Rachel Maddow has exposed the lengths that Republicans will go to in order to keep their base from knowing that they have voted in a way that will upset the Tea party extremists within their ranks and done the job beautifully.
She began by showing how Ted Cruz (R-TX), darling of the Tea party helped set the stage for the passage of the debt ceiling increase after the House Republican caucus was forced to give up after their retreat two weeks ago on creating a bill that they could agree on and that the House Democrats would not accept. The result being that the Democrats were able to pass a clean debt ceiling bill to send to the Senate.
Ted had vowed to filibuster the bill in the Senate in order to require a super majority to bring it to a vote which is just what the Republican leadership in the Senate did not want. They did not want to take a chance on a possible repeat of the shutdown debacle of last October and that created a dilemma for them. How to pass this bill and avoid a filibuster while also avoiding the ire of their Tea party voters?
As it turned out Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn found a rather creative way to accomplish a seemingly impossible task and pulled it off. Six Republicans changed their No votes to Yes and passed the bill in the Senate, much to the chagrin of Tail Gunner Ted.
They thought that they had found a foolproof way but as it turned out the names of those who voted with the Democrats came out almost immediately although those who actually did switch their votes have, for the most part little to worry about since looking more moderate is unlikely to do them much harm politically.
Watch Rachel’s flawless exposure of their sneakiness in the video below.