As I type, far across this nation in the far-deep darkness of morning, rodent Republican Ted Cruz is in the midst of a blithering talk-a-thon in the US Senate — not a filibuster,in the sane sense, but a fraudulent take on ‘Green Eggs and Ham‘ of the mind.
Cruz started his mental lapse yesterday afternoon, blustering at the onset: “I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand.”
(Illustration found here).
This is not a real filibuster, like Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” or anything like that — he’s just grandstanding, filling up space with shit. The Senate will still act on the House resolution this afternoon that will keep the government operating, but will also defund the Affordable Care Act — a bit of politics that’s become nasty, cruel and dumb-ass. Even if Cruz is still standing and babbling, the Senate is supposed to vote on the measure — and most-likely send it back to the House without the Obamacare portion.
Alexandra Petri at the Washington Post on the Cruz-a-rama festivities:
He reminds me of Oscar Wilde, who was once seated near W. S. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) at a dinner party.
Wilde talked and talked.
Finally Gilbert cut in, saying, “Oscar, if I could talk like that, I’d hold myself silent and count it as a virtue.”
“Oh no,” Wilde said. “I could deprive myself of the pleasure of talking — but not you of the pleasure of listening.”
He said he would talk “until I am no longer able to stand.”
What about until we are no longer able to stand it?
But that was a while ago.
And Cruz and his bat-shit crazy cohorts revel in the stupidity of themselves:
Cruz took a moment to embrace the “wacko bird” label Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., used to refer to him and other conservative Republicans back in March.
“If it reflects a fidelity to the Constitution, a fidelity to liberty, a willingness to fight, to defend the principles this country was founded on,” then Cruz said he and his colleagues were “very proud wacko birds.”
This is nothing more that shithead theater. In the last nearly five years, the GOP has done absolutely nothing for this country: All they’ve done is fuck with Obama, no matter the subject matter. And now the crunch has come and there’s no other alternative for these ‘wacko birds’ to do but bluster about Obamacare and attempt to lie themselves out of the deepest hold this country has even seen — and it’s original sin at its worst.
Republicans are scared of Americans.
Eugene Robinson explains:
Now the central provisions of the Affordable Care Act are set to come into effect—the individual mandate, the insurance exchanges, the guarantee of coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
Republicans scream that Obamacare is sure to fail.
But what they really fear is that it will succeed.
That’s the reason for all the desperation.
Republicans are afraid that Obamacare will not prove to be a bureaucratic nightmare — that Americans, in fact, will find they actually like it.
The GOP fears that Obamacare will even be credited with slowing the rise of health care costs to a more manageable rate.
There are signs, in fact, that this “bending of the curve” is already taking place: Medical costs are still rising much faster than inflation but at the slowest rate in decades.
Keeping premiums under control will require convincing lots of young, healthy people to buy insurance — and thus, in effect, subsidizing those who are older and sicker.
That is why a group called Generation Opportunity, funded by the ultraconservative Koch brothers, plans to tour college campuses with disgusting ads in which a creepy Uncle Sam subjects a young woman to a pelvic examination.
The GOP message: Whatever you do, don’t buy health insurance.
It may be — shudder — good for you.
And with all the external problems, the biggest headache for this country is within — ham-fisted wacko birds.