Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Peter King vs Ted Cruz

Rep. Peter King is a political bomb-throwing blowhard, but almost entirely on foreign policy. On domestic issues, he’s shown some willingness to be reasonable. And boy, does he not like Ted Cruz, who is also a political bomb-thrower. He says if Cruz wins the Republican nomination, he’ll jump off a bridge.

“We need intelligent debate in the country. Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate,” King said. “He oversimplifies, he exaggerates and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of 2013. He has shown no qualifications, no legislation being passed, doesn’t provide leadership and he has no real experience. So, to me, he is just a guy with a big mouth and no results.”

But would King support Cruz if he ended up becoming the Republican Party nominee for 2016?

“I hope that day never comes,” King told Blitzer. “I will jump off that bridge when we come to it.”

King said Cruz would have to undergo a “complete conversion” before he could imagine casting a vote for him in a general election. He described himself as a “true conservative” unlike “counterfeit” candidates like Cruz and Rand Paul and said he might just have to run himself to prevent them from “hijacking the nomination.”

I think he intends this to be an argument against Ted Cruz, though the thought of King throwing himself off a bridge is not entirely unpleasant. And the thought of him jumping in the Republican clown car only adds to the entertainment value for everyone.

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  • dingojack

    Can we get to pick the bridge? Here’s a list of (bridge) candidates.

    I’m inclined to vote for #14 (if only for reasons of symbolism).

    Dingo

  • llewelly

    … he might just have to run himself to prevent them from “hijacking the nomination.”

    I think this is an admission that Peter King is competing with Cruz for attention from the extremist Republicans.

  • eric

    King said Cruz would have to undergo a “complete conversion” before he could imagine casting a vote for him in a general election.

    Yeah, that happens to literally almost every single candidate every single election cycle. The complete conversion is also known as ‘swing to the middle.’ One day you are strongly opposed to abortion in any way shape or form, the next you have a nuanced position which respects both women’s rights and foetal lives but you couldn’t possibly begin to explain in sound bytes how it does that or what your position actually is. One day you are chomping at the bit to tell the public your opinion on it, going out of your way at every opportunity to mention it. The next you get offended that some reporter would even ask you about such a personal and not-relevant-to-your-candidacy issue.

  • grumpyoldfart

    He says if Cruz wins the Republican nomination, he’ll jump off a bridge.

    Reminds me of all those Republicans back in 2012 who said they would be dead, in jail, or leaving the country, if Obama got a second term. He did, they didn’t.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    He described himself as a “true conservative” unlike “counterfeit” candidates like Cruz and Rand Paul…

    Does he wear a kilt?

  • M can help you with that.

    There’s probably almost nothing Peter King could say that I’d like.

    I must say, though, that I liked his variation on the “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” cliché as an expression of looming despair.

  • sugarfrosted

    Reason 2 to vote for Cruz in a primary. (First being Cruz is unelectable)

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    From the comments here, it seems that the “jump off that bridge” locution is new to many readers, which surprises me. I can’t remember the first time I heard it, and I use it myself from time to time.

  • whheydt

    Re; Hercules Grytpype-Thrynne @ #8….

    What I use is “we’ll burn that bridge when we come to it.”

  • D. C. Sessions

    If we’re nominating bridges, I’d like to suggest Arizona’s Pinto Creek bridge. Not all that high [1], but it has some really nice rocks at the bottom.

    [1] but high enough.

  • dingojack

    Reginald Selkirk – yes he wears a kilt – it’s just that Rand Paul and that other one wear undies too (the later over the kilt*).

    Dingo

    ———

    * Yes, Cruz is that dumb!

  • dingojack

    whheydt – Oh don’t get me started on burning bridges*….

    :) Dingo

    ————-

    * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doeJSspVL5Y

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq3eSlttxn0

  • busterggi

    I call shenanighans, every right-winger will vote for any other right-winger no matter what because its inbred into them.

  • Who Cares

    Oh comeone people you know that mr. King is an avid bungee jumper.

  • dingojack

    oops – sorry about the inbed. It did it all by itself, honest!

    Dingo

  • blf

    The Bridge Porty

    A solid platform you can jump on

    (At least until it rusts…)

     

    Vote Bridge!

    Firmly anchored to reality

    (Until AGW storms / flooding destroy the foundations…)

     

    Bridge Works for All

    A party of teamwork

    (Careful maintenance required or else it starts to wobble…)

  • John Pieret

    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne @ 8:

    Are you from the NYC area, like me and King? I too have heard it often. Maybe it’s a regionalism.

  • LightningRose

    As for bridges, I nominate Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge for the following reasons.

    It’s the highest bridge in the USA (983 ft).

    It’s close enough to my home that I could easily watch the spectacle. In fact, I would be honored to be the good congressman’s second (I can provide my own katana)

    As it was built strictly as a tourist trap, and merely connects US Hwy 50 to US Hwy 50, and since it is in no way a shortcut it’s the original “bridge to nowhere”, and is thusly the most American of bridges.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Gorge_Bridge

  • felidae

    @grumpyoldfart

    Aren’t we all waiting for that pustulent execration Ted Nugent to fufill his promise too

  • Numenaster

    @felidae

    Indeed we are. Not that I expected much consistency from Nugent, other than in holding tight to his own self-interest (which apparently doesn’t include suicide after all, who knew).

  • lorn

    Be careful using the ‘he is too extreme to get elected so voting for him is okay’ arguments with Cruz. A whole lot of people said the same thing about a certain failed Austrian painter who was assumed to be clearly too extreme to have any chance of making it into office. Of course, as history tells us, after all the alternative candidates had either self-destructed, been discredited, or coopted themselves, he was the only one left standing.