December 13, 2015

A CANDIDACY THAT CAN NOT WITHSTAND EXPOSURE:

After Making Enemies, Ted Cruz Tries to Make Friends (MATT FLEGENHEIMER, DEC. 9, 2015, NY Times)

Senator Ted Cruz had been at it for several minutes, offering handshakes and uneasy smiles, when he encountered an apparent holdout in the crowd.

Mr. Cruz squatted. He squinted. He had heard something about a toy collection. And so, about three feet above the floor of an American Legion hall here, the senator began his questioning.

"You have lots of toys?" he asked 3-year-old Isaac Josselyn. Nothing.

"What's your favorite toy?" More silence.

"Do you have a dinosaur?'"

"Do you have a fire truck?"

"You have a toy monkey?"

Isaac stared blankly.

"A toy monkey!" Mr. Cruz shouted, revving for a punch line no one understood. "You know what that means? You get to be the monkey in the house!"

Isaac shuffled away. Mr. Cruz turned quickly to an adult well-wisher. "I'm glad you're here," he said softly. [...]

At a debate in October, he became perhaps the first candidate in modern history to declare himself unappealing bar company.

"If you want someone to grab a beer with, I may not be that guy," he said, when asked to name a weakness. 

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