Doesn’t that picture make you think of Comedy Central?
Anyway, Mr. Halperin put on a rather…interesting…interview.
I’ve theorized before that Cruz’s over-the-top critics might just multiply his favorables when he fails to live down to their descriptions of him:
It’s been my belief for a while that Cruz, if he can survive the initial onslaught, will actually thrive when voters hear his actual words, watch him in action—and realize the difference between what they’ve been told and what they see .
Here’s what I said around the time he announced formally:
I’ve wondered this for a long time:
Just by not rolling eyes, sighing loudly, or walking out, Cruz is de-weaponizing his critics.
His GOP critics, meanwhile, get the edge taken off their animus as they ridicule his tormentors.
What should you do with this?
When I first saw the video, I came to a tentative theory that Halperin was kidding.
Very tentative. As in, didn’t last an hour.
Here’s another good suggestion:
This Halperin beclowning is an opening for Mr. Cruz—if he takes it and rides it.
Which I think perfectly fits his puckish sense of humor.
Updates (Cruz had a better idea):
Update One—Halperin “apologizes”
As reported in Salon:
STATEMENT FROM MARK HALPERIN, CO-MANAGING EDITOR, BLOOMBERG POLITICS, REGARDING A RECENT INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR TED CRUZ (R-TX)
We wanted to talk with Senator Cruz about his outreach to Latino voters the day after he spoke at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. My intent was to give the Senator a chance to speak further about his heritage and personal connections to the community through some casual questions. I rushed through the questions, and that was a mistake — it led to poor tone and timing. I also understand why some felt the questions were inappropriate. As for asking Senator Cruz to welcome Senator Sanders to the race in Spanish, that was meant to be the type of light-hearted banter that he’s done with us before on the show. In no way was I asking Senator Cruz to “prove” he was an “authentic” Latino. I apologize to those that were offended, and to Senator Cruz. I promise that I will work to make the tone and questions better next time.
Update Two—Cruz shocks
Shocks me anyway.
Dylan Byers in Politico:
Mark Halperin is a serious and fair-minded journalist. Today he kindly issued an apology for some silly questions he asked me in an interview. The apology was unnecessary — no offense was taken, nor, I believe, intended — but is certainly appreciated. … I’m proud of my Cuban heritage, my father’s journey from oppression and prison in Cuba to freedom in America, and also my Irish-Italian heritage on my mother’s side. Both are integral parts of who I am today. … The 2016 Republican field is shaping up to be the most diverse in history, and I look forward to a robust and substantive conversation about how we work together to turn around our current stagnation and expand opportunity for everyone to achieve the American Dream.