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Shutdown effort at least gave us some memorable moments

Sen. Ted Cruz . (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Sen. Ted Cruz  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Great Shutdown of 2013 has ended, and some folks are saying it was all for naught, since it failed to rid the nation of Obamacare.

But at least it left us with some great speeches attempting  to rally the troops to battle the administration’s  health insurance program.

The comments, especially by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), may not have rivaled the spectacular oration by Bluto Blutarsky as he rallied his fraternity brothers in “Animal House,” but they were pretty good.

In one interview, Cruz  invoked the battle against Nazi Germany, saying: “I guarantee you one thing, [Sen.] Mike [Lee (R-Utah)] and I are going to fight with every breath in our body. As Churchill said, we will fight on the beaches, we will fight in the streets, we will fight at every step to stop the biggest job killer in America.”

In his sorta- filibuster last month on the Senate floor, he said:  “If we go to the 1940s, Nazi Germany — look, we saw it in Britain. Neville Chamberlain told the British people: Accept the Nazis. Yes, they will dominate the continent of Europe, but that is not our problem. Let’s appease them. Why? Because it can’t be done. We cannot possibly stand against them.”

And  Cruz  also recalled “the Civil War — a time of enormous pain, anguish, and bloodshed in the United States — there were a lot of voices then who said the Union cannot be saved. It cannot be done. Accept defeat. I suspect those same pundits, had they been around in the mid-19th century, would have written the same columns: This cannot be done.”

Then there was Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on the House floor in March, with perhaps the most memorable call to arms: “The American people, especially vulnerable women, vulnerable children, vulnerable senior citizens, now get to pay more and they get less.

“That’s why we’re here,” she explained, ” because we’re saying let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let’s not do that. Let’s love people. Let’s care about people.”

So it was not for naught.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.



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