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09/30/2013 01:13 pm ET

Rep. Jared Polis Pens Scathing Ted Cruz 'Green Eggs And Ham' Parody Poem: 'What A Sham!'

At about five hours into Sen. Ted Cruz's 21-hour talk-a-thon to stall a bill that would defund Obamacare last week, the Texas Republican began reading Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" on the Senate floor. Cruz said the book was one of his favorites and read it in its entirety.

But U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) was not impressed by Cruz's reading and penned a parody poem of the Seuss classic mocking Cruz's actions in rhyme.

Via Polis' Facebook page:

What a Sham!

I do not like Ted Cruz reading Green Eggs and Ham
I do not like it, patriot I am.

I do not like him reading it when government is in a jam
I do not like his fake filibuster scam,

I do not like it when Obamacare repeal he tries to ram
or says to breast-cancer survivors "Sorry ma'am"
"I will not insure you in a boat,"
"I will not insure you across a moat,"
"I will not insure your child with asthma"
"I will not insure your disorder of plasma"
"No I will not ensure you or your fam,"
"I will not insure them, Ted Cruz I am"

No, I do not like Ted Cruz reading Green Eggs and Ham
And shutting down government without giving a damn,
No I do not like it, I do not like it,
I do not like it, patriot I am.

Polis wasn't the only senator who didn't enjoy Cruz's "Green Eggs and Ham" performance. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he couldn't believe his ears when Cruz read the Seuss classic. "I was appalled," the New York senator told reporters last week. "'Green Eggs and Ham' has a moral: Don't criticize something, don't reject something, until you actually try it. Sam said he didn't like green eggs and ham for a long time. And then when he finally tried it, he liked it."

"Maybe Ted Cruz, once Obamacare occurred, might actually like it," Schumer said, still shaking his head over the book. "I don't know if he read it."

Cruz didn't just read the children's classic last week, he also claimed that his father, Rafael Cruz -- who is most definitely not Dr. Seuss -- invented the dish during his symbolic filibuster.

The Republican challenge of President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law has the U.S. federal government on the brink of shutdown. The government will not remain open past Monday if Congress does not approve funding to keep it running. The House passed a short-term funding bill Saturday with a repeal of a medical device tax and a one-year delay in the implementation of Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said that he will reject that approach when the Senate convenes later Monday.

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