BREAKING: Cruz Pulls The Trigger On Obamacare Semi-Filibuster; Vows To Talk ‘Until I Am No Longer Able to Stand’

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Per Senate rules, what Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is doing on the Senate floor right now isn’t technically a filibuster.

But it’s a principled stand against something Cruz and the majority of his constituents believe is wrong. If his pledged talk-a-thon accomplishes nothing else, it will hopefully galvanize latent support for the repudiation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – even as it separates Senate conservatives willing to stand with Cruz in his opposition to Obamacare from everybody else. As of 3:45 p.m. Eastern time, Cruz had been joined on the Senate floor by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Let’s see who else comes forward.

The critics came out of the woodwork almost as soon as Cruz was up and running, with The Washington Post insinuating that the Senator doesn’t understand the functional distinction between the House of  Representatives and the Senate, and The Atlantic panning Cruz’ early remarks as “vacuous, feel-good nonsense speech.”

It could be a long night, so here’s hoping that Cruz donned his ostrich-skinned “argument boots,” as he described his favorite footwear in a recent, lengthy GQ feature article. If you want to read up on Cruz but are hankering for something a bit more…substantive, check out Rare’s enlightening interview, published in late July.

C-SPAN is streaming Cruz’ comments live from the Senate floor.

Cruz’ Twitter account is being manned by an assistant, who’s updating the feed with one-liners that summarize the Senator’s talking points in real time. The Twitter feed is here.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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