Cruz smiles, takes out the rhetorical rapier, and reduces his interlocutors to sputtering incoherence mixed with hapless outrage. (Google Diane Feinstein and Cruz for a great example of dithering, entitled privilege colliding with forceful argument). He is also building an enormous war chest of data and future contributors while establishing in a way that no one can dispute that he did everything he could to stop the Obamacare nightmare before it engulfed the American health care system in chaos. Nicely done that. Well played Mr. Bond.
Cruz's potential rivals for the 2016 nomination sense what is happening. Some, like Senator Rubio, have decided to draft off of Cruz's huge momentum. Others aren't saying much. No serious contender for the nod has attacked Cruz because to do so is to forfeit a big segment of the GOP grassroots before the race even begins.
No, the Cruz loudest critics on the right are among the fading and the faded, and of course all across the left side of the spectrum fear is driving the hatred.
No matter. There is a new quarterback in town. He has a new play book. And it is working.