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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Best Filibuster


When Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director over the president’s targeted-killing drone program, he managed to win support from the left and the right.

When State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) filibustered a draconian bill that would put drastic new limitations on women’s health care, she succeeded in bringing national attention to an issue that few Americans were paying attention to.

When Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) rose to speak against Obamacare on Tuesday, it may not have not even been a filibuster, technically.

The junior senator negotiated his time to speak against the bill that funds the government without defunding Obamacare with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) during the time allotted to debate the bill. But Cruz has a vested interest in making it look as if he actually filibustered his own bill — even though he doesn’t have 41 Republican senators to prevent cloture, which will bring the bill up for a vote.

Cruz’s charade has the appearance of a filibuster, but will do nothing to stop the actual bill. Hence Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) had the perfect tweet for the occasion:


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  • JD Mulvey

    Separated at birth?

    • charleo1

      Who woulda thunk it? A smile to end my day! Thanks!

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Hey, you owe an apology to Goober for that!

    • Montesquieu

      Why do you hate Latinos?

    • Sand_Cat

      Thanks! I always thought he looked familiar, and now I know why.
      One bone to pick: are you sure the two are separate? Seems to me Cruz is more like Mr. Haney in his thinking than he is in his appearance.

  • He keeps saying Americans are hurting, but he wants to hurt us even more.

  • latebloomingrandma

    I thought the filibuster was for BILLS, not LAWS. Who ever heard of such a thing as not funding a duly passed law which the President was re-elected for passing? This is a ridiculous man.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Yep. The Tea Party will filibuster anything. They even managed to convince Mitch McConnell to threaten a filibuster on a bill that they wanted because of amendments offered that the President liked.

    • Lovefacts

      He knows the filibuster is only for bill. But he doesn’t care because all he’s interested in are raising money, making a name for himself, and running for president. The man is an egomaniac. He’s also a fear monger much like Hitler and McCarthy were. Hopefully, he’s only on the scale of McCarthy. God help us if he ever gains true power.

  • amphiox

    This “filibuster” that’s not a filibuster is actually a pretty fitting metaphor for Cruz in general.

    All pomp and bluster. No substance. No results.

    • Lovefacts

      Given you can only filibuster a bill under consideration, you are absolutely right. Too bad the media doesn’t understand this. IMO, this would be a great teaching moment. Unfortunately, they’re only vacant talking heads.

  • Buford2k11

    Cruz is just what we see, a sphincter muscle of a monkey…

  • charleo1

    Washington D.C. is too small to accommodate the Republican Party,
    and Ted’s enormous ego. One or the other of them will have to go.

    • Sand_Cat

      Why not both?

      • charleo1

        Now that’s the perfect example why you make the big bucks!
        Situational awareness.

  • Dominick Vila

    We should thank Sen. Cruz for his latest attempt to deny the American people to exercise our constitutional rights. The Bill passed by the House, which would provide funds for all government programs except ACA, put the administration and the Senate in a tough spot. Ted Cruz’s filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on that Bill put the ball right back on the party whose only priority is to deny President Obama a victory, help the hospital industry that benefits from government subsidies to pay for ER services, and deny the middle class and especially the poor access to preventive medical care.

  • jnsgraphic

    “Green Eggs and Ham” is a great metaphor for Obamacare… once people try it, they might actually like it!

  • Katela

    Ted Coze (R-Calgary) put the ‘Bust’ in filibuster.

  • I love what Cruz is doing. You don’t know what he is doing???
    He is sinking the Republicant Party to the bottom of the sea.
    Thanx pal. You’re everything we’ve come to expect from years of government service.