Don Feder, a deranged bigot and head of the World Congress of Families, does his best impression of that kid on Youtube who sobbed “LEAVE BRITNEY SPEARS ALONE!” Only he’s talking about Ted Cruz and how totally unfair it is of the media to make accurate statements about him.
The media response to Cruz’s first-out-of-the gate announcement was painfully predictable.
The New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, CNN and other citadels of advocacy journalism told us (while trying, not very hard, to maintain a veneer of objectivity) that this wing-nut Senator from Texas is “seen as a divisive figure in Washington” – plus “his colleagues don’t like him,” he “has denied prevailing science (theory) on climate change,” and has “defied and battled his party’s establishment.”
They quoted RINO Rep. Peter King that Cruz “brought the country to the edge of ruin” by trying to actually do something about Obamacare, and claimed his time in Washington “has been marked by accusations of demagogy.” (Words like “demagogy,” “intransigent” and “hardliner” are reserved for a certain type of Republican.) Cruz is “The Most Hated Man In The Senate” (read the headline of a story in Foreign Policy), has “done nothing to endear himself to party elites,” and has either an exceedingly slim, razor-thin, anorexic or absolutely no chance of winning the Republican nomination.
Funny, he doesn’t bother to mention that all of those statements are absolutely true. His Republican colleagues in the Senate really, really don’t like him. They really do think he’s reckless and self-serving, and they’re right. And he has, in fact, denied prevailing science on climate change. And he is, in fact, a demagogue. Damn that liberal media for making true statements!
Cruz is a throwback to another presidential contender – one who was also “too extreme,” alienated the Republican establishment, was too flamboyant (appeared in Technicolor in a monochrome field) and, the pundits assured us, had absolutely no chance of becoming president.
Much has been made of Cruz’s choice of a venue to launch his presidential campaign – Liberty University (founded by “televangelist” Jerry Falwell, the media elite sneered) – and his faith-based message. “God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet.”
Cruz told the students of this Christian university: “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America.”
On August 21, 1980, Ronald Reagan addressed 15,000 conservative Christians in Dallas. As church leaders, “I know you can’t endorse me,” Reagan famously told them. “But I want you to know that I endorse you and what you are doing.” Among them was Jerry Falwell.
Reagan said the Bible held the answers to all of America’s problems of the day and that if we would only return to that “old-time religion,” we could realize the dream of a shining “city on a hill.”
Ronald Reagan was unique; there will never be another like him. But like Reagan, Cruz understands the power of an army of passionate idealists – people who aren’t moved by marginal tax rates or the profit margin of the Fortune 500, but by family, faith and freedom.
Really? That’s the basis of his comparison, that both Cruz and Reagan courted the Christian right? Wow, how unique. No other Republican candidate has ever thought to do that since Reagan was president, amirite?