If you follow me on Twitter, you’re probably well aware of the fact that I am a big fan of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs (Yes, #GoSpursGo). That being said, I am also somewhat of a fan of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. While I don’t agree with everything he says, I do appreciate someone who speaks his mind and at least seems to put some thought into what he believes.
During an interview on Tuesday, Cuban was asked about the presidential race, in particular his thoughts on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. And, well, let’s just say he’s not a fan of his state’s senator.
“I think he is Joe McCarthy reincarnate. You know, he applies, he lives, he assigns labels to himself and he tries to live up to those labels,” Cuban said. “He assigns labels to others, you know, and denigrates people who don’t, who aren’t pure in how they are. I just, you know, I keep on waiting for him to say something to the effect, you know, are you or have you ever been a member of some party?”
“I just think that he doesn’t, he’s not the type of person who will accomplish anything,” he continued. “He’s just obstructionist and he really, you know and Paul Ryan says it best, you know, that the Republican Party needs to go from being obstructionist, to get, to be one of propositions rather than opposition. And Ted Cruz embodies pure opposition without proposition.”
While I agree with him about Cruz being nothing but an obstructionist, I find it a bit ironic that he used Paul Ryan as someone who’s spoken of “propositions” considering the House Speaker has come out in support of Senate Republicans obstructing President Obama’s ability to carry out his constitutional duties of replacing the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
But then Cuban hit Cruz on the fact that he really hasn’t accomplished anything during his time in the Senate.
“Where he’s been able to say, you know what, I was able to get this done,” Cuban stated. “I was able to get people to vote with me and for me, and we were able to accomplish A, B and C. That’s just a blank slate. And then when you talk to his peers, you get to see that they won’t support him.”
And he’s absolutely right about that, as well.
One of Cruz’s more laughable selling points is that he is trying to portray himself as someone who can “bring people together” to get stuff done in Washington. That’s absolutely ridiculous considering he’s not even liked by most members of his own party. I’m not sure how you can be a “uniter” when many people in your own party can’t even stand you.
I’ve actually thought long and hard about who would be easier to defeat in an election, Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, and part of me actually leans toward Cruz. Not because I think Trump is better (though he scares me less than Cruz), but because nobody likes Cruz. The more people get to know him, the less they can stand him. Trump is a very detestable person himself, but he does have charisma that sadly appeals to a good chunk of people. Ted Cruz is a cold, cult-like robot who strikes me as someone who would do almost anything, or walk over anyone, if it helped his political career.
Not only that, but while Trump as president would embarrass me, Cruz as president absolutely terrifies me. I’ll take a bigoted blowhard who says really idiotic things over a religious fanatic who believes he’s ordained by God to lead any day.
Though I think Mark Cuban said it best when he compared Ted Cruz to Joseph McCarthy. A divisive radical who labels others, is driven by fear and seems to build his entire political career by trying to bring others down.
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