Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) speaking on the Senate floor. (Associated Press) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) speaking on the Senate floor. (Associated Press)

Make no mistake about it, what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is doing with his talk-a-thon on the Senate floor is a clear net-plus for his political ambitions. It certainly doesn’t make him more popular with his colleagues in the Republican Caucus, but it does make him more desirable as a fundraising headliner or a keynote speaker at party gatherings outside the Beltway.

The bottom line for many GOP regulars is that Cruz is standing in defiance and shaking his fist at the leftist President Obama, the liberal Democrats and those perceived by the GOP rank-and-file as RINO’s, the mealymouth establishment that they believe got us here in the first place.

A Cruz endorsement is the most sought-after endorsement there is in today’s Republican primaries.

So whether you think he is a flake, nut, buffoon, champion, hero, self-serving phony or a hyper-ambitious, selfish career climber, have no doubt: Sen. Cruz is the hottest property in GOPland today.

Part II

Can it be that while Syria and Russian President Vladimir Putin are playing President Obama like a fiddle, the Obama administration has managed to raise expectations over a handshake from the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani?  Has anybody in the White House learned any lessons lately?

When things aren’t going your way in politics, you’re supposed to get very still, be sure-footed and tread softly, plan and think ahead, and, most importantly, carefully manage expectations. But now it looks like the headline from this session of the U.N. General Assembly will be “Iran snubs Obama.”

Are we in for three more years of mismanagement of the U.S.franchise?

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Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.