Tim Skubick: What do Sen. Whitmer and Sen. Cruz have in common? - KMSP-TV

Tim Skubick: What do Sen. Whitmer and Sen. Cruz have in common?

Posted: Updated:
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

What do Sen. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Ted Cruz have in common?

Right, they're both senators, but clearly Democratic State Senator Whitmer and GOP U.S. Senator Cruz share nothing else in common…except this.

They both engaged in an effort to get what they wanted knowing full well the effort would fail yet they did it anyway.

Sen. Cruz talked for 22 hours the other day in an attempt to talk Obamacare to death.  He knew, the rest of the senate knew, the president knew and now you know it was ill-fated from his opening word.

Sen. Whitmer tried the other day to move up the effective date of the state's hotly contested Medicaid expansion measure.  Senate Republicans declared it would take effect on April 1 instead of Jan. 1 which is what the governor and Democrats favored.

By attempting to adjourn the legislature this week, Ms. Whitmer could have changed the date.  But she knew, the rest of the senate knew, the governor knew and now you know it was a Cruz-like gambit that was doomed to go bust before she was even done with her five-minute speech.

Some in Washington, even some from his own party, declared the Cruz filibuster a "stunt" and a grandstanding attempt to draw attention to his own desire to run for president.  He denied the charge.

Nobody called the Whitmer move a stunt, but her critics may eventually get around to that and she strenuously denied that she was grandstanding.

So what was the difference between the two acts of futility?

She contends she was working on something that was inevitable i.e. the implementation of the expansion while her counterpart in D.C. was titling at something that would not happen i.e. the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Ms. Whitmer explains she is going to use every procedural tool she can to get what she wants, even though she won't get it.

And Mr. Cruz probably had the same thought.

So do you see much difference in what they both did?

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:53:33 GMT
    Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...
  • News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees

    News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:16:16 GMT
    Political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. The highlights:
    Party-controlled campaign committees and outside groups faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. Highlights:
  • Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

    Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:26:15 GMT
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.
  • PoliticsPoliticsMore>>

  • Election info for 2014 Michigan primaries

    Election info for 2014 Michigan primaries

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-08-05 19:41:25 GMT
    Polls are open until 8 p.m.  Go inside this story to find out where you need to go to vote and get information on some of the top races and issues.
    Polls are open until 8 p.m.  Go inside this story to find out where you need to go to vote and get information on some of the top races and issues.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices