21 hours, huh? Now that’s some dedication, right there. Even His Imperial Majesty is impressed, and he doesn’t impress easily. His face does, when he falls asleep on the keyboard, but that’s another matter.
When the junior Senator from Texas announced he was going to get up and filibuster (yeah, we know, it was “fake”, blah blah blah) and he added that he was going to “speak until he could no longer stand”, we felt a glimmering of hope or, more accurately, “really? Well, if a Texan says that, then he’s pretty much honor bound to go all the way.” But, as they say, “honor” and “politician” are two words that oughtn’t ever be used in the same sentence or, indeed, the same day.
But when His Imperial Skepticist left work and briefly checked C-Span to see that he was still talking, we started wondering if maybe, just maybe. And then we woke up in the morning and found out that he was still up there, not yielding the floor until 21 hours after he started.
Cue the whines:
“But it wasn’t an actual filibuster, it delayed nothing“. True, but that wasn’t the point. At least we don’t think so.
Dear LCs, we may just have a Senator who understands how the game is played.
What did it accomplish? For one thing, it put the issue of OgabeCare right out there in the open for the Low Information Voters in a way that can’t be hushed away by the ever compliant OgabeMedia. We can’t begin to describe how utterly ignorant the general population is when it comes to the consequences of that deliberate stab in the back of the best healthcare system in the world. We talk to people every day, as do you, people who do not mainline politics every day like we do, and most people have no friggin’ clue that OgabeCare forces employers to fire people and/or cut their hours. Most people have no clue, either, that the plans they were told they could keep are either going to be gone entirely or so expensive that they’ll have to bankrupt themselves and their families in order to keep them.
And that included people who are on our side.
By talking for 21 hours straight about the unholy train wreck that is OgabeCare it becomes a story that you can’t not at least mention. That’s important. Because it matters fuck all if those of us who are already against it are the only ones who even have the first idea just how disastrous it is. Stunts like a 21 hour Speakathon are a lot harder to shove under the rug than the occasional 5 minute soundbite.
Want to talk about something else that has caused Congress to be only slightly more popular than AIDS? That would be the resignation, the apathy among the general population that the idiots we send to Washington sure talk a good game on the campaign trail but then, when we’ve granted them their sinecures by voting for them, they go full Rubio on us and betray every single thing they said to get elected.
Getting up and pounding the table for 21 hours straight about one of the issues that you campaigned on, regardless of how ridiculed and hated you get, sure is a nice change from all of that, isn’t it? Hey! Here’s somebody who actually remembers the stuff he told us to get to vote for him! And he doesn’t mind pounding it home until he almost literally collapses from exhaustion.
Guess what? You actually can refuse to “play along to get along”, you actually can get up in the faces of the Establishment and survive because you just don’t give a single solitary shit.
Good example to set, we’d say.
And then there’s the unbridled hatred gushing forth from the treasonous RINO caucus. It’s one thing to disagree with Senator Cruz’s tactics, a good case can be made that it won’t, at this point, stop OgabeCare, but it’s quite another to unleash hell on somebody from your own party (allegedly, because the Establishment RINOs are only making it harder with every surrender of theirs to argue that they’re even Republicans anymore) for daring to stand up and, you know, oppose something when you’re in the opposition.
Senator Cruz basically dialed it up to eleven, waving a red cape in front of the RINO bulls, saying “here I am, come and get it”, and they stupidly (and thankfully) obliged him. Most notably McShitstain, who basically did Harry Reid’s job for him by delivering the Democrat Socialist response.
Short version of McShitstain: “Ogabe was reelected in 2012, so the role of the opposition is to not oppose him in any way and to give him whatever he wants without a fight.” He actually used the old “elections have consequences” line, a line that liberal fascists always roll out when they win one (but never when they don’t), as a justification for saying that the opposition have no right to oppose.
Which is, we suppose, perfectly in line with his glorious military record. After all, shoot-downs have consequences too. Your noble enemy shot your plane out of the sky, so now your obvious patriotic duty is to sit down and heroically occupy your mat in a POW camp while somebody else gets to fight the war. You had your shot, you lost, so now the noble and right thing to do is to surrender to your captors’ superiority. But we digress.
The thing is, he walked the RINO Surrender Caucus right into a trap and they took the bait. They identified themselves and made it a heckuva lot easier to primary them next year. All we have to do is to quote them and their refusal to support the fight against a disastrous wrecking ball of a “law” next year when the pain has really kicked in.
Who do you think voters are going to support when they’ve lost their healthcare coverage or have had to make do with crappy service or, even, have lost their jobs because of it (and their homes most likely too)? The Cruz wing who actually fought, or the RINO Establishment who did every single thing they could to stab them in the back when they at least tried?
Let’s fast forward a bit. It’s now the summer and early fall of 2014. OgabeCare has kicked in and millions of Americans are suffering because of it. Furthermore, millions of Ogabe’s starry-eyed young idealists, the demographic that he plays so well with because they haven’t yet fully developed their brains, youngsters who thought they were getting more free stuff, are now faced with the reality that not only are they not getting any free stuff, they are now forced to pay a tax, or non-tax depending on which side of the bed John Roberts got out of on any particular day, if they don’t pay for insurance that they can’t afford and don’t need.
Who are all of these people going to look to? The mealy-mouthed cowards who flee to hide under the coffee table whenever there’s the threat of an unfavorable New York Times editorial and a disinvite to a cocktail party looming, or somebody who said what he meant and meant what he said and, moreover, was right all along?
Yep, you got it right. It’s not rocket science.
He’s preparing the battlefield. He’s trying to win this battle, that’s for sure, but he’s at the same time preparing the battlefield that we’ll all find ourselves on if he doesn’t win.
He’s playing the long game.
He’s also the guy everybody waits for before a battle. The first guy to get out of the trench. We all want to go, but the vast majority don’t want to be the one to jump out there and get shot at while everybody else stays behind under cover. He’s the guy who says “fuck the odds, we can win this, but first we have to actually FIGHT.”
Or maybe we’re utterly wrong here, but we have to admit: He certainly has the look and demeanor of somebody who knows what he’s doing. And every bit of hatred that gets thrown at him from the Usual Suspects only serves to reinforce that.
We’ll take that.