Daily Archives: Sept. 25, 2013

What was the purpose of Cruz’s talkathon?

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has ended his 21-hour talkathon, and it’s still not clear what its purpose was. It wasn’t a real filibuster, and Cruz admitted last week that the GOP doesn’t have the votes in the Senate to block Obamacare (let alone the votes needed to override a certain presidential veto). The view among many GOP senators is that Cruz was mostly interested in promoting himself.

Anti-Obamacare ad is beyond creepy

An anti-Obamacare ad by a group with ties to the Koch brothers is beyond creepy; it is offensive and bizarrely anti-personal responsibility. One of two ads by Generation Opportunity – which received $5 million last year from the Koch-financed Freedom Partners – shows a young woman in a hospital gown, feet in stirrups, ready for a gynecological exam. A creepy Uncle Sam then rises up between her legs while the young woman screams and recoils. The ad’s tagline says: “Don’t let government play doctor,” then urges viewers to “opt out of Obamacare.” Women’s groups object to the sexual-assault imagery, but Generation Opportunity president Evan Feinberg – who previously worked for the Charles Koch Institute – tweeted that he was offended anyone took it that way. Kate Pickert of Time magazine noted that the ad reflects a shift from the defunding debate in Congress. “Persuading younger, generally healthy people that they don’t need insurance is an acknowledgment by conservatives that their only true hope of sinking Obamacare is to try and make it function poorly,” she wrote. Another Koch-backed group, Americans for Prosperity, also launched an anti-Obama ad campaign last week arguing that “Obamacare is dangerous.”