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    How to Stop Ted Cruz? Stop the Presses!


    Ted Cruz, that notorious commie-hunting senator from Texas channeling a certain notorious mid-20th century commie-hunting senator from Wisconsin, is just one in a long line of rock star politicians who think they've latched onto the best way to get their cockamamie ideas across:  Get out there and make shocking accusations against either individuals or authority with such astounding stagecraft, the press, the media--indeed, a sizable section of the population--will become such slathering groupies they won't know what hit them.  They will lift you onto their shoulders and carry you along to Celebrityville without a thought to what you're actually saying or why you're saying it.

    It helps if you can muster such vitriolic anti-government sentiment there's no chance your minions will consider that you might be fudging it when you insist the Obama administration is "bound and determined to violate every single one of our Bill of Rights", or there are still godless communists lurking around yearning to yank the capitalist bones out of all of us, or there are members of your own party who are working against you when all you're trying to do is save millions of hapless citizens from certain disaster.

    It helps if you don't recognize that the disaster is you.  Much easier to pull it off if you can convince yourself you're really on a mission to help and not destroy.  (But if you must destroy, remember you're only destroying in order to, yes indeedy, build a better. . .ah, who cares?  You've got 'em right where you want 'em.)

    That's Ted Cruz.

    Anyone else think Ted Cruz isn't just channeling Joe McCarthy, he thinks he is Joe McCarthy?  I have to give it to him:  He has McCarthy down to a tee.  He looks like him, he talks like him, he acts like him.  Compare the two side by side and there's no getting around the resemblance.  The shifty eyes, the strategic pauses, the weird gesticulating, the signature haughty-talk--through his teeth, using his nose and not his diaphragm for the air intake, the over-the-top, anti-everything rhetoric.  It's all Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.

    We've all noticed it, and there's a reason for that:  Ted Cruz wants us to notice it.  It's a major part of his grand strategy.  He's sure he knows us better than we know ourselves.  He wants us to believe there are evildoers around every corner.  Sometimes they're so well disguised we might not even recognize them.  But he does.  He knows who they are..

    Never mind that more than three-quarters of the country--including a good number of his own Republican colleagues--wishes he would take his Joe McCarthy Tribute Show off the road and retire it forever.  There's only one thing that could make Ted Kruz happier right now, mere weeks after coming off of his triumphant Shut the Country! tour--if he only had a real-life Edward R. Murrow dogging his every step. 

    Cruz, not to be outdone by his doppelganger, lives for attention.  Dana Milbank addressed it in a piece he wrote as the Cruz-instigated government shutdown ended and the Republicans were forced to do damage control:

    Cruz left the reporters after a few minutes, but when he noticed the TV lights and microphones outside the Senate chamber, he stopped and reversed himself. After repeating his statement for the cameras, he took a question from CNN’s [Dana] Bash, who pointed out that there has been “a lot of bruising political warfare internally, and you’ve got nothing for it.”

    “I disagree with the premise,” Cruz informed her. He said the House vote to defund Obamacare, rejected by the Senate, was “a remarkable victory.”

    It was a revealing statement: For Cruz, the victory is not the achievement but the fight.

     Exactly.  Ted Cruz hasn't yet come to the end of Joe McCarthy's story.  It ended for McCarthy when the press finally tired of the phony drama, finally came to grips with the depth of destruction (and possibly their own roles in it),  and turned its back on him.  When Joseph Welch uttered the now famous words, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" it was as if the dawn broke and, in an instant, the darkness ended.  (Full text here) The crowds, the politicians, the press, cleared the room, leaving McCarthy behind.  He was heard saying to no one in particular, "What happened?  What did I do?"  Nobody answered.  He was done.

    And someday soon, hard as it will be for him to believe it, Ted Cruz will be done.  It will happen when the press decides it's time and not a moment before.  They hold his celebrity and his power in their hands and if they've learned anything from the past,  I hope they've learned there is no honor in building up demagogues simply for their own peculiar enjoyment.

    I look forward to the day when they're finally over that.


    Crossposted at Ramona's Voices and featured at Alan Colmes' Liberaland



    I am watching this Virginia Gubernatorial battle with interest.

    This Cuccinelli (how the hell do you spell that anyway?) is Cruz in VA and yet is too scared to appear on stage with Cruz, haaahahah.

    We have a simple PR guy running against him who never does not smile. (who says double negatives do not work?)

    This Virginia repub would take away all birth control including the 'day after pill' and force women to have plastic tech thingies put into their yooohooo.  

    This Virginia repub has already attempted to curtail voting among the dispossessed and minorities and women for chrissakes!

    I'll save the rest of my rant for another day but we must remember that these battles will never cease. We must always stand up and face the enemy.

    Cruz will not prevail over his version of communism, but I feel certain that in the end Capitalism will kill him.

    Cruz will end up an 'also-ran' and then end up as a lobbyist for his lady's mega capitalist organization and he will write books that racist/unlearned/ jack asses will purchase but never read. hahahahah

    In the olden days we needed cartoonists.

    Cruz IS a cartoon. haahahah

    As someone who will be voting in the VA gubernatorial election next Tuesday, I've also been following it with interest (although I've never wondered who I'd vote for). Due to living in VA, I also frequently get ads such as this one ostensibly supporting Cuccinelli. Of course, it only encourages me to work that much harder to get all of my neighbors and friends to the polls on Tuesday so that I can vote for McAuliffe.

    Wow.  Would love to know what the "Public Advocate of the United States" is but I'm afraid to click on any of those nasty links.  Probably just as well.

    On the Maddow show.  Harry Reid said he wanted Cruz to be the GOP's choice for President.  Here I was hoping he would loose the interest of the media and old Harry Reid goes and fans the flames.  So we may be stuck with his 30 sec. sound bites for the next 3 years.  I will be grabbing the mute button a lot. 

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