“The Real Fake Filibuster”
Harry Reid corrected Sen Ted Cruz this morning, noting that what he’s engaged in is “not a filibuster.” Immediately on Twitter, our socialist friend Tawny Fawn parroted that remark.
And yet, as Charles Cooke points out at NRO:
Is it a filibuster or not? Apparently this depends on who is speaking. In 2010, socialist senator Bernie Sanders performed precisely the same trick that Ted Cruz has over the past twenty-plus hours: He asked for permission to make a long speech that doesn’t actually “delay or block” a piece of legislation. Back then, though, Sanders was a filibustering hero. Buzzfeed reported rather breathlessly that:
Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is being a badass today and doing a real filibuster of the Obama tax cuts to counteract the bullshit fake filibusters everyone else has been trying to pull recently.
Actually, “badass” Sanders was doing a fake filibuster. This, of course, is fine. But we should expect some consistency. That is to say that if Sanders’s filibuster was “real,” then so is Cruz’s; if it was a “bullshit fake” filibuster, then so is Cruz’s. Buzzfeed, however, has other ideas today:
Sen. Ted Cruz has now held the Senate floor for 19 hours in a faux filibuster. pic.twitter.com/GgspEe4nTs
This is a distinction that Talking Points Memo also saw fit to observe. In 2010, the site reported that Sanders was engaging in a ”a filibuster as filibusters were originally intended.” Ted Cruz, on the other hand . . .
In short, his “filibuster” is not actually a filibuster. It’s merely a speech to kill time.
Just like Sanders’s, then. Same, but different. On average, as Conn Carroll points out in the Washington Examiner, the headlines when Sanders spoke for 9 hours all contained the word “filibuster,” without mitigation:
The Huffington Post: Bernie Sanders Filibuster: Senator Stalls Tax Cut Deal
Talking Points Memo: Sanders Ends Daylong Filibuster Of Tax Cut Compromise
Cruz’s headlines, unsurprisingly have not.
The left has such cover from the progressive mainstream media — hell, it’s more than that: the media is complicit in what is an ongoing cultural and political coup — that they no longer even concern themselves with having even to appear consistent.
They simply don’t care about us, because they don’t have to.
Their disdain is everywhere obvious. We the people don’t matter. The agenda is to fundamentally transform America — and the Democrats care only about that goal.