Senator Ted Cruz, the craziest of the Tea Party crazies. “The Goldbergs” disappointingly stinks. And a classic cover of a Led Zeppelin tune

As disgusted as I am by the Tea Party’s attempt to completely destroy the U.S. government and cram their agenda down the majority’s throat, part of me is oddly fascinated by one thing: Who can be the craziest of the crazy?

I mean let’s face it, it’s a pretty high bar for a person to clear. Sarah Palin is pretty nutty, as is Rand Paul. If you really want to be the most insane in the Tea Party, you’ve got to be more of a lunatic than Steve King, and more batshit-crazy than Michelle Bachmann.

I wasn’t sure anyone could beat that group. But happily, I’ve been proven wrong over the last few months: Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is way crazier than all of them.
Cruz is against affordable health care for all Americans, and over the past week he’s gone to extreme lengths to show it. If you haven’t been following, he demanded that the Senate strip the funding for Obamacare in the budget, or he’d shut down the federal government.
When the Senate said no, he then tried to get his fellow Republicans on board to filibuster the already-passed by the lunatics “Defund Obamacare” bill, the bill that Cruz and his fellow Republicans already are in favor of.
So he wanted to get everyone on board against a bill they all agreed upon!

Shockingly, that didn’t work. So Sen. Cruz took the Senate floor Tuesday and filibustered his little heart out (watch him read “Green Eggs and Ham” above), and for all I know he’s going to go all night.

Folks, this man makes Rick Perry look calm and rational. It would be even more hilarious if it wasn’t so scary. This schmuck might actually get enough of his cronies on board to shut down the federal government next week. All because he just cannot live in a world where people get affordable health care.

So congrats, Ted Cruz, you’re the world champion of crazy, 2013.


**I had high hopes for the new ABC show “The Goldbergs,” for a bunch of reasons. One is that it’s set in the 1980s, and as anyone who knows me well will attest, I am in some ways still stuck in that decade that defined my childhood. I love all things 80s (movies, music, etc.) and figured a show that would bring us back to that glorious decade would be great.
Second, it stars Jeff Garlin, who’s very funny in real life and on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
And third, it was drawing comparisons to “The Wonder Years,” one of my all-time favorite shows.
But after watching the premiere Tuesday, man, was I disappointed. The only thing it had in common with “The Wonder Years” was the adult voice-over narration, and even that was annoying.
“The Goldbergs” was stupid, it was loud (everyone on the show screamed most of their lines), and it took its characters in wildly different directions several times during a mere 22-minute episode.
I only half-laughed once, during an R.E.O. Speedwagon car sing-along between the father and the idiot son.
I know several families named Goldberg, and I think if we gave them a sitcom it would’ve been 10 times better than this.
Just a real bummer.

**Finally, this clip has been on the Internet for a while, but I just got a chance to see it Tuesday, and it was beautiful.
At the Kennedy Center honors last December, there was a tribute to Led Zeppelin, including this gorgeous cover of “Stairway to Heaven.”

Pretty awesome that the Wilson sisters could bring Robert Plant to tears. Just beautiful.

One response to “Senator Ted Cruz, the craziest of the Tea Party crazies. “The Goldbergs” disappointingly stinks. And a classic cover of a Led Zeppelin tune

  1. If you read Charlie Pierce he has been posting the craziest congressmen. Louis Gomert is emperor for life. I love Charlie.

    I can’t understand how they keep Sterling on. Muschnick is always ripping him. I assume you saw the article in the Times last week. I assume he must have some photos.

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