So let’s see how this proceeds.. a Koch funded loner messing up.. answering to no one except his donors.. but perhaps adding long term pressure to scaling back Citizen United and private money influence.. even from the right that suffers most directly at the moment.. one could hope..
Dana Milbank reports that some Republicans, inclined to vote against raising the debt ceiling, changed their votes to side with Democrats because of Cruz.
…15 minutes after the voting should have ended, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had apparently secured only two of the five Republican votes he needed to join all 55 members of the Democratic caucus to pass the measure. He raised three fingers in the air and worked his way among his members but was met with folded arms and shakes of the head…
Watching the chaos from the side of the chamber was the man who caused it: Cruz, his hands in his pants pockets and a satisfied grin on his face. The Texas Republican strolled to the clerk’s table to check on the vote count and was met with a look of disgust from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). And the feeling was widespread: Moments after Cruz walked into the Republican cloakroom, four senators emerged from it and changed their votes to “aye.”…
Cruz’s ego trip had come at a high cost. He had forced McConnell, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and other Republicans to cast votes that could cause them to lose primaries to weaker general-election candidates, and he had risked getting his party blamed for a default.
Ted Cruz Costing Republicans Votes