Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) put forth a challenge Wednesday to members of the media covering his 21-hour non-filibuster to protest funding for Obamacare.
"So I'm gonna make a request directly to those reporters who are covering this proceeding, those reporters who are reporting on this proceeding, to endeavor to have at least half of what you say be focused on the actual substance of this debate, on the fact that Obamacare is a train wreck that is killing jobs, that is forcing more and more Americans into part-time work, that is driving up their health insurance premiums, that is causing more and more Americans that are struggling to lose their health insurance," he said.
But 21 hours is a long time, and not even Cruz could avoid wading into often-ridiculous territory. He professed his love for White Castle hamburgers and the hit reality show "Duck Dynasty" and he made references to a handful of movies -- all of which, of course, were rooted in substance.
Here's a compilation of some of the most absurd moments in Cruz's phony filibuster, put together by TPM's Michael Lester: