Rich Lowry, the towering mediocrity who sees starbursts whenever Sarah Palin winks at him, has a column at Politico analyzing why Ted Cruz gets criticized so strongly. Mixing up his best stew of privileged frat boy persecution complex and juvenile political analysis, he decides that it’s all because he’s a “traitor to his class” because he’s a conservative who came out of elite educational institutions. Oh, and we just don’t like him because he’s so smart.
Henry Adams said that politics is the systematic organization of hatreds. For the left, over the past year it has seemed at times to be the systematic organization of hatred of Ted Cruz.
The freshman senator is not the first Texan to be so honored. In fact, the state isn’t holding up its end if, at any given moment, it isn’t throwing onto the national scene at least one Republican reviled by the other side…
Cruz is different — a Princeton and Harvard man who not only matriculated at those fine institutions but excelled at them. Champion debater at Princeton. Magna cum laude graduate at Harvard. Supreme Court clerkship, on the way to Texas solicitor general and dozens of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cruz is from the intellectual elite, but not of it, a tea party conservative whose politics are considered gauche at best at the storied universities where he studied. He is, to borrow the words of the 2009 H.W. Brands biography of FDR, a traitor to his class…
Democrats and liberal pundits would surely dislike Cruz no matter where he went to school, but his pedigree adds an extra element of shocked disbelief to the disdain. “Princeton and Harvard should be disgraced,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell exclaimed on MSNBC, as if graduating a constitutionalist conservative who rises to national prominence is a violation of the schools’ mission statements…
One of the left’s deepest prejudices is that its opponents are stupid, and Cruz tramples on it. Chris Hayes of MSNBC actually says he fears Cruz’s brilliance.
Missing entirely from this analysis is even a mention of any of Cruz’ actual positions and whether they’re justifiable. Yes, Cruz is brilliant and very well educated. No doubt about that. But that just makes his almost daily utterance of lies and falsehoods all the worse, in my view. Let’s look at just a brief list.
He actually believes, or at least says he believes, that Agenda 21 is a George Soros-funded UN plot to take over America and eliminate paved roads and freedom.
He has sung the praises of bigoted theocrat Rick Scarborough, who thinks that AIDS is God’s punishment on gay people and bluntly demands that the Bible be enforced as the law of the land.
He claims, bizarrely, that President Reagan reduced spending and federal debt. In reality, he did quite the opposite. Spending soared during his time in office and so did the deficit because he cut revenue while increasing spending (this is pretty elementary math — less money coming in and more money going out = deficit spending). And over his eight years in office, his proposed budgets were actually larger than the ones approved by the Democratically-controlled Congress.
He thinks Glenn Beck is going to be arrested and turned into a political prisoner.
He has claimed that the government will soon be throwing pastors in jail for refusing to perform same-sex weddings.
So is the liberal criticism of Ted Cruz just because he’s a “constitutional conservative” (a phrase that sounds a lot like “smart idiot”)? Nope. It’s because he has taken some absolutely outrageous positions and made some of the most inane claims in recent memory. And the fact that he’s so smart and well-educated is precisely why he bears full responsibility for those lies. If Rick Perry claims that Agenda 21 is going to destroy American sovereignty, there’s a good chance he’s just too stupid to know better. Not so with Cruz. Which is why I conclude that he is a liar and a demagogue who is selling fear to the far right — ZOMG! They’re going to be arresting pastors and the UN is going to steal your land and your guns! And Glenn Beck is going to be arrested! — in order to push his political career. And that’s a far worse sin than being stupid.