On the surface, House Republicans were seething. Members openly accused Cruz and his allies, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), of waving the white flag before the fight had even begun. One House GOP aide even called Cruz a "joke, plain and simple."
But by admitting that he had no ability in the Senate to back up the House effort to defund Obamacare, and saying so on the same day that House Republicans had announced they would support the Cruz-inspired strategy, Cruz has inadvertently done more than any other lawmaker to avert a government shutdown.
To those with a political brain, the Teabag Party never had the votes necessary to defend the Affordable Care Act but Ted Cruz, as well as the followers of the Teabag Party, do not have a political brain, or a calculator. They can't seem to grasp the concept of our government which includes votes required in the House and the Senate to pass bills. Cruz can't seem to count the number of Senators who would not support his looney tune idea of defunding a law passed by the House and the Senate, signed into law by the President and confirmed by the United States Supreme Court.
This lack of basic counting skills has cost Cruz his star ranking within the Teabag Party. Maybe the top teabagger will now be teabagged.