Yael T. Abouhalkah

Sorry, but Ted Cruz is no Jimmy Stewart

Updated: 2013-09-25T01:54:30Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

Ted Cruz is speaking out against the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday afternoon. And as he does that, the U.S. senator from Texas is giving yet another pitiful display of the contempt too many Republicans have for mainstream America.

Don’t have affordable health care? Too bad, is the basic viewpoint of Cruz, who has government-paid health care.

Cruz and some other GOP politicians want to defund Obamacare. It’s a silly and eventually time-wasting exercise aimed at stirring the base of their support rather than accomplishing anything positive for the nation.

As he rambles on against the signature act of President Barack Obama, Cruz is trying to stir memories of other politicians who have stood up against the powers-that-be.

Of course, one of the best known of that ilk was a fake politician, Jimmy Stewart, who played a naive but ultimately right-minded U.S. senator in the classic movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

Stewart engaged in a filibuster in that movie for all the right reasons, essentially to stop the politically powerful.

But Cruz isn’t engaged in a filibuster because, as The Huffington Post and other media outlets helpfully noted Tuesday afternoon, the Senate is going to start voting Wednesday on the matter of defunding Obamacare.

Here’s no secret: The Democrat-controlled Senate will reject the U.S. House version that calls for defunding the health care plan.

So Cruz and a few of his allies are talking on Tuesday for the attention, to try to pressure some other GOP senators to join them and to show their most ardent followers that at least these Republicans have the “courage” to speak out against providing affordable health care to more Americans.

What a sad and shoddy display of governing. It’s nothing like Jimmy Stewart provided.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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