By Alexandra Le Tellier
8:00 AM EDT, September 28, 2013
Not only did Sen. Ted Cruz’s “filibuster” against Obamacare fail, but his choice of reading material during the 21-hour talkathon -- or as my colleague Paul Whitefield called it, “the first [speech] of his 2016 presidential bid” -- didn’t exactly sync with Cruz’s worldview.
The tea party firebrand read the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham,” to which Op-Ed contributor Peter Dreier says: “He clearly missed its message.”
In our Opinion pages, Dreier writes:
In the Seuss tale, Sam-I-Am, a lover of green eggs and ham, tries to persuade a friend to try them. But the man resists. He resists so persistently and so adamantly that he ends up sounding a lot like the Republicans on Capitol Hill who are determined to defund President Obama's healthcare law. But in the Seuss story, the man is finally persuaded to try the offending eggs and ham, and, much to his surprise, he loves them.
If only the GOP would take a page from that book.
In fact, says Dreier, the GOP ought to “embrace Dr. Seuss as the go-to author for future filibusters.” Why? Because Dr. Seuss (née Theodor Geisel) “was often a moralist."
Dreier points to a few Dr. Seuss titles to get the GOP going in “Dr. Seuss goes to Washington.” All brilliant suggestions.
And here’s a Dr. Seuss-style poem written by Dreier to Cruz:
Cruz does not like Obamacare
He doesn’t like to care or share
He doesn’t want to help the poor
He wants the rich to just have more
He likes to bully folks around
His own voice is his favorite sound
If Dr. Seuss had met Ted Cruz
He’d tell him, “Ted, I hope you lose.”
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