Senator Cruz Needs Dr. Seuss

More Seuss Could Cure Cruz


In his recent filibuster, Senator Ted Cruz didn’t know what he would say when he rose to speak, didn’t know what he was talking about when he spoke, and no one in the Senate knew what he had said when he sat down (mostly because few hung around). Yet I write to defend Senator Cruz. He is not well: Cruz suffers from CDS.


CDS, medical shorthand for Content Deficit Syndrome, is a condition brought about by over exposure to members of the Tea Party followed by uncontrollable urges please them. Senator Cruz is in Stage 3 of CDS. His condition was of interest to the National Institutes for Health (NIH), but due to the government shutdown for new NIH studies, we can expect more of the same from the ailing senator.


To be fair, there was one moment during his 23-hour marathon when Cruz came close to making sense. He read from Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham. However, if Dr. Seuss were still around, the good doctor might have given Cruz doses of cartoon satire. Cruz is probably unaware that Dr. Seuss also drew and wrote political cartoons. In the 1940s Dr. Seuss drew biting satirical cartoons about fascists (Mussolini and Hitler), racists (Senator Herman Talmadge) and isolationists (Charles Lindberg). * Cruz may have established a new category for ridicule: Fumbling filibusterists.


Perhaps Senator Cruz’s condition can be turned around. Other Dr. Seuss books could lessen his content deficit: If he were to study The Lorax (the environment), The Butter Battle Book (settling disputes before war starts) and Yertle The Turtle (despots), more substance and less subterfuge will come from the senator.


 *See Richard Minear, Dr. Seuss Goes To War, The New Press, 1999. It has very good Intro by Art Spiegelman.


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