Had the GOP stuck together and rode out the shutdown until this debacle unfurled publicly, they’d have benefited from taking a principled stance. Instead, they joined the left in hounding and mocking those who stood up for the American people, not for some political goal but because it was the right thing to do.
Which is why today so many people have moved to independent status.
This. The Boner-Cantor-McConnell-McCain axis did their best to destroy Cruz’s efforts, and ended up throwing away a potentially huge win. Because they are gutless cowards, and because the gutlessly pragmatic Gentry GOP, the institutionalized party of fail, demanded that they do so.