Texas Sen. Ted Cruz holds faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote http://t.co/dbyiPqmy9s— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn't back the push by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to vote against bringing up a bill to defund Obamacare, a McConnell aide told The Huffington Post.
~ Huffington Post
Because he can’t stop anything, Sen. Ted Cruz is not calling this a filibuster. Instead, Cruz has promised to speak until he can no longer stand. This means that Ted Cruz is filibustering.
Fox News is doing everything they can to make sure that their viewers know as little as possible about Cruz’s efforts. Their strategy is to cut to a breaking news update, and show Cruz talking on the Senate floor. What they don’t provide is audio of what Cruz is saying. Instead, Fox News has guests talk about how Cruz’s efforts are going to fail, and what will happen in the House after the Senate sent them a clean continuing resolution.
In short, Fox News put a gag on Ted Cruz. Fox has banished Cruz to a live video stream on their website. Fox News’ strategy is to take live looks at Cruz while providing no sound.
I think the Republicans at this point will call in Vladimir Putin to settle their civil war.
~ Democratic pundit E. J. Dionne on PBS
As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz. Why are Republicans so angry at Ted Cruz?
~ Fox News Host Chris Wallace
When Republicans run into the street, despite the fact that there is a flashing red light, they’re going to get hit by the cars and [get] killed. So this is stupid politically.
. . . we’ll let our party run into moving traffic against a red light. It’s idiotic
~ Bush and McCain adviser Nicole Wallace on MSNBC
Binders Full of Nonsense— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) September 24, 2013
Somewhere, in a smokey back room, a bicameral group of republicans is plotting the demise of Ted Cruz...— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) September 24, 2013
Health care is a basic human right. #MakeTedCruzListen— AngloSaxons4Obama (@TheAngloSaxons) September 24, 2013
wow, cruz couldn’t even speak for an hour before yielding to mike lee for a question— Jed Lewison (@jedlewison) September 24, 2013
Wait. Ted Cruz's speech isn't actually a filibuster? Bwahaha. It's just a hollow, meaningless action? Gosh. He really is running in 2016.— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) September 24, 2013
Ted Cruz: "I cannot believe how Democrats are using 2 landslide national elections and 1 Supreme Court ruling to force Obamacare on America"— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) September 23, 2013
So Cruz could only stand for an hour before yielding to his puppy dog Lee?— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) September 24, 2013
This is who Ted Cruz reminds me of pic.twitter.com/Yi6N3TzDrL— Nicole (@MzDivah67) September 24, 2013
This is GOP healthcare plan... Listen to Ted Cruz yammer and lose your will to live. #tedtalks— Diana O'Sullivan (@liberalgirl4) September 24, 2013
DEFUND TED CRUZ pic.twitter.com/z170SXYOSG— Ted Cruz Demands (@TedCruzDemands) September 22, 2013
Ted Cruz: "Defund Obamacare or I'll jump." America: "Jump, jump, jump."— drhug (@drhug) September 24, 2013
You call this a filibuster. Ted Cruz's wife calls it dinner. #ILoseWithCruz— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 24, 2013
NBC News has learned while @SenRandPaul does not expect to speak publicly about his opposition to Cruz' tactic. Paul sided with McConnell.— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) September 24, 2013
Will Ted Cruz out-drone Rand Paul with his talking filibuster? #2016 #MyFilibusterIsBiggerThanYours— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) September 24, 2013
I'm trying to stay awake through student council election speeches. Oh, I'm sorry, this is the Senate.— Susie Madrak (@SusieMadrak) September 24, 2013
@SenTedCruz really sounds like a debate club president, and I don't mean that as a compliment. Overblown, pompous. Bad preacher.— Susie Madrak (@SusieMadrak) September 24, 2013
Harold & Kumar go to the Capitol Building— Jeremy Holden (@JerAHolden) September 24, 2013
Please proceed Sen. Cruz— Ethan Peretz (@MperiousRex) September 24, 2013
Technically, under Senate rules what Ted Cruz is doing is not a "filibuster"; it is called a "campaign speech."— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 24, 2013