On Tuesday, during his 21-hour marathon "filibuster" against Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz read aloud to his daughters back home the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham. But he clearly missed its message. And he likely didn't realize that Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodor Geisel) was a fervent liberal. To commemorate the occasion, I wrote this poem:
Cruz does not like Obamacare
He doesn't like to care or share
He doesn't want to help the poor
He wants the rich to just have more
He likes to bully folks around
His own voice is his favorite sound
If Dr. Seuss had met Ted Cruz
He'd tell him, "Ted, I hope you lose."
Peter Dreier's op-ed column, "Dr. Seuss Goes to Washington," appeared in today's Los Angeles Times. A longer version of that article, "Ted Cruz Should Know Dr. Seuss Was A Liberal Firebrand," appeared in Talking Points Memo. Dreier teaches Politics at Occidental College and is the author of The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. Dr. Seuss is one of the people he profiles in the book.