This was the week the new fall season of television got underway. Did you catch The Ted Cruz Show this week?
Limited production values. Lousy acting. Boring script. If there ever was a program that deserved cancellation before the debut, Senator Cruz’s phony filibuster to defund Obamacare was definitely it.
Terrible Ted hopes he call bullshit the American people into believing he has the votes to repeal President Obama signature domestic accomplishment (he doesn’t) and that he isn’t operating out of craven calculation and cynically pandering to the GOP wing-nuts in hopes of winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 (he won’t).
What makes me sick is how some purer-than-thou liberals actually sided with Cruz when he came out against bombing Syria in retaliation for Bashir al-Assad using chemical weapons against civilians. All of sudden Cruz was being called “principled.” That’s what I can’t stand about some liberals is how they will deep French kiss their worst enemies if they happen to agree with them on something.
If Cruz endorsed motherhood, the flag and apple pie, I’d be opposed to all three. I don’t want to on the same side as Cruz on anything. I can’t believe a principled liberal like a Paul Wellstone, Howard Metzenbaum or Ted Kennedy would crawl in bed with a rattlesnake like Cruz and expect him not to bite, but such is the sorry state of contemporary liberalism.
Normally, there would be an issue or two where I could find common ground with Cruz, but my distaste for the smug bastard makes it impossible for me to even WANT to find common ground.
The TED talk by Cruz lasted 21 hours and 19 minutes. He talked about how terrible/awful/no good Obamacare was. He said most senators have bad haircuts and wear cheap suits. He professed his fondness for White Castle hamburgers. He read from Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Showing my age here, but I remember when the Senate was once dubbed “the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.” Reading Dr. Seuss does not seem to rise to that level of debate Cruz missed the point of the story. By the end , the protagonist ends up liking green eggs and ham. Does that mean Cruz really likes Obamacare?
When his time expired the Senate voted 100-0 to move to consider the legislation from the House to keep the government open and paying its bills with Democrats vowing to strip the defunding poison pill out of it.
That’s right. One hundred to zip. When he was through showing off and wee-weeing in his Depends, Cruz voted to go ahead and proceed with the legislation he claimed he’d talk about until he dropped.
Which only made this particular bit of political theater more of a pointless farce than it already was. The only purpose it accomplished was to give a first-term, junior Senator a spotlight. Cruz delights in being abrasive and pushing his mug into every passing camera even if it means he doesn’t actually get much done in the Senate.
The Cat in the Hat responds to Senator Cruz invoking “green eggs and ham.”
The Cruz style of politics as a contact sport is where you piss into a glass, toss in an ice cube, declare it to be lemonade and roll your eyes in shocked disbelief as to why everyone isn’t lining up for a swig.
Because no matter whether you’re pulling for the Duluth Democrats or the Rockford Republicans, most Americans don’t care which side wins as much as they care about stuff getting done. Simply calling attention to yourself by being the loudest and rudest a-hole standing on a table and pounding on your chest doesn’t do dick but annoy everyone in earshot.
Cruz wouldn’t be the first newbie to the Senate who gambled the best way to the top is not by the long slog of building a legislative record of accomplishments (Obama sure didn’t) and in Washington, even exhibitions of unbridled ambition this naked aren’t unusual.
What is unusual is how bound and determined Cruz is to sharpen his elbows and jab in the ribs either Democratic foe or Republican ally as if neither one of them can respond with an act of payback that chops him off at the ankles. If being the darling of right-wing radio and blogs is all it took to win the Republican presidential nomination, Cruz would have it locked up and Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and all the other potentials could skip 2016. However, just being the darling of right-wing radio and blogs is not the same thing as being the darling of the party elders and the big shots who write the checks and Cruz is not that guy.
Washington is a small town with big egos and long, ugly memories. Cruz hasn’t been there long enough to know this, but 2016 is still far enough away for him to learn
- Jon Stewart Torches Ted Cruz’s Fake Filibuster (VIDEOS) (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Should Ted Cruz Have Read From Dr. Seuss’s Vile Anti-Japanese Work Rather Than Green Eggs & Ham? (reason.com)
- Cancel The Ted Cruz Show! (rippdemup.com)