Ted Cruz is Harry Reid's best asset, John Cornyn's worst fear, and Marco Rubio's biggest nightmare

For Texas Democrats, national Democrats and Senate Democrats, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzHouse approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown Overnight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Could Snapchat be the digital bridge to younger voters? MORE (R-Texas) is a dream come true, and the gift that keeps on giving. Now the talkative and ubiquitous Cruz has denounced the entire Republican leadership, presumably including Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCongress steamrolls Obama's veto 78 lawmakers vote to sustain Obama veto Senators already eyeing changes to 9/11 bill after veto override MORE (R-Texas), as being untrustworthy. Should Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidCongress departs for recess until after Election Day How Congress averted a shutdown Congress steamrolls Obama's veto MORE (D-Nev.), the former boxer, land another blow to the political chin of Cruz, or send him thank-you notes for doing his part to make Republicans look so radical and weird that more Democrats will be elected to the Senate in 2014?

Now that Cruz has been fighting to obstruct efforts to have a conference committee to finalize a budget, he has (a) proven Reid's point that it is Republican obstruction that creates dysfunction on the budget and countless other matters, (b) put more terror into the heart of Cornyn, who dreads the thought of a Texas GOP primary in his 2014 Senate reelection bid and must move even further to the right — which could draw a major Democratic Senate candidate into the race with a better chance of winning — and (c) forced Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioLanny Davis: Clinton a clear winner, with or without sound Could Snapchat be the digital bridge to younger voters? Koch-linked veterans group launches ads in Senate battlegrounds MORE (R-Fla.) even further to the right for his potential 2016 presidential campaign, a humongous windfall for former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump gives Lester Holt a C grade for debate Congress departs for recess until after Election Day House approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown MORE, whose odds of carrying Texas and winning an epic landslide in 2016 look better with every breath Ted Cruz takes, and every move Ted Cruz makes.

Now, as Sarah Palin competes with Cruz, who competes with Rubio, who competes with Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulLawmaker seeks to investigate Obama's foreign tax compliance law Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears GOP senators hit FBI on early probe of NY bombing suspect MORE (R), who competes with the Austrian economists of his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R), who competes with the Social Darwinist atheists of Ayn Rand, to define the Grand Old Party as weird and extremist obstructionists, the big winners are Reid, Senate Democrats, Clinton and several very prominent Texas Democrats whose odds look better of defeating Gov. Rick Perry and John Cornyn, who competes with Cruz while he also competes with Texas Democrats, in 2014.

Didn't Jack Nicholson once make a move about internal politics of the GOP today? Something about flying over a cuckoo's nest, I believe.