Mitch McConnell Basically Tells Ted Cruz “Thanks But No Thanks” on Fake Filibuster

cruz-fake-filibusterAs the days go on, it becomes more and more apparent that Ted Cruz doesn’t have the pull he thinks (or wished) he had in Congress.  Since he became Senator, it’s been clear that Cruz has singled out “Obamacare” as his mechanism to launch any kind of national notoriety.

Which I guess was fairly intelligent.  The name “Obamacare” is catchy; it’s something any Republican could use to manipulate conservative voters into giving them cheap and easy support.  Even the mention of the health care law draws visceral hatred from many conservative voters.

And while his move might have been wise on the grounds of getting national fame and recognition from the far-right leaning block of voters, the end results are turning out to be absolutely embarrassing for Senator Cruz.

While the House did go ahead and pass a bill which defunded Obamacare in exchange for funding the government, Cruz has found almost no support in the Senate to block the measure from being voted on.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can simply strip the measure to defund Obamacare and pass the rest of the bill — and there’s not a damn thing Cruz or other far-right Republicans can do about it.

His only hope was to get the support of two of the leading voices for Republicans in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn.  If they would have supported his faux filibuster, his desperate attempt to stop Reid might have brought in other Senate Republicans in support.

Well, McConnell and Cornyn have essentially told Cruz “thanks but no thanks.”  They won’t support Cruz’s pointless talkathon, with McConnell’s representatives issuing the following statement:

“Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny.”

Which of course is straight political talk from the, “How to be a politician” handbook.

Because as I said before, Harry Reid can simply strip the provision which defunds Obamacare out, pass the bill, and Ted Cruz’s push to shutdown the government to defund Obamacare will be more or less dead in the water.

So while Ted Cruz has done a masterful job at pandering to the far-right reaches of the Republican party and becoming a tea party darling—he seems to have made very few friends within Congress.  He can stand and talk and read “Green Eggs and Ham” to his kids all he wants, because in the end, even his own party knows he has overreached in his futile attempts to stop the law from being implemented.

Because at the end of the day, after all his speeches, lies, television ads and propaganda—Obamacare will live, Americans will get health coverage and the only support he really got for his “plan” will end up being from a handful of radical Republican Senators who are just as delusional as he is.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Pipercat

    Gotta love our junior Senator. Perhaps the next time he attempts this, he can wear a red nose, size 30 shoes, all the while reading Dr. Seuss and truly fulfill his part, yes?

    • CherMoe

      Well, I think, if nothing else, he just sealed his fate as far as being elected to ANYTHING in the future. Of course, he can always go on to become a lobbyist or go to work for Fox “news” like the rest of his cronies.

      • Pipercat

        I was thinking he could host a children’s program: Uncle Ted and his magical red herrings!!

    • gemma liar

      donnn’ be dissin my bozoman!!

      • Pipercat

        He’s the Buffoonster!

  • Matthew Reece

    Ted Cruz looks like a copycat, as though he gave a filibuster speech just because Rand Paul did.

    • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

      And Rand Paul only did because Bernie Sanders did. And did masterfully, I might add; Bernie I mean, not Peanuthead.

      • Harry Conkle

        Peanuthead ,, thats funny !

  • Derek Pryor

    Serves him right.

  • Nicholas A Kocal

    The right wing does not hate Obamacare, they just hate President Obama.And they hate him because he had the audacity to become President while being an African-American.

    • gemma liar

      and being born in Kenya/mars/ETC,,,,and being smarter and more eloquent than 97% or regressive white trash tea baggers,,,,and knowing how to silently ridicule– and then eviscerate– long time rightwing politicians,,,,,, and being a muslim / radical Christian( pick one please)

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it time for the good people of Texas to recall little Teddy? The sob is wasting time and money.

    • Matthew Reece

      Courts have ruled that Senators are federal officials, and are therefore not subject to state recall laws.

      • CherMoe

        They CAN, however, be removed by “expulsion” by that body of which the Senator or Representative is part of. The people CAN, however, vote him out of office. I’m just curious … how did they manage to “recall” the two Democrats in Colorado because all the gun nuts didn’t like the gun legislation?

      • Matthew Reece

        The two Democrats who were recalled for infringing upon the right to keep and bear arms were state officials, and were therefore subject to state recall laws.

    • Rick Catdaddy Blankenship

      There aren’t enough “Good People” of Texas

  • David D’Champ

    Isn’t Ted Cruz the leader of the Scientologists?

  • katherine norton malek

    The ill-branding of the Affordable Care Act – dubbed – “Obamacare”. It IS essentially “Romneycare”. Then Gov. Romney put it in place in MA & it works & they love it. Whoever directly responsible for mis-branding it “Obamacare” was obviously an anti-Obama Marketing genius who calculated the brand kill. Regardless of how much sense it makes for millions of uninsured Americans, young adults w/no jobs out of college and anyone of any age w/pre-existing health issues, including newborns, calling it Obamacare automatically shuts it down for the masses who simply hate this Pres. & anything & everything associated with him, including his First Lady’s message to drink more water than sugary drinks. For junior TP puppets like Ted Cruz, its simply a tool to put himself in the news. He has otherwise accomplished NOTHING to warrant such notoriety. Using “Obamacare” to grasp some relevancy for himself, not unlike SPalin. Sadly, the sacrifical lambs are Americans who benefit from Affordable Health Care. Most anti-Affordable Health Care pundits have not even read it – know nothing of its nuts & bolts but what they’ve heard or read. Cruz and the likes of Bachman, SPalin & friends, are ALL otherwise irrelevent talking heads who’ve accomplished nothing in their own right to earn a spotlight. Screw over millions of American ppl to put themselves in the news – they’re okay with that.

  • Stupid RepubliKKKans

  • Charlie Vasquez

    And money is wasted by his long-ass ramblings…sad.

    • CherMoe

      In the big scheme of things, they’ve already spent millions upon millions with the 40+ times they’ve voted to get rid of “Obamacare.” That should INFURIATE the American people, especially at a time when THEY got their raises AND defunded Planned Parenthood, RAISED OUR TAXES (at least in my state), made drastic cuts to food stamps, the military, education and everything else that benefits the American people.

  • cherie

    Tell this m.f. Nazi Radicals Assholes and his low IQs GOP KKK tea boogers the only shot down they can have to shot a fack off their m.f. shit mouths ! Tell those m.f. low lives Christian Jesus has be shotsss by those barbarians because Jesus do not want be part of Muslim brotherhood law which those m.f. created since 1925 because profit was good now they brought it upon poor Jesus ! Run Jesus run

    • Kits

      Wow. I can practically see the bulging eyes and saliva being flung far and wide during this rant. It’s hard to do stark raving mad and still be able to control oneself enough to type. Good job.

  • Dagnytaggard

    Yes Americans will get Obamacare alright together with a death panel, and more trillions in debt that will have to be borrowed from the Chinese or Russians – all at the expense of the taxpayers – those that pay taxes that is. The Obama cronies and congress will be exempt from Obamacare and businesses will cut back on hours in order NOT to provide healthcare because they do not want to go bankrupt. And the right wing hates Obama because he is the most inept President ever and because he will not stop spending until we have a complete economic collapse – maybe after he starts WWIII that is…

    • bill


    • cyrus666

      Wow, look at the size of the “stupid” on this guy!! The most inept President ever? No, we already had him. His name was “W”.

    • lindylou

      Most businesses, and I cite Walmart as the leader of the pack, will cut back hours (they historically have anyhow) in order to further bankroll their accounts in the Caribbean and elsewhere offshore. It has less to do with providing healthcare than with satisfying their shareholders. In essence, it is every American who holds stock in a corporation favors the bottom line whether we think about it or not. Who would be the first to tell the boards of directors that they would rather take in less money and shift some profit to the people.

    • patuxant

      Sorry pal: You are a prime example of what is wrong with this country. You call our President the most “inept” ever. Prove it. If you had any interest in being objective, you would know that indeed, he has spent the less than most presidents in recent memory. But no, you would rather deal in hate and totally buying into the TB BS. If you want to be taken seriously, get your self under emotional control and take that gun of yours and bury it in the backyard!

  • gemma liar

    am I alone in noticing TED CRUZ has a scary eerie facial resemblance to that GREAT AMERICAN sen McCarthy from the 50’s???

  • cyrus666

    How lame do you have to be as a politician when the very party you represent won’t even back you. For Christ’s sake, Fox news was even saying all day how it was just posturing and not even a filibuster!!!

  • Sparky61

    Pipercat… Well, it does appear that he does indeed have ample face make-up. Still, accentuation seems to be in order! Clowns should always be more garish than the general populace (or the general Congress – as it would seem) – not that he doesn’t get points for being close.

  • patuxant

    Even TC knows he smells. See him pinching his nose???