Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) vowed that he would speak until he is "no longer able to stand" in order to force a vote against cloture on the House's spending bill in order to preserve its language to deny funding to the Affordable Care Act.
True to his word, Cruz held the floor, even reading from "Green Eggs & Ham" at one point, for over twenty-one hours.
Cruz's efforts were a failure of utter hilarity. After Cruz's nearly day-long delay, the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of cloture.
In fact, it was more than just overwhelming. It was unanimous. The Senate voted for cloture 100-0.
That is not a typo.
After a twenty-one hour attempt to try to prevent a vote for cloture, Sen. Ted Cruz voted for it.
Somehow, Cruz failed to convince even himself to vote against cloture.
Cruz may have a second chance to obstruct after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) offers the inevitable amendment to scrap the House's anti-healthcare provision, but given Cruz's phenomenal inability to convince anyone to support obstruction, it seems unlikely he will have any success in the future.