What If Ted Cruz Had Read ‘The Little Engine That Could’?

Posted September 26, 2013 at 11:59am

It’s going to take a while longer, but the deconstruction of everything Ted Cruz said during his 21 hours and 19 minutes on the Senate floor this week is continuing.

Much of the attention was paid Wednesday to the Texan’s suggestion that fellow congressional Republicans unwilling to wage war against Obamacare are comparable to the appeasers in the British Parliament during the rise of Hitler. Since that pretty politically serious topic has been exhausted, the focus is shifting to Cruz’s taste in children’s literature.

Had Cruz chosen to read “The Little Engine That Could,” he would have been able to liken himself to the locomotive that willed itself to triumph. Had he picked “Harold and the Purple Crayon,”  he could have compared himself to the boy who kept drawing himself into predicaments and then drawing himself out again.

Instead, the senator declared that his favorite book as a kid was “Green Eggs and Ham,” which he read on the floor Tuesday night so his two children might get to hear him tell a bedtime story.

The Huffington Post has a nice piece out this morning about Sen. Charles E. Schumer denigrating Cruz for missing the whole point of the Dr. Seuss classic. The moral, as the New York Democrat was right to point out, is that you shouldn’t knock something before you’ve tried it, because you might find out you like what you’ve criticized  out of ignorance.

Schumer’s ready punchline: “Maybe, Sen. Cruz, you may actually find out that, as this health care law goes into effect, you and your constituents may actually like it.”