Ted Cruz’s ‘filibuster’ is an excellent argument against Ted Cruz’s ‘filibuster’

September 24, 2013
Sen. Ted Cruz (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Sen. Ted Cruz (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ted Cruz's quasi-filibuster is a bit past the hour mark, and it's...strange. Cruz isn't so much making an argument against Obamacare as an argument for direct democracy, or at least a high level of responsiveness to public opinion. "Americans feel like they don't have a voice," Cruz said. "I hope to play a small part in providing that voice for them."

As the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney tweeted:

He's right. But this is a bizarre argument for Cruz to be making. After all, Cruz himself is firmly on the wrong side of public opinion:

That's not all of course. Cruz opposes raising taxes on the wealthy. The public supports it. Cruz opposes gun control. The public supports it. Cruz supports sharply cutting spending on Medicare and Social Security. The public opposes it. If Cruz actually believed his job was directly representing the will of the people, his voting record would be extremely different than it is.

Which is why it's so odd Cruz has chosen this argument. He could just be up there arguing against Obamacare. Instead he's arguing that we need to #MakeDCListen. He's making a broad, quasi-philosophical argument that senators should more fully reflect public opinion. But even he doesn't believe it. Cruz's filibuster is self-refuting.

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