January 28, 2016

THE UPSIDE OF THE WORST CANDIDATES...:

Want to know why so many Republicans hate Ted Cruz? Read his book (Andrew Prokop, January 28, 2016,Vox)

[A]t heart, Ted Cruz is so loathed by Republicans because he's not a team player. And not only is he not a team player, but he instead constantly positions himself as working against the Republican team in general and his Senate colleagues in particular.

Being a team player is very important in politics. It's common for presidential candidates to trash Washington on the campaign trail: Barack Obama did it, and George W. Bush did it before him, and Bill Clinton did it before him. But all three were members of good standing in their respective parties -- they didn't pick gratuitous fights with their major partisan allies, and they certainly didn't portray their parties' leading electoral officials as corrupt sellouts trying to hoodwink their own voters.

Cruz has done just the opposite. For the past three years, he has been engaged in a very specific, pointed, and personal attempt aimed at painting practically every Republican in Washington as a corrupt phony and himself as the only honest man in the city. And his fellow Republicans don't like this one bit.

To understand this dynamic, all you have to do is read his autobiography. Actually, all you really have to do is read his book's introduction -- a melodramatic narrative starring Cruz's Republican colleagues, who are portrayed as corrupt hacks trying to hoodwink their own voters, in contrast to the noble and principled Ted Cruz.


...is that they wouldn't be able to pass any legislation anyway.  And it's not a bad time for 4 more years of stasis.

Posted by at January 28, 2016 4:43 PM

  

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