NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” is a whimsical radio program formatted to relay the week’s news events in a quiz show type forum.
The show’s latest broadcast opened with host Peter Sagal expounding on Sen. Ted Cruz’ (R-Texas) historic “filibuster to defund Obamacare as a price for keeping the government open.” Sagal goes on to describe Cruz’ efforts as being “just like a Jerry Lewis telethon, except he wants to take away medical treatment.”
The panelist’s only woman, Kyrie O’ Connor, jumped in to “stick up for the other long speaking Texan [state senator] Wendy Davis… [She] had to do a real filibuster where you had to stay on topic, and couldn’t lean against your desk and couldn’t take a pee break.” Hers was an 11 hour filibuster.
Sagal countered with an assertion that Cruz couldn’t leave the Senate floor for over 20 hours. He joked “there were a couple moments when [Cruz] would suddenly stop and then just smile and take a breath and go on.”
Another panelist finished Sagal’s train of thought, insinuating that Cruz was relieving himself during these pauses: “Anybody who’s had an 18 month old in the car seat knows exactly that… that look.”
How droll. To the NPR panel, Davis opposing abortion restrictions is admirable. Cruz stood against big government muscling into nearly 20 percent of the nation’s economy and foisting this costly behemoth on the American people. The so called “Affordable Care Act” is so unpopular that Democrat cronies including the law’s administrator, the IRS, as well as Congress itself balk at participation and scramble for exemptions.
Aided by a 18 Republican allies, Cruz took a bold stance among gutless Republicans who enable Obamacare rather than its repeal. His efforts didn’t stand a chance to stop the spending bill, which passed 54-44. Noteworthy is how a cloture measure to end debate on the bill passed 79-19; 25 of the “yea” votes were from Republicans. The cloture needed 60 votes to pass. If 20 of the 25 Republicans who voted against the filibuster had instead voted for it, the filibuster would not have been defeated. Yet Cruz taking such a public gesture to prove he didn’t have the votes to defund Obamacare was a brilliant tactic because it exposed the RINO Republicans for what they are, RINO (Republican In Name Only.)
This two-fold bucking of the establishment makes Cruz the butt of pee-pee jokes from NPR, another taxpayer subsidized entity.