That’s not a rhetorical question. Could someone please tell me?
Cruz wasn’t my first choice, he wasn’t my second choice. Hell, I was firmly against first term senators, making him so far down the list I didn’t even rank him. (Still, amazingly he ranked above Pataki.) Nevertheless, I see him as a fine alternative to Trumpmania.
Yet, I am curious why his reputation is so damaged outside the conservative movement. Sure it’s easy to just cast blame on the “main stream media,” but we must consider that, for better or worse, a huge chunk of the country gets their news that way.
I have friends that range from uber-leftist to staunch conservative and everything in between. I have several friends who believe that they should not broadcast their political views such that you can ID their affiliation. But in today’s society that’s more or less impossible. We’re polarized to the point that if I can pick up on a few of your shibboleths I can extrapolate with stunning accuracy where you fall.
Now I don’t expect my uber-left friends to like Cruz, the same way I imagine they can’t expect me to think Sanders is any more than an economically illiterate doofus. But I do have friends who would fall into that dying category of “Blue Dog Democrat” (even if they don’t admit it, it’s pretty clear that’s where they fall, although perhaps somewhat more socially liberal than the traditional definition of Blue Dog). These friends confuse me, because they say things like “what’s worse than Donald Trump? Ted Cruz.” Meanwhile Hillary Clinton gets a pass on: 1) Russia Reset, 2) Libya, 3) Influence peddling (that’s just what politicians do!) 4) Classified information handling 5) Everything else.
I asked this on twitter, but I’ll ask it again here: What exactly is Ted Cruz’s incredibly “extreme opinion?”
Is it his opposition to Common Core (that WaPo seems to share?) Is it his proposal for a flat tax (which has been proposed in various forms throughout the years?) Is Cruz a conservative? Yes. Is his a strong conservative? It seems so. Is he at Todd Akin levels of crazy? (I live in MO-2, so I know the extent of this.) I can’t really see that. I’m not even sure Cruz rises to the Goldwater level of outside the mainstream.
So seriously, could someone please tell me what leads to this perception of Cruz as totally beyond the pale nuts? More nuts than Trump? Even the MSM with all it’s power can’t craft this illusion without something to use as it’s foundation. What am I missing?