Byron York shoots down the prospect of a dramatic filibuster of a re-funding bill:
[W]hen the defunding continuing resolution is being considered, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will propose a motion to strike the defunding provision from the continuing resolution. Senate rules allow that to be decided on a simple majority vote.
Then will come another "simple majority vote. The measure will pass."
Explains a GOP Senate aide, quoted by York:
This is not a gimmick or a scheme. It is Rule 22 of the U.S. Senate. Everybody knew this. This is an existing rule. It is taught in Senate class when you do your orientation. It is not a surprise. Nobody sprung it on him [Sen. Cruz].
The 46 Republican senators will be permitted 15 hours to posture, which severely squeezes that most magnificent of all poseurs, Ted Cruz. But that'll be it. A whimper and fizzle, according to York & Aide, which Cruz would have known had he been paying attention during orientation class, rather than honing more demagogic claptrap.