Whoopsie! It turns out that pontificating pedantically for 21 straight hours as part of a fake-filibuster you planned out with the opposition leader doesn’t accomplish anything.
It’s almost as if Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had only attention and fundraising in mind as he stood on the floor of the Senate and gave one of the most embarrassing, pointless and stupid speeches in the history of our nation. It’s almost as if he just wanted to create more political theater to gin up more buzz for his inanity among his most ardent of fringe right-wing supporters. As the Senate voted 54-44 to strip the House’s funding bill of its language that defunded Obamacare, they also put a button on Cruz’ lip, handing him a major political defeat.
Cruz’ grandstanding earlier this week was all about the Affordable Care Act, which he and his fellow conservatives are feverishly trying to derail as we edge closer to the January 1st, 2013 roll out date of the sweeping health care reform law that has been the heart and sole of the anti-Obama movement since its passing in 2009. With the language being stripped, it falls on the House to either add it back in, put another poison pill in the bill that will cause a shutdown, or to actually compromise and work with the clean bill as sent to them by the Senate.
This has been a really bad week for Cruz when you look at the fact that virtually no one outside of the 15-20% of Republican voters who actually buy into his snakeoil pitch really cared about his publicity stunt in the Senate. It was the most nakedly cynical, purely political thing he’s done to date, and you can tell his shtick isn’t just wearing thin among his opposition, but more importantly with his own party. House Republicans were upset when he threw them under the bus and abandoned their push to de-fund Obamacare (before he found his scruples again and pulled his fake-filibuster on the country). Senate Republicans like John McCain, normally a maverick himself, find Cruz to be rude and in it purely for himself and to build donation lists. The question is how much longer will his own constituents put up with his meaningless shenanigans.
Regardless, it’s obvious that even the meddling of one selfish Senator doesn’t amount to much when that Senator’s self-aggrandizing agenda is so apparent to the rest of the country. Whether or not the House takes ol’ Teddy’s advice and continues to push us towards a full government shutdown, it’s obvious that any plans Cruz had to be the voice of his party in the Senate should be considered permanently shelved, which may actually be the best news we’ve gotten in quite some time.