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.