Ted Cruz Still Standing, Reads Green Eggs and Ham
Marathon session passes 18-hour mark
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2013 3:00 AM CDT
Updated Sep 25, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
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(Newser) – As part of Sen. Ted Cruz's anti-ObamaCare talkathon—which he has vowed to keep up until he can no longer stand—he read the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham, to his daughters. "Daddy's going to be home soon, to read to you in person," he promised the girls, who were watching at home on C-SPAN. This means the story will forever be in the Senate record, notes Business Insider. But his marathon session has gone well past bedtime; he started at 2:41pm yesterday and has passed the 18-hour mark (in the 7am ET hour, Marco Rubio was helping him out—as long as Cruz stays standing, he can yield to other senators' questions).

ABC News reports that Cruz took the 2013 record for longest speech of the year from Rand Paul around 3:33am today (Paul's time: 12 hours and 52 minutes), and the Washington Post notes that there are only four "historical filibusters" longer than his speech (No. 1 on the list: Strom Thurmond, 1957; 24 hours, 18 min). Note that it's not the record for longest filibuster—Cruz's speech technically isn't one because his talking won't prevent the Senate from holding its first procedural vote of this spending bill at 1pm today. Quips Politico, "In other words, it’s all over save for the theatrics." Among the other theatrics, per ABC and MSNBC:

  • Cruz quoted from country singer Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue."
  • He also referenced Duck Dynasty: "Jeff said 'Faith, family and facial hair.' I point out to the junior senator from Utah, if we continue doing this long enough, we may have facial hair on the floor of the Senate."
  • And he quoted from another kids' book, The Little Engine That Could: "The train going up that said over and over again, 'I think I can, I think I can. I think I can.' You know, if you listen to a lot of the members of this body, the message would be simple: that little engine can't."
  • He also referenced Ashton Kutcher and White Castle ("I like their little burgers").

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Sep 26, 2013 8:51 PM CDT
"Green Eggs and Ham" A story about an opinionated hard head who has decided he hates something he hasn't tried, ... who, once he tries it ... LIKES IT. PERFECT!!! Thank you Senator Cruz!!
Sep 26, 2013 7:24 AM CDT
This nut Cruz is evidence as to why Congress's approval rating is 12%.
Sep 25, 2013 8:39 PM CDT
GOP governors have a plan with Obamacare. They're allowed to give it a new name in their respective States. The governors will take ALL the credit for the former Obamacare. The governors will convince the people in their States that the newly-named health plan is not Obamacare. They'll say that It's really a Republican health care system. How many of you believe that Republicans will get away with the above?