Two things I feel compelled to mention:
1) Ted Cruz is a coward. He fought only in the House, and then only as he could manipulate House members to do his bidding. He never put himself on the line once, never so much as tried to filibuster or object to a vote when it really mattered. And when the whole thing fell apart because he's no more a strategist than he is God's gift to the Senate, he folded like a cheap tent and blamed everyone else for the failure.
2) Having heard this excuse so many times among the "left" on the intertoobs, it's downright funny whoever says it:
Their tactics weren't to blame. Division with the House GOP conference doesn't account for it. They didn't overreach in aiming to dismantle Obamacare. Rather, it was the press that failed to communicate their message to the American people -- or blatantly misled them.
Don't worry about the supporting details, those never change. Again, the lesson is: the Big Idea cannot fail, it can only be failed.
Or it can have Ted Cruz for its champion. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Oh, and I called this, too:
About two weeks ago, as tea partiers in the GOP-controlled House were forcing a government shutdown, some House Democrats sent a private and informal message to House Speaker John Boehner: If you need to break with the die-hard conservatives of your caucus to keep the government running and avoid a debt ceiling crisis, we might be able to try to help you protect your speakership, should far-right Republicans rebel and challenge you. This offer was conveyed to Boehner just as he was entering what has turned into the toughest stretch of his speakership, according to two senior House Democratic lawmakers who each asked not to be identified.
I'll be waiting by the mailbox for my no-prize.