Ted Cruz and Bob Corker Engage in Goofiest Senate Debate of All Time

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Sept. 27 2013 8:54 AM

Ted Cruz and Bob Corker Engage in Goofiest Senate Debate of All Time

What can one say?

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The "debate" on the continuing resolution to fund the government, like most Senate debates, has consisted of very little in the way of arguments on the floor. It's more of a time-marking exercise, one that both sides have agreed to truncate in order to force a cloture vote today at 12:30 p.m. Sen. Ted Cruz has attempted to use this time to prove that there's grassroots support for the only-slightly-complicated plot of filibustering the CR so that Democrats can't add back Obamacare funding via an amendment. Yesterday afternoon Sen. Bob Corker—a Tennessee Republican who's been outwardly dismissive of this strategy—started quizzing Cruz about how this was supposed to work, and why he voted for the cloture vote to start debate, and ... look, just watch. 


Reportedly, Harry Reid and Dick Durbin, who were in the room, struggled to repress their laughter.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Brow Beat
Sept. 21 2014 2:00 PM Colin Farrell Will Star in True Detective’s Second Season
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 5:03 PM White House Chief Information Officer Will Run U.S. Ebola Response
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 21 2014 8:00 AM An Astronaut’s Guided Video Tour of Earth
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.