There are some excellent columns and analysis this morning on Senator Ted Cruz's all-nighter effort to defund Obamacare...
After talking the talk, Ted Cruz wins
by Rich Lowry of National Review
The Cruz all-nighter wasn’t a legislative tactic so much as it was what 19th-century anarchists called “the propaganda of the deed.” It made a point. It dramatically reaffirmed Republican resolve to repealing Obamacare. It drove more debate about the health care law. It perhaps opened up space for more realistic immediate Republican goals, such as a delay in the individual mandate, in the impending fiscal fights.Ignore us, ridicule us, attack us. We will win -- A Tea Party message for establishment Republicans
by Matt Kibbe, President of Freedomworks
A little disruption of the status quo in Washington seems like the only reasonable thing to do, and We the People have been populating Congress with a growing group of principle leaders who are committed to fighting for us no matter how many feathers they ruffle in the process.
So now it’s Them versus Us, and the grassroots are proud to stand with the good guys, unpopular as they may be inside the Beltway.
by Erick Erickson, Red State
Cruz isn’t infallible. He admits it. But then his critics are not infallible either. Cruz, for all the flaws of his strategy, has articulated one. Other Republicans have not. They’ve only declared Cruz’s strategy, which is an actual strategy, isn’t really one because they don’t like it. John McCain, following Cruz on the floor of the Senate, declared surrender on Obamacare. Much of the base believes that privately the bulk of the GOP has given up.