Senator Ted Cruz is many things, and a brilliant wordsmith isn’t one of them. He recently tweeted, “You didn’t see Republicans, when we had control of the Senate, try to rig the game. You didn’t see us try to pack the court.” He was taken to task pretty much immediately by everyone who remembers that, yes, they sort of did try to rig the game when they were in control of the Senate.
Cruz also said, “They’re behaving like corrupt politicians. And, by the way, just a few years ago, Republicans were in the same position — 2017, all of us were here, we had a Republican president, a Republican Senate, a Republican House. We didn’t do this. We could have.”
But again, they did exactly that.
Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was responsible for holding up hundreds of federal court seats that needed to be filled when President Obama was in office. And in 2017 specifically, it would have been difficult for Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with anyone who isn’t moderate because they didn’t have a big enough majority to overcome the filibuster. Remember what happened? They eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court vacancies, and we have three very conservative justices instead of moderates that everyone could hate equally.
And don’t forget — that’s after they blocked Obama’s nomination for an entire year. Whether they like it or not, they decided to reduce the number of justices when it benefited them. That’s the exact same thing that Cruz is accusing the Democrats of doing.
Many people believe that the southern senators are already working the rigged game simply by having equal power and equal say when compared to states with bigger populations. Democrats speak for 40 million more people than Republicans, and yet Republicans are granted equal power. Many want that to change to ensure that the minority can never control the majority.
And in the House, Republicans control more seats than they should by gerrymandering populations that don’t vote for them — mostly minorities. If that isn’t rigging the game, then what is?