Ted Cruz: Cruising the Political Toilet
Ted Cruz has been la estrella en ascenso, the rising star, in Texas politics since his election in 2012 as the first Hispanic-American to represent the state of Texas in the U.S. Senate. Cruz has been the darling of the Tea Party movement and a perpetual thorn in the side of GOP establishment in Washington D.C. since his official arrival on the scene.
But Cruz is no starry-eyed newcomer to the nations political cesspool. He served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an associate deputy attorney general at the United States Department of Justice, and Domestic Policy Adviser to President George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential campaign.
I have always been a sucker for the underdog and have followed Cruz as he became a familiar name to the American people. Although I thought it a bit presumptuous of this young man to run for President at this early stage in his career, most Americans would agree that my dog would do a better job than the anti-American self-anointed demigogue now occupying our White House. So why not a bright young man of indisputable courage from south Texas?
As the campaign season ramped up, and more and more would-be candidates jumped in there appeared to be a visible camaraderie developing between Cruz and Donald Trump.
I guess Cruz’s Ivy League education did not include the classics?
“When you strike at a king, you must kill him” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
In more modern day “Big Apple” terms that translates into:
“If you are going to shoot the king, don’t miss!”
It was instantly clear to the entire world, and especially to Cruz, that his carefully choreographed “shot” at Trump during the GOP debate in January did just that. Cruz’s attack on Trump’s “New York Values” missed in a very big way.
Trump’s response truly surprised everyone; possibly even Trump himself. His response was…well…Presidential! It will probably outlive this election cycle. Trump’s response was obviously deeply felt and it was delivered in a calm and controlled tenor in which each word was carefully considered and equally carefully delivered. And the whole world instantly knew that Cruz has crossed that mythical “red line in the sand” as he trod heavily on his own petard.
When one looked at the two individuals in that moment it would clearly see the true character of these two men who would be the next leader of the free world.
Personally, I had a vivid recollection of an off Broadway production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in which Cruz played the role of the doomed and driven Macbeth who was driven by raw ambition and prophecies of those around him to commit murder in order to ascend to the throne….AND one of the witches gathered around the cauldron.
I prefer to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and I did so with Cruz until I heard the recorded message of his campaign staff telling potential caucus attendees that Dr. Ben Carson was dropping out of the race. I immediately recognized the tactics for what it is just as surely as I could identify the sound of an AK-47 in Vietnam.
Cruz had not just “crossed the line”, he had rolled over “the line” of decency like an Abram’s Tank rolling over a hen house. I strongly believe that one should never bring just a knife to a gun fight, but shooting innocent bystanders on your way to the arena has never been acceptable behavior.
I have lived in Washington D.C. for a number of years and am only too familiar with the tactics that Cruz has decided to hang his future on. It works something like this:
Suppose you and I who are regular fixtures in Washington D.C. decide that a certain Congressman needs to be taken out of the political equation. So we go to his office building and ride up in the elevator to the top floor. As we lift off I say to you very quietly and discreetly “So, did you hear that “Congressman Jones” was visited by the cops again last night for beating his wife again?” By noon everyone in the building knows that “Congressman Jones” is a domestic abuser. What no one knows is that “Congressman Jones” is single, has never been married, and lives alone with his aging mother.
Cruz bought into the fantasy that the whole world views New Yorkers as being totally amoral when in truth we may view them as “different” but fiercely just as moral and just as American as the rest of this country.
Cruz chose to use “Old School” tactics that are in the final analysis no different than attempting to “stuff the ballot box” except in so doing he chose to bring harm to another person who at that time had no dog in this fight and in so doing will be reaping the “benefits” of his actions for a long time to come. And no condescending apology will ever rectify that.
In the final analysis Cruz’s actions are that which Beth Truman could never get Harry Truman to call “manure” and renders Cruz just one more chunk of flotsam in “The Toilet Politic”.