Is Ted Cruz Ever Going to Learn New Tricks?
We must give credit where credit is due: Sen. Ted Cruz is the best politician around when it comes to getting himself into the news cycle. You want an opinion on the Ukrainian mess? He's got one! You want a soundbite on Israel? Well, he's got one of those too! He'll talk about the border crisis and he'll talk about pretty much whatever you need as long as it will get his name out there. He seemingly has an opinion on everything and he knows how to ask questions and express said opinion in such a way to get himself folded into the story itself. He's been at this game now since 2012, but it never ceases to amaze us how he pulls this stuff off.
The latest round finds Cruz holding forth on all the big news stories. He turned the Federal Aviation Administration's ban on flights to Tel Aviv -- a ban that was quickly lifted -- into an opportunity to accuse President Obama of enacting a covert economic boycott of Israel, according to Politico. Then he vowed to hold up all diplomatic nominations (which have already been in limbo for ages due to all the political scrapping) until the FAA flight ban was lifted. Once the ban was lifted, Cruz looked like he had something to do with that. This skill for taking credit where it is not entirely due is arguably simply a part of every politician's genetic makeup, but Cruz takes that set of skills to a whole new level.
He's doing the same thing by injecting himself into the border crisis. The House Republican leadership was getting set to make a realistic offer to counter the Democratic Senate proposal on the leadership thing, then Cruz got in on the action, according to Salon. He walked on over to the House and called for the "real conservatives" to rise up, and the whole thing collapsed and led House Republicans to offer the "real conservative" solution which, unsurprisingly, was so far right the whole deal collapsed. On the upside, at least this is an issue that the state he represents is actually involved in, but one has to wonder if Cruz would care as much if this wasn't also Gov. Rick Perry's attempt to show the country that it isn't just his hair that totes presidential potential. Even though some would say that Cruz actually hindered things, he's still going to grab ahold of this and wear it as another feather in his cap.
We have to give credit where credit is due, a search fro "Ted Cruz" will yield him opining on almost every big story around, but we are feeling like these are the same old pony tricks. If he must fold himself into every story, can't he at least find some fun and interesting ways to do it? Something involving sequins and a little tap dancing would be nice. Cruz is likely gearing up for a run at the White House in 2016. We're hoping really hard that he'll at least come up with some new tricks by then.
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