Ted Cruz Is Very Sorry for Comparing His Filibuster to the Bataan Death March

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It's a rare thing to catch Senator Ted Cruz looking sheepish. There have been no documented cases since he swaggered onto the public stage during the 2012 Republican primary looking cocksure despite plenty of occasions (see: shutting down the government) where it might have been appropriate to show some regret.

Yet the junior senator from Texas does in fact feel shame, or at least can contort his face into an expression that suggests he does. The nation's Filipino World War II veterans have provided us with video proof.

Rewind one week, if you will, to the closing minutes of Cruz' 21-hour anti-Obamacare not-exactly-a-filibuster, when he said this:

I don't want to miss the opportunity within the limited amount of time is imperative that I do, which is to thank the men and women who have endured this, this Bataan Death March.

See also: Senator Ted Cruz: The Pied Piper of Government Shutdown

The veterans of the real Bataan Death March, during which several hundred American and several thousand Filipino POWs died during a forced, abuse-filled 80-mile trek, were not pleased to have their ordeal likened to the relatively minor and completely self-inflicted discomfort of an Ivy League lawyer.

Cruz, recognizing that his day-long monologue aimed at enraging people who disagree with him had also inadvertently insulted decorated World War II veterans, the most politically sacrosanct voters in America, quickly moved to make amends. The vets did the nation another service and posted it to YouTube.

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ScottJ1961
ScottJ1961

Ted Cruz reminds me of Sen. Joseph McCarthy of the '50s.  This guy is a weasel.  He just keeps talking in circles.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Bet either one of these elderly gentlemen could kick his ass

BettyC1
BettyC1

Cruz is full of shit.Trying to pay food bill in Tampa with government credit card says it all.Don't believe a word he says.

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

When I look at "Cruise" I'm reminded of the many drag queens I encountered working in TDCJ-ID.  What a fucking Nancy Boy. 

sguinness
sguinness

Cruz doesn't know when to shut up. His guests didn't seem too impressed. He should have read them Green Eggs and Ham. It's not as insulting as Cruz trying to defend himself with bullshit.

tedvothjr
tedvothjr

Beautiful. An actual apology from a Tea-Bagger. And to a beautiful multi-ethnic delegation. Simply beautiful. And what the Hell is any person with a Latino name doing being a Tea-Bagger

ColonelHapablap
ColonelHapablap

The onslaught continues.  Commiecrat Central is terrified of this guy.

ifthataintcountry
ifthataintcountry

first of all...I can't stand Ted Cruz and I think he is total d-bag.  I can't even listen to him speak much less watch him. HOWEVER... can anyone pinpoint when we all became so effing sensitive???  He used an analogy.  He wasn't LITERALLY comparing it to the Baton Death March.  He was simply saying it was a long and grueling speech.  I suppose it wasn't the best analogy he could of used but who freaking cares. 

I am so offended that everyone is so offended all the time!!! Americans need to stop being such p*ssies!!! 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@tedvothjr Maybe because Latinos are capable of making up their own minds and don't need help from the liberal left or righteous right to decide the direction of their politics.  He decided that far right politics make the most sense to him.  Who are you to decide his political leanings?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ifthataintcountry On the other hand, if he's so awesomely intelligent you'd think he'd figure out that remark was going to get him in hot water with someone. So either he's no so bright, or he doesn't care.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ifthataintcountry The Americans and Filipinos who died on that march, and their comrades who futilely watched them die, are about as far from p*ssies as you are from an educated, thoughtful U.S. citizen. That is, a lot farther than the 80 miles they staggered.

s.floresca
s.floresca

First of all ... it's Bataan not Baton. Secondly it's a poor comparison.. people died in that march just to save your freedom of speech! Read history and u will know why...

wilpajones
wilpajones

@ifthataintcountry, on the other hand, here is an arrogant, out-of-touch, double Ivy League graduate (and undergraduate champion debate team captain) who couldn't simply say, plainly, that his political grandstand was "long and grueling" -- as you just clearly said. Cruz should have apologized and he deserved to have one of those Bataan Vets shove a walking cane up his derrière.

ColonelHapablap
ColonelHapablap

@Ricky_Hollywood He's a brilliant, articulate true conservative of Hispanic extraction, a fantastic debater who will make an excellent candidate in 2016.  Since he is seen by many as the front-runner for the GOP nomination, the Democrat machine has set out to demonize and destroy him.

ifthataintcountry
ifthataintcountry

@wcvemail @ifthataintcountry missing my point entirely.   All I am saying is we are a society that is always "offended" by what everyone says. We have much more to be worried about than a comparison that Ted freakin' Cruz used in reference to his 21 hour speech. 

ifthataintcountry
ifthataintcountry

@s.floresca I know History and sorry for the typo.  I also know that it's a poor comparison. (i stated all of this above)  Your response is my point exactly.  I DON'T CARE what he said and how bad/good the comparison was. 

I'm simply stating that people get too offended all the time.  Wears me out.   his comparison was dumb. I agree.   

The internet has just giving everyone a voice to pubilically say "No, he can't say that! That's mean it and hurts my feelings.  He better apologize or I'm gonna be even more offended."  WHAT?? Why? 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@1dailyreader @ifthataintcountry Or a session of the Texas lege, when a democrat who filibustered was lauded as a hero in this very blog.  His comparison was stupid and I'm glad he got called on it.  The filibuster was just business as usual and the writer of this story is an extreme hypocrite to paint it any other way.

ifthataintcountry
ifthataintcountry

@wilpajones haha.  I love the word "derriere". 

And yes, he should have chosen different words but he didn't.  He's a dumbass.  That we can all agree on.   But the words "long and grueling" aren't nearly as descriptive as "the batan death march."  And using that phrase to describe something is not all that uncommon.  I have heard it many times in my life from people and they never mean it in a deragotory manner. like...."Man, it's the Baton Death March to get to the men's room from our seats...."  

Regardless, who gives a hoot what he said... shouldn't americans focus on everything else that is going on with this whole gov't shutdown thing rather than just being offended all the time. 

Quit making people apologize for everything.  "he said something that hurt my feelings...he better apologize!!!!!'  Really??  Why?  He said it.  Just disagree with him/her or hate them but quit whining about being offended that he/she said something. 

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

Then he would have had to apoligize to the Seminole Indian nation

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

If you can't connect the dots, I'm sorry for you.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@bmarvel Harvard - the same school that brought you McNamara's Vietnam and Larry Summers' Wallstreet collusion.   Yea that's right, we need more of that Harvard goodness.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

"He's a brilliant, articulate true conservative of Hispanic extraction, a fantastic debater who will make an excellent candidate in 2016.  Since he is seen by many as the front-runner for the GOP nomination,"

Col. Blap -- i rest my case.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ColonelHapablap @bmarvel Sorry, Col. Blap -- I just thought you were citing his academic creds  as something worthy in and of themselves.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ColonelHapablap Unclear, Colonel, why I should be voting for somebody just because they have a high IQ. Would you explain?

T_S_
T_S_

@ColonelHapablap @Ricky_Hollywood  Give some credit where it's due.  Ted is fully capable of derailing his political aspirations all by himself.  He's an Ivy League grad for christsake

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ColonelHapablap @Ricky_Hollywood Seems he's doing an adequate job of demonizing himself. The esoterically "brilliant" trick of speaking against a bill that he himself supported is all the evidence to convict him of being a self-serving, self-aggrandizing, puffery of a politician. 

G_David
G_David

@ifthataintcountry @s.floresca Yes, everybody often types an o when they meant to type aa. 

wilpajones
wilpajones

@ifthataintcountry, I have only heard the phrase "Bataan death march" spoken on two occasions and that was when I was privileged to hear actual Bataan survivors speak at military gatherings. So I feel the phrase is hardly common nor is it a frequently invoked part of the American colloquial lexicon. Cruz used the phrase for but one reason, and that was as a thoughtless and cheaply bought metaphor, made all the more vexing given Cruz has never served a day in uniform. And he made his apology for one simple reason, he recognized that he erred and offended.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

@P1Gunter WRONG!!!!  Freshen up your memory and then see if the comparison fits.  If it was them damn whites, they all would have died.  Too bad.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@1dailyreader @P1Gunter memory serves, the army forced a bunch of the injuns in Florida out west and during the trek a ton of them died. I can't recall of Andrew Jackson was President then though or still a general.

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