…to make it work?
Anybody who knows me knows I love Ted Cruz.
But he does rub (at least) some people the wrong way.
Not me. I like his rough edges.
Ken does not:
And, of course, Ken is correct that he is not alone.
There are others whom Mr. Cruz rubs the wrong way.
For instance, this guy:
Charles C.W. Cook, National Review Online: Ted Cruz Should Try Speaking to People Instead of at Them—
In the ballroom of Washington D.C.’s Omni Shoreham Hotel, I watched Cruz make his pitch. Republicans, Cruz argued, should “unabashedly” be the “party of growth.” Moreover, he added, they should commit to a bold agenda that, inter alia, included the root and branch repeal of Obamacare; a flat rejection of new gun-control measures; a healthy skepticism toward any immigration bill that was sponsored by Chuck Schumer; a steadfast opposition to tax increases; the insistence that the legislature was as important as the executive branch; and the presumption that the “47” percent of voters who do not pay income taxes are not a liability to be dismissed but are future conservative voters. With these positions I agreed — and wholeheartedly.
And yet, I hated every single moment of the address. Why? Well, because for all his obvious talent Cruz’s rhetorical style frankly makes my hair curl a little. Striking a pose that lands somewhere between the oleaginousness of a Joel Osteen and the self-assuredness of a midwestern vacuum-cleaner salesman, Cruz delivers his speeches as might a mass-market motivational speaker in an Atlantic City Convention Center. The country, he tells his audiences rather obsequiously, will be saved by “people like you” — people, that is, who are willing to text the word “Constitution” to the number 33733, and to contribute generously to his political action committee. America, meanwhile, is held to be in grave trouble, and it needs to be rescued, NOW. There is potential everywhere, Cruz notes; if only we could tap into it — if only we would believe.
And I’ve yet to read a piece by Cook where he actually disagrees with Cruz on the issues.
As he goes on to say, if enough other people are affected the same way, this is not going to end well for Cruz.
No matter how much I love him.
Here’s the deal:
There are certain actions that I’m convinced Cruz will take if elected president.
And I believe those actions are vital in restoring constitutional governance to Washington.
But what if not enough people look past speech patterns and perceived personality flaws to those actions and believe in them as much as I do?
In other words, What if I’m a lonely minority?
I have second and third place candidates in my own thinking and affections, but I can’t let go of the promise Cruz gives me of the radical changes we need, he wants, and he has the courage to deliver.
Now when Rubio comments he’d like to abolish the Department of Education, I’m all ears.
When Walker seeks to lay off a significant portion of Wisconsin’s state environmentalist—he comes right back out of the pit I’ve thrown him in.
Basically, time’s a wastin’.
I love you, Ted.
But it’s time to up your game.