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.



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    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are FIGHTING. That means a lot. God protect them and guide them.

    Re McVain: he lost his Man Card, in my opinion, when he let all those fascisti attack Sarah Palin and didn’t lift a finger to defend her. And there’s this, from Ace today:

    UPDATE: (Jack M.)

    Here’s a blast from the past. 2002 to be exact. McCain’s been a Democrat for at least 11 years, or so his one-time “chief strategist” seems to imply in this 2002 interview. In 2013, Weaver, apparently, is a Republican consultant again.

    John Weaver hunches his angular frame over a Styrofoam cup of coffee in the basement cafeteria of the United States Senate and tries to explain what might seem–to an outsider–his peculiar political loyalties. Once a loyal Republican strategist who directed the presidential aspirations of uber-conservative Phil Gramm and helped plot John McCain’s maverick primary run in 2000, he has since re-registered as a Democrat and severed consulting ties to all Republicans except McCain, for whom he still serves as chief strategist. “I only work for Democrats now,” he tells me. Noticing that he has overlooked the party affiliation of his most prominent advisee, I helpfully add: “And John McCain.” Weaver shrugs his shoulders and grins, “Oh, right.”

    (Emphasis added).

    Update 2: Moar Context!1!

    Here’s some more relatively contemporaneous context. Granted it’s from the New York Times in 2008, so grain of salt…but the players remain the same.

    Mr. McCain had begun to ally himself with the Democrats on a number of issues, and had told Mr. Daschle that he planned to vote against the Bush tax cuts, a centerpiece of the new president’s domestic agenda. Mr. McCain often made “disparaging comments” about Mr. Bush on the floor of the Senate, Mr. Daschle recalled.

    Still, Democrats were stunned one Saturday in late March when, by their account, John Weaver, Mr. McCain’s longtime political strategist, reached out to Thomas J. Downey, a former Democratic congressman from Long Island who had become a lobbyist with powerful connections on Capitol Hill. In Mr. Downey’s telling, Mr. Weaver posed a question to him over lunch that left him stunned.

    “He says, ‘John McCain is wondering why nobody’s ever approached him about switching parties, or becoming an independent and allying himself with the Democrats,’ ” Mr. Downey said in a recent interview. “My reaction was, ‘When I leave this lunch, your boss will be called by anybody you want him to be called by in the United States Senate.’ ”

    Mr. Weaver recalls the conversation differently. He said that Mr. Downey had told him that Democrats, eager to find a Republican who would switch sides and give them control of the evenly divided Senate, had approached some Republican senators about making the jump. “I stated they couldn’t be so desperate as they hadn’t reached out to McCain,” Mr. Weaver said in an e-mail message last week.

    Whatever transpired, Mr. Downey raced home and immediately called Mr. Daschle. It was the first step in what became weeks of conversations that April between Mr. McCain and the leading Democrats, among them Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and John Edwards, then a senator from North Carolina, about the possibility of Mr. McCain’s leaving his party. One factor driving Mr. McCain, Mr. Downey said, was his bad relations with the Republican caucus.

    So, yeah. As they use to say in the old NFL commercials: “You make the call!”

    So tell me again: how did we get this QUISLING as our “candidate” for president?

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    Tallulah growls and barks:


    I’ve been to some conservative gatherings in NYC this summer, visited by various Republican political figures: senators, congressmen, governors. Some are sincere and good fighters; but most are pretty limp.

    Of course, the Parlor Pinks are far worse. And the Reds are a nightmare. We’ve got one running for NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, who is an open Communist-sympathizer and is peddling the Marxist class-warfare “soak the rich” line quite openly. Of course, in NYC, behind the scenes the Rich cut deals with the Reds to make sure only the middle class suckers actually get “soaked,” but hey, it sounds good to the bread and circuses rabble.

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    Greywolf125 growls and barks:

    “Long game” is a better point and very sound. He did prepare the battlefield on his terms. Sun Tzu versus Alinsky? Did he yet reach the LIV and obamaphoners? Probably not. Did he call out the RINOtards and re-engergize the Tea Party and real conservatives – Yes – probably a great deal. Did he wake up the “protest” by not voting conservative voters that facilitated the re-coronation of our schoolboy-in-WH? I sure hope so.

    Can the RINO pansies be primaried out and then go on to win? It is a step, but the RNC let reid be re-elected …

    We are looking down the barrel of having the “smartest woman in the world” whose “turn” it is and “it is time for a female** President” take over next. As we do not have a vigorous Select Committee, or a special prosecutor yet for the treason in Benghazi, looking to the “long game” is very important. [** “female” is used, because the women and ladies that loved and cherished me despised and despise “creatures” like the hildatraitor.]

    Was he grandstanding or ego-tripping? No, and I would not care much, because it will take some self-confidence and commitment to principles to sustain and maintain against the ever swirling, traitorous egomaniac that epitomizes what an intertwined, execrable mess our country has become. Does he need to have some private conversations with Sarah Palin, exchanging hand to hand key written materials? Expletive affirmative! The dirt makers are probably fine tuning his past for smear opportunities.

    Looking at articles and Comments sections, I hope he lasts. He sure has given new voice for worthy Americans.

    What a concept – Representing the wishes and interests of your constituents and the whole country …


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    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    Tallulah @ #:
    John McCain can thank whatever supreme beings he wants that he had Sarah Palin on board. It’s the ONLY reason he did as well as he did. I don’t know of anyone who voted for him; they all voted for her and prayed that he’d kick off early.

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    Igor, Imperial Booby growls and barks:

    The Beckmeister was pointing out to sundry and all how the Republican Long Knives have been brought out into the open by Messrs Cruz and Lee. And he’s not exactly thrilled with the RINO Establishment, he’s no longer giving them ANY doubt about their motives and methods.

    I wish we had Real Senators like them here in the Peoples’ Republik of Warhshington, but then, we have Seattle. ‘Nuff said.

    Tallulah, we got the Most Useless Presidential Candidate(s) for President *because* of the RINO Establishment, them guys are (almost, but not quite) as corrupt as the Peoples’ Democrat Party of Red Doper Diaper Babies…

    I sure hope ’14 is better. “Please, God, let it be so!”

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    Spin Drift growls and barks:

    Two words on NOT GIVING UP!!! AMERICA’S CUP. Team Oracle comes back from 7 down to win 8 straight over the course of a week in San Francisco harbor. I wonder what the Las Vegas odds were on that happening? But really, at this point I’m ashamed to be a republican (note little r). Why do big R’s shoot those among us who oppose the drift to the left that this country is on? Well in the finality of this congrssional session I believe that there are members in the US Senate that will hold their manhood cheap for they were not with him on St. Crispin’s day. Ted thank you for standing the good fight and starting the education of the LIV’s.

    Spin Drift

    Molon Labe
    Never Give Up, Never Give In.

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    I can tell you for certain that there is a lot of backroom investigations being done into anything that will bring Cruz down.
    The establishment bastards can’t afford to let this light of truth shine as brightly as it is for much longer……anything they
    can find and enflame they will.

    I love the guy, but he is a marked man….by both parties.

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    LibraryGryffon growls and barks:

    Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery @ #:
    Of course they are. Chris Wallace said he got opposition research about Cruz sent to him by other republicans.. I know that a lot of folks are hoping that Wallace will let us know who those were.

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    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery @ #:

    The establishment bastards can’t afford to let this light of truth shine as brightly as it is for much longer……anything they
    can find and enflame they will.

    I love the guy, but he is a marked man….by both parties.

    Robert the Bruce: If you make enemies on both sides of the border, you’ll end up dead.

    William Wallace: We all end up dead. It’s just a question of how, and why.

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    BITOA growls and barks:

    A++ Perfect Essay!
    No mid-term or final required.

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    Veeshir growls and barks:

    I loved it. Just like Rand Paul’s “senseless”, “wacko-bird” filibuster.

    To quote that famous Senator/Philosopher, Senator Blutarsky, when a really stupid and futile gesture is needed, “We’re just the guys to do it!

    I do miss Cheney, his job was to say the most normal, sense-making things in such a way as to enrage Minitrue so they’d screech out what he said without altering it.

    He was the master of that.

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    Darth Venomous growls and barks:

    I know that a lot of folks are hoping that Wallace will let us know who those were.

    I tend to think that, were Wallace ever to release those names, several (if not all) of them would have to go into hiding – because it would become open season on them.

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    LC Ohio Right Wing Nut growls and barks:

    Fa Cube Itches says:

    Robert the Bruce: If you make enemies on both sides of the border, you’ll end up dead.
    William Wallace: We all end up dead. It’s just a question of how, and why.

    “Every man dies, not all men truley live”