Being jet-lagged and all, I did not stay up to watch Ted Cruz last night (indeed, what little awake-time I had was devoted to watching the Dexter series closer I missed on Sunday). But Lord knows the wiggy Texan’s performance art has gotten him the attention he craves. High-level demagoguery works like that.

Here are some midday news/views snacks:

* Senate votes unanimously to proceed to debate on the House-passed defund-Obamacare CR, setting up a final-passage cloture vote this weekend, after Democrats amend the bill to strip out defunding language.

* Meanwhile, Ted Cruz’s overnight talkathon, while not an actual filibuster, lifts him to third place on all-time Senate speech length list at 21 hours.

* At Daily Beast Patricia Murphy reports Senate Conservative Fund has run ads against seven GOP senators who have opposed Cruz/Lee “defund Obamacare” strategy, and may run ads against recalcitrant House members, too.

* Christian Right stalwart Dean Moore makes runoff against Establishment Conservative (and former unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate) Bradley Byrne in special congressional primary in Alabama.

* Lew identifies October 17 as drop-dead date for debt limit increase.

And in non-political news:

* Use of butane hash oil–called by some the “crack of marijuana”–spreading on East Coast.

I’ll try to keep a late lunch break brief, but here’s another musical tribute to Ted Cruz’s gabathon: Sisters of Mercy performing “Amphetamine Logic” in London in 1985.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.