It's rare that the National Rifle Association loses a political battle, but thanks to an inadvertent assist from Texas whack-job Senator Ted Cruz, the NRA got its ass kicked by Congress over the weekend - and kicked good!
The NRA, a shill for America's gun manufacturers, uses its money and influence to terrorize politicians at every level of government. The organization is unrelenting in its opposition to all legislation which seeks to put any limitations at all on America's gun craziness.
Last January President Obama irked the NRA bullies by nominating Dr. Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General of the United States. Apparently at some point in his very illustrious career Dr. Murthy had the temerity to state the obvious - that guns are a public health issue in America. The NRA immediately sent out marching orders of "do not confirm" to Congress. The nomination has been stalled, primarily by Republicans, for the entire year and would have undoubtedly been withdrawn when the new Congress convenes next month.
But then Senator Cruz stepped in it.
As Congress was in the process of adjourning last Friday, Cruz wanted a vote on whether the President's executive order on immigration was legal or not. Harry Reid, the Democratic Majority Leader, used Cruz's request to stay in session over the weekend. Some Republicans had already left, and the remaining Democrats were able to push through several judicial and executive branch appointments - including the nomination of Dr. Murthy who was approved on a vote of 51-43 Monday evening.
Good one, Ted. I'm sure Dr. Murthy and those new federal judges really appreciate you. I know I do!