We still don’t know if John Boehner’s temporary debt limit increase is “clean” or dirty as hell, which will determine whether Democrats can go along with it. But in terms of protecting his right flank, he just got the one endorsement that matters, per TPM’s Dylan Scott:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that he supported the House GOP’s plan for a temporary debt-limit increase, hoping it would help refocus the government shutdown debate on stopping Obamacare.

“My understanding is that this is being driven by House conservatives who are quite reasonably saying listen, let’s focus on Obamacare, on winning the fight on Obamacare, on helping remedy the enormous harms Obamacare is inflicting on millions of Americans, and let’s push the debt ceiling a little further down the road so that it doesn’t distract us from the fight we’re right in the middle of now,” the senator said on KYFO.

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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.