Wednesday, September 25, 2013
He's what my frat brother, Tyrone calls "The Gift that keeps on Giving." As I write this he is trying to top Stromm Thurmond's record for having the longest fillibuster in American History...He's holding up the Senate floor talking endlessly against what?
"The affordable care act" I refuse to call it "Obamacare"..that's their and by their..I mean the Tea Party's name for it.
He's handing the Democrats the 2014 mid term elections...His silliness is making even strategists in his own party want to seperate themselves from him.
As I write this his filibuster had become the fourth-longest in Senate history and was still going just after 9 a.m. this morning, as the Texas Republican continued to hold the chamber floor to highlight the GOP’s effort to defund Obamacare.
He took control of the floor at 2:41 Tuesday afternoon and crossed the 18-hour, 23-minute mark at 9:04 Wednesday morning, officially passing Sen. Robert La Follette Sr.’s filibuster in 1908.
Mr. Cruz is trying to rally both Republicans and Democrats to defy their leaders and vote to block action on a stopgap spending bill, arguing that it was the only way to force Democratic leaders, who control the chamber, to relent and allow a more robust debate on whether to fund the health care law.
“As difficult as it is to cross one’s party leaders, I say — with perhaps a little familiarity to the consequences — that it’s survivable, and ultimately it’s liberating,” Mr. Cruz said in the early morning hours of his talk-a-thon.
Over night he read excerpts from both Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and from Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham”(Yes you read that right) on the floor, cited approvingly the words of wisdom from actor Ashton Kutcher and hit TV show “Duck Dynasty,” carefully sipped water, and grabbed a quick snack at one point while fellow filibuster leader Sen. Mike Lee asked a 45-minute-long question, giving the Texas Republican a chance to stretch his legs, check messages on his iPhone and confer with his staff.
His filibuster has easily topped that of Sen. Rand Paul, who earlier this year held the floor for nearly 13 hours as he protested President Obama’s drone policy.
As 9 a.m. neared, Mr. Cruz was comparing his fight against the D.C. establishment to the rebel alliance in the “Star Wars” movie series, and even did an impression of Darth Vader, appropriating the villain’s famous line for one of his own colleagues as he intoned: “Mike Lee, I am your father.”
Mr. Lee, a Utah Republican, stayed throughout the night at Mr. Cruz’s side on the Senate floor.
It's this type of silliness that harks back to what I said about the Republican party not being taken seriously enough to govern and that may make them irrelevant in a few years.