As the Washington Post noted in a September 25, 2014 story, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas embarked on a marathon speech on the floor of the Senate which, while note technically a filibuster, was as much like one to make the different almost nil. Cruz used his time on the Senate floor to launch a full throated assault on Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.
Cruz’s stated aim is to prevent a motion of cloture, which will limit debate on the continuing resolution that would fund the government except for the implementation of Obamacare. If such a motion passed, which most believe is inevitable, an amendment to restore Obamacare funding is virtually certain to pass on a party line vote, which sets up a possible clash with the House and a possible government shut down.
The Washington Examiner explains that Cruz’s strategy is a so-called “tea party whip” operation, an attempt to rally the grassroots to pressure their senators to support his defund effort. He plays in neatly to the narrative, which happens to be a true one, that Washington politicians are often not responsive to the wishes of the American people.
The smart opinion is that Cruz is going to ultimately lose the battle. But it could also be argued that by articulating the case against Obamacare and presenting himself as the main champion against it, he will ultimately win the war.