Noemie Emery absolutely savages Ted Cruz

Please read this and, if you feel like it, get back to me and let me know if you agree or disagree?  Here’s a taste to whet your appetite:

President Obama and Sen. Ted Cruz have some things in common, including stunning ascents to political stardom, exotic and mixed ethnic backgrounds that give additional resonance, complex starts in life that give rise to birther/conspiracy theories, and reputations for brilliance that do not seem to translate well into dealing with political everyday life.

Their judgment is bad, their experience slight, and their egos enormous. They are cult figures with frenzied admirers, which compounds the problem. They are full of themselves and firmly believe they can do the impossible.

They are obsessed with ideology and see little beyond it. They are fixated on health care — to destroy or enshrine it — and will sacrifice anything to do so. And they are running headlong into optional coming implosions they created all by themselves.

I agree that they’re both Harvard lawyers and that neither entered politics with any executive experience. Other than that, though, whether I ultimately conclude that Cruz is presidential material, I think he’s what Obama wants to be: brilliant, articulate, successful, with a reputation consistent with his resume (as opposed to Obama who has a resume that seems unrelated to the man’s knowledge and skills).

Even when it comes to the filibuster, Ted Cruz is present, very present, while Obama, more often than not, merely made himself “present” for purposes of the record.

Incidentally, I like and respect Emery.  I’m just don’t agree with her regarding this one.  You all are free to change my ever malleable mind.

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  1. Charles Martel says

    “They are fixated on health care — to destroy or enshrine it — and will sacrifice anything to do so.”
     
    Utter nonsense. One of the most egregious examples of the either/or fallacy I’ve ever seen.

  2. Robert Arvanitis says

    Ted Cruz is right.  There are times when you must fight on principle.
    The Republican hierarchs don’t get the message. The truth is that defense is never enough. There is a place for pragmatism in politics, but like a shield without a sword it fails against a fully armed enemy.
    And Cruz understands the message of the Spartans.  Take a stand to rally the rest.

  3. says

    I remember plenty of sports games during which one team was winning spectacularly and the other losing miserably. The fans left the parks and stadiums believing “game over” because of the score disparity only to learn later there was a miracle change of luck and momentum leaving the apparent losing team the winner of an impossible and memorable game finish.
     
    Yogi Berra didn’t really say everything he said, but he did say, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) in “Galaxy Quest” said, “Never give up. Never surrender.” Cruz understands both Americanisms right to the bone. Obama hasn’t a clue what either quote means.

  4. Michael Adams says

    That piece is seriously weird.  Soetero mostly voted ‘present’. Cruz fought and won Bush v. Gore in the USSC. He fought and won the Ten Commandments on the Texas Capitol grounds case before the Supremes, too. When you talk to him, he looks you in the eye and actually engages in the conversation. Yes, I like him, should not serve on a jury that tries him, but these incidents happened, his presence in conversation has been duly noted by hard-headed Conservatives who don’t trust anyone running for any office, whether State or Federal. The rest of your commentary is right on target. From your keyboard to God’s ear!

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