The Moment Ted Cruz Looked Like a Frat Boy

Does the GOP want Ted Cruz as its nominee for President of the USA? It’s still an open question of course, but perhaps the exchange with Trump on New York values illustrates the difference between what appear to be the top two GOP choices going into Iowa and New Hampshire.

You don't grow a billion dollar business and rise again from near-collapse by being a clown. No one in the GOP establishment ever really did believe that Trump is a clown, did they? Or did they so believe? How many goofy photographs of the Donald have appeared in countless publications accompanied by denigrating articles by beltway analysts and cognoscenti? How many signals were sent to editors - who are very good at picking up signals sent, being editors - on how to portray the New York businessman?

While a debate stage is a construction, in every sense of the word, it is one that brings heat and light to bear on the candidates who climb up there and take their stands behind their podiums. And Trump has proven a shrewd politician and an impressive student of the political process. All the while staying faithful to his style - or brand - while showing flexibility on the substance pf most issues.

But in the exchange with Ted Cruz on New York values, Fox's Maria Bartiromo - whether quite intentionally or not is uncertain - handed the Texas senator plenty of rope with a question about New York values. While many in the television and even the studio audience might share some of Cruz's perspective on how New York city is undoubtedly more liberal on social issues than many areas of the country, Trump rose brilliantly to the occasion and made Cruz look like a nasty little sophomore on a university debate stage.

Trump used 9/11 but he didn't use it shamelessly. He spoke with quiet authority - like a grown up, like a commander in chief - and the audience hushed immediately and even Ted Cruz had to applaud his comments, grinning goofily like a naughty little frat boy who knows he's been a bad kid.

Ted Cruz has a brilliant mind, and brings a much needed reformist perspective to Washington. But perhaps his abrasiveness will backfire once again, this time in his quest for the presidency. Because at that moment in the debate, he sure did not look like a potential commander-in-chief. He may be ready at some point. He may even be the GOP nominee. But more than anything, he looked naive for that crucial moment. Trump doesn't have that problem.

Posted by Keeley at January 15, 2016 1:18 PM
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Comment #401981

Trump certainly displayed an ability to think on his feet with the response about NYC. He caught Cruz off guard and capitalized on it.

My like for Cruz has not diminished from one unguarded response.

My like for Trump continues unabated.

The Republican have a plethora of great candidates.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 15, 2016 3:12 PM
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“The Republican have a plethora of great candidates.”

Really? There are so many great Republican governors and senators that… gee… Oooh, conservatives can’t pick just one! So they’ll vote for the guy with no political experience whatsoever, and no plausible platform other than expressing fear and anger. Yeah. That’s the ticket.

Trump and Cruz routinely lie. Rubio recited a litany of Cruz lies during the debate. Trump denied he had proposed a 45% tariff on Chinese imports. Sadly, he is on tape proposing exactly that. It just goes on and on.

The candidates have tax plans which will basically result in tax cuts for corporations and the richest of the rich, which will once again result in big deficits and huge additions to the national debt. And remember. They do this as a matter of policy. They choose to run up deficits and debt. That is the plan.

They openly advocate restricting our freedom and handing it over to be controlled by big corporations. Take Cruz. He called net neutrality “Obamacare for the internet.” He wants to give control of the internet to a handful of big corporations, ISP companies such as Verizon and Comcast. And of course, he will be richly rewarded for selling all of us out. The guy lies through his teeth.

Not sure? Here is another Republican presidential candidate talking about Cruz during the debate:

“RUBIO: Ted Cruz, you used to say you supported doubling the number of green cards, now you say that you’re against it. You used to support a 500 percent increase in the number of guest workers, now you say that you’re against it. You used to support legalizing people that were here illegally, now you say you’re against it. You used to say that you were in favor of birthright citizenship, now you say that you are against it.

And by the way, it’s not just on immigration, you used to support TPA, now you say you’re against it. I saw you on the Senate floor flip your vote on crop insurance because they told you it would help you in Iowa, and last week, we all saw you flip your vote on ethanol in Iowa for the same reason.

(APPLAUSE)

That is not consistent conservatism, that is political calculation. When I am president, I will work consistently every single day to keep this country safe, not call Edward Snowden, as you did, a great public servant. Edward Snowden is a traitor. And if I am president and we get our hands on him, he is standing trial for treason.

(APPLAUSE)

And one more point, one more point. Every single time that there has been a Defense bill in the Senate, three people team up to vote against it. Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. In fact, the only budget you have ever voted for, Ted, in your entire time in the Senate is a budget from Rand Paul that brags about how it cuts defense.”

Posted by: phx8 at January 15, 2016 4:59 PM
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