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Does anybody like Ted Cruz?
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Senator Cruz used his considerable time on the floor to discuss all sorts of subjects tangentially relevant to the health-care debate, such as children's books, Nazis, and pro wrestling.
Unfortunately for the persistent Senator he technically did not stage a filibuster. Cruz could not stop a vote because one has already been scheduled.
But things simply went too far and he couldn't stop. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has become one of many issues that divide congressional Republicans. There are those who eagerly support his exhortation to strip all funding for ObamaCare, and those who think risking a government shutdown over an ill-fated ObamaCare-defunding measure is dumb politics. The second group is quite annoyed with Cruz. He has been goading the House GOP to go all-in on the defunding plan for months. They can't get rid of him.
Those who support his idea are confused because, when the House agreed to go along with Cruz's high-stakes defund-or-bust plan this week, Cruz issued the following statement:
The announcement that the House will vote to defund ObamaCare is terrific news.... We commend the House leadership and House Republicans for listening to the people and for taking decisive action to stop ObamaCare, the biggest job-killer in America…
So, Cruz is in a rarely seen position: some Republicans can't stand him, others are on the same page, but can't stand him also. His fellows Republicans say that Nancy Pelosi is more well-liked than Cruz is amongst them.
His marathon appearance did nothing to block Obamacare funding. Cruz said his speech was to simply "make D.C. listen," but the only thing he accomplished is to annoy everyone even more.
When he finally stopped talking, the funding bill passed its first procedural hurdle in the Senate, which voted unanimously to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed on the House’s continuing resolution. The Senate now is scheduled to hold up to 30 hours of debate on the funding bill.
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