Now that the worst kept secret in politics has become official and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has officially announced his candidacy for president in 2016, we can all expect at least the next year or so to be filled with some of the most outrageous political moments we’ve ever seen.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that I absolutely believe Cruz’s campaign is going to be one of the most ridiculous things this country has ever witnessed. I look at Cruz as a mix of the dishonesty of Mitt Romney with the batcrap craziness of Sarah Palin – and a whole lot of the religious fanaticism of Mike Huckabee mixed in.
And even though he is an American citizen because of his mother’s citizenship, I can’t help but laugh at the irony; after all these years of conservatives claiming Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t legitimate because he was born in Kenya (even though his mother is an American citizen just like Cruz’s – and he was actually born in Hawaii), the first Republican to announce his candidacy for president – is someone who was born in Canada.
It reminds me of 2012 when a large part of the GOP’s attack against President Obama was bashing the Affordable Care Act. Their “solution” to this was to nominate Mitt Romney as their candidate for president – the man who passed basically the exact same law when he was governor of Massachusetts.
Well, in honor of Cruz’s announcement, I thought we’d look back at 10 of the most absurd things the Texas senator has said or done since he was elected in 2012. While there are more than 10, I picked that number for the sake of all of our time. So, in no particular order, let’s get started!
10. He publicly pushed for the repeal of a federal law that doesn’t exist.
9. While trying to bash President Obama and Hillary Clinton, he managed to not only point out just how terrible George W. Bush’s policies were for our economy, but he essentially proved that trickle-down economics is disastrous for our economy.
8. During the net neutrality debate, Cruz was proud to show off the fact that he clearly has no idea what the term actually means.
7. As the Ebola “scare” raged on last year, Cruz publicly denounced the information the CDC was giving Americans about the virus (information that turned out to be 100 percent correct)… because it was too complex for him to understand.
6. We can’t forget the time he was booed off stage at a Christian event.
5. After building a large part of his political career on opposing the Affordable Care Act, he was asked what his alternative would be if the law were to be repealed – then proceeded to look like a fool trying to dodge the question, never once offering any sort of alternative.
4. During a speech his fear-mongering was so ridiculous that it startled a poor little girl in the audience, whose mother then lied to her to ease her fears.
3. Just a few weeks after our government shutdown ended, Cruz tried to claim at an event that he never wanted a shutdown – and the audience erupted into laughter.
2. He once gave one of his usual speeches loaded with “applause points” – that were met with absolute silence.
1. He proudly proclaimed that we needed “100 more senators like Jesse Helms” – a racist who opposed the Civil Rights Act; supported apartheid in South Africa; frequently tried to block the appointment of African-American judges; and used a filibuster to try to prevent naming a federal holiday after Martin Luther King.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention his infamous moment on the Senate floor when he twisted the meaning of Dr. Seuss’s classic Green Eggs and Ham to suit his anti-Obamacare agenda – that embarrassing moment stands in a league of its own.
While I could easily have kept going – and going – I think these serve as a fairly solid reminder on just how ridiculous Ted Cruz really is; although considering how often as he seems to enjoy showing off his ignorance, not much of a reminder is actually needed.