So far, Fox hasn’t indulged in the kind of love-fest with Ted Cruz that it has with Rand Paul. But as the neophyte Texas Senator garners headline after headline for being an arrogant jerk forceful and uncompromising, it’s tough for the right-wing brass not to be a little impressed. When an influential pundit on the left aimed some complimentary remarks at Cruz on Sunday, the Fox Nation, with typical Fox Nation hyperbole, posted about it under the gleeful headline, “Senator Ted Cruz Terrifying the Left.”
The pundit in question was longtime Democratic strategist James Carville, who as part of a panel on ABC's This Week, (about the 9th or 10th minute if you're playing it) called Cruz “the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years.” He also thought Cruz would run for President, and that he would be “something to watch" because he "has no fear" and is “more talented than all these other guys” (referring particularly to Marco Rubio and Rand Paul).
Another person who took swipes at Cruz this weekend (though not complimentary ones) was former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat and a Hispanic. Richardson said Cruz should not be "defined as a Hispanic" because of his stance on immigration legislation, which puts him at odds with most of the Hispanic community.” And he lamented the “incivility” Cruz had introduced into the political process. “I know he's sort of the Republican latest flavor. He's articulate. He seems to be charismatic….It's okay to be strong and state your views, your ideology, but I've seen him demean the office, be rude to other senators, not be part of, I think, the civility that is really needed in Washington."
So – are you terrified, gentle reader? Some of the Nation's posters are so terrified they're screaming (with laughter):
Though others see Cruz as an improvement over the Tea Party's 2012 offerings:
Be interesting to see how enthusiastically Fox News will jump onto Cruz’s bandwagon, should he come out and say he's running for President. At least he’s giving them something to post about in the meantime
As for Cruise: Oooh, yea- Ai’m saaaaaa afaid, buddy. Sa afraid that I’m aboot to fall asleep fram bordem.
As to Cruz’s status as a Latino, that comes courtesy of his CUBAN-born father. (Remember Cuba? The only Latin American country from which illegal immigration is not only acceptable by US law, but actually encouraged. A Cuban “refugee” who sets even one foot on American soil is immune from prosecution by US authorities and is not subject to deportation—unless the “refugee” has a documented criminal record. Helps to explain why Cruz isn’t bothered by the whole immigration topic. Among America’s Latino communities, the Cubans are the least likely to offer support to illegal immigrants because they’re not subject to the same laws other Latino immigrants are.)
But, as is typical of the GOPers, Cruz’s birth certificate won’t be of any concern, even though he was born outside of the US. The GOPers will twist themselves into pretzels to defend Cruz’s status as a “natural-born American” if he should decide to run for President—no matter how many times the GOP and its little lapdogs have played the birth certificate card against Obama. Who wants to bet that Trump would be Cruz’s first major celebendorser if Cruz announces a Presidential run?
But “terrified?” No.
The funny thing about it is, all the people they claim we’re “terrified” of, we’re really just amused by . . .
Be interesting to see how enthusiastically Fox News will jump onto Cruz’s bandwagon, should he come out and say he’s running for President.
Oh, that’ll be “interesting”, all right.
It’ll be interesting to see if Fox questions the Canadian-born Cruz’s eligibility as much as they did — and continue to do — President Obama’s . . .