With all due respect to Sen. Cruz, I'm not sure we learned anything new. It’s been interesting, but it’s also been a big waste of time.
Reid recently referred to the Tea Party as "anarchists." As reported by the Examiner, Reid also said in part,
People who don't believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.
Of course the Tea Party does not believe in the government. They believe, instead, in the people and the founding father's vision of "self government."
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government. - Patrick Henry
Ted Cruz's epic speech was a hit on Twitter, with the hashtags #MakeDCListen, #KeepCruzing, #StandWithCruz, #TedCruz, and #DefundObamaCare trending like mad. But the mainstream media, along with some prominent Republicans and Democrats, were less than impressed with the effort.
New York Republican Rep. Peter King, for example, called Ted Cruz a “fraud,” and sickeningly said he was committing "governmental terrorism," as reported today by Caroline May of the Daily Caller.
Dylan Byers of Politico collected some of the comments,
Cruz is portrayed in the media as “aimless and self-destructive” (NYT ed board), elitist (GQ) and likely guided more by presidential aspirations than principles (CNN). Josh Marshall, the editor and publisher of Talking Points Memo, had no qualms about coming right out and calling Cruz, his former Princeton colleague, an “arrogant jerk” — and worse.
David McCumber, journalist and apparently, psychic, compares Wendy Davis' filibuster for abortion to Cruz' efforts for the Houston Chronicle. He knows Cruz' motivations for his epic speech, as well.
Cruz is banking that leading the GOP charge to defund Obamacare will pay off with wider support among Tea Party activists and potentially give him a boost for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, if he decides to run.
Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner observes,
The typical mainstream spin on this: It’s grandstanding! He’s just raising money! Fauxlibuster!
Joe Newby of the Examiner reported that Chris Matthews of MSNBC said Cruz is "a problem for our Republic."
"Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., agreed, calling Cruz a demagogue and a phony.
John Feehery, a Republican strategist, seemed to agree, calling Cruz 'Don Quixote,' and telling Matthews the Texan is cleverly trying to 'disrupt the political system.'"
Sara Marie Brenner’s piece in the Washington Times Communities lists the GOP Senators who are for, and against, the effort to defund ObamaCare.
"Sen. Shelby (R-AL) called the effort to defund ObamaCare 'foolish,' and Sen. Blunt (R-MO) said, 'No, I don’t support [the effort to defund ObamaCare].' Likewise, Sen. Burr (R-NC) said the push to defund ObamaCare is 'the dumbest idea I've ever heard.'"
"When asked to join the fight to defund ObamaCare, Sen. Flake (R-AZ) replied in a tweet, 'Oh, whatever…'. The senior senator from that same state, John McCain (R), said the push is a 'shenanigan.' Sen. Coburn (R-OK) calls the effort 'dishonest' and Sen. Corker (TN) said it’s a 'silly effort.'"
On Twitter, however, Americans have had quite a different response, with the vast majority throwing their support behind Sen. Cruz. And Americans, really, are the ones who matter.