Ted Cruz has done what very few have ever done in the past: He’s alienated, insulted, offended and/or pissed off just about everyone he’s ever encountered in life – high school and college classmates, bosses, law professors, Supreme Court clerks, and especially his Republican colleagues in the United States Senate. Some people detest Cruz the politician because of his grandstanding. Some dislike him because he’s constantly caught lying. Others can’t tolerate his ever-present hypocrisy and his fealty to corporate money. But most people just don’t like Ted Cruz as a person. In that respect, he’s really not your average politician—after all, most people hate politicians. But everyone hates Ted Cruz.
John Boehner just said that Ted Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh,” and that, while he’s had his share of disagreements on both the Republican and Democrat sides of the Congressional aisle, he has never known – and I quote – “a more miserable son-of-a-bitch in my life.”
Cruz, in his typical evasive manner, simply dismissed Boehner and said that the former Speaker of the House and beta-carotene hoarder is just “allowing his inner Trump to come out.”
So, that got me thinking: All Cruz would have to do to successfully refute Boehner’s statement is come up with a fan in Congress; someone who’ll sing Ted Cruz’s personal and professional praises. So I started digging, and let’s just say that, for the first time in my political-critic life, I have to say that John Boehner is right.
Mike Huckabee: “Ted Cruz is a “low-life” and a “sleazy” politician.”
Bob Cornyn: “I wouldn’t trust Ted Cruz if he told me what day it was.”
Lindsay Graham: “Voting for Ted Cruz is a lot like being shot or poisoned: I think you get the same result. If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”
Trent Lott: “Ted Cruz never met a bridge he wouldn’t burn if it meant some kind of personal gain for him. He’s a liar and a grandstander, and he really, truly has no understanding of compromise. There isn’t enough attention in the world to satisfy his ego.”
Chris Christie: “For Ted Cruz to somehow be implying that certain values are more appropriate, more American, depending upon what region of the country you’re from, is to me just asinine. The guy is just a lowlife.”
Ann Coulter: “Ted Cruz is a disaster. He’s a sleazy, Rovian liar.”
George W. Bush: “I just don’t like the guy. He’s sleazy and just rubs everybody the wrong way.”
Lamar Alexander: “You learn in kindergarten to work well together and play by the rules. Another thing you learn in kindergarten is to respect one another. Ted Cruz either never learned that, or just decided along the way to be a pain-in-the-ass and a liar. He’d obstruct a family funeral if he could benefit from it.”
Carly FIorina: “Ted Cruz says and does whatever he needs to say to get elected and then he’ll do whatever he pleases. He will twist and turn and contradict himself on any issue if he thinks there’s something in it for him. He became a politician out of pure greed and lust for power and attention.”
But you don’t have to be a Republican policy expert or top-notch psychologist to recognize that it’s not just a problem with Cruz’s style or his positions. It’s his hypocrisy, his disingenuousness, his inability to produce results, and his stubbornness in the face of facts and logic. Plus, as Dick Cheney so eloquently put it, “He’s just an asshole.” (Wow, how far down the food chain do you have to be for Dick Cheney to think you’re an asshole?!)
Cruz’s three-year history in Congress clearly shows that even when he knows his tactics are bound to fail, he pursues them to debase his Republican colleagues under false pretenses and endear himself to the basically anyone who will have him. When he doesn’t get his way, he throws a tantrum in the guise of ludicrous filibusters and government shutdown efforts. The few bills he has personally written and proposed have gone nowhere and consistently garnered almost no support from his Republican colleagues – many of whom have made alliances with Cruz only to watch him backstab them to get what he wants. He’s incapable of delivering anything but theater, and it’s cheap, one-trick pony theater, at that.
Cruz’s dislike isn’t just professional or political. Even his high school and college classmates literally loathed the guy and confirm that the lying, self-serving ass that Cruz is now is the same lying, self-serving ass he was then. So his widespread loathability isn’t an anomaly or an isolated incident, or even a series of misunderstandings. The man is hated because of his character, or complete lack thereof.
Geoffrey Cohen, Princeton Classmate: “Ted’s style was sneering, smirking, condescending, jabbing his finger in your face—a naked desire to humiliate an opponent. No kindness, no empathy, no attempt to reach common ground.”
Shawn Halbert, Princeton and Harvard Classmate: “I strongly believed that he wasn’t someone you would want to trust with a modicum of power. In my opinion, he was not regarded in the group as a person with substantial integrity.”
Josh Marshall, Princeton Classmate: “An incredibly bright guy who’s an arrogant jerk who basically everybody ends up hating.”
Laura Calaway, High School Classmate: “He was not well liked. [There was] this weird personal disconnect with him, and he was always so arrogant. I hear that hasn’t changed.”
Across the board, Cruz’s schoolmates use words to describe him such as “abrasive,” “obnoxious,” “pompous,” “arrogant” and “a crank.” On more than several occasions, people who knew Cruz personally call him “creepy” and “untrustworthy.”
And while there are jokes aplenty about Cruz’s similarities to 1950s Communist-hunter Joe McCarthy, those similarities are a lot more realistic than many people realize. For a politician seeking power at any cost, there are few tricks in the handbook more effective than the employment of anything-but-subtle innuendo, rampant fear-mongering, false implication and guilt by association – tactics that were the hallmark of Joe McCarthy then and Ted Cruz now. At the onset of his political career in 2011, Cruz gave a factually challenged speech at a Fourth of July rally in Austin, Texas, in which he accused the Harvard Law School of harboring “dozens Communists on its faculty” when he studied there from 1992 until 1995. Cruz made the accusation during a luncheon at a conference called “Defending the American Dream,” sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit political organization founded and funded by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch. Today, Cruz says he’s “fuzzy on the details of that speech” and surmises that the more provocative statements “have been exaggerated by the liberal media,” despite being shown a video of the speech during a live TV interview in 2015.
Cruz has been outed repeatedly for lying and intentionally misleading voters throughout his presidential campaign, authorizing deceptive TV commercials; distributing campaign literature known to contain fallacies, lies and misinformation; and conducting robo-calls telling voters that his opponents have dropped out of the race. But those are just sleazy campaign tactics that can rightly attributed to just about any political candidate at any level of government.
It’s his personal flaws, character failures, immaturity and despicable behavior that make people genuinely dislike – and even hate – Ted Cruz.
And, as a simple Google search will attest; you didn’t read it here first.