This past September, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stole the national spotlight for a hot minute -- OK, 21 hours -- when he took over the Senate floor, giving a speech that included a full reading of Green Eggs and Ham. Cruz promised to filibuster to delay a vote on a bill that would defund Obamacare. (Cruz supported the bill but knew Democrats would kill it, so he implemented the stall tactic.) He vowed that he'd speak "until I am no longer able to stand."
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Sadly for Cruz, he couldn't really filibuster -- technically, the vote had already been scheduled and would be going on regardless; Cruz didn't have the power to delay it -- but he still caused a scene.
As seen on C-Span2, he took the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. Around 8, his daughter's bedtime, he paused his rant about the Affordable Care Act to read the Dr. Seuss classic.