Let’s hope Ted Cruz is enjoying his 15 minutes of thinking he’s in control of this government shut down. ‘Cuz he’s making an absolute clown of himself.
For a while there, it looked like the Republican party had it together. They were able to dupe the American public into things like believing in “the contract with America,” electing George W. Bush, and thinking that Saddam Hussein had chemical weapons. But the present day Republican party, very few of whom are genuinely “tea partiers,” are allowing themselves to be led around by their genitals by a radical group of wingnuts that equate media attention with actual influence.
Our national fascination (or more accurately, a self-fulfilling media prophecy) of speculating about Presidential candidates four years ahead of time, has everyone talking about Ted Cruz. And Cruz, in his pubescent excitement at seeing his face on Fox News or bandied about the Twitterverse has become emboldened by the hype to the point where he believes he really has public support. Kind of like the porn star that runs for mayor.
Unfortunately, Cruz is the living embodiment of everything that is wrong with modern-day politics. It’s a conflagration of popularity contests, sound bytes, flavors of the day, 24/7 infotainment, long on bloviation and short on substance. It’s a world where the annoying sideshow becomes the story.
Despite all that, the American voter, as fickle, misguided and uninformed as it may be, generally doesn’t come out to support a clown (see Palin, Sarah). So, talk about Ted Cruz all you want. Make him the next Rick Santorum. God knows one Rick Santorum is already one too many, but humor him if you must, because by 2016 he’s going to be just a joke in the rear-view mirror.