Ted Cruz Filibusters to Stop Obamacare

It’s only a sorta-filibuster. An end to the debate on the funding bill is already set, so even if Cruz spoke until Thursday, he can’t stop a vote from coming. At best he can delay it a few hours, says the Morning News.

Few GOP colleagues support the effort and many in both parties view it as grandstanding. The legislation Cruz is stalling is the House-passed bill that defunds the health care law while keeping the rest of the government running, in time to avert an Oct. 1 shutdown.

“We’d all be hard pressed to explain why we’re opposed to a bill we’re in favor of,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said a few moments ago, explaining why he rejects the filibuster. “I’m not reluctant to explain voting for things I’m for.”

Cruz, on the floor, has compared the Senate to the Little Engine That Could. But instead of “I think I can, I think I can,” he said, Washington insiders are beset by a spirit of defeatism.

Earlier, Cruz was wearing either dress shoes or boots. On the Senate floor — not that you can see it on CSpan — he’s wearing black casual or walking shoes with reflectors on the heels.

View the excitement live through the video feed above.

UPDATE: National Journal is live-blogging the speech. A sample of the sort of arguments our senator from the great state of Texas is making:

If you were betting on a WWII appearance within the first hour of Cruz speaking, you’re in luck! The senator compared people (namely, pundits) who say that his attempt to stop or defund Obamacare can’t be done to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler and the Nazis.

Cruz did admit that there have been some historical obstacles that have proved as daunting to overcome as the Affordable Care Act: “The moon might be as intimidating as Obamacare.”

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Comments

  • Eric

    Any senator who is willing to stand up and stick his finger in the eye of all the other bastards in the senate is my kinda guy. I don’t care if he “is doomed to fail”. The sumbitch is willing to stand up on his hind legs by God.

  • Greg Brown

    On his hind legs for less than an hour. And in that time all this debate champion can come up with is The Little Engine That Could? This guy is an attention whore first and foremost. He is out for anything other than himself.

  • untasered

    The garden-variety masturbatory preening of a deluded rooster.

  • Greg Brown

    On his hind legs for less than an hour. And in that time all this debate champion can come up with is The Little Engine That Could? This guy is an attention whore first and foremost. He is not out for anything other than himself.

    • Dubious Brother

      If Cruz is an attention whore what is Wendy Davis? Cruz knows that he cannot block the vote that Reid has already scheduled. He is just standing up against Obamacare which a vast majority of American citizens are opposed to and which was originally passed (unread of course) by making deals with politicians that are just plain old whores.

  • Jackson

    I see the current video attached to this Ted Cruz blog entry is actually a live feed of Ted on the floor of the Senate chamber. Not sure if the video attached earlier (the burning of Big Tex last fall) was an accident, but it sure was funnier, and seemed just as germane.

  • Joanna_Smith4

    my buddy’s step-aunt makes $89/hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for nine months but last month her pay was $21907 just working on the computer for a few hours. i was reading this..

    http://www.cnn13.com

  • Joanna_Smith4

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  • Joanna_Smith4

    hi

  • Joanna_Smith4

    my buddy’s step-aunt makes $89/hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for nine months but last month her pay was $21907 just working on the computer for a few hours. i was reading this..

    tinyurl.com/cxvefjtr

  • rjd

    Davis’ filibuster was the obvious strategic move for the Dems in that special session and had an actual effect, albeit a pretty small and temporary one. I don’t have a huge problem with Cruz doing this, but it seems pretty obvious it’s purely for personal gain and a bit derivative at this point, no?

  • Dubious Brother

    Nobody outside of Ft. Worth knew who Davis was prior to her filibuster and now supposedly she is qualified to be governor? At least Cruz was in the MSM crosshairs prior to the filibuster as they were already trying to discredit him.