President Obama has nominated anyone to be the new Attorney General yet, but Ted Cruz is already signaling that he will lead the fight to obstruct the new nominee.
In a statement, Cruz said,
To this day, no one has been yet held accountable for the IRS scandal, and it is incumbent upon the next Attorney General to uphold the law without regard to partisan ideology.
To ensure that justice is served and that the Attorney General is not simply replaced with another extreme partisan who will likewise disregard the law, the Senate should wait until the new Congress is sworn in before confirming the next Attorney General. Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls, to confirm Holder’s successor would be an abuse of power that should not be countenanced.
The problem for Cruz is that if Democrats hold the confirmation hearing and vote during the lame duck session, he can’t obstruct anything. Both Senate Democrats and the White House are signaling that they want a fast confirmation process. If Democrats confirm the nominee during the lame duck, there is nothing that Republicans can do about it.
Obama hasn’t nominated anyone yet, but some Senate Republicans are rallying the campaign to obstruct his nominee. Cruz’s remarks are typical of Republicans. Anything that comes from Obama is bad. Anyone that the president nominates does not deserve confirmation. The nominee has already been judged as unfit, even though the president has not picked who he wants to be the next attorney general yet.
Republicans say that Obama is the problem in Washington, but it’s clear that the real issue is that conservative extremists continue to abuse their position and power.