Can America Learn to Love Ted Cruz?

Source: Time | April 7, 2016 | Michael Scherer

He has a plan to take the GOP nomination from Donald Trump. But first he must heal old wounds

Ted Cruz was trying to play nice in Waukesha, Wis. Wearing Texas boots, blue jeans and his Princeton class ring, he rolled through a campaign speech perfected long ago, a precise list of one-liners delivered in a growling, apocalyptic style. Think Moses on high, tablets firmly in hand.

After each complete thought–abolish the IRS, stop amnesty, beat back federal regulators “who have descended like locusts”–he paused, chuckled and nodded his head, as if suddenly impressed. This tactic to elicit applause infuriates his rival Donald Trump, the Queens-born brawler, whose own rambling run-ons and fragments are more suited for the barstool than the pew. “Five-second intermission between sentences,” Trump complains of the Cruz rhetorical style. But for the former college debater who argued nine cases before the Supreme Court, the spaces between words work like a metronome, building suspense, adding somber layers of gravitas.

So it was something to see when the most hated Senator in Washington began to sound like the Great Unifier for the Grand Old Party before an American flag the size of a prairie barn and an entranced crowd. This was a Senator who had campaigned for months as the anti-Establishment, anti-Washington rebel, deriding his own party’s leadership as a criminal cartel of bloodsuckers. This was a Republican who had been called a “jackass” by his own former House Speaker and a “wacko bird” by John McCain. For months on the trail, Cruz would joke that he might need food tasters to eat in the U.S. Senate dining room. And now he was suggesting the long war would come to an end, with himself as the cohering force.


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  • Consistent #4005

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    Consistent #4007

    “We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future,” Cruz said, repeating Kennedy’s words.

    silver pines #4015

    All of Ted’s enemies are the right ones.

    I seriously ask, what’s not to like? My husband said recently that Cruz seems to be the most relatable, by far, of any of the candidates, including those who are now gone. Husband said that Ted strikes him as a guy you could invite to your backyard cookout, and have a beer and just shoot the breeze with.

    I agree with him. That’s always been my impression of Cruz….real, natural, down-to-earth, kind. Doesn’t mean he isn’t ambitious or driven…but once the country gets to really know him, I’m confident they’ll like their new president.

    mostlyhomebound #4016

    I actually like Sen. Cruz. He seems like a fun guy.

    silver pines #4019

    I actually like Sen. Cruz. He seems like a fun guy.

    Me, too! I love his sense of humor.

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