Ted Cruz is evil

I don’t really write about the guy much.  But he’s pretty close to pure evil.  I find buffoon/evil, i.e., Trump, far more interesting.  Also, Cruz is nowhere in the polls.  That doesn’t mean he’s not a cancer on the American body politic.  Jim Newell in Slate:

Ted Cruz is the most cynical candidate in the presidential race. Congratulations to him—it’s an achievement.

It’s one thing for Donald Trump, Bobby Jindal, or some other candidate from outside Washington to rail against congressional Republicans for not “fighting” hard enough against the simple mathematical problems that prevent them from repealing the Affordable Care Act or defunding Planned Parenthood. It’s quite another for Cruz, a sitting senator, to use his powers as an elected official to hold up the nation’s basic business on crusades that have approximately zero chance of success. If he wants to give rousing speeches on the Senate floor, fine. But the work he does to foil the Senate leadership’s plans (forcing them to develop months-long strategies to counter him), while stringing along like-minded House Republicans who maintain veto power over their own leadership, is a deeply mischievous ploy. He’s been at it a long time.

What’s worse, Cruz’s entire bad-faith campaign and its tactics are based on a contradiction: that this Congress should be able to achieve Republican goals without holding the White House but Republicans need a fighter like him in the White House to achieve those goals…

Ted Cruz is a bright guy. He understands that James Madison and pals didn’t design a system of government through which the party not holding the White House could achieve legislative progress by banishing federal workers to their homes for a few weeks. It is a system where the party that controls Congress is unlikely to achieve major legislative end goals that run directly counter to the president’s top priorities. But maybe Madison was just another Washington establishment coward who didn’t have the spine to fight.

So, why do I say Cruz is “evil” and not just cynical.  Because he is demonstrably not stupid.  He knows what he’s doing is manipulative, wrong, and bad for the country.  That’s far worse than just being an egomaniacal blowhard.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

3 Responses to Ted Cruz is evil

  1. Jon K says:

    I am glad I’m not the only one who thinks Ted Cruz knows exactly what he is doing, that it is all a show, and he really only cares about himself and what is best for Ted Cruz. He’s the closest thing to Joe McCarthy in the senate today.

  2. ohwilleke says:

    “He understands that James Madison and pals didn’t design a system of government through which the party not holding the White House could achieve legislative progress by banishing federal workers to their homes for a few weeks.”

    As a matter of historical accuracy, I think it is fair to say that the Founders absolutely did not foresee much of the way that the system that they put in place works in progress, and in particular, underestimated the power that they were vesting in the Presidency, and overestimated the amount of power that they were vesting in the House of Representatives.

    Likewise, none of them foresaw the extent to which government activity would be done at the federal rather than the state level (which, prior to the Civil War wasn’t much).

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