At 3:30am Eastern, freshmen GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were still going strong as they tag-teamed their way through the wee hours of the night to expose Obamacare’s ravages. The two lawyers traded discourses on Commerce Clause jurisprudence, the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare, religious liberty, and enumerated powers.

In a fun colloquy, the two used examples of misnamed events and objects (the 116-year Hundred Years War, New Zealand’s “Chinese gooseberries,” squirrel-haired “camel’s hair brushes”) to illuminate the rhetorical games over Obamacare’s individual mandate, “penalties,” and taxes.

Insomniac Twitter users showed their appreciation and support by staying awake to support Cruz and Lee.

Wide awake and loving the enlightenment:

Amen to this:

Why are so many still up? History. Transparency. Accountability. For starters.

Sen. Cruz himself nailed it:

  • kawaie

    I guess I will never get on this unless I have 20,000 followers lol

  • BAW

    Ted Cruz is my Senator but I’ve appreciated and enjoyed getting to know Utah Senator Mike Lee tonight as well. Good team.

    • Jeremy

      They are both great guys and then you have Dick Durbin who is a dirtbag.

      • BAW

        I am impressed with Cruz and Lee. Haven’t been able to stand Durbin for years but right now my major annoyance and focus is directed at my other Senator. Sent him an email and now I keep seeing Cornyn ads everywhere (one currently right here at Twitchy). One read, “Stand with John Cornyn Defund Obamacare.”

        I find it particularly insulting when establishment Republicans think their voters are as easily duped as the average Democrat voter. I’ve never been a big Cornyn fan but like Kay Bailey Hutchinson he wasn’t bad, he just wasn’t good. But this is twice he has seriously insulted my intelligence and I swear I will vote for anybody but him in next year’s primary and probably won’t mark his name in the general (unless he has a serious Dem opponent which is highly unlikely). I believe it’s that D.C. establishment mentality that kept KBH from beating Rick Perry for governor (he’s not really that popular). I know it’s why I didn’t vote for her and how I turned at least one anti-Perry voter into a Perry voter.

  • Jeffrey Jackson

    I’ve been watching and/or listening to C-SPAN2 online for 7 hours now. I’ll stay up with Ted Cruz.

    • conservativechick

      I had to go to bed at around 2AM. I never expected to see them still speaking at 6AM. I love it. No teleprompter, no umms annnddd or buuttttts! Gives me hope back! Someone is finally speaking for ME. They hear me now!

  • jerry148

    “That is easy. New Zealand.”

    “I thank the Senator.”

    Oh man, these guys are excellent. Rock on!

  • kawaie

    I guess I need more followers to make it onto twitchy

  • Maxx

    I’ve been watching this for the past six hours and frankly, I am left to ponder the wondrous possibilities of what this country would look like with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in the White House.

    Our founding fathers would be damn proud of what is happening here.

    Edit: Just saw an awesome Tweet on C-Span2. The person wrote that they were going to wake their kids up to show them what a true patriot looks like.

    Damn straight.

  • Clayton Grant

    Fell asleep on the couch for 5 hours with CSPAN2 on. Woke up to see Cruz going strong and my chest swelled with pride to have him speaking with eloquence against the permanent political class and for the common man. #MakeDCListen

  • anjullyn

    How I wish EVERY Rep. and Senator were forced to listen to this teachable moment. No “scaremongering” like undead Harry Reid and his ilk, but the facts. Showing how devastating Obamacare will be, and how it was passed with dems not caring that we, their constituents, didn’t want it. They still aren’t listening.

    • therantinggeek

      That’s probably because Sen. Reid and his bunch were sleeping, but with their eyes open. #mytwocents

      • stuckinIL4now

        Yeah, like they do in the Senate chamber every day.

        • therantinggeek

          Ah, so that explains the lemur-like stares I keep seeing on TV. Perhaps Darwin wasn’t too far off the beaten path with his theory in this one particular instance? #TooEasy

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Thank you Citizen Senator’s Ted, Mike, Marco, David, Jeff! Honored we were to know you’re listening.
    You are the epitome of America and are all George Washington’s, and not the Elite Establishment herding the peons.

  • dwok

    Had to go to bed at 1:30. I support these guys fully but I still have a job to go to (by the Grace of God) and bills to pay. It’s called responsibility, Cruz and Lee understand that. I wish the rest of them did.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    I didn’t see all of it, but I did see several hours. It was beautiful! Cruz, with a little help from his friends, gave America an unfiltered course on the truth about ObamaCare. Did a lot of people watch it live? Probably not. But not only is it in the Senate Record, it’s in the tape that can be rerun and used over and over.

    Don’t forget to call your Senators today. The instructions from Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots say “Be sure to tell the Senators you do not want a vote for cloture to close the debate (which is likely to happen on Friday or Saturday) until there is a guarantee of a clean vote for the House CR.”

    Edit: OMG, I just made this entry, assuming he had finished. It’s nearly 6:00am PT and HE’S STILL GOING! GO GO GO!

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Here is Sen Mike Lee’s explanation about why the Senate should vote NO on cloture to close the debate without a clean vote for the House CR:

      “”Now, it’s interesting that what we’re discussing here today, much of what we’ve been discussing today has been on the upcoming cloture vote,” Lee said. “There have been those who have argued that if you want to support the continuing resolution passed by the House of Representatives—remember, this is the continuing resolution that will keep our federal government funded while defunding Obamacare—if you want to support that, that you must vote yes on the cloture vote on the bill.”
      Lee then questioned the logic of that argument, which has been presented by GOP Senate leadership.
      “It’s anticipated that Senator Harry Reid… and 53 democratic allies, as I understand, will all be voting for cloture on that bill,” he said. “That begs the question… does that mean that Harry Reid and the 53 Democrats likely to follow him are supporting the House-passed Continuing Resolution, the one that keeps government funded while defunding Obamacare? I find that a little strange. I find it a little counterintuitive.”
      Lee argued the logic is not sound.
      “That’s a problem, indeed, because that… [allows] neither an open amendment process nor an up-or-down vote on the House-passed resolution in as-is condition—in either of those circumstances, we would be fine,” Lee said. “But we’re not getting that. We’re getting stuck with something else. He wants to gut the House-passed continuing resolution of the defunding language without an open amendment process and without the opportunity for an up-or-down vote.”
      “So in that circumstance, I don’t understand why it would be the case that Republicans would feel that voting ‘yes’ would be supporting the House of Representatives and voting ‘no’ would be voting against the House of Representatives.”
      Then Lee told Cruz that it seems to him that such a move “would be quite the opposite of that.”
      “It seems to me, Senator Cruz, that if—if one, in fact, wanted to stand behind the House of Representatives and stand behind their willingness to defend the American people and protect them from this harmful law… [one] would necessarily need to vote ‘no’ if, in fact, Senator Reid does what we expect him to do later this week.”

  • Susang Oilranger

    REMEMBER THIS? IT’S HERE! IT’S NOW! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? #StandWithCruz #MakeDCListen #DefundObamacare

  • stuckinIL4now

    Can I cast my vote for President now? And can you even imagine little Bammy attempting something like this? He’d have been whining like Chris Murphy while on his way over before it even started and he probably would’ve had to sit down after only an hour.

  • nails88

    The only people ‘captivated’ by Ted Cruz are you dupes he is playing for suckers.
    Everyone else is just mocking him for his blatant self-aggrandizing that is exposing him for the FRAUD (Peter King’s word) that he is.

    • MarcusFenix

      Yes, because someone who stands up for 18 hours + is really looking to make suckers out of people. Does that mean Wendy Davis was making suckers out of people, but she didn’t have the backbone to keep going?

      Interesting how that wheel turns, eh?

      • nails88

        Wendy Davis actually accomplished something. She stopped a bill from going through.
        Cruz is accomplishing absolutely nothing other than self promotion.
        Name one thing of substance that he is achieving. Nada.
        The majority of the GOTP cannot run away from him fast enough.
        Like Peter King stated, Cruz is a FRAUD.

        • MarcusFenix

          Davis didn’t accomplish anything that wasn’t self serving. By your same standard, all she did was promote herself. The same law she did this with passed later anyway. So, she in the end…accomplished nothing but some grandstanding and put herself out there for running for another office.

          So your line of thinking is that if he’s not successful in his attempt, that the effort wasn’t worth it? If you define “substance” as a positive vote…that’s yet to be seen. If you define “substance” in the same way that Davis had “substance” during her 11 hours of idiocy…then they’re on the same page.

          Never confuse output with substance. The fact that he’s standing there for so long, regardless of the outcome, contains substance…whether you can see it, and/or like it, or not.

          I’d like you to link the page where it shows King’s quote. It’s not that I don’t trust you…but i do go by a pretty strict “Trust, then Verify” policy. Thanks.

          The “majority” of people thought the bill wouldn’t make it out of the House at all. You can go back through some of the threads on this site about it to see those, and how that was tossed to the side now.

          • nails88

            Not true. Davis ACTUALLY STOPPED LEGISLATION. Cruz cannot stop Obamacare from being funded and he knows it. Everyone in congress knows it. IT IS NOT LEGISLATIVELY POSSIBLE. The GOP can pass whatever they want out of the house. It doesn’t mean much since they don’t control the Senate. That is how our system works, like it or not.



          • MarcusFenix

            It is the truth. She didn’t *stop* anything. Here’s one of a thousand or more links showing the law passed after Davis’ stunt anyway.


            She stopped it on one day. It didn’t stop the law from being passed later. Facts are your friend.

            Keep using caps though, if it makes you feel you’ve made some point where none needed to be made, or that you were incorrect on anyway.

            The idea that the law never was going to pass the House was a talking point for liberals for quite some time. Looks like that ship sailed, didn’t it? It wouldn’t be in the Senate had that not been the case. The Senate can vote, send it back, and we can start this all over again.

            It’s good you know how that system works, so we can keep going around in circles talking about it ad nauseum.

          • nails88

            As for the caps, I am just trying to speak the Tea Party lingo.

            You’re right that Rick Perry eventually got the bill passed, but he had to spend millions of dollars and reconvene the legislature. So, the right was forced to spend a lot of political capital.

            You have yet to point out what Cruz’s fake filibuster is actually accomplishing. There is 0% chance that Obamacare will be defunded. That is not in dispute.

          • MarcusFenix

            Then use it on a Tea Party person. DON’T assume that EVERY person here IS on the TEA party.

            See what I did there? Good.

            Your claim was that Davis stopped the legislation. That was correct only in a very narrow context. If Perry did those things, and still got it passed…then at the end of the day, Davis accomplished nothing but a delay. That’s not really doing much.

            Do you want a list of accomplishments, and in what format? What counts as an “Accomplishment” to you and I are likely different.

            Accomplishment: Effectively fillibustering for over 18 hours.

            Accomplishment: Directing attention to the POS legislation known as Obamacare, how flawed it is, and how much damage it’s done.

            Accomplishment: Pointing out the liberal hypocricy of groups such as the Teamsters who desperately wanted out of the program, after dumping their full support behind Obama and the ACA.

            Should I keep going, or is three enough?

        • Marcy Cook

          She didn’t stop a bill from going through it was passed later.

          But Wendy really does fight the good fight doesn’t she?

          In May this year, former abortion doctor Dr. Anthony Levantino described late-term abortion in congressional
          testimony before a House subcommittee debating the 20-week abortion ban. It is similar to the one Davis opposed in Texas. Levantino told the committee: “The toughest part….is extracting the baby’s head. You will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see white
          gelatinous material coming through the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. Many times a little face will come out and stare back at you.”

        • Gov William J LePetomane

          Who the fark cares what Peter Poofter King thinks?

    • tops116

      Yeah, how dare Cruz protest a law that Democrats deemed necessary for us, but exempted themselves from?

      • nails88

        Another Fox myth.

        • MarcusFenix

          Actually….no. I debated this one with someone yesterday who used Maddow’s blog. I ripped it to shreds. Check my post history, it’s all right there.

          Maddow used semantics and word play to try and twist the meaning around. Being “exempt” from the law, and giving yourself a carte blanche “exception” in this case are two animals that are very much alike. One is simply always in play, the other can be selectively used at one’s own discretion.

          Kudos for trying to tie it into Fox though.

          • AZWarrior

            Obviously Nails the Troll hasn’t received his talking points update for today.

    • IceColdTroll

      Aint he precious!

  • MarcusFenix

    Cruz is to be praised for his efforts. This level of fortitude is rather incredible. If only his colleagues had the same level of spine, Obamacare would have been defunded quite some time ago.

  • nails88

    Report: Obamacare under cost in 36 states!
    $248/mo average for full Health Care Coverage!
    No pre-existing conditions!
    You can stay on your parents’ ins. until 26!
    Nothing Cruz can do. Obamacare going into effect, and it will be overwhelmingly popular, just like Social Security and Medicare.

    • tops116

      Well, if an anonymous Obama boot-licker said it, it must be true. Pay no attention to any of those people using their real names and saying their premiums are going up (or their plans are outright gone). Clearly, that’s just a conspiracy. And the bill must be great because so many parts of the bill (business mandate, oversight protections) are being delayed and Senator Baucus decided to retire after his “train wreck” of a meeting with Sebelius.

      “and it will be overwhelmingly popular”

      Which is what Democrats said in 2010. How did that play out again? Oh, we could ask Cruz.

    • MarcusFenix

      You mean the program with glitches that can’t correctly even tell if the price is right?

      They can’t even verify the cost reduction is correct, but their own systems haven’t been functioning right…for over 2 years while they’re setting this up.

      Or…that Forbes is calling for increases of over 7 grand for a family of 4….or is that incorrect? I mean, it’s money..Forbes likely would know about that, right?

      Or how about those increases here?

      I’m guessing you’ve never paid for your own health insurance, since you’re so hyped about the fact you can be considered a “child” until 26. While we’re there, if the health care law says that you’re a child till then, we’re going to have to raise the age of buying tobacco and alcohol to 26 as well…since the law says so.

      My SO has full coverage already. Her premium, pre ACA on Jan 1 of this year, was 127.50 a month. Now it’s almost 350, for the same plan. Guess what the insurance company claimed was the reason?

      If you guessed anything but Obamacare…well, you’re going to have to guess again.

      Of course people are going to think that getting free stuff is good. Who wouldn’t?

      It’s clear you’re out of your depth, speaking on a matter with just the facts from a liberal talking points page to back it up. There’s a deluge of other information out there, just seems you can’t be bothered to read it.

    • Jack Deth

      To which I retort:

      “Dewey Defeats Truman!”

      “We Can Win The War In Vietnam!”

      “You Can Keep Your Doctor And Insurance Policy”


      “Al Qaeda Is On Its Heel!”

      Thanks for playing. Better luck next time.

    • NRPax

      It’s funny how folks like you claim that staying on mom and dad’s insurance eight years after becoming an adult is a good thing. Dependency mindset is like an alien thought pattern to me.

      • IceColdTroll

        He’s got a long career planned which involves Mama’s basement.

    • IceColdTroll

      And this law!

      • IceColdTroll

        PS — those figures are utterly delusional.

        • IceColdTroll

          You did see this, right?

          Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios:

          On behalf of the millions of working men and women we represent and the families they support, we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.

          The Teamsters

          • IceColdTroll

            PS — I was going to post up a list of all those who have managed to swing exemptions from the ACA,but even I couldn’t believe how long it was. Here’s a link–

            A lot of unions. A LOT of unions.

  • tops116

    We’re about six days before Obamacare implodes on the launch pad. Pass the popcorn.

    • therantinggeek

      Caramel, plain, buttered, or cinnamon? If it’s all four, I have one of those popcorn tins from Topsy’s. Good stuff, that.

      • NRPax

        My local grocery store has been carrying bacon flavored popcorn as well.

        • AZWarrior

          Ummmmm bacon. Meat candy!

  • AZWarrior

    As someone prone to boredom during most interactions with people, I found myself fascinated and involved during the whole discussion. Very tired right now, but throughly encouraged that there is obviously still intelligent life on this rock.