Sen. Ted Cruz reads Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham on Senate floor during anti-Obmacare speech
Tim McCaughan, CNN
11:58 AM, Sep 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz would not fund Obamacare. He will not fund it, Sam-I-am.
He will not like it here or there. He does not like it in a box. He does not like it with a Fox. He does not like it in a house (small H). He does not like it with a mouse. He does not like Obamacare.
So he has said on the Senate floor now for many hours. But it was Tuesday evening that he chose to read Green Eggs and Ham, the Dr. Seuss children's story, as his own children were watching on TV and heading to slumber.
But there is a moral to this story, did he miss it, did he mean to, did he know, Sam-I-am?
At the end of Green Eggs and Ham, to stop the persistent attempts of Sam-I-am to get him to try a plate of green eggs and ham, the main character takes a bite. All the characters watch for his reaction. And--for those of you who have no experience with Dr. Seuss's classic--he LIKES it, Sam-I-am.
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This was not lost on Cruz's Democratic colleague Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" put the long-winded senator in a box, in a house, with a mouse... well, at least over Green Eggs and Ham.
"I thought it was interesting that Ted Cruz used Green Eggs and Ham. I went to the University of Missouri. I did not go to Harvard but I'll tell you this, my daughter texted me this morning and said Mom does he not know the point of the story? It's that you can't knock things until you try it. And which is ironic that he used that in the filibuster," McCaskill said.
But Cruz did not miss the moral of Green Eggs and Ham. He would not miss it. He could not miss it. He will not like Obamacare.
"You know Green Eggs and Ham has some applicability as curious as it might sound to the Obamacare debate. Because three and a half years ago, President Obama and Senate Democrats told the American people just try Obamcare. Just try it. There were an awful lot of us, an awful lot of Republicans who were very, very skeptical of it ," Cruz said.
"I'll tell you the difference with Green Eggs and Ham is when Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like Obamacare either. They did not like Obamacare in a box with a fox, in a house or with a mouse."
Of course, Dr. Seuss was only a pen-name for Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was an outspoken liberal Democrat. But that's another bedtime story.