It’s no secret that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is an almost universally reviled figure. His campaign is run on the basis of religious extremism and his deep commitment to plutocratic FOX News “conservatism;” he has little legislative achievements to speak of (unless you count shutting down the government and wasting billions) and is despised by both his peers and his rivals. He is a notorious liar and a fickle opportunist, loyal to no man but himself and holding no principles except those that will get him what he wants at that particular moment.
He is apparently has failed to win over the people of the state he ostensibly represents. The three largest newspapers in the Lone Star State – The Dallas Morning News endorsed former Ohio governor John Kasich, while the Houston Chronicle, and the San Antonio Express-News have chosen Bush III – and all three publications have issued very clear, and very compelling, arguments why Ted Cruz is unfit for the presidency.
While Cruz, too, appeals to conservative Americans who are sick of business as usual, the freshman senator has demonstrated a frightening willingness to push the American economy to the brink of disaster to pursue his ideological agenda — even when he clearly does not have the votes to get his way. The freshman senator’s methodical run for the White House is obviously well-planned, but Cruz’s self-centered approach has thoroughly alienated even his Republican Senate colleagues. And that is obviously a recipe for a weak, unsuccessful administration. He lacks the temperament to be president. –the San Antonio Express News
“The dislike the man engenders is so intense it’s hard to find a historical precedent for it. Not only do his political opponents detest him, but also his fellow Republicans. (Obviously, Will Rogers never met Ted Cruz.) The senator wears his personal and political isolation as another badge of honor, and yet imagine how ineffectual he would be in the White House. Unable to work even with members of his own party, he would make the icy relations between an obstinate Republican-led Congress and an aloof Democratic president look like a Sunday school picnic by comparison.” – the Houston Chronicle
“That brings us to Cruz. As much as we’d like to see a Texan in the White House, we fear that Cruz’s brand of politics is more about disruption than governing and threatens to take the Republican Party to a dark place. As we’ve written before, continuing obstructionist paths might excite primary voters, but it won’t benefit the nation or the conservative cause.” – the Dallas Morning News
These assessments are brutally honest and strikingly accurate. At this point, there is little more that can be said about the distasteful character of Sen. Ted Cruz, except to reiterate that he has no capacity to lead or no regard for anything but himself. He is a liar and a hypocrite many times over; selfishly ambitious to a fault, he wears his extreme mix of Baptist conservatism as a suicide vest, willing to bring the entire proverbial building down around him just to make a political point. He is a significant reason why our Congress has gotten nothing done in the past four years, and we can expect little more from a Cruz presidency. He is uniquely unqualified to sit in any office, except possibly a jail cell for inciting terrorism and slanderous libel against a beloved healthcare provider.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.