Ted Cruz filibuster Open Thread

"I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare."

“I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare.”

Ted Cruz has started his filibuster.  With perfect (ahem) timing, I have to leave now to take care of some things for my mother.  I will be out of touch with the news.  You all already know my thinking about this apparently quixotic effort.  Since I’ll miss at least the beginning, please feel free to put your comments, concerns, analysis, etc. here, at this Open Thread.

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    The filibuster is not a win or lose proposition – it’s a winnowing. It will separate the wheat from the chaff (shaft). The GOP can sharpen their knives, the Dems will do what they always do … condemn. And in some November election, the voter will decide if it’s Molon Labe or slave.

  • JKB

    It is a foolish attempt to stop Obamacare, they reported far and wide, just a week or so before the first real-world experience with Obamacare was to start to be felt by voters.  And, of course, next September, there will be the nostalgic looks back at the Cruz shenanigans this year.

  • Mike Devx

    Yes, it is a quixotic stand.  And too bad it had to be Ted Cruz to make the stand.  It *is* worth something!
    Anyone else could have done it.  Mitch McConnell could have done it.  Boehner didn’t have to fight it in the house, but he did.  Why?
    Because all the so-called serious leaders, who wouldn’t get involved in this, are very serious fellows indeed.  They are very, very, VERY, very, VERY, very VERY serious… apparatchiks.
    The key word is apparatchiks.  Bean counters.  Eyeshade guys with prim, pursed lips, negative attitudes, zero personality, who couldn’t get a six year old child excited on Christmas morning.   We know they lack principles, and we know they lack spine.  But they also lack FIRE.  They also lack EXCITEMENT.  They think populism is a four letter word. 
    We want someone who will show he or she will fight for us.  Ted Cruz will fight for us.  We don’t want someone who will simply stand there and mutter, “The party of the third part is unhappy that the party of the second part is pursuing conditions negatory to the passage of the item that the party of the first part has deemed to be of somewhat partial worth.”


    A magnificent metaphor. 
    In front of reporters covering his departure, Sharansky sat in the snow refusing to move unless the Soviets gave him back his book of psalms. Here was this diminutive man, after 10 years in prison, on the verge of freedom, refusing to budge unless one of the world’s two superpowers gave him back his book. And give him back his book of psalms they did.
    Is It Time For Conservatives To Sit Down In The Snow?

  • Caped Crusader

    What an honor and pleasure to watch a REAL man stand up to cowering and shrinking cowardly bullies and speak the truth. Jimmy Stewart never did better. If you have not watched, you must at once before it is over. Expect the hollow shell wannabe men now to slander him without mercy verbally, as they crawl away like the pitiful cowardly lying weasels and sheep killing hounds they truly are!

  • Spartacus

    SADIE — You might enjoy the unauthorized video of the Cruz filibuster posted here.
    Also, Sharansky reminds me of Washington on Long Island.  Washington had 3,000 troops, mostly raw recruits with little or no training.  Some were armed with muskets, but others had shown up with no more than the longest, meanest-looking rake or hoe they had on the farm.  This force was mostly on foot, and spread thin to defend an appropriately-named island.
    Against this, Howe had 30,000 crack troops, British regulars and Hessian mercenaries.  The swift and powerful ships of the Royal Navy had complete control of the waters all around Long Island, and could deposit a landing force anywhere they chose, with devastating naval gunfire support.  “Hopeless” was the optimistic characterization of the American position.
    But Howe had no desire to slaughter 3,000 Americans if it could be avoided, and sent a letter by messenger to Washington to negotiate.  It was addressed to “Mr. Washington,” of course, as Howe could not address Washington by a rank conferred on him by a legislative body not recognized by His Majesty’s government.  Washington sent it back, unopened.  Twice.  There was to be no negotiation.
    No one is literally shooting at Ted Cruz (yet), but he’s onto a very American idea.

  • lee

    I love George Washington. He was truly, truly, truly a GREAT man.

  • Michael Adams

    Obamacare is designed to fail, a Cloward-Piven strategy to herd us into a single-payer plan. We must NEVER ever let the media get away with assisting in this stampede. We must fight it at every turn, not because people will come to love it when they get used to it, but because it is a quagmire, and the only exit  we’ll be shown is through the door marked “Single-Payer”. Liberals always say we should talk to our enemies. Conservatives believe we learn more by listening to them. What they have said, in other contexts, believing we won’t remember, is that this cow flop is only a step in the direction of single payer health care care financing, their long term goal.
    It is common in Texas to end a speech with “God Bless Texas!” So, God bless Ted Cruz, and God bless Texas!

  • Ron19

    Spartacus #6:
    I’ve been on the fence and somewhat disengaged about Cruz’s filibuster, until I watched that unauthorized video.