I can’t even tell you how many hours I watched Sen. Ted Cruz during his heroic marathon performance in the U.S. Senate doing battle with one of the most evil, misguided and destructive pieces of legislation ever introduced and passed in Congress – Obamacare.
It was spellbinding.
Who could imagine that watching a senator talk for hours on end would be so … riveting?
It was impassioned.
It was brilliant, inspired, and I’m running out of superlatives.
Most of it was clearly unscripted. There was no teleprompter feeding him his lines. His message came right from the heart – and, in contrast to the emotionalism that guided those who passed this legislation in the first place, it came from his brain.
If only we had 50 more senators like Ted Cruz. If only we had 10!
I listened to this man for hour after hour. I never heard one thing he said with which I could find disagreement.
It was eloquent and prolific common sense.
It was long-form spontaneous brilliance.
Yes, I am a fan.
He pulled no punches – skewering the establishment Republicans in both the House and Senate along with the intellectually dishonest and morally bankrupt Democrats.
Did he change any minds on the Hill?
Who knows? Time will tell. But his plea was reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” And we all know how that worked out.
Just like Mr. Smith, Mr. Cruz didn’t back down. He didn’t capitulate to the leadership of either party. He didn’t follow the rules of the “establishment.” He appealed directly to the people.
Will the people deluge their senators and representatives? Were they watching like I was? Were they glued to the live proceedings – or were they watching “The Voice” and Jimmy Fallon?
Will Americans rally around the pleas of Ted Cruz and a handful of senators who were there to support him – men like Mike Lee and Jeff Sessions.
Just watch how masterfully and diplomatically he handles a challenge by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
This guy has a future as a leader in America – Cruz, that is, not Durbin.
Durban represents politics as usual in Washington.
Cruz is a breath of fresh air inside the beltway.
With Cruz it's about principle. It's about having an open and honest debate about the big issues, not obfuscating the issues, not twisting truth and reality, no presenting phony choices to confuse the American people.
Yes, there are some new kids in town – Cruz, Lee, Rand Paul.
It's a wonderful thing to behold – even for me, a grizzled old, cynical observer of politics run amok.
This is the new Republican Party emerging before our eyes.
The Mitch McConnells and John Boehners and John McCains are on their way out.
Politics as usual is on the way out.
I'm wagering Americans have had enough of the same old same old.
If you agree with me, it's time to flood the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 – Republican members as well as Democrats. Let them all know you support Ted. Let them know they will pay if Obamacare survives this fight – and mean it. Let them know you won't accept the destruction of America's health-care system.
Win, lose or draw, Ted Cruz put it all on the line – bucking his own party leadership and challenging Harry Reid and the Democrat demagogues.
Stand with him – not the entrenched interests of the party hacks in Washington.
Stand with Ted. Stand with the Constitution. Stand with the rule of law. Stand up for the American people who will pay a price they can't even imagine if Obamacare is fully implemented.
The hour is late.
There is no way back after America's health-care system is dismantled.