It’s not a filibuster in the true sense of the word, critics harrumph. Even commentators on the right acknowledge that filibusters have been used historically to block or delay a vote. But the Senate vote on the House spending bill will go forward today, and if anything Cruz supports the measure, which excludes spending for Obamacare.
It's a fool's errand, some claim, pointing out that when all is said and done, Cruz doesn’t have enough votes to make the bill stick. Some say the talk-a-thon, which is in its 19th hour, is good for Cruz personally, in that it raises his national profile and rallies support among the small-government, Tea Party faction of a divided Republican party. Some argue it is valuable press for a White House run by the Texas senator in 2016.
It does make for great political theater. But ultimately Cruz's stand is more than that. This morning, he read a passage from Ayn Rand that is applicable not only to the debate that divides the legislature but the nation (video here). It shows where the similarities between a man like Cruz and a man like Barack Obama end.
Obama claims that Cruz and his Tea Party backers are unwilling to negotiate. He is using the wrong verb. Cruz is unwilling to compromise, and it is on a view that most Americans hold with respect to the Affordable Care Act.
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