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Fake-Blustering Ted Cruz Has a Plan to Get the America He Wants: Minority Rule

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The Cruz model for minority rule exists in the head of Ted Cruz.

But it cannot be found in the Senate rules.

Reid says  he plans to follow "basic Senate procedure" when it comes to the continuing resolution.

The majority leader does not appear to be getting substantial pushback on that position from Senate Republicans. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Senate Republican whip John Cornyn, the senior senator from Cruz's homestate of Texas, have distanced themselves from Cruz's latest gambit. And one of the most serious conservatives in the Senate, Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn, says Cruz is "not realistic" and of the Texan's overall strategy, "It's not a tactic that we can actually carry out and be successful."

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A high-ranking Democratic aide says of Cruz, "No one is taking him seriously on this."

No one should.

The Senate ought to be a deliberative body.

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It ought to have thoughtful debates, extended debates.

But, ultimately, the Senate is a legislative chamber in the federal government.

It must legislate and govern.

And it cannot be the plaything of petty partisans who seek to rewrite the rules in order to avoid accountability within their own party caucuses.

This is not about Democrats and Republicans. This is not about liberals and conservatives. It is not even about Obamacare.

It's about Cruz.

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And a plutocratic fantasy that says the United States should be governed not by the majority of citizens or senators but by a minority. Perhaps even a minority of one Tea Party cowboy from Calgary.

*John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney examine the special interests that dominate our "dollarocracy."

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