I agree with Keith Koffler ("What Ted Cruz's Republican Critics Don't Get") but he can write about it without cursing:
.... As Obamacare goes into effect, its disastrous shortcomings will become clear to the public. Nancy Pelosi was right – once you pass it, you’ll really know what’s in it! And as this happens, because of the battle being waged today, Americans will have a very clear idea about who opposes Obamacare, and who is going to take action to reverse it.
Obama has the bully pulpit. Republicans have the filibuster and a government shutdown.
Americans are being put on alert that this is such a profound matter that Republicans are willing to shut down the government over it. The great government intrusion that is Obamacare threatens not just our health care, but our freedom. Cognizant of the danger, average Americans will be watching, and as their own anger grows, they’ll know that conservative Republicans have their back.
Make no mistake, Cruz and the Republicans are going to lose this battle. Obamacare will not be defunded. The government may shut down for a couple of days, debt payments may get delayed – but eventually, while they may get some important concessions, Republicans will have to fold. Obama will never abandon the law that bears his name.
But the point will have been made, and the crescendo toward appeal will begin. You can’t just sit on your ass and talk about elections. You have to drive elections. That’s what Ted Cruz and the House conservatives are doing.
I would just add that, for the time being at least, no one's talking about investing in infrastructure, gun control, gay marriage, free birth control or the "threat" of climate change. For all this and Gd's green earth, I am grateful.