Shelby Foote said (at about 2:16):
With the hindsight of history some Southerners might say “No, this is crazy!! Can we do anything else!!” You have to think right now some in House GOP caucus are thinking exactly that after what has happened.
If nothing else Cruz has the valor of Pickett. Especially since, his ass may not be in the line of fire. But who is keeping score? I am guessing many people are when it comes to GOP 2016 Presidential primary.
When it comes to shutdowns and historical precedents, maybe everyone should take some inspiration from Conan O’Brien: