Ted Cruz is simply furious that Democrats might actually filibuster some of Trump’s more outrageous ideas and nominations, suggesting that Democrats in Washington have no respect for political institutions anymore. Keep in mind, this is coming from a man who read a children’s book on the floor of the Senate during a filibuster. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
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Republicans in the Senate are mad as hell right now the Democrats would have the audacity to even consider filibustering Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ted Cruz particularly angry, calling out Democrats, implying that they do not respect the institutions put in place in Washington, that they do not respect the office that they hold, forgetting of course the fact that Ted Cruz is the guy who read Green Eggs and Ham, a Dr. Seuss book, on the floor of the Senate during a filibuster of the Democrats just a couple years ago. Here’s the thing. Republicans are immune to irony. They are immune to hypocrisy. They don’t see it. They don’t understand it because they’re not that bright. They just know what they currently see and they don’t like it. Maybe it’s because they’re so used to the Democratic Party rolling over that they’ve forgotten what it feels like when you get a little bit of opposition. They’ve forgotten what it feels like when you get a little bit of pushback. They’ve forgotten what it feels like to not be The Big Dogs anymore. That’s what’s happening.
Even though they are the majority in the House and Senate, The White House and The Supreme Court, Republicans are afraid right now because they’re looking around, not just in the Senate seeing the pushback there, or the House. They’re looking around this country. They’re seeing the protests that took place at UC Berkeley. They saw the Women’s March. They know that scientists are heading to Washington to march there. They’re seeing marches for LGBTQ rights. They’re seeing marches against Donald Trump’s appointees. They’re seeing labor stand up in the Fight for Fifteen. They see this and they understand that their days are numbered because there isn’t a single march or protest going on in this country in favor of a Republican policy.
When was the last time you ever saw one million people gather to support a Republican idea? To support anything in the Republican Party Platform? It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? All we see today are people fighting for their rights. We’re seeing African Americans stand up saying, “We’re tired of our community being killed in the streets by police officers.” We’re seeing gay and lesbian communities stand up and saying, “We’re tired of being persecuted against. Being told which bathrooms we can and cannot use for the transgender community. Having our genitalia regulated by the Federal Government.” We’re seeing women stand up saying, “We’re tired of working harder than men and getting paid less money just because our genitals are different,” because that’s what it all comes down to. We’re seeing women stand up saying, “It’s my choice what happens to my body. Not some old, frail, white guy in Washington.” We’re seeing workers stand up saying that, “we can’t live on an $8.00 minimum wage.”
The Republicans are scared right now and when you have a majority party terrified, that is a great first step, and as long as these marches and these protests and the Democratic push-back in Washington D.C. continues, we will see a sea change in 2018. We will see Republicans lose power, but that only happens if people in the streets and people in D.C. continue to fight.