Ted Cruz announced his intentions to run for the office of the presidency earlier this week, and it didn’t even take three days for the Republicans to tear into him. And while he may have gotten a warm reception at Liberty (even with the Rand Paul trolls), in the wider Republican establishment, this is hardly the case.
Representative Peter King tore into Ted Cruz, saying that, “Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a Carnival Barker, not the leader of the free world.” King would go on to slam Cruz, saying that:
You really want a commander and chief who thinks the way to run the government is to read Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor and shut down the United States government? No, we need responsible leadership.
King was far from the only one. Charles Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist at the Weekly Standard, noted that the “very idea you have to somehow prove your manliness by doing something, meaning shutting down the government, to achieve something you know it’s not going to achieve, is quite nuts.”
Krauthammer compared Cruz’s actions to “cliff diving . . . without any equipment.”
John McCain, in one of his rare moments of lucidity, also jumped on the boat, trashing Cruz:
To tell the people that you can defund Obamacare was a fools errand and a deception of the American People.
He added that Ted Cruz was “wrong” and “crazy.”
Talking heads and conservative personalities also joined in. MSNBC’s Morning Joe’s host, Joe Scarborough, was disgusted with Cruz and called him “completely ignorant” and a “total trainwreck.” Scarborough was joined by none other than Pat Robertson himself, who said he “hated to rain on [anyone’s] parade” but “this bomb throwing stuff, this I’m the lone wolf in the senate . . . it’s nonsense.”
Nonsense. Man, I hate it when I end up agreeing with Pat Robertson.
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