Ted Cruz Handles Hecklers (And So Much More) With Ease

Two quick observations about Cruz

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One of the occupational hazards of being a self-styled pot-stirrer is opponents begin itching to take you on. The video above shows how Ted Cruz reacted to a handful of hecklers last night at a town hall in Dallas.

Two quick observations about Cruz:

First, it’s hard to understand the depth of his appeal to conservative audiences unless you have seen him on the stump. Cruz is a lawyer, and his lawyerly tendencies don’t manifest well in Senate colloquys, where he can come off as sanctimonious and mansplainy. But when he speaks to his kind of crowd, he is polished and in command, as I found when I trailed him to several speeches while reporting a TIME profile on the Texas Senator. (You should subscribe so you can read it!)

He tells jokes. He’s self-deprecating. He does impressions of famous people (including a not-bad Jay Leno). And, of course, he serves up heaps of red meat. Don’t underestimate the degree to which conservatives, who are well aware of Barack Obama’s oratorical talents, crave a rhetorical gladiator of their own. It is—frankly, fundamentally—the only reason Newt Gingrich went as far as he did in the 2012 primary.

Second, while the press pack is treating the birth certificate kerfuffle as a problem for Cruz, it is actually an earned-media coup. Each day the mainstream media speculates breathlessly about his eligibility for the Oval Office, the prospect of Cruz as president—a total longshot—embeds itself into voters’ minds. Cruz knows this. After all, he chose to release the certificate in mid-August, amid the quietest stretch on the political calendar. Then he fed the media circus with follow-up declarations about renouncing his Canadian citizenship, dragging out what could’ve been an evanescent blip in the news cycle. He knows exactly what he is doing.

14 comments
ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Just for curiosity let us have a debate between Sen Cruz and Obama. The real thing versus the fraud. Sen Cruz will probably wipe the debate floor with the Fraud`s face.

FeebWillis
FeebWillis

The guy is fundamentally a dolt.  This piece reminds me of those pieces done in 2000 by David Broder which basically said that GW Bush was "not that bad".  Yes, he was worse than "that bad".  May the Lord keep us from any more Texas Presidents.  Think of all the damage they have done to this country already.

drudown
drudown

Conspicuously, this premise of this GOP "puff piece" would relegate any reasonable voter outrage that Cruz is (literally) trying to undo the very fabric of the New Deal in order to appease GOP campaign contributors (wait, I mean because he is a Libertarian!) as "mere heckling" tends to underscore the GOP's self-perceived ability to disregard American precedent and/or the will of the majority. Tell me, why should the People acquiesce to the GOP "cutting funding for Education, Health Care, Fire/EMT/Police services, etc. with no consideration given the People at all? Taken to its illogical conclusion, the GOP inherits a record surplus from the Clinton Administration and takes us to a record deficit...and their "solution" to this "cause and effect" from their own "no new taxes, ever" policy is to simply "cut" historical entitlements and block the cost-saving Obamacare (see, e.g., competitive pricing component) from implementation? Neither benefit the People one iota. 

The notion that opposition to Cruz is somehow founded in his birth status- that is, as opposed to the FACT his (drudown, I can write this) Administration would simply move to further cut historical entitlements instead of raising one thin dime of revenue- is laughable. 

So, you might think that Cruz "knows what he is doing" but- then again- so do voters. 

Whether Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Hispanic, et al.- the vast, vast majority of voters would strongly prefer that the State continue necessary services and historical entitlements under the Clinton Administration II than a GOP figurehead leader such as Cruz that may seem like the "funny guy" depicted in this "news article" but, lo and behold, cannot outdistance the Big Business-driven "lock-step" culture of the "modern" GOP.

Rest assured that the next GOP president is going to just find a different "reason" to DIVERT more US tax dollars to useless military campaigns abroad in their never-ending agenda to bankrupt the State so it is incapable of policing its own markets. 

"The one aim of these financiers is world control the creation of inextinguishable debt." - Henry Ford

The easiest circumstantial evidence of undue influence by special interests is the increase in "piecemeal" deregulation and Legislation that purports to grant specific exclusions to liability for damages caused.

The real entitlements “reform” needed is in the tax code where millionaires and billionaires pay a lower effective tax rate than the People who find it increasingly difficult to even find work for a living- not to mention a tax code where many corporations that pay little or no taxes receive even more outrageous giveaways and purported “immunity” from civil liability for damages inflicted upon the Several States’ natural resources and dwindling potable water. What, them few thousands jobs "created" through "fracking" (1) outweigh the environmental devastation via inevitable methane leakage, particularly insofar that (2) pursuing less destructive Energy policy (e.g., Solar) wouldn't likewise create jobs?

So keep throwing inert promises and voodoo economic gibberish out to the masses- the People can see what the GOP holds for their lives and families beyond the lies and greed that oozes from such Libertarian traitors like blackened molasses. 

"Thy love afar is spite at home." - Emerson

bobcn
bobcn

"sanctimonious and mansplainy"

Brilliant!

DanBruce
DanBruce

Ted Cruz is the 21st-century answer to Joe McCarthy. They sound alike and even look alike. It's scary.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

I can't tell if you are complaining about him using the media or participating. Both?

yogi
yogi

Chants of USA don't ring true at a Canadian Cruz congregation, me thinks he's planning a war of 1812 redux. The immigration bill better focus on protecting our northern border before this man let's them all in.

gysgt213
gysgt213

@Ivy_B Alex is going to have to back track on all of this shortly anyway do to flame out.  See Santorum, Jindal etc.  Where's Rubio?

cent-fan
cent-fan

@yogi Yes but consider all the great war songs we could get  "It's a long way to Vancouver, it's a long, long way to go..."

drudown
drudown

@reallife @drudown

I’m glad your finally awake.

The Executive branch needs to start leading by example and preemptively ensuring that the Bill of Rights is afforded to all US citizens- this included using injunctive relief to avoid any “shut down” of the government threatened by GOP members of Congress. The People’s right to the State’s performance cannot be “contracted away” over campaign contributor dinners by the GOP without adequate considerations to the People…nor can the Several States be denied funds or have GOP voting laws purport to deny US citizens their fundamental right to vote by placing onerous requirements that serve no compelling State interest.

Is this what the People want: to surrender rights and liberties by “ghost written” Legislation drafted by the market players?

Taken to its illogical conclusion, neither personal attacks nor shallow critique really ameliorate the absolute necessity of holding the "Libertarian Revolution" of the GOP face to face. All these purported "factions" within the GOP are simply different puppeteer strings crisscrossing each other...."’no new taxes, ever’ is our oath,

Our Ford...

…and ‘deregulation’ our Mother.”

Notably, when the GOP leaders like Boehner seems to want to measure themselves by "gutting" the Legislation their campaign contributors do not prefer... perhaps the Media’s attention should be more focused on harm to the People through ALL the Bush Administration policies left in place (e.g., not just the NSA but, say, the Energy Bill’s illusory immunities), and the need to enjoin harmful “debt ceiling” shut downs in order to maintain the present and future value of goods, Trade and Commerce.

Your party's "strict construction" of the Constitution has become a farce.

The Media should be addressing WHY how the GOP's threatened "shut down" isn't a VIOLATION of federal and state law.

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse."