Bad news from Politico: Dr. Seuss would have hated Ted Cruz

posted at 8:01 pm on September 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

I thought the grassroots attempt to get Cruz ceremonially expelled from an intellectual class to which he obviously doesn’t belong would be the most inane shot taken at him today, but no. No, apparently, Politico decided that Cruz reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to his kids on the Senate floor required the journo equivalent of Marshall McLuhan tapping that guy on the shoulder in “Annie Hall” to tell him he knows nothing of his work.

But yeah, for what little it’s worth, this is undoubtedly true:

“Not only would [Seuss] be offended at the misuse of ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ but he’d be offended at almost everything that Ted Cruz stands for, which is to remove the safety net from poor people, poor and vulnerable people, he’s clearly more power hungry than he is compassionate and he’s a bully,” Dr. Peter Dreier, a professor of politics at Occidental College.

“Without a doubt, if Dr. Seuss were still around today, he would be poking fun at and criticizing Ted Cruz,” Dreier said…

“‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is about trying new things and giving it a chance and being open to change, right? And here’s Ted Cruz trying to stop Obamacare, really before it gets going,” Dreier said.

Here’s the quick-and-dirty Wikipedia section on Dr. Seuss the polemicist, replete with a charming footnote about how angry he was when the pro-life movement started using the line “A person’s a person, no matter how small” from “Horton Hears a Who.” He was an FDR Democrat and wasn’t above repurposing his books for easy anti-Nixon humor. He would, almost certainly, have loathed Ted Cruz. Maybe not as much as some people in Cruz’s own party, one of whom is now going around accusing Cruz of “governmental terrorism,” but still.

Anyway, two reasons to post something this stupid. One: It’s a minor illustration of the obnoxiousness of what Sonny Bunch at the Free Beacon calls “the politicized life.” Dreier, a man of the left himself, is obviously irritated to see right-wing gargoyle Cruz doing something that every parent in America, liberal or conservative, has done at one point or another. You’d think a Dr. Seuss fan would be pleased to see him given a plum spot on a stage like this, especially since Cruz didn’t try to appropriate Seuss’s message for his own cause. (That fell to Democrats like Chuck Schumer, as you’ll see below.) But no, Cruz is the devil and therefore him reading Seuss to his kids on TV can’t pass uncommented-upon. And two: It gives me an excuse to link the single most charming element of last night’s marathon speech. If you didn’t catch this photo on Twitter when it was posted, make amends now. Adorable.


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Geisel was a lefty with a soft spot for the soviets, I’m sure he wouldn’t have approved of Cruz. So what?

forest on September 26, 2013 at 6:37 AM

remove the safety net from poor people

I know I didn’t listed to his whole 21+ hour speech, but I didn’t hear anything about removing the safety net from the poor. Just proves that it is impossible to have an honest debate with liberals about anything.

MPan on September 26, 2013 at 7:53 AM

If it’s in any part of the American Public education system…….can’t we just assume it’s part of the Progressive left mythology?

Like any ranking of “great” Presidents…..once they get past the obligatory Washington and Lincoln (to be credible) it’s Leftypalooza.

Despicable.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 8:19 AM

I can see the campaign commercials of making Cruz look like an idiot from that display yesterday. Quite frankly, he made a fool out of himself.

rubberneck on September 26, 2013 at 8:20 AM

That’s OK. Pretty sure God is upset with the way the Democrats misuse his stuff, too. (And even Republicans when they do it)

mdavt on September 26, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The truth is that Dr. Seuss, like all leftists, would have hated our constitution with its belief that all of our rights come from Nature’s God alone.

Don L on September 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Does Senator Tim Scott need a little nudge on supporting TED CRUZ and MIKE LEE’s efforts?

http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/cgi-bin/newmemberbio.cgi?member=SCJR

North Charleston, SC 29406
Voice: 843-727-4525

Columbia, SC 29201
Voice: 803-771-6112

Greenville, SC 29601
Voice: 864-233-5366

I have not heard his name mentioned and since Lindsey Graham is a lost cause on this maybe if you live in South Carolina (or know someone there) you might give his offices a call.

Avoid the D.C. Switchboard (which for some odd reason gets overloaded when people actually call a lot on an issue).

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

What kind of trash is this?

Cruz sure drives these freaks crazy.
PLEASE, PLEASE LET THIS MAN BECOME PRESIDENT.

bluegill on September 26, 2013 at 8:59 AM

The democrat and media attacks are blatant racism against this Hispanic man.

darkegop on September 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I can see the campaign commercials of making Cruz look like an idiot from that display yesterday. Quite frankly, he made a fool out of himself.

rubberneck on September 26, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Sure. From the same people who brought us the messiah boy king. Wisdom, thy name is teleprompter?

onomo on September 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM

There is this guy, a creepy republican who kept the Senate going all night so he could read bedtime stories to his kids, and threatened to Shut Down the Government if they did not let him read bedtime stories on tv. Even the republicans hate him because he is hispanic. Harry Reid had pity on him and let him have some time on the floor. I am sure he did not say anything else of import, just read a story, and some excerpts from the constitution, and something about the signers of the Declaration of Independence (copyright Nancy Pelosi,) about fireworks. Harry Reid said it wasn’t anything we haven’t heard before.

Thank goodness that is over, the Senate floor should not be used in such a manner.

Fleuries on September 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Rubberneck and Fleuries are motivated by racism.

darkegop on September 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Thank goodness that is over, the Senate floor should not be used in such a manner.

Fleuries on September 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Well unless you’ve heard of the U.S. Constitution. And they’ve wiped up Harry Reid’s latest incontinent stains.
Maybe that put a mat down.

onomo on September 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Our present “Republican Leadership”, like the former “Maverick”, now Democrat Lackey, speaks only for themselves, and their own avarice.

That’s why Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and the rest of the “Young Conservatives” are a badly-needed breath of fresh air.

Come to think of it, that’s why Facebook is shutting down the pages of Conservatives. Dissension will not be tolerated, by the Progressives of both sides of the aisle.

Witness McCain’s disgusting display yesterday.

Just like King George thought that raising taxes and hiring Hessian mercenaries to keep our forefathers in line, America’s Modern-day Tyrants, the Progressives, mistakenly believe that lies, threats, and censorship will stifle The Tea Party Movement, along with America’s Majority Conservative population.

They expect us to surrender to their Marxist ideas for running and thereby, ruining, the greatest country on the face of God’s green Earth.

They have forgotten their American History.

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Rubberneck and Fleuries are motivated by racism.

darkegop on September 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Now, now. The haters of the racist, baby killing, pedophile party are in power and we should respect their views… well just hide your children until next election.

onomo on September 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I wonder how Dr. Seuss would have squared abortion with “Horton Hears a Who?”

“A person’s a person, no matter how small…”

DarthBrooks on September 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Ah, Dr. Seuss, the well known political philosopher of the left…

claudius on September 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Saul Alinsky republicans they are, with Soviet eggs and ham, tearing into Conservatives like skin is tanned…..

McCain, Peter King, Sean Duffy, Cornyn, etc

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Lose the video ads….. I’m gonna have to stop coming to this site if they continue. Nothing annoys me more than ads I can’t turn off or even mute.

BrianVII on September 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Man, oh man… the left has a SERIOUS hard on for Ted Cruz. I was at a buddy’s last night — he’s very liberal and a loyal MSNBC viewer… so while we were just hanging and talking about stuff undrelated to politics, he had the tv on in the background — so for two hours, I listened as first Maddow and then O’Donnell talked about virtually nothing else (Maddow did take a break to happily announce that Terry McAuliffe was ahead in the VA polls and that some fish was in danger due to sequestration which is of great to concern if you’re a lesbian, I suppose). O’Donnell was like a catatonic psycho about it — droning on and on and on.

You just know Cruz is the real deal when these and others on the left can’t stop attempting to tear him down.

dpduq on September 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I see the usual suspects, who despise Conservartive Republicans, are attacking Cruz the same way they attacked Palin.

Except for bluegill, who is attempting reverse psychology. ROFL!

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The man has single handedly divided the Republican Party. He is a joke.
loveofcountry on September 25, 2013 at 8:41 PM

There’s somebody who disagrees with that view…

Conservatives have finally realized that, as it’s currently constituted, they have no home in the Republican party, which is the Washington Generals to the Democrats’ Harlem Globetrotters, the designated losers who nevertheless are rewarded handsomely for their sham opposition.

Nevertheless, control of the Congress by the current GOP “leadership” would only serve to increase frustration on the right. The citizenry does not want “deals” or more legislation — it wants action.

There is no reason to think the Tea Party, if properly organized and harnessed, cannot be even more potent next year than it was in 2010, especially now that its members know the government really was out to get them.

Any party that cannot successfully sell freedom and personal liberty doesn’t deserve power. The trick will be to explain — by word and deed — that the Democrats’ Manichaean choice (Big Brother or the orphanage) is a false one, that less can be more, and that the restoration of a Republic of self-reliant citizens will benefit all Americans — not simply the government class and its clients.

CPT. Charles on September 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Passe- Debating with live people
Vouge- Speaking for dead people

rik on September 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM

On the bright side, it’s one less Ayn Rand reading.

verbaluce on September 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Peter King: ‘Vile’ phone calls by Ted Cruz allies

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/peter-king-ted-cruz-phone-calls-97396.html

This Alinskyite Diva is really raising the bar for the usual media whores in the gop (McCain, Duffy, Graham, etc.)

What are they going to do to top Rep. King????

Question for Mr. King…….was it Boehner, Cornyn, McConnell or someone from the NSA that spurred your outrage against Sen. Cruz???

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Here’s a quote from a Republican that “Dr. Peter Dreier” should have remembered before he removed all the doubt that being “a professor of politics at Occidental College” didn’t: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Knott Buyinit on September 26, 2013 at 10:32 AM

We read Seuss to our kids, and most of his earlier books are basically conservative cautionary tales, even if with a bit of a Left hook.
But, we only read those books published before he went full-libtard in The Lorax. The bias became just too noticeable.

I wonder how Dr. Seuss would have squared abortion with “Horton Hears a Who?”

“A person’s a person, no matter how small…

DarthBrooks on September 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

He couldn’t square it; that’s why he objected to the pro-life people using it.

Hard to argue that a fuzzy-headed goofy-limbed cute-eyed fiction is more of a person than an unborn baby (which is why they call them fetuses or cell-clumps). That argument rests on the “appearance fallacy” (small Seuss characters look just like big ones). Oddly, they have no problem agreeing that caterpillars are butterflies in the making.
No one of the Leftist persuasion can reconcile their mutually-exclusive positions on just about every issue.
Logical disconnect and cognitive dissonance are traits by which one can discern pernicious doctrine.

AesopFan on September 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I see the usual suspects, who despise Conservartive Republicans, are attacking Cruz the same way they attacked Palin.

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I record Stuart Varney on Fox Business every day, the only program on Fox that I think is worth watching. But, unfortunately have to listen to the last few minutes of the burnt-out addict/alcoholic, rageaholic Don Imus & crew, who all think they are hilarious. They aren’t.

Caught him saying this morning (while he was chewing/grinding on his teeth and grimacing as usual), I just just don’t think Cruz is very bright.” Sheesh!

Frankly, I don’t think that Imus is very bright.Never have. Never will.

What a pompous a(redacted)!

avagreen on September 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM

BrianVII on September 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I never see any ads, although I see your complaint often.

Do you use FireFox? I use AdBlock Plus, which apparently does the trick. If you don’t, your browser might have similar programs.

avagreen on September 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The left wing Politico is trash and whatever they have to say, I don’t care to read. And don’t intend to.

I stand with Cruz and other Patriots, not these traitors that open their mouth and spew their hateful lies. Let those of like mind read their garbage.

Why this is even a thread, it beyond me. I won’t read the trash nor the comments.

I’m busy calling the Politico’s like minded Senators to try to stop this O’Crap from destroying our Country and us. Thot I’d take a look at what HA had up today, between calls. Back to the phone.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Would Dr. Seuss have approved of you, Allah?

Stepan on September 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Hey. What’sa matter with you all. Lenin provided free health care to his subjects in the early 1900′s. Those that lived through the purges, that is. (do i really need the “/s” ?)

TerryW on September 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

This Dreier sounds like a real judgmental asshat.

Red Cloud on September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

‘Vile’ is Pete King’s support of and fundraising for a terrorist group, the IRA.

During the IRA’s 25 year campaign in England, 125 deaths and 2,134 injuries were reported, from a total of almost 500 attacks. Included amongst the dead and injured were numerous innocent children.

If you want to see ‘vile’, look at the photographs of the mangled bodies of children and remember that Representative Pete King was a comrade of the terrorists.

You can bet that those dead children were never read ‘Green Eggs & Ham’ again.

Resist We Much on September 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

This guy has turned into a worm.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Resist We Much on September 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I agree with your take on his IRA support.
Also think his ‘Muslims’ hearings were idiotic.
But he’s spot on with his Cruz critiques.
Care to address those?

verbaluce on September 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

False: Dr. Seuss would have hated Ted Cruz.
False: ET would have tasted like chicken.

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Hitler would have hated Ted Cruz.

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Hitler would have hated Ted Cruz.

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

and been quite adamant about it.
So ET’s southern fried wouldn’t have gotten off the ground? Even with cole slaw?

onomo on September 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Politico decided that Cruz reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to his kids on the Senate floor required the journo equivalent of Marshall McLuhan tapping that guy on the shoulder in “Annie Hall” to tell him he knows nothing of his work.
POSTED AT 8:01 PM ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 BY ALLAHPUNDIT

Yep. Like if Mitt had pulled Stalin from behind, well Candy Crowley’s behind, during the debates and Ole Joe told B he knew nothing about how to destroy a society. Controlling health care? Pffft! Decades to eliminate those (from parties) unnecessary. You gotta starve’m B! Takes 1-2 years tops.

onomo on September 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Another Congressional Ruling class Diva speaketh.

If you have family in Oklahoma please call his office and let him know that he works FOR US…..

…..and we WANT OBAMACARE DEFUNDED.

…..and NO MORE FREAKING EXCUSES.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/tob-coburn-to-msnbc-im-no-longer-a-conservative-according-to-ted-cruz/

On Morning Joe Thursday morning, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) tepidly praised Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his symbolic filibuster, before severely criticizing his “intellectually dishonest” tactics to defund ObamaCare that Coburn said were misleading Republican voters.

“I’m finishing up nine years in the Senate,” Coburn said. “Nobody has a higher conservative rating than I do. I’m now no longer a conservative according to the standards that have been set by the expectation of this process.”

“I’m getting all sorts of e-mails from people that supported me, because they have been misled about what’s possible.” Coburn said. “Do people not think if I could change ObamaCare, I’d do it in a minute? It’s a disappointment that we have put a short term goal with lousy tactics ahead of being honest with the American people.”

Hey you pathetic waste of a SENATE OFFICE….If your ))&*(&(*& wasn’t so far up your friends #$^$& maybe you might realize that THE CONGRESS FUNDS the government.

Despicable liars.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Here is Senator Coburn’s contact info.

Tulsa
918-581-7651

Oklahoma City
405-231-4941

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Well I agree with COburn that there was no chance of Cruz’s tactics working. We are stuck until 2016, and doing things that damage 2014, which this might, though not necessarily will, are to be considered carefully.

Zomcon JEM on September 26, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I called one of our Senators again today and talked to his assistant and from the 15 minute phone call I found out:

A. There has been a “barrage” of calls.

B. The Senator has been busy trying to inform “you guys” about…

Keep calling.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 1:37 PM

From the poets at Politico:

We do not like this Cruz of Ted,
We think he is a dummy head,

He doesn’t bow down at our feet,
He should know to accept defeat,

Obamacare is here to stay,
Don’t fight it Ted, please go away,

So what if it’s a big train wreck,
Raise the debt and cash your check,

We really think he should shut up,
Accept his fate and not disrupt

the Senate with its protocol,
We do not like this Cruz at all,

And, so we’d like to send him sailin’,
Like we did with Lady Palin,

But neither seems to go away,
And, neither seems to swerve or sway

off their message “We the people…”
They can’t be fooled like all the sheeple,

We really like that guy McCain,
And, those other chicks from Maine,

They know how to capitulate
They know how to lay prostrate

at the feet of Mitch and Reid,
They know how to be lobbied,

So, no, we do not like this Ted,
We think he is a dummy head.

Fallon on September 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM

We read Seuss to our kids, and most of his earlier books are basically conservative cautionary tales, even if with a bit of a Left hook.
But, we only read those books published before he went full-libtard in The Lorax. The bias became just too noticeable.

I feel sorry for conservatives. Liberals hiding on every page, in every TV show, everywhere….. All politics all the time. Must be exhausting living on your island.

lostmotherland on September 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Yeah, the Lorax. Do you want to know why lumbermen were clean-cutting forests? Taxes…

Tree Tax is Doom of State Forests

March 22, 1927 – Ironwood Daily Globe

…“Taxes are so high that we are forced to cut every stick of timber as fast as we can. Whether lumber is cut or not, the taxes run on and continue to increase,” he said. “I don’t want to destroy the forests. I consider Forest County the most beautiful country in Wisconsin – at present. I try not to think what it will be 20 or 30 years from now.”

Forced to Cut Clean – The chief income of Forest county townships is the real estate on lumber lands. In some cases it is the only source of income. Cut-over land is taxed at only a fraction of the rate applied to virgin timber land. When timbering operations are conducted on part of a township, the income decreases. The obvious remedy, and the one practiced at present, is to boost the tax rate on the remaining timber in the township. In self defense, the lumber company is forced to sweep a township clean, when it once starts.

That is why the county is being denuded, as Mr. Connor explained it. That is why thousands of acres of Forest county lands are at the present time, nothing but a bare expanse of stumps, piled with debris of timbering operations, ready for a chance spark to start a devastating fire.

“They ask why lumber companies don’t practice reforestation, selective cutting: why we leave these acres of bare cut-over land. They blame the companies. Why not lay the blame where it belongs – on the state? On the tax system that makes reforestation prohibitively expensive?”

http://www.laonahistory.com/ForestRelatedNewsItems.html

Actually, this guy kind of looks like the Lorax:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.asylum.com/media/2010/10/nygovernorsrace.jpg

Fallon on September 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM

You’d think they would cover something meaningful.

We need to drop the Politico staff into some impoverished, war-torn part of the world with some matches, a few dollars, and a pocket knife. Maybe then they would gain some appreciation for what it takes to survive when you have no common sense and only un-tried or already-failed ideas v. the reality of living life on a monetary shoe-string.

EdmundBurke247 on September 26, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Exactly one year ago, the media gushes over the President’s family bed time rituals:
Michelle Obama reveals the President’s special family bedtime rituals
One year later the media attacks Ted Cruz over what most considered a sweet moment at bedtime for his children.

How about the wonderful portrayal of the first family in the NYT in 2009: First Chores? You Bet
Direct from the above article:

“Michelle won’t keep them up just to talk to their father,” Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president and a family friend, told The New York Times in 2007. “Bedtime is part of their normalcy. It isn’t going to be interrupted because he’s at a fund-raiser.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

I am SHOCKED that the portrayal of Ted Cruz reading Green Eggs and Ham wasn’t as warm as what the Obama family had seen. C’mon, even Jason Blair could write the story:

Michelle Heidi won’t keep them up just to talk to their father,” Valerie Jarrett Jason Johnson, a senior adviser to the president senator and a family friend, told The New York Times in 2007 2013. “Bedtime is part of their normalcy. It isn’t going to be interrupted because he’s at a fund-raiser filibuster.”

weaselyone on September 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Why is Politico the only one that gets to use the Time Machine?

RdLake on September 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

I have to stand up for Dr. Seuss. Yes he was a Democrat and sometimes he could be in-your-face about it, but most of his children’s books had merit. Even The Lorax did end with hope. Truffula trees are a renewable resource. After that book, he did start to go downhill both philosophically and in health. The Butter Battle Book was the last straw for me. Fortunately, he left us with
a legacy of books and stories that beginning readers could actually feel pride and accomplishment in reading themselves. He and his first wife were pioneers in that field.
Would he hate Ted Cruz? What a silly question, but it is typical of the Politico.

BetseyRoss on September 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Someone actually reads Politico?

I would sooner read “Green EGGs and Ham”.

Bless you Ted Cruz. You accomplished several key goals.
1. For anyone paying attention, you actually illuminated many of the problems with Obamacare.
2. You proved that it is possible for a politician to speak clearly, and intelligently, for more than 3 minutes without reference to a Teleprompter. I think we had forgotten. In fact you did it for 21 hours, intelligently and with style.
3. You exposed the Democrat controlled Senate, and their miserable, nasty little Leader for the dwarfs that they actually are.
4. You exposed Dick Durbin, alleged to be one of the smartest Democrats, to be a hypocritical fool. (I am sure his staff are catching hell for not doing his homework for him.)
4. You read Green Eggs and Ham with panache. I actually enjoyed your presentation.
5. You demonstrated that there is at least one Politician in Washington with the courage to face the mob.
6. Finally, you spoke for millions of Americans whose voices generally are not heard in government.

No wonder they cannot stand you.

Thank you, Sir.

Oldflyer on September 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM

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