Ted Cruz passes 19th hour of filibuster: THIS IS OUR ALAMO!

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Ted Cruz passes 19TH HOUR of epic filibuster against Obamacare

By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor and Francesca Infante

PUBLISHED: 18:38 EST, 24 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:31 EST, 25 September 2013

Senator Ted Cruz, who vowed to speak out against Obamacare on the Senate floor ‘until I am no longer able to stand’, has slogged his way into a second day and shows no sign of relenting after speaking for more than 19 hours.

Cruz, who began at 2.41pm on Tuesday, is continuing his crusade to deny funding for Obama’s overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, branding it the country’s ‘biggest jobs killer’.

With no sign of stopping, Cruz has so far navigated disparate topics including the American revolution, sending a man to the moon, his Cuban-born father and the impact of the health care law.

And in more bizarre moments, he recited an edited version of Dr. Zeus’ ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ poem and compared the fight against Obamacare to the battle against the Nazis.

In surpassing the 18 hour and 23 minute mark this morning, Cruz and his allies notched up the fourth longest occupation of the floor since precise record-keeping began in 1900.

It also eclipsed March’s 12-hour, 52-minute speech by Sen. Rand Paul, who like Cruz is a tea party lawmaker and potential 2016 presidential contender.

Paul was demanding information on the Obama administration’s use of drones to monitor Americans.

Cruz is aiming to scuttle the Senate Democrats’ vote that would send a budget bill back to the house without a measure that would defund the president’s signature health care law.

Conservative Republicans have threatened to level an ultimatum at the president: Defund Obamacare, or risk a government shutdown and the GOP’s refusal to raise the federal government’s all-important debt ceiling.

But the mechanics of advancing the bill were overshadowed by Cruz’s filibuster, which included a reading of Dr. Seuss’ ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ to his daughters back home in Texas.

‘When Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like Obamacare either,’ he said. ‘They did not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house or with a mouse. It is not working.’

But his actions have provoked anger on both sides of the house as many of his GOP colleagues accuse him of poor strategy and enjoying political grandstanding at the expense of other Republicans.

A Pew Research Center poll published Monday shows that 39 percent of Americans would blame Republicans for a government shutdown, while 36 percent would blame Democrats.

Not wishing to go it entirely alone Sen. Cruz drafted in some help a few hours into the parliamentary stunt, yielding the floor to Sen. Paul, then to Sen. Marco Rubio, and again for a question from Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts.

Utah’s Mike Lee, Louisiana’s David Vitter and Alabama’s Jeff Sessions also asked questions, pausing the forward motion for minutes at a time while Cruz caught his breath.

The Texas Republican is trying to halt the implementation of President Obama’s national health insurance overhaul, and said he’s acting on behalf of ’26 million Texans and 300 million Americans’.

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the chamber’s top Democrat, put down a marker earlier in the day with a promise that ‘there will be no filibuster today’.

While Cruz apparently didn’t get the memo, or more likely ignored it, it’s unlikely his filibuster-by-committee will change any results.

CHIEF FILIBUSTER: TED’S TOP 10

1. ‘I will credit my father, he invented…green eggs and ham… he would put green food coloring in. Green Eggs and Ham was my favorite book as a little boy.’

2. On comparing fighting Obamacare to fighting the Nazis: ‘If you go to the 1940s, Nazi Germany. 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”.’

3. On comparing the costs of sending a man to the moon to the cost of defunding Obamacare: ‘The moon might be as intimidating as Obamacare’

4.’It is apparently very, very important to be invited to all the right cocktail parties in town. Now, I’ll confess: I don’t go to a whole lot of cocktail parties in town.’

5. ‘I like their little burgers…I’m a big fan of eating White Castle burgers.’

6. ‘You know, almost all of us are in cheap suits with bad haircuts. Who cares?’

7. ‘They want to make this about a battle of this senator versus that senator, this person versus that person. So it’s all personal. It’s like reading the Hollywood gossip pages.’

8. ‘I don’t know if it’s the water, something in the air, the cherry blossoms, but people get here and they stop listening to the American people.’

9. ‘We don’t work for the lobbyists with tasseled loafers who walk the halls, but the single mom working in the diner.’

10. ‘I guarantee all of the pundits that we see going on TV and intoning in deep baritone voices, “This can’t be done.” If this were back in the 18th century, they would be going on, I don’t know, maybe [with] pigeon carriers or something.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2431223/Ted-Cruz-vows-speak-longer-stand-rises-opposition-Obamacare.html#ixzz2fv6qwj7f

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