Iran Jackassery

Ted Cruz Blocks Ambassadorial Nominees Because Something Something Iran

For the third time in a single week, senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has blocked the confirmation of ambassadors to Norway and Sweden.

Ted Cruz hasn't actually been present in Washington to do his own dirty work. Cruz has enlisted the aid of several colleagues who've blocked the nominees for him and yesterday was Mitch McConnell's turn.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) tried on Monday evening to get unanimous consent to confirm Samuel Heins to be ambassador to Norway and Azita Raji to be ambassador to Sweden.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, objected, and said he was doing so on behalf of Cruz, who has spent much of the last week campaigning in New Hampshire where he is trailing businessman Donald Trump ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Why has Ted Cruz made it his personal mission to block the confirmation of ambassadors to Sweden and Norway? Because he doesn't like the Iran peace agreement and this is his way of protesting it.

What do the ambassadors to Norway and Sweden have to do with the Iran deal? Abso-fuckin-lutely nothing.

  • muselet

    Fascinating.

    The Right hates! hates! hates! an international deal with Iran which prevents that country from enriching uranium sufficiently to make a bomb (as a practical matter, uranium enrichment requires lots and lots of centrifuges) and establishes an IAEA inspection regime because—somehow—the deal “gives Iran a nuke.”

    Ted Cruz hates! hates! hates! the Iran deal so much he refuses to allow any State Department nominees to be confirmed, presumably so he can show just how much he grrrr! hates the deal and Iran and Barack Obama and Ds and diplomacy and …

    And at least some of Cruz’s R colleagues are willing to block nominees on his behalf, even though they loathe the man.

    These people are petulant children.

    –alopecia

    • Lara

      So, contrary to what we hear in the media regarding everyone in DC hating Cruz and his ham-handed tactics, McConnell will do this favor for the universally-despised Cruz?

      • muselet

        Not exactly.

        The Rs have been denying Barack Obama’s nominees hearings and confirmation votes for seven years. If Ted Cruz’s tantrum over the Iran nuclear deal didn’t align with the R leadership’s long-term strategy and interests, nobody would be carrying water for him.

        The Rs don’t hate him for being an unprincipled demagogue; they hate him for not being a reliable unprincipled demagogue. (And also because Cruz is—according to almost everyone who’s ever met him—a genuinely unlikeable man.)

        –alopecia

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Cruz is an evil menace to the entire world.