whatever ends up happening, can we at least avoid a censure resolution? At this point in history, with Congress so pitifully weak vis-a-vis the executive, a rhetorical wrist slap would feel more pathetic than ignoring any formal condemnation altogether.


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Petulant Preezy says… Bring it on, Ted!

Marcola on November 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Cruz Control.

BuckeyeSam on November 24, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Also, funding for the teleprompter will be suspended.

Oil Can on November 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

These white Hispanics really piss me off with their blatant racism.

Bishop on November 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Welcome back AP.

cat_owner on November 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Heh, obama should appoint Powel or Rice, Susan, and let the theater begin. Popcorn.

Meanwhile ISO, Iran, Moscow and Beijing laugh their heads off, because they can.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Man these Canadians can get pushy!

Happy Nomad on November 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I only have some hope in Bibi Netanyahu.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

All due respect to Ted Cruz, but the only way to put this tyrannical EO genie back in the bottle is the forcible removal of Ogabe from office, the nullification of this and all the rest of his illegal EO’s, and legislation enacted that would precisely define, and strictly limit the scope, application and use of EO’s in the future.

Otherwise, this ‘absolute power’ gambit by Ogabe will corrupt the office of the presidency absolutely, and forever. The country is over if this is not forcibly reversed, and PDQ.

This is indeed, a defining constitutional crisis for this country. We’d better not blow it.

Sorry for cross-posting from a dead thread, but as long as this illegal EO lives, the country dies. It is the poison pill.

FNH57 on November 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Did Hagel say that he’ll stay until he’s replaced or is he out, pronto?

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Tell obozo he won’t be receiving any SS protection after he leaves the White House. If he wants to go alone on these matters, then he can fend for himself afterwards.

Flange on November 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Block, baby, block!

petefrt on November 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Best part of Emperador Bernardo Soetoro’s ‘amnesty’ speech/deal, which wasn’t anything good for blacks or Latinos, is that he ruined the “comprehensive amnesty” for the D-latrine leftists and the rino-swinos.

W/b AP.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Did Hagel say that he’ll stay until he’s replaced or is he out, pronto?

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

We get to keep him until his replacement is confirmed. Same deal as Holder.

Happy Nomad on November 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Tell obozo he won’t be receiving any SS protection after he leaves the White House. If he wants to go alone on these matters, then he can fend for himself afterwards.

Flange on November 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Sure he will, leftist Nazis take care of their ow….wait, you meant Secret Service? Oh.

Bishop on November 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Like the leadership would take any advice from Sen. Cruz.

Cindy Munford on November 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM

oscarwilde on November 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Just in case you haven’t seen this already:

Amnesty and Impeachment: Absent the credible threat of impeachment, Obama will pardon millions of illegal aliens, By Andrew C. McCarthy

petefrt on November 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The good news is we all know Obama would never go around the Senate in order to appoint anyone….oh wait.

Doughboy on November 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Meanwhile ISO, Iran, Moscow and Beijing laugh their heads off, because they can.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

And Obama is laughing with his besties!!

Deano1952 on November 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I say heck yeah, it’s clear El presidente has set the rules of engagement for the next two years. The republicans need to take the gloves and fight him at every step.

StuReed on November 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

That’s a clever way of killing two birds with stone.

??

Noah… are you signed on as AP?

Walter L. Newton on November 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM

All of this is little more than speculation – and will remain so until January when the new Congress is seated.

Furthermore, given the current rules in place in the Senate, the Senate Republicans can do nothing to block any nominee that Dingy brings forward for a vote. And do we really expect the optics of slamming through the AG and possibly a SecDef in a lame duck Senate where the Democrats are losing 9 seats will stop Obama or Dingy Harry?

The real question we need to consider and face is if McConnell and Boehner will act based on how they campaigned for reelection, or with the new Congress, will they continue to embrace a ‘go along to get along’ approach as inside the beltway elitists?

I don’t see anything happening on the defunding – while there is a $3.2-$3.4B line item for the USCIS to cover costs that aren’t covered by the fees it collects – McConnell’s repeated promises of no shutdowns has already telegraphed a surrender on using the power of the purse.

Since I have little confidence in the GOP leadership, I also think that their main response will be to punt on this and let the courts / SCOTUS address the constitutional overreach of Obama.

There’s two reasons why Congress is at this pitiful level of weakness. One is owned by the Democrats – the ceding of power from the Legislative to the Executive via legislation combined with the seizure of power by a imperial President. The second is the failure of the GOP leadership to fight or demonstrate that it will fight to restore the proper level of power vis a vis checks and balances.

Athos on November 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Big announcement: Faucahontas will meet with Bibi.

That’ll solve things :):):)

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Hey, if congress has the power of the purse, just stop his pay check and shutdown airforce one, close congressional golf course and he’ll self-deport!

rich8450 on November 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Big announcement: Faucahontas will meet with Bibi.

That’ll solve things :):):)

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

She want make big talk with Jew Man, tell him he no build settlements, him must respect Great Black Father.

Bishop on November 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

OT, Drudge reporting Ferguson G.J. verdict is in.

hang on, folks.

rbj on November 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

oscarwilde on November 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Just in case you haven’t seen this already:

Amnesty and Impeachment: Absent the credible threat of impeachment, Obama will pardon millions of illegal aliens, By Andrew C. McCarthy

petefrt on November 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

A passive aggressive article at best which outlines why it is better to not fight, then fight. In short, we can’t defend the US Constitution because, it’s inconvenient because we probably won’t win.

oscarwilde on November 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

OT, Drudge reporting Ferguson G.J. verdict is in.

hang on, folks.

rbj on November 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I’m in Ferguson right now, got my eye on a tv and a nice pair of Air Jordans….just waiting for the signal.

Bishop on November 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

OT, Drudge reporting Ferguson G.J. verdict is in.

hang on, folks.

rbj on November 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

And I was going to drive downhill to go see a movie with the kids. What to do, what to do? Maybe I can catch the reruns later. Or maybe they will put it on Nexflix next month, or Spike TV.

Walter L. Newton on November 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Big announcement: Faucahontas will meet with Bibi.

That’ll solve things :):):)

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Bibi would think that she’s 1/32 Palestinian.

Steve Z on November 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Bibi would think that she’s 1/32 Palestinian.

Steve Z on November 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

No, Bibi is not stupid, he would KNOW that she is 100 percent batshit insane.

oscarwilde on November 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM

She want make big talk with Jew Man, tell him he no build settlements, him must respect Great Black Father.

Bishop on November 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

“Why do you ask, Two Dogs Screwing?”

VegasRick on November 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

The GOP won’t do a damned thing about this, right? What Cruz says is great and we can all speculate on what can and should be done. But in the end the GOP leadership will do no more than write a strongly worded letter.

Jack_Burton on November 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

All due respect to Ted Cruz, but the only way to put this tyrannical EO genie back in the bottle is the forcible removal of Ogabe from office, the nullification of this and all the rest of his illegal EO’s, and legislation enacted that would precisely define, and strictly limit the scope, application and use of EO’s in the future.

Otherwise, this ‘absolute power’ gambit by Ogabe will corrupt the office of the presidency absolutely, and forever. The country is over if this is not forcibly reversed, and PDQ.

This is indeed, a defining constitutional crisis for this country. We’d better not blow it.

Sorry for cross-posting from a dead thread, but as long as this illegal EO lives, the country dies. It is the poison pill.

FNH57 on November 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

This.

a – amnesty is an existential issue.
b – allowing this imperial president to continue unscathed and unpunished is an existential issue.

If this fellow isn’t held to account – legally, dramatically, publicly, and on a very grand scale, to the point that politicians and presidents shudder at the thought of ever *starting* down the same path Obama has taken – the rest is simply masturbatory kabuki theater.

He must be made a lasting example of – a cautionary tale.

Midas on November 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Make it happen Ted

DarkCurrent on November 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Furthermore, given the current rules in place in the Senate, the Senate Republicans can do nothing to block any nominee that Dingy brings forward for a vote. And do we really expect the optics of slamming through the AG and possibly a SecDef in a lame duck Senate where the Democrats are losing 9 seats will stop Obama or Dingy Harry?

Then Obumble needs to find a new SecDef quickly and Dirty Harry needs to call for a vote quickly, since time is running out.

Then again, Obama could always pardon a turkey and name him as head of the Pentagon. There are lots of them already in the Obama Administration.

Steve Z on November 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Calls/letters to Mark Warner’s office are mostly in support of Obamas amnesty.

V7_Sport on November 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

… and if Congress won’t do it, and the military won’t do it, then the people must.

This guy has dragged us across the Rubicon; there’s really not a lot of time to fix it, but we need to get back on the right side of the river, quickly, and with a story that will scare the shit out of anyone that ever thinks about dragging us across it again.

Midas on November 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Yo, Boner and Mitchie.

THIS is what’s called a “set”.

ToddPA on November 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

This is genius, because you know Obama will never rescind. Thus, the judiciary will be protected from additional leftists for two years.

Clark1 on November 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Calls/letters to Mark Warner’s office are mostly in support of Obamas amnesty.

V7_Sport on November 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I find that hard to believe. Warner’s a filthy liar.

Happy Nomad on November 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

We get to keep him until his replacement is confirmed. Same deal as Holder.

Happy Nomad on November 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Then go full throttle on Cruz-control.

You’re all funny on the Warrentonta :)

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Calls/letters to Mark Warner’s office are mostly in support of Obamas amnesty.

V7_Sport on November 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Nah

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

She want make big talk with Jew Man, tell him he no build settlements, him must respect Great Black Father.

Bishop on November 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Can’t stop laughing. Thank you.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Cruz should take it one step further. Instead of bringing Obola’s nominations to the floor, McConnell should nominate someone he likes and bring that nomination to the floor. That would more closely match what the president is doing. Let’s see how he likes it.

Occams Stubble on November 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

She want make big talk with Jew Man, tell him he no build settlements, him must respect Great Black Father.

Bishop on November 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

O.K., this one belongs in the HotAir Hall of Fame..

Not sure about the Category….but put it in nonetheless…

ToddPA on November 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Cruz: Bravo. This guy shows guts and leadership every time. Let’s put him up against Cherokee Crab Cakes.

Ferguson: Don’t fire till you see the whites of their underwear.

spiritof61 on November 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

What’s interesting, and under-reported from this interview, where Wallace was fairly rude to Cruz, was Cruz destroying the argument about government shutdowns. He pointed out that despite being blamed for the shutdown, Republicans had historic gains in the next election. More Republicans should jump on this. And remember the famous disclaimer “Past results do not reflect future performance”

Iblis on November 24, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Just a kind reminder, the obama shutdown brung you the Nov. success.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

And mandate that the White House has to eat Michelle Obama’s school food menus only.

No more blanched ears of unborn lemurs in albino truffle pate washed down with Chateau La feet.

profitsbeard on November 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

There’s a much simpler, quicker, and more sure way to stop or modify amnesty.

If Dem leaders fear for their careers over amnesty, they’ll pressure Obama to stop or modify it. Obama’s got lots of power, but if Dem leaders pressure him he’ll back down.

Hopefully we agree so far.

So, how do we strike fear for their careers into the hearts of Dem leaders? By promising to discredit them over amnesty. I’m not talking about snark or mockery or other childish things, but showing their ideas wrong and showing how they misled. And, showing that to their supporters. Those leaders will always have a certain number of True Believers, but by showing how a leader misled we can peel off some of their weak supporters. Those leaders will realize that peeling off some segment of their supporters will impact their careers, and they won’t want it to happen.

Hopefully that’s clear too.

Now, how do we discredit Dem leaders? Using the #StopAmnestyChallenge. Some people might not understand how that could work, but Dem politicians and their advisors will. If they know there’s a campaign to discredit them they’re going to be worried enough to back away from amnesty.

In order to make all that happen, I need anti-amnesty leaders to let Dem leaders know they’re going to be discredited if they persist. That’s where you come in. I need you to convince anti-amnesty leaders to back the #StopAmnestyChallenge and tell Dem leaders what’s going to happen. What that means is you tweeting @joelpollak, @AndrewCMcCarthy, @AnnCoulter, @NumbersUSA and strongly urging them to back the Challenge.

If they do that, then Dem leaders will take it seriously. They’ll realize being associated with amnesty will impact their careers, and they’ll pressure Obama to change his order or even drop it.

But, I need as many people as possible to first pressure anti-amnesty leaders to make that happen. You can continue to pursue other methods to stop amnesty, but at least take out a few minutes to send out a few tweets.

24AheadDotCom on November 24, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Then again, Obama could always pardon a turkey and name him as head of the Pentagon. There are lots of them already in the Obama Administration.

Steve Z on November 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Or make his horse a Senator, perhaps? It goes with being Emperor.

jnelchef on November 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Calls/letters to Mark Warner’s office are mostly in support of Obamas amnesty.

V7_Sport on November 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

those are the ones written in espanol

the rest are 80% against amnesty

Senator Philip Bluster on November 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM

The Senate will never stand up to Obama. Mark it down.

fossten on November 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Fauxcahontas

thatsafactjack on November 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Hagel needs to give O the 1-finger salute and just leave.

“I’m fired, I’m out of here!!”

KenInIL on November 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

I don’t understand why even Fox is still singing “the shutdown was a Republican disaster” when the election, as Cruz points out, shows the Republicans put points on the board for standing up to ObamaCare.

Priebus needs to get his post-election ads in gear and teach the MSM that last year’s shutdown anticipated this Republican wave election. The shutdown show that the Rs had some cajones and more Rs mean more cajones!!

KenInIL on November 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

in Jan., impeach the top officials of ICE, and refuse to vote in any replacement unless said replacement testifies that he will refuse to implement the emperor’s amnesty decree.

Senator Philip Bluster on November 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Good in theory, not so clean in practice.

Holder announced he was stepping down and we cheered.
No one is surprised that Hagel gets thrown under the bus and we mock Obama.

Cruz’s plan is that the Senate won’t confirm appointments.

Both Holder and Hagel have stated that they will not leave until their replacements are confirmed. I would imagine that this is what Obama will continue to do if there is no promise to vote on his nominees. He will simply keep incompetent people in place and America loses.

airupthere on November 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Calls/letters to Mark Warner’s office are mostly in support of Obamas amnesty.

V7_Sport on November 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Wow, he had those translated into English quickly.

Joseph K on November 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

She want make big talk with Jew Man, tell him he no build settlements, him must respect Great Black Father.

Bishop on November 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

How?

Mimzey on November 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

It is a worthy goal to block every single judicial nominee from Obama these last two years. That will be at least 200 vacancies, possibly as much as double that – not to mention any Supreme Court vacancies.

~~

BUT it is just flat stupid to announce it ahead of time.

You don’t wave your nukes before the first talks take place. The new Congress doesn’t take office for nearly six weeks.

Somebody put a cork in Cruz. He might actually learn something if he could keep his fool mouth shut for a few minutes.

Adjoran on November 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

in Jan., impeach the top officials of ICE, and refuse to vote in any replacement unless said replacement testifies that he will refuse to implement the emperor’s amnesty decree.

Senator Philip Bluster on November 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Don’t just impeach. Explain to them that they are complicit in committing TREASON, and that on Jan 21st 2017 they will be officially charged with this felony offense.

dominigan on November 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

It’s up to the states imo. There’s more than one means in the Constitution to push back. You can argue the legalities of a Tyrants decrees until the years past away. The states can immediately stop complying with any Federal power that strips the states of their power.
Cruz’s idea also has immediate effect, and is probably more realistic. Even tho the states have the power, I doubt they have the courage. It’s easy to criticize (rightfully) the GOPe for not pushing back, but what about the states pushing back?..what about the people pushing back?

Mimzey on November 24, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Explain to them that they are complicit in committing TREASON, and that on Jan 21st 2017 they will be officially charged with this felony offense.

dominigan on November 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

That would be sweet. And justice served. It will take something of that magnitude to replenish the spirit of the people. That is what they fear, because we outnumber them–for the time being–once they can successfully brainwash another generation of our young people, there will be no memory of freedom of the individual left.

Mimzey on November 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Since we’ll have the Senate, why can’t the BBA get re-started. We’ll never have this many state houses, etc.

cimbri on November 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

— “Those who enter the country illegally violate the law,” Bush said in describing illegal immigrants in Tucson, Arizona, last month.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Sounds like an impotent little temper tantrum to me, not the sort of action one takes when the U.S. Constitution is under flagrant assault and the Chief Executive is usurping power that clearly isn’t his.

Drag his ass into court ASAP, and in January.. start impeachment proceedings. THAT’s how you handle a wannabe dictator.

Murf76 on November 24, 2014 at 8:08 PM