Ted Cruz is a heckuva smart guy.
He managed to convince the entire House to push him into the limelight. The House, as you know, did not overwhelmingly want to support his plan. He managed to rally them around it.
He delivered a technically-not-a-filibuster speech for almost a day, delaying the Senate so badly that Harry Reid, who thinks anarchists have leaders, generously granted him time so that Cruz could waste all of it in another one of those comments only Harry Reid seems to understand.
Spot polling shows that more people know Ted Cruz than Rand Paul right now, which is great news for a Senator looking to attract attention and donors.
Cruzs epic rant was carefully crafted so that the media could not cover the story without hitting the highlights of Obamacares many problems. Those mainstream outlets that elected to cover his Green Eggs and Ham recitation did so to ridicule himbut followup stories show it had the opposte effect: Americans either thought it was cute or disregarded the story entirely. This means, of course, that he suffered no blowback from it.
Even in a rambling critique like CNNs, there is acknowledgment that Cruz made an impression on voters. Most of the negative presswhich is to say the mainstream mediais having a tough time either understanding the speech or focusing on what he said. This also helps Cruz understand where the media are planning to go with him if he runs.
Of course they are going to try to stop Cruz; but right now, this far into his political ascent, they dont seem to have much to say about him that would turn voters off. But they better find something soonCruz has a way of connecting with people, and Chris Christie proved that Americans gush over a guy who can beat a liberal over the head with his own mistaken beliefs.
Heck, he proved he can unify Republicans to do something not immediately in their own interest. Everything else ought to be easy.