Oh yes, he went there.
"If you go to the 1940s, Nazi Germany," said Cruz. "Look, we saw in Britain, Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, 'Accept the Nazis. Yes, they'll dominate the continent of Europe but that's not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We can't possibly stand against them.'"
"And in America there were voices that listened to that," he continued. "I suspect those same pundits who say it can't be done, if it had been in the 1940s we would have been listening to them. Then they would have made television. They would have gotten beyond carrier pigeons and beyond letters and they would have been on tv and they would have been saying, 'You cannot defeat the Germans.'"
Many Obamacare opponents have already said they would be heroes for shutting down the government, even comparing their efforts to do so to the Civil Rights movement, but few have gone the extra mile and compared the Affordable Care Act to Nazi Germany.
There is, after all, a very key difference. One killed millions of people, while the other is intended to prevent millions from dying needlessly.
Cruz also said at the outset that he intends to speak until he is "no longer able to stand" in order to force Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to agree to a 60-vote threshold for any motion that removes the language defunding Obamacare from the House-approved continuing resolution.
However, Senate procedure limits how long he may speak before the initial vote to invoke cloture on Wednesday. In other words, this is not a filibuster so much as a cheap political stunt intended to look like one.