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February 10, 2016

What If Ted Cruz Had Read ‘The Little Engine That Could’?

It’s going to take a while longer, but the deconstruction of everything Ted Cruz said during his 21 hours and 19 minutes on the Senate floor this week is continuing.

Much of the attention was paid Wednesday to the Texan’s suggestion that fellow congressional Republicans unwilling to wage war against Obamacare are comparable to the appeasers in the British Parliament during the rise of Hitler. Since that pretty politically serious topic has been exhausted, the focus is shifting to Cruz’s taste in children’s literature.

Had Cruz chosen to read “The Little Engine That Could,” he would have been able to liken himself to the locomotive that willed itself to triumph. Had he picked “Harold and the Purple Crayon,”  he could have compared himself to the boy who kept drawing himself into predicaments and then drawing himself out again.

Instead, the senator declared that his favorite book as a kid was “Green Eggs and Ham,” which he read on the floor Tuesday night so his two children might get to hear him tell a bedtime story.

The Huffington Post has a nice piece out this morning about Sen. Charles E. Schumer denigrating Cruz for missing the whole point of the Dr. Seuss classic. The moral, as the New York Democrat was right to point out, is that you shouldn’t knock something before you’ve tried it, because you might find out you like what you’ve criticized  out of ignorance.

Schumer’s ready punchline: “Maybe, Sen. Cruz, you may actually find out that, as this health care law goes into effect, you and your constituents may actually like it.”

  • rdbrewer

    What if Cruz had read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”? Didn’t think of that, did you?

  • Layla

    Ted Cruz took a stand for the American people, something nobody else is willing to do. This has not gone unnoticed by the people. I believe if you check your twitter and facebook accounts, you will find a fair number of irate messages posted there. You have turned us into slaves of our government and this cannot be allowed to stand. This country is in the greatest peril since the great depression. American families cannot survive on 28 hours of part time employment per week. And now you demand that we pay for health insurance when we are barely able to feed our families. SHAME ON YOU. This is not what America stands for. You have given us no other choice but to see that each of you is voted out of office at the earliest time. You have created a crisis for our families which we cannot overcome. You have broken our backs, YOU, with lies and deceit. I stand with Ted Cruz. At least he has noticed.

    • pitch1934

      I agree with Layla on the need of good paying fulltime jobs with decent benefits. You can do that by insisting that the scum that have set the U.S. on its’ collective rear, i.e. the financiers and the manufacturers and other business that have sent those jobs to Lower Slobovia return them t the U.S. or face the consequences. You can throw out those in office that play right along with the job destroyers, that includes officials on both sides of the fence. You can help by insisting that all full time workers who have graduated high school get paid a decent living wage. That’s just the start.

  • Wallaby2012

    It is obvious that NY Sen. Schumbutt did not watch the filibuster because Sen. Cruz DID say that America HAS seen obammycare in affect and we do not want it. Do you still have a full time job?????

    • Layla

      I don’t have a job, period.

  • pitch1934

    We give great credence to a man who cannot even get history right? The English people declared war on Germany in 1939. There was no negotiating with the Hitler regime in the 1940’s. If he can’t keep a few facts of history straight, how can he be trusted to keep anything else straight?

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