All of us remember President Dole and President McCain and President Romney. Those are good men, they're all decent men, but when you don't stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don't stand for principle, democrats celebrate.
Rafael Edward Cruz: United States Senator, Canadian by birth, and Right Wing Grand Poo-Bah
As a movie line said, "That boy is rambunctious."
The great CPAC get together of 2014 rolls on in Washington and Ted Cruz continues his wild ride through the dizzying world of conservative politics. His stay in the Senate is, so far, marked with all the subtlety of William Clarke Quantrill's visit to Lawrence, Kansas during the American Civil War. In fact at this rate, before he is done, the only people who will hate him more than democrats are his fellow republicans.
John McCain went on Andrea Mitchell's show and had this to say about the junior senator from Texas, "He can say what he wants about me, he can say what he wants about Mitt. Mitt can take it. But when he throws Bob Dole in there, I wonder if he thinks Bob Dole stood for principle on a hill top in Italy..." There was more to it, including some things about Dole "leaving body parts" and Cruz "crossing the line," but everyone caught the drift.
Dole told NBC News, "Cruz should check my voting record before making comments. I was one of President Reagan's strongest supporters and my record is that of a traditional republican conservative." Proving how popular Brother Ted is among the old guard, Bob Dole refused to refer to his detractor as either, Senator Cruz, or the gentleman from Texas, a common courtesy among those who are in, or have served in congress..
The problem, of course, is Cruz doesn't give a rat's ass about Ron Reagan. In his mind Reagan was a pussy. In addition, he has about as much respect for traditional republican conservatives and the Senate itself as he does for your common garden slug.
Indeed, the little Canadian has a singularly low tolerance for the institution he plans on leaving soon and party members who have been defeated on the biggest of stages. Dole, McCain, and Romney all fall into that category. Each one of them got their asses kicked by democrats in presidential elections and that is all he cares about. Voting records in the Senate, or any place else for that matter, don't mean squat to him.
He is, as they say, the man with the plan. When in doubt turn right and all America will follow. In his view if Dole, McCain, and Romney had just been--well--more like Ted Cruz they would have won.
A Cruz spokesperson issued this statement in response to McCain and Dole's complaints, "As noted in his speech the senator greatly respects these men, particularly the heroic military service of Senators Dole and McCain. Suggesting anything otherwise is just an unnecessary distraction. He will not hesitate to talk about substantive matters of conservative principle that are important to bringing republicans to victory, even if others may disagree."
Yes, yes, thanks for getting blown up and shot down, but you're still losers and you're muddying up the waters with your jealousy and denial. It is my party now and I'm here to tell everyone how to win, because I'm me and no one in the world is smarter than I am.
In the last six plus decades, with the possible exception of General Douglas McArthur, the nation has not been confronted by an ego the size of Ted Cruz's. His disdain for the intelligence of those who disagree with him literally seeps from his pores like some foul oil slick leaking from a ruptured tanker. In the final analysis, he is a young Newt Gingrich on mega steroids.
Cruz is off to the races when it comes to 2016. There is absolutely no doubt of that. Right now his poll numbers are abysmal when you talk to anyone who isn't a tea party loon. What's really scary is he doesn't seem to understand it. The reason he doesn't has three possible explanations. First, he refuses to believe the numbers. Second, the media gives him so much hype it stokes that insufferable ego and convinces him he has far more juice than he does. Third, he is as crazy as a wolverine who is chugging down tabs of LSD like they are M&M's.
None of the options are comforting. Let's face it, he is either in denial, delusional, or, frighteningly, a fully functioning psychopath.
Apparently this is where the GOP is at these days. It is a vanilla colored collection of grifters, thieves, and utterly daft bats who purge and disown members of their party before going after the other guys.
And everyone thought Stalin was bad.
Trust me, ol' Abe Lincoln is spinning in his grave at this very moment.