Twenty-plus hours of filibustering by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas went for naught Wednesday — unless his goal was not really to block spending of Obamacare but to shine the spotlight on himself and burnish his credentials with the most right-wing elements of his party who do not serve in Congress.
On Wednesday, after Cruz stopped talking, the Senate quickly took the first procedural vote to move forward the legislation Cruz had been filibustering — the House continuing budget resolution that includes a provision to defund Obamacare. It will rapidly be amended to reinstate funding for the health care program, then be sent back to the House.
Cruz, during his overnight tirade against Obamacare, managed to take shots at just about everybody: the president, Democrats, Republicans in the Senate who failed to join him, which was nearly all of them, and the media. Earlier, he angered even tea party members of the House by suggesting they weren’t working hard enough to kill Obamacare.
But, if Cruz’s real goal was just to score points with the far-right base for his expected run for president in 2016, he probably achieved that goal. He just didn’t accomplish much of anything else.