Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been on the Senate floor since around 3 p.m. Tuesday, delivering a critique of President Obama’s health care law — and other things, including Syria policy and Dr. Suess.
Your correspondent sleepily turned on a popular cable news program this morning to find its hosts and panelists smugly making jokes about Cruz’s diatribe not being a formal filibuster, and mocking the tea party firebrand. Several straightened their pricey sports coats, starched checkered shirts and thick hipster glasses to declare what Cruz is doing doesn’t matter at all.
One can certainly argue Cruz’s not-a-filibuster won’t convince enough of his fellow-Senate Republicans to block Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plans to strip House-passed language that would defund Obamacare. But to say Cruz’s epic floor maneuver doesn’t matter ignores some important nuance — and we at Defense News pride ourselves on thoughtful, nuance-explaining reporting.
So I put down my first — of likely many — cups of coffee and typed out a note on my prehistoric smartphone (it’s called a BlackBerry) to a senior Senate aide, hoping to get a little help in explaining why what Cruz is doing matters. Even if just a little. More