Ted Cruz’s Fake Filibuster: ‘I Intend To Speak In Opposition To Obamacare…Until I Am No Longer Able To Stand’
BY AVIVA SHEN ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 AT 3:18 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced Tuesday afternoon that he would launch a “speaking filibuster” in favor of defunding the Affordable Care Act until he is physically unable to stand.
Cruz’s speech is not technically a filibuster, as either way the Senate will vote tomorrow on the continuing resolution to keep the government from shutting down. Even though the vote will happen regardless of the length of his speech, Cruz vowed when he took the Senate floor, “I intend to speak in opposition to Obamacare, I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare, until I am no longer able to stand.”
Cruz stands nearly alone in his efforts to shut down the government unless President Obama agrees to defund health care reform. Manyother Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have scoffed at his plan, and even Fox News has tried to tell the Tea Party senator his plan is doomed. During the “filibuster,” Cruz compared his unlikely crusade against Obamacare to the first time men landed on the moon, joking, “The moon might be as intimidating as Obamacare!”
Throughout the speech, Cruz, who reportedly refused to study in law school with anyone who did not go to Harvard, Yale or Princeton, tried to paint himself as outside the Washington elite. The senator emphasized that he does not attend cocktail parties with “the intelligentsia in the big cities.”