Friday, November 1, 2013

Demonizing the Guy Who Might Run For President....

In Three Years.

 “If I didn’t care so much about our country, I would hope he would get the Republican nomination for president, because that would mean the end of the Republican Party." (Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, Rachel Maddow Show, October 31,2013)

The next Presidential election is 3 years away.  The Primaries for that election are 2 years away.  And yet, I've seen a bunch of headlines in the last few weeks about Ted Cruz, and his ability to be nominated and to be elected President of the United States.  It's possible I'm suffering from Post Presidential Campaign Syndrome.  I'm tired of the campaigns and the politics of personal destruction that come with them.  Maybe that's why I'm trying to figure out why the Democrats are on a rampage against Ted Cruz running for two years.  It seems that even though we just elected a President a year ago, we are still in campaign mode, and people like Harry Reid want you to know that if you vote for Ted Cruz (in three years), you will destroy the Republican Party.

First of all, Senator Reid, as I'm not a progressive, or a liberal, or a Democrat, the odds are I'm not really concerned with who you think I should vote for, in an election I haven't even started thinking about.  Nor am I concerned with what Rachel Maddow thinks about anything.  I watch the Kelly Files.  Sorry.

Second, I have to wonder why all these Democrats, and all these Pundits on both sides of the aisle are going after Ted Cruz on the basis of an election no one (but Pundits with nothing better to do) is thinking about.  What is it about this man that is driving so many people to say some very nasty things about Ted Cruz and his supporters?  

Look again at Harry Reid's quote.  He is essentially saying that if you care about the USA, you wouldn't possibly cast your vote for Ted Cruz.  

We heard from a lot of people, even conservative pundits, that Barack Obama was the smartest man who ever ran for President.  If his accomplishments prior to becoming President were the reason people said that, maybe we should look at Ted Cruz.

  • Graduated from South Baptist High School in 1988, Valedictorian
  • Graduated cum laude from Princeton University, BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Won Top Speaker at the US National Debating Championships and the North American Debating Championship in 1992.
  • Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor.
  • Editor of the Harvard Law Review
  • Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • Founding Editor of the Latino Harvard Law Review
  • Law clerk to J. Michael Luttig, US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Law clerk to William Rehnquist, Chief Justice, US Supreme Court
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, United States, `1999-2003
  • Solicitor General, State of Texas, 2003-2008

That's some list of accomplishments.  Alan Dershowitz called him "Off the charts brilliant", when he was at Harvard Law School

Ted Cruz is a pretty smart man.  He's a minority.  The people in Texas love him.  (Okay, I realize maybe that isn't a bonus.  After all, to many people, Texas is a foreign country.  God bless Texas.)

So why, 3 years out from a Presidential Election, are people like Harry Reid going on news shows, telling people how bad Ted Cruz is?

Maybe, just maybe, because they think he can win.

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