Have You Ever been following the Twitter debate amongst Participants of Congress over whose filibuster was a bigger deal: Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’s (D) effort to dam a invoice limiting girls’s reproductive rights or Texas’s junior U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s (R) 21-hour effort to defund Obamacare? They Are Saying that everything is greater in Texas. In This case, the claim that Ted Cruz’s filibuster was once an even bigger deal than Wendy Davis’s is a giant lie.
Cruz didn’t filibuster the rest. He held the floor for simplest 21 hours as a result of that used to be as long as he was once allowed to carry it. That Isn’t a filibuster. A filibuster is when a senator holds the ground indefinitely to prevent a vote, as Wendy Davis did when she held the floor except the legislative session expired and no extra votes had been allowed. Cruz spoke except the scheduled finish of debate, upon which the Senate Majority Leader proceeded to move forward with the vote as pre-decided.
But that’s most probably too delicate a big difference for a lot of Americans to have in mind. In Fact, so much of how the Senate works is too difficult for nearly somebody to understand.
Trying to provide an explanation for how the Senate works to the general public results in feedback like John Kerry’s (D) unwell-fated “I in truth did vote for the $87 billion earlier than I voted towards it.” In different phrases, he voted for the bill in an previous, extra important procedural vote after which voted in opposition to it in a later, much less vital vote. That’s proper… unattainable to take into account.
Such subtlety is troublesome, at very best, to deliver in One Hundred Forty characters. But fear not, within the case of Davis v. Cruz, GOP lawmakers have chosen to disregard the subtlety of using the correct definition of filibuster in choose of simply lying. In Spite Of Everything, the folks won’t understand they’re mendacity and people Attempting to explain that it’s a lie are unlikely in an effort to do it in One Hundred Forty characters.
Here is my try… in haiku form:
Davis protects rights
In an actual filibuster
Cruz simply wastes a day
All that in just Sixty Four characters (investigate cross-check @HaikuProgress for extra haiku tweets about politics and advocacy).
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