At about 8 p.m. tonight, Senator Ted Cruz read Green Eggs and Ham, in its entirety, on the Senate floor during his non-filibuster against Obamacare. It was a bedtime story to his daughters. "I do not like green eggs and ham," the senator said to America. "I do not like them, Sam-I-Am." Cruz can speak until tomorrow afternoon, but he won't be able to stop the first procedural vote on a resolution to continue to fund the government. We're updating on the fake filibuster here.
Ted Cruz also offered up a comparison between Green Eggs and Ham and Obamacare, albeit one that seems to completely skip over the ending of the book: "'Green Eggs and Ham' has some applicability, as curious as it may sound to the Obamcare debate," he said, adding that Americans "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, with a mouse," he explained. Twitter had lots to say about this:
My former editor @FutureBoy has a great point: Isn't Green Eggs and Ham all about liking something you thought you'd hate?— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) September 25, 2013
Surprised Cruz isn’t up there denouncing the moral equivalence of The Butter Battle Book or the anti-growth ideology of The Lorax.— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 25, 2013
"I would not could not with a goat," said a United States senator while standing in Congress.— Matt Berman (@Mr_Berman) September 25, 2013
But this is definitely the cutest reaction