Now here comes one Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE, senator for only a matter of days, having never served in the military or developed military expertise, insulting and smearing Hagel. And here come various Republicans whining that some of us have called Cruz and others out.

Similarly, other Republicans are reduced to defending Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul MORE’s (R-Fla.) vapid response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, which was empty of substance or serious ideas, by criticizing Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezIn judge's 2010 Senate trial, Menendez was guilty of hypocrisy Excused Menendez juror: 'I don't think he did anything wrong' We don't need a terrorist attack to know diversity program has to go MORE (D-N.J.).  

The problem with Rubio's speech was not that he could not sip bottled water on live television, but that he could not articulate serious ideas in a speech answering a president of the United States. His champions are reduced to defending Rubio by criticizing Menendez? They treat Rubio as a victim? Presidents are made of sterner stuff than this.

As for Cruz, he has the right to go off the deep right end, and we have the right to call him out, and voters have the right to decide who is right.

Listening to Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill Trump wrestles with handling American enemy combatants Flake: Trump's call for DOJ to probe Democrats 'not normal' MORE (R-S.C.), who appears terrorized about a primary from the right; and listening to Ted Cruz, who embodies rightist radicalism and the kind of primary Graham fears; and listening to Republicans competing in the GOP contest to be the most extreme; and listening to Rubio, whose speech answering Obama was empty of ideas, it is obvious why the GOP keeps losing national elections and why Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE is poised to sweep the 2016 election and might well carry Texas.

For Democrats seeking a national political realignment that is now within sight, Ted Cruz is the latest rightist Republican gift that keeps on giving.

Let the champions of Cruz portray him as a suffering innocent victim while he insults and demeans the war hero and vets champion Hagel, whose national security support would make Ronald Reagan proud, which is why so many Reagan officials endorse him.

Let the Republican media megaphone banner the brand of the allegedly victimized Cruz because his antics, and theirs, are the most brilliant advertisements for Democrats, centrists, liberals and Clinton in 2016.