(Mother Jones) -- The night he won the runoff, all but guaranteeing he'd be the next Republican senator from Texas, Ted Cruz thanked everyone but the Academy. Speaking to a victory party packed with supporters munching on Chick-fil-A tenders, Cruz spent nine minutes going through the credits—"Dr. Ron Paul"; "our two little beautiful girls!"; "Sarah Palin"—each punctuated by rapturous applause and sheepish, head-bobbing laughter from the candidate. Like any good Texan, he thanked his mother, his father, and the Holy Ghost—"to him be the glory!"—but before he did any of this, he gave a shout-out to one of the conservative icons who had helped forge his political identity. "We should take it as a providential sign that today would be the 100th birthday of Milton Friedman," Cruz said. "A true champion for liberty, and we are walking in Uncle Milton's footsteps."