I think it’s safe to say that 2016 is going to be quite interesting. For liberals, it most likely means Hillary Clinton will be our presidential candidate. For Republicans, heck—who knows. As it stands now it’s almost a lock we’ll see Chris Christie, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in the mix. Probably Marco Rubio and undoubtedly several others.
But one of the things I’m looking forward to most is the inevitable battle between Chris Christie and Ted Cruz. While Rand Paul and Chris Christie haven’t always had the coziest of relationships, the upcoming clash between Cruz and Christie is going to be absolutely epic.
Take for instance Ted Cruz taking a shot at Chris Christie following the New Jersey governor’s reelection. Speaking with reporters, Cruz said, “I think it is terrific that he is brash, that he is outspoken, and that he won his race. But I think we need more leaders in Washington with the courage to stand for principle. And in particular, Obamacare is not working.”
First, let me just point out how absolutely hilarious it is that even in his “praise” of Chris Christie, Cruz still managed to throw in an anti-Obamacare message. I wonder if when he orders take out, Cruz says something like, “I’d like a cheeseburger with fries—and Obamacare is bad.”
What the hell did “Obamacare is not working” have to do with anything he was talking about in his statement?
However, going beyond that, Cruz’s comments were a clear jab at Christie. His “praise” turned into a thinly veiled mocking of some of the qualities many pundits have said make Chris Christie a viable 2016 candidate.
Besides, he basically said Governor Christie doesn’t have principles or courage.
But the most telling thing that came out of this whole ordeal came when reporters asked Senator Cruz if he thought Governor Christie was a “real conservative.” And what was Cruz’s answer, you ask?
Well—he walked away.
His representatives claimed he didn’t have time for anymore questions.
Yeah, because saying “yes” or “no” is really extremely time consuming. But then again, his actions of walking away from the question pretty much give his answer. I can’t imagine if that same question were asked of him about his good pals Rand Paul or Mike Lee that Senator Cruz would have simply walked away from the question.
And that’s what we’re seeing with the GOP right now as their internal civil war continues to build. It’s going to be a battle of who’s a “real conservative.” As if there’s only one kind of conservative, like the GOP is a cult.
Then again, isn’t it on many levels? The party seems to hold this mentality that either you’re “all or nothing.” If you’re not with them, you’re against them. It’s like the character Will McAvoy said on the show The Newsroom when asked how the character on the show could call himself a Republican while attacking the GOP:
“No, I call myself a Republican ’cause I am one. I believe in market solutions, and I believe in common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world and that’s about it. Problem is now I have to be homophobic. I have to count the number of times people go to church. I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con. I have to think poor people are getting a sweet ride. And I have to have such a stunning inferiority complex that I fear education and intellect in the 21st century. But most of all, the biggest new requirement, really the only requirement, is that I have to hate Democrats. And I have to hate Chris Christie for not spitting on the President when he got off Air Force One.”
And though they’re just words from television character, they’re absolutely accurate. According to individuals like Ted Cruz and his tea party followers, you’re not a real conservative unless you deny climate change, hate homosexuals, spend half your life at church, oppose abortion and hate President Obama. Well, that and a whole other host of radical conservative ideologies.
So, I have no doubt that Senator Cruz doesn’t view Governor Christie as a “real” conservative. The question is, will Christie respond to Cruz’s comments? I sure hope so.
But even if Christie decides to just let Cruz’s comments go for now, I still honestly can’t wait for the inevitable back and forth between these two. It’s definitely going to make quite a few headlines.