Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz Debates Religious Freedom With Left-Wing Actress

Featured image This post is a companion to Dave Begley’s account of Ted Cruz’s rally for religious freedom in Des Moines last night. It is also a companion of sorts to this post from last month where Cruz engaged with Code Pink protesters. Yesterday, prior to the religious freedom rally, Cruz was at the Iowa State Fair, apparently serving food, when he was ambushed by an actress named Ellen Page. With lots »

Live from Des Moines, it’s Ted Cruz

Featured image Nebraska attorney Dave Begley continues his series of reports for us on the appearances of presidential candidate in Iowa. Here is his report on the appearance of Ted Cruz yesterday, covered here by the Des Moines Register: I could not pass up the chance to see the champion college debater and Supreme Court advocate in action, so I drove to see Ted Cruz in Des Moines at the Rally for »

Cruz, McConnell, and the Ex-Im Bank—The Sequel

Featured image A great many readers were not happy with my analysis here the other day of the moving parts of Mitch McConnell allowing a vote on an amendment to the transportation bill that would revive the Export-Import Bank, after having apparently promised to Cruz and/or the GOP Senate caucus that he wouldn’t allow the Ex-Im Bank to come back to life. In a sentence, I sought to point out that McConnell »

Putting the Senate on Cruz Control?

Featured image Last night I watched on C-SPAN the Senate roll-call vote on the transportation bill amendment to reinstate the Export-Import Bank, and it passed by a vote of 69-28. (McConnell voted no on the amendment.) So note that there is overwhelming support in the Senate for the Ex-Im Bank, at least on a recorded vote. It is remarkable that the opposition to this small piece of crony capitalism has succeeded in »

Ted Cruz on the Important Question: Kirk v. Picard

Featured image Ted Cruz has upset some of the usual “cultured despisers” (a phrase that I have traced back to sociologist Peter Berger in the 1960s, incidentally, though it may have earlier origins [UPDATE: It was Schleiermacher—I should have tried out that Google thing]) by asserting in the New York Times Magazine Sunday that Captain James T. Kirk of the Original Series is superior to Captain John Luke Picard of the UN-congruent »

Washington Post agrees with Power Line: Cruz crushed Code Pink

Featured image Last week, John wrote that Ted Cruz “crushed Code Pink” in an impromptu debate with its leader Medea Benjamin regarding Iran. He provided video of the confrontation so that readers could judge for themselves. Code Pink had tried to shout Cruz down during a campaign event. Cruz engaged them and decisively out-debated Benjamin. A few days later, Dave Weigel of the Washington Post decided to judge the debate. He scored »

Ted Cruz Crushes Code Pink

Featured image Earlier today, Ted Cruz spoke to a rally protesting the administration’s Iran deal. Representatives of Code Pink and other radical groups, representing the establishment, crashed the rally and tried to shout him down. Cruz responded by inviting the leftists to the podium, where he engaged them in a civil debate. Medea Benjamin represented Code Pink, and another leftist or two was also heard from. Did Cruz crush them? He did. »

When politics imitates pro wrestling

Featured image Donald Trump is providing plenty of entertainment as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination. Unfortunately, the entertainment resembles that supplied by the TV wrestlers of my youth during “intermission interviews.” Just about everything was fair game during these “interviews” which I enjoyed far more than the actual matches. The more personal the taunting, the better. I can’t say that the taunts hurled by the wrestling villains of the early 1960s »

Ted Cruz “salutes” Donald Trump

Featured image Several Republican presidential candidates have been critical of Donald Trump, but Ted Cruz is not among them. Earlier this week, in an appearance with Megyn Kelly, he praised Trump. Cruz told Kelly, “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration. I think amnesty’s wrong, and I salute Donald Trump for focusing on it.” Cruz added, “I like Donald Trump. He’s bold, he’s brash.” But wait! »

NY Times Taking a Beating In Its Battle With Ted Cruz

Featured image We wrote here about Ted Cruz’s feud with the New York Times. Cruz’s new book, A Time for Truth, is a hot seller, apparently #3 among hard cover nonfiction books. But the Times refused to list it on its best seller list, claiming that its “sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.” Both Cruz and his publisher, HarperCollins, have denied the charge, and Cruz has challenged the Times either to »

Ted Cruz vs. the New York Times [Updated]

Featured image Ted Cruz’s new book, A Time for Truth, is the third best-selling hardcover nonfiction book in the United States, according to Bookscan. But when the New York Times’s top 20 best seller list came out, A Time for Truth was nowhere to be seen, even though the #1 and #2 books tracked the Bookscan list. When asked about its omission of Cruz’s book, the Times replied cryptically: “We have uniform »

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz move to the left of Lindsey Graham on terrorist rights

Featured image Earlier this week, the Senate passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that limits the entire U.S. government to only the interrogation and detention techniques outlined in the Army Field Manual. The vote was 78-21. The Army Field Manual does not permit physical contact with detainees, not even a slap. The harshest method it permits the “Fear-Up (Harsh).” In this approach, “the interrogator behaves in an overpowering »

Ted Cruz surprises the establishment again

Featured image When Ted Cruz officially entered the presidential race a few weeks ago, I wrote that the pundit-oddsmakers were undervaluing his prospects for success. As a favorite of the GOP’s large conservative base, it seemed clear to me, as I later suggested in one of our podcasts, that if Cruz isn’t a Tier 1 candidate, he’s no worse than Tier 1A. Now comes word that, in one week, super PACs backing »

MSNBC, Home of the Incompetent and the Bigoted

Featured image MSNBC is in free-fall, with its ratings down more than 40% over the last year. It is no mystery why: MSNBC’s standards are so low that its hosts and guests feel bound by no standards of intelligence or decency. A case in point occurred earlier today, when a guest on the Alex Wagner show, Jamilah Lemieux, said this about Ted Cruz’s statement that he started listening to country music because »

Is Ted Cruz’s limited experience in major office a serious concern?

Featured image Ted Cruz’s announcement that he’s running for president was greeted by some Republicans with a warning against electing a first-term Senator to our highest office. Didn’t we just try this? How has it worked out? I agree that, other things being about equal, a governor (or former governor) is preferable to a Senator, when it comes to fitness for the presidency. And an experienced Senator is preferable to an inexperienced »

Ted Cruz officially enters the race

Featured image Ted Cruz will make it official today; he’s running for president. Unofficially, he’s been running since he arrived in Washington in 2013, and probably for much longer (not that there’s anything wrong with this). Cruz is undervalued, I think, by the pundit-oddsmakers. Most would probably agree that, if Cruz becomes the favorite of the conservative base, he will be a top-tier candidate, if not a co-favorite for the nomination. As »

Terrorism as Rorschach Test

Featured image Pretty much everyone in the world is opposed to terrorism in principle, or pretends to be, so the interesting part of anyone’s response to a terrorist atrocity is not the initial condemnation, but what follows after. Most such reactions are predictable. Conservatives generally say, so what are we going to do about it? Liberals generally say, but it has nothing to do with Islam! But some people can’t help themselves: »