Ted Cruz Gets a Coloring Book, Palin Gets a New TV Show and I Wonder if the World Has Gone Mad

ted-cruz-coloring-bookI’ll admit, the last few days for me haven’t gone the smoothest.  I moved into a new apartment right as an ice storm hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  This then caused both my internet and cable installations to be cancelled, which means I was left stranded in a new place with no television or internet (outside of tethering web access from my iPhone as a mobile hotspot).  Oh, and then I caught the flu — last I checked, I had anywhere from a 103-104 degree fever.

That being said, seeing the news that Ted Cruz was getting a coloring book dedicated to his life and Sarah Palin would return to television with a new show on the Sportsman Channel, might have been worse than anything I had experienced this past weekend.

The coloring book, titled “Ted Cruz to the Future,” is supposedly a non-partisan, fact-based account of the Texas senator’s life.  Which I guess is kind of fitting considering you would need to have the mind of a child to really believe anything that comes out of Ted Cruz’s mouth.

Granted, the company making it (Really Big Coloring Book) has done other politically based coloring books in the past, including one about President Obama’s victory in 2008 — but why they chose Ted Cruz doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

Next on the docket is Sarah Palin’s new show titled “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” which will start in April of next year.

My favorite part was the comment by Gavin Harvey of the Sportsman Channel, who said:

“Gov. Palin is one of America’s most popular leaders, whose powerful love of country and passion for the great outdoors is inspiring to millions and millions of people.”

Can someone please explain to me how she’s one of “America’s most popular leaders?”  If polls are any indication of popularity, she’s actually one of the most unpopular public figures in the country.  And I’m not sure how you have a passion for the great outdoors when your “plan” for rising oil prices was, “Drill baby drill.”  Nothing quite like advocating for the destruction of our environment while being called someone who has a “passion for the great outdoors.”

I guess shooting wolves from a helicopter makes her a lover of the outdoors?  How “sportsman” of her.

Luckily I had never even heard of the Sportsman Channel before this announcement, nor do I know anyone who watches it, so the likelihood of me ever running across this show appears to be slim to none.

Though I guess Mr. Harvey didn’t learn from Sarah Palin’s “popularity” when the former Governor of Alaska (who quit before her first term was up, by the way) previously had a reality show on TLC called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” — which didn’t even get renewed for a second season.

And that show aired when Palin was more popular than she is now.

This new show just highlights her continued sad fall from mainstream where she’s gone from Governor of Alaska, Vice Presidential candidate and hottest name in the Republican party to now — host of an outdoors show on the Sportsman Channel.  So much for those presidential aspirations, huh?

But I guess both of these things are fitting in their own way.  A coloring book for a man so ridiculous only someone with a child’s mentality would believe him and a woman so desperate to stay relevant that she agreed to do a new show on the Sportsman Channel.

Image via ColoringBook.com

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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