“I like Ted Cruz more than most of my other colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz. ”
Sen. Al Franken
Texas Senator Ted Cruz unnecessarily keeps himself deeper in a hole in an intense fight with independent Republican Liz Cheney. This morning, Joe Scarborough had some fun with Cruz, with some serious undertones, as Scarborough pointed out that Cruz could not win this fight.
Ted Cruz has always been a mystery, going back to his days as a law student at Harvard, where, despite the fact that even professors admitted that Cruz had a terribly powerful legal sense, everyone hated him, as much as they respect his ability. The same kind of basic dynamics held until he was elected to the Senate of the United States. Extremely smart guy, hated by everyone.
But over the past year, new questions have arisen on even the smart man front, especially those touching on Ted’s id. Even before the Cancun thing and snowflake broke out, Ted made a series of public mistakes that almost forced those who knew about him to remember that famous rule of Forest Gump in that “Stupid is as stupid does.” What if Ted Cruz, for all the legal genius, is actually a f’in idiot? The evidence is increasing.
Cruz first suggested that Cheney run for president as a Democrat. A Cheney? A Democrat? This immediately led to him being owned by Liz, to the point that it got so bad that Cheney had to tell “ally” Eric Swalwell that the only way to get Ted Cruz’s respect was to attack his wife. , a reference to Cruz’s embarrassment to state. set aside from Trump’s attacks on Cruz’s wife as less attractive than Melania, ect. Trump also vaguely accused Cruz’s father of being involved in the JFK assassination. Inflammatory stuff, about family? Water under the bridge for Cruz.
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Cheney had to go on to remind Ted that his blind willingness to support a man over defending his family is quite “non-Texan”. Joe Scarborough had fun pointing this out to Cruz this morning, while also noting that it was silly for Cruz to continue this fight because he so clearly has nothing to win:
“When we are children, we put our hands on the hot stove – oh – and you do not keep doing it. Ted, he keeps going after Liz Cheney. Just move along, walk past the hot stove because she’s going to talk about him not being a real man because he does not stand up for his wife.
I mean, my God, and she said he’s not a real man because he does not stand up for his dad. It’s hard for me to believe, because he’s from Texas. Most men I know in Texas, if you insult their wife or dads? I know Texans, they can not stand it, and Liz understands, she’s from Wyoming. In Wyoming, they do not take kindly to people who accuse their dad of murder and call their wife ugly, but here is poor Ted, he just goes right with it. Thanks to Liz Cheney, we are reminded of that once again. ”
And then Scarborough finds out exactly why Cruz allows it all to happen. He has no choice. He made his bed with Trump, thereby renouncing all independence in the name of “loyalty”. According to Scarborough:
…. I was wrong about deficiencies, I was wrong. No, I’m who I am. I hope I grow up and grow in areas where I have had blind spots, but I am who I am and Liz Cheney is who she is. Check the record, she had a 95 percent ACU rate, I have a 95 percent ACU rate. I’ve changed a little here and there, like everyone else, but Ted Cruz sold his soul to a failed game show host and he’s the one floating around like a pinball machine, like, ‘Donald Trump is the scariest person ever, he’s a mess, and how dare he say that about my wife and how he dares to say this about my father who killed JFK, ‘and Donald Trump gains power and suddenly the pinball machine continues for Ted. “
This brings us back to another long known Cruz property. That his judgment has always given way in the pursuit of power. Cruz’s loyalty to Trump is certainly temporary and transactional. For now, Trump serves a Cruz need, proximity and viability with power.
But the dynamics can change, faster than some think, and at that point, Cruz is going to have a whole series of new self-inflicted problems. On top of that, Cruz is not going to have much goodwill to fall back on. After all, he is probably the most hated man in the U.S. Senate. There will be no one around him to catch him when and if he falls.
And everyone connected to Trump eventually falls. You would think that a guy as smart as Ted would have noticed this by now.
Jason Miciak is a political writer, with writer, writer and lawyer. He is originally from Canada, but grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a dual Canadian-American citizen, for which he is becoming increasingly grateful every day. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the shores of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic who can not add and loves dogs more than most people. He also enjoys studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.
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