September 25th, 2013
03:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Borger: What the Ted Cruz spectacle is all about

This isn't the idealism of 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." It isn't as dark as "House of Cards," either.

So how about settling on something lighter, like say, "Animal House," in which the dean famously says, "The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me."

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  1. rs

    The Spectical is the growing insanity of the Right. They are rapidly becoming the obviously crazy people in the park you don't want to make eye contact with.

    September 25, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Thomas

    What happened to politicians with great ideas ?

    Ted Cruz in a educated guy with a narrow vision , maybe his parents wouldn't let him play with crayons !

    September 25, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -So how about settling on something lighter, like say, "Animal House," in which the dean famously says, "The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me."
    *****************
    How about " This requires a pointelss gesture on somebody's part!", or " Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son". We could also reference " Thank you sir, may I have another?": the perfect metaphor for how the GOP wants the public to take things.

    September 25, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Tom

    The Ted Cruz spectacle is about one thing - Ted Cruz.

    September 25, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Not only did Mr. Cruz put his foot in his mouth, but he stepped in it, too.

    September 25, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Gloria, Gloria, this Canadian CANNOT be our president!
    That being said the repugs are the ones who created this tea bagging monster and now they can't control it. If anyone should be blamed it's McCain and his ship of fools for bringing forth the screecher from AK and let her go rogue.
    All Rafael proved is that the small crazy right fringe is just that crazy with even less solutions than any "conservatives" left on the right.
    I love it when teatards talk about the big bad establishment and freedom while they continue to take away women, seniors, poor, veteran, disabled rights.
    He could have spent all that wasted time actually talking about Obamacare and what he/they were going to do about it. They don't have a clue or a chance in Hades. Except for wasting taxpayers money again and the three amigos losing sleep they just confirmed that they are a horse's behind.

    September 25, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Tony

    Even when Republicans want to block a bill that they actually support, they still can't do it.

    September 25, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. jinx9to88

    Only the GOP supporters believed Cruz had a chance to stop the law. To find out Cruz voted with the Dems on the bill. Same people that continue to send him their lunch money. Now thats funny!!

    September 25, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Vince

    Imagine what our country could be like if people like this were as passionate about feeding the hungry, creating jobs, stopping violence, etc...you know...stuff that actually matters.

    September 25, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    More excerpts from the "Republican Health Care Plan" blog, which can be found on Spkr Boehner's official site, Jul 27, 2009.

    "Making Health Care More Available & Accessible for All Americans"

    - Makes it easier for Americans to keep health care coverage regardless of a change in or loss of a job.
    - Encourages states to create a Universal Access Program by establishing and/or reforming existing
    programs to guarantee all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses, have access
    to affordable coverage.
    - Strengthens employer-provided health coverage by helping the 10 million uninsured Americans who
    are eligible, but not enrolled in, an employer-sponsored plan get health care coverage. The plan does
    this by encouraging employers to move to opt-out, rather than opt-in rules.
    - Helps employers offer health care coverage to their workers by reducing their administrative costs
    through a new small business tax credit.
    - Recognizes that not all high school and college graduates are able to find a job that offers health care
    coverage after graduation. By allowing dependents to remain on their parents’ health policies up to the
    age of 25, the number of uninsured Americans could be reduced by up to 7 million.
    - Provides flexibility to Medicaid and SCHIP beneficiaries by allowing them to apply the value of their
    benefit to a health plan that better meets their needs than the one-size-fits-all government program.

    =======================================================
    Imagine what the Tea Party would say to some of these ideas. Republicans do not talk about their own plans for health care reform because they have moved so far to the right that their base would reject that which they had fully embraced a mere four years ago.

    In fact, if you consider all of the tax credits that they had proposed, what you wind up with is a publicly funded, privately operated, national health care insurance program. It's arguably a single payer system with one big difference, there's the entire private health insurance industry in the cash stream siphoning as much money as they please ... ... which drives up the long term costs and is why liberals rejected the ideas.

    September 25, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein

    It is partly to raise his profile so that all will "celebrate his defense" of those that don't like the ACA. There are some that don't like it for a reason; many of them is because it is from Obama.

    September 25, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Zerubbabel

    It is about getting the monkey off of the Senate repubs' back and placing it squarely on the House repubs', which is where this nonsense started. The GOP civil war is at hand, and oh! what a glorious sight.

    September 25, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. lolo

    Just pitiful. It can't get any crazier can it? He and his pals need to be locked up in the looney bin for this nonsense. Sarah Palin really dumbed down the party. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. smith

    Cruz doesn`t even know what his spectacle was about. This guy is on the borderline of dumb. Speaking of Animal House, this guy reminds me of Kent Dorfman(Flounder). He was the guy whose picture the Delta members threw trash and beer cans at when picking new recruits.

    September 25, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    There is but one analogy that fits.

    Turd Cruz just spent 20+ hours waving his farts at everyone else, yammering "smell that, eh? smell it?"

    September 25, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. bassman

    I don't remember CNN calling Wendy Davis a "spectacle". Its called media bias.

    September 25, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. freedom

    Cruz is refreshingly breaking through all the crap that has been dished out to the American people the last 5 years under this administration. Deceit, lies, crimes, manipulations, abuse of power – you name it – this is not a spectacle – it's a breakthrough for our freedoms. Cruz is a man of integrity. We haven't seen that quality in a very long time.

    September 25, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Q. What Was The Ted Cruz Spectacle All About?

    A. Ted Cruz and his fetish for the limelight. Well, that and the mighty dollar.

    I suspect he got what he wanted. A two-fer all wrapped up in the American flag.

    September 25, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. O'drama ya Mama

    In other news, shortly after his pointless filibuster, Ted Cruz was approached by a Disney Executive who pitched a new idea for a show called "Story Time with Uncle Ted"

    September 25, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. O'drama ya Mama

    freedom

    Cruz is refreshingly breaking through all the crap that has been dished out to the American people the last 5 years under this administration. Deceit, lies, crimes, manipulations, abuse of power – you name it – this is not a spectacle – it's a breakthrough for our freedoms. Cruz is a man of integrity. We haven't seen that quality in a very long time.
    September 25, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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    A man of integrity? He voted against his principals, the very same principals he spent 20+ hours talking about just hours before. His quality is equal to the quality of wine they sell at CVS

    September 25, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -freedom

    Cruz is refreshingly breaking through all the crap that has been dished out to the American people the last 5 years under this administration. Deceit, lies, crimes, manipulations, abuse of power – you name it – this is not a spectacle – it's a breakthrough for our freedoms. Cruz is a man of integrity. We haven't seen that quality in a very long time.
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    Another example of how the Right looks for affirmation, not information. A 21 hour marathon babble by a junior Senator, and the Right thinks they actually accomplished something. What did he talk about? Darth Vader? Tell us how Cruz is a man of integrity, when he babbles the same easily refuted lies the Right has been saying about their unwanted child, the ACA, for 3 years.

    September 25, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. freedom

    @Tom Paine
    @O'drama

    You are so brainwashed by this inexperienced, manipulative, and destructive president, you don't know integrity when it's staring you in the face.

    September 25, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |