ok, this was a question Samsara asked in comments to the frontpage post - at 1pm today the Senate voted for cloture on the CR, and the story says it was unanimous. I checked and yup, that does mean that Sen/ Cruz just voted for cloture.
I just have no idea why he would vote for cloture after doing the filibuster. He said a vote for cloture was a vote for Obamacare!
Obviously I don't know anything about politics or the senate but really this is ridiculous and I wonder if Rush asked him about how he was going to vote on his show.
Can someone please shed light on this? am seriously confused and frustrated.
under the Yea column -
Cruz (R-TX), Yea
UPDATE: ah, I see the fix is in now. The GOP will agree to delay the individual mandate and call that a victory. Liberal Ezra Klein is saying thats a good idea too.
the fix is totally in. Cruz voted for cloture, the senate will take out the defunding language. the house will send a new CR with delayed mandate. Senate will pass that one and Obama will sign. No defunding, GOP claims victory, Obama claims he compromised.
I feel sick. Unless there is a good reason for Cruz to have voted for cloture? Please? anyone?
UPDATE 2 - dsteere gives this link which kind of explains why Cruz voted yes:
bottom line is that real cloture is Friday not today (fake cloture? wtf). I have no idea what the heck is going on. Cruz better vote No on friday though.