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September 25, 2013 - 11:07 am

Majority Leader Harry Reid called Senator Ted Cruz’s epic 21-hour speech on the Senate floor “a big waste of time.” The New York Times pulled no punches in its description of the event:

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the public face of the aimless and self-destructive Tea Party strategy to stop health care reform, began an endless floor speech on Tuesday with the theme of “make D.C. listen.” But even his Republican colleagues had long since stopped paying attention to his corrosive bombast, tired of his pious insults to his own party and unimpressed with his eagerness to shut down the government in pursuit of an ideological dream.

Republican Congressman Peter King, rumored to be seriously considering a presidential run in 2016, called Cruz “a fraud.”

Is he? Cruz’s effort inspired the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, to say, “In a battle between Ted Cruz and Harry Reid, we must stand with Senator Cruz.” Writing in the Washington Examiner, Timothy P. Carney said, “This ‘Make D.C. Listen’ effort is exactly how Cruz has infuriated his fellow Republicans – by going over their heads and straight to the voters.”

And even the New York Times grudgingly gave Cruz his due, referring to his “indefatigable loquaciousness” in being able to stay at it for 21 hours.

We’ve heard from all the pundits and commentators. Now it’s your turn. Was Cruz’s 21-hour marathon speech a self-promoting stunt or a valiant effort to defund Obamacare? Leave your answer in the comments below. If you’re not registered to comment yet, please take a few seconds to do so.

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It couldn't be both?

Look, gang, I think we have a tendency to over-think things here a bit.

Let me make this REAL SIMPLE...because REAL SIMPLE is what impacts the "low information voters".

When the Obamacare train wreck happens and people across the length and breadth of this nation poop twice and drop dead at what they will be paying for what they will be getting, they will remember that Senator Cruz of Texas stood alone against this catastrophe.

All the inside baseball minutiae about cloture rules and conference committee is so much jabberwocky to the howl that will arise from the
People:

" WHO is responsible for THIS and who stood against this?!!!"

All of the Moonbat Sweatlodge's yodelling in the MSM and Obama's "smarter and cooler than thou" blandishments will avail them nothing.
30 weeks ago
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It was not just an outstanding performance, Sen Cruz threw the windows wide open to show the American people how ill they've been served by all their representatives who voted for obamacare.
His slap-down of Sen Durbin was brilliant - and that after he'd been on the floor for over 20 hours.
The negativity in the MSM and that coming from his colleagues in the Senate, esp from those of his own party, will underline to the ordinary people how right he was. This will have consequences next year and in 2016.
30 weeks ago
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I listened to over 8 hours of it and what I've come away with is the fact that he's brilliant, and he has more courage in his little pinky than fully half the Republicans in the senate.

And watching him tell Harry Reid that NO, McCain couldn't have 15 minutes was the highlight.
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Senator Cruz spoke for the majority of Americans in his stand against funding Obamacare. The overwhelming Republican victory in the midterm elections of 2010, and polling since then, confirms what even the Democrats know; America does not want government control over the healthcare system. The exemptions and exceptions and special deals given to Obama cronies, unions and even to elected officials, are more revealing than any rhetoric. No one with any political power wants to be stuck in the Obamacare takeover of our liberty. Cruz is brave. His Republican detractors are self-serving cowards.
27 weeks ago
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Comforting and strengthening to to see A PJM still running a "Comments" this long.

I donated to his campaign site during his speech.

I did "drop from list" to several prior RINO cowards and hypocrites.

I am following for support of primarying out any turncoat traitors.

I feel/think it is totally immaterial whether history records this event as #s 1, 2, or 3 or or of what % for turning around the commode swirl that is our pouter-in-Chief and the frauds and cowards in the beltway. I just us to exist, resembling what we were and still ought to be with extraordinary efforts on everyones' parts.

Hold your breath until you turn blue, widdo-bambi-wambi ....
29 weeks ago
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He was magnificent.
Criticism from the MSM, the Left and the RINOs should be worn by Senator Cruz like a badge of honor.
His critics expose themselves by name calling and belittling.
We need such men to stand against the absolute political tyranny we face.
If I am right, the majority of citizens will not forget this moment and Cruz will have a chance to change the course of rotten politics and policy and start to regain a hope for individual liberty.
If I am wrong and nothing changes starting with the next elections, then he has to do more, not less, and we need more like him.
29 weeks ago
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29 weeks ago
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29 weeks ago
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What stuns me about all of this is the Republican reaction. I'm a Democrat and I'm appalled. I've been following politics for decades and I've never seen either party attack one of their own so viciously. If the Republicans think this is the way to win the WH they're wrong. Who wants to vote for a party that eats its own? If they can do that to one another how can we trust them to lead this country?
29 weeks ago
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Personally, I think his performance was both brave and brilliant. Unfortunately, the late night liberal talk show machine that the drooling low information voters love, took clips totally out of context to try to make Cruz look like an idiot. That is what these voters use to set their opinions in place - there is no hope for them.
29 weeks ago
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Most Republicans are like light beer that has been left open and should be thrown out. No substance, totally flat and tasteless. We need more Cruz's.
29 weeks ago
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Sadly, it seems most of our kinda-sorta, wishy-washy, dillydally, politicians are NOT listening to their constituents. Moreover, our privileged, political, class seem impervious to our views. In short, our politicizing, stealth, president continues in his efforts to create a form of Democratic despotism.
29 weeks ago
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If it was, would not take away the fact that he had the courage, the energy and the brilliance to stand up and do the jobs of the rest. We can only applaud him! Go Cruz!
29 weeks ago
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Given that I'm an American citizen who actually believes in the US Constitution and the principles inshrined within it, I stand with Sen Cruz.
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