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Crop flop: Cruz panders to King Corn

December 12. 2015 8:47PM

If you grow it, they will grovel.

Something about the cornfields of Iowa makes otherwise sensible conservatives suddenly adopt liberal agriculture policies.

In fact, our preferred candidate for President, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, supports a crop insurance provision that was tacked onto the recently approved transportation reauthorization bill. At least he's honest about it.

Sen. Ted Cruz flip-flopped on the issue live on the Senate floor.

As the Senate clerk was calling the roll on the crop insurance amendment, Cruz voted against it. But after Kansas's Pat Roberts bent his ear, Cruz switched his vote, supporting an additional $3 billion in federal crop insurance subsidies.

Cruz, along with Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, then proceeded to vote against the underlying bill with the crop insurance spending they supported.

Because, you know, they're all such strong fiscal conservatives.

Cruz isn't the first senator to change his vote after getting his arm twisted, and he won't be the last. Such log-rolling is how laws get passed.

Except that Cruz holds himself above the messy business of legislation, railing against Republican leadership for making such deals at the expense of conservative principles. A spokesman says Cruz always supported the crop insurance program, but thought he was voting for cloture on the overall bill.

That would make a great bumper sticker.

“Cruz ‘16: Not pandering — just confused.”

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