Cowardly Republicans betray again.
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stages a vote the day before a primary it will hardly rate mention with all media focused on campaign rallies. Then McConnell joins six other GOP turncoats in backing confirmation John King, Obama's new Secretary of Education.
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, professed opponents of Common Core, stayed with conventional campaigning, missed the vote. So did Senators Jeff Sessions, John McCain and a few other cowardly GOPers.
I'm not surprised Rubio skipped the vote. That's just Marco. But Cruz was a let down.
I wonder if the Cruz campaign even bothered to consider sending Ted to vote.
Hard to imagine the Ted Cruz of 2013 missing such a thing.
Think about it. Not one Ted Cruz supporter would have held it against him if he'd bagged the rally in their town to rush to DC to fight Common Core.
Think of Cruz bringing the firepower of his campaign, and the media attention it now commands, to the senate floor to shame Republicans on the verge of caving. It would have dominated yesterday's news cycle, crushing even mentions of Trump.
Ted Cruz could have been in a position to change history. He chose not to be there.
Even if he failed, he would showcased the GOP's continued betrayal of its voters, the kind of message that propels the Trump campaign. Cruz would have been seen as a fighter who needs, and deserves, rank and file voter support.
But no. Cruz stuck to a campaign schedule.
This is the second major misstep for Cruz in four days. His attempt to smear Trump when Trump's campaign was attacked by Chicago Brown Shirts was the other.
Today's Ted Cruz appears not to be the Ted Cruz of 2013 who took on the entire GOP establishment.
Perhaps today's Ted Cruz thought it best to steer clear of Washington yesterday.
Voting against a Common Core advocate might upset those establishment donors who have befriended the Cruz campaign since Jeb imploded.