Senator Cruz, You Caught Me at a Bad Time, or Republican Obstructionism Knows No Bounds

Ted_Cruz,_official_portrait,_113th_CongressSenator Ted Cruz from Texas recently opposed a resolution recognizing “Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.” Arguably a classy move measured by anyone’s yardstick.

According to Politico:

“… Cruz objected to including the MS Awareness resolution. He was unhappy with a clause in the resolution describing the purpose of the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition, according to a Democratic staffer.

“Cruz’s staff said the problem was timing.

“ ‘The Senator, like many of his colleagues, will not grant consent to call up and pass a resolution or bill at the last minute without time for review,’ spokesman Sean Rushton said in a statement. ‘The Texans who sent him to Washington expect nothing less.’ ”

Really?  We aren’t talking about ramming an unjustified war through the legislative process here we are talking about helping raise awareness of a disease.

The article goes on to quote a staffer of the senator who has MS who says it was some sort of diabolical (my words) plot by the Democrats to malign the senator.  A senator who already (in his short three month stint in office) has become known around the company water cooler as an A-1 jackass (see note below).

Listen.  You caught me at a bad time, Senator.  I am experiencing significant complications with my own multiple sclerosis.  I am a bit bitchy, a wee bit touchy and overall among the sick and suffering.  I am actually going to see my neurologist and I’m adding “tattling on you” to my list of things to discuss with him, which also includes different medications, chemotherapy as treatment, loss of feeling in my feet and that nasty Optic Neuritis/color blindness in my left eye that hasn’t gone away.

What the what is wrong with pushing this thing through?  Why keep this miraculous disease from public view!  Give us something for chrissakes, a little nugget before we are all relegated to Rascals.

I called Senator’s Washington office (you can too!).  I had to leave a message to find out what was so troubling about some of the language in this routine declaration for him to object to its passage?  Sadly, the office was “experiencing a high call volume” (I bet!).  I am on the edge of my seat waiting for a twelve-year-old staffer to call me back. (Okay ageism is uncalled for but like I said – Andy prickly today).

My medication (injected once a week IM into my flabby thigh) is developed by injecting human DNA into the ovaries of the Chinese Hamster seen here:

chinese-hamster

Who knows what magically happens in her ovaries!  But what struck me the most upon learning about this little lady was actually about the male of the species.  Which is this:

“The male [Chinese Hamster] has a strikingly large scrotum.”

Wow, strikingly.

You know what?  I am willing to bet that your move to block this insanely simple resolution means just one thing – you, Senator have balls as big as a Chinese Hamster.

It seems like Cruz’s opposition to the MS resolution is just part of his master plan to stay relevant while he’s also having “sparring matches with a senior senator, earn[ing] scolds from a member of his own caucus, and passionately recit[ing] Shakespeare during a 13-hour filibuster of the Obama administration’s drone program.”

PS, Senator Cruz  – I am a journalist of some minor repute so Just. You. Wait.  xo!

Contributor Andy Kopsa is a writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Ms. Blog, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check and The American Independent. She is a native Iowan and former Iowa newspaper editor. She blogs at Off The Record and you can find her on Twitter @andykopsa.

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