The editors of the New York Times are shivering with fright this Halloween season, but it is not some knife-wielding serial killer in a hockey mask that frightens them.
It is the specter of an intelligent and able Ivy-League-educated committed conservative.
His campaign has more cash on hand than that of any other Republican in the hunt. If you add â€œsuper PACâ€ money thatâ€™s been officially disclosed so far to the tally, he trails only Jeb and Hillary Clinton. …
Heâ€™s the patron saint of lost causes, at least if they bring the spotlight his way. In that sense heâ€™s emblematic of the flamboyantly uncompromising comrades in the so-called Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, who similarly confuse attention with accomplishment.
All of them, with Cruz as their spiritual leader, have turned petulance into a theory of governing, or rather anti-governing, as they breezily disregard the contradiction of their ravenous lunge to become monarchs of a kingdom that they supposedly want to topple, to gain power over a system that they ostensibly intend to enfeeble.
Cruz doesnâ€™t propose remedies. He performs rants. Heâ€™s not interested in collaboration or teamwork. His main use for other politicians, even in his party, is as foils and targets. Paul Ryan got a taste of that over the weekend, when Cruz, on NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Press,â€ was asked if Ryan was a true conservative and dodged the question, withholding his blessing.
He should be careful about genuineness versus phoniness, given the problems with his own prairie-populist pose.
Cruzâ€™s law degree is from Harvard and he did his undergraduate work at Princeton, where the 250-year-old debating club that he belonged to is called the American Whig-Cliosophic Society. Cruzâ€™s wife is on leave from a job with Goldman Sachs.
Keep that in mind when he rails against the establishment and the elites. And remember that when someone is as broadly and profoundly disliked as Cruz is, itâ€™s usually not because heâ€™s a principled truth teller.
Itâ€™s because heâ€™s frightening.
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