Cruz is all things that MSM said of Obama is about: smart, good looking, editor of Harvard Law Review, minority, success story of a son of immigrant, constitutional scholar, great lawyer, etc, etc... On Obama, they merely elements of grand narrative that aren’t necessarily true. On Cruz, they’re real, documented, plus some more...
They are very afraid of Cruz. They fear Cruz will become a conservative version of Obama with even better narrative. If he run for a president, he’ll take Hispanic votes away from Democratic Party. They were afraid of Estrada before, but he was nothing like a US Senator Cruz. Hopefully they give him good space for him at the convention...
“If he run for a president”
He’s a Canuck of all things. Can’t run.
They should be afraid of Cruz.
I had the privilege of watching him argue in front of the Fifth Circuit a few years ago. I suppose he would have been about 36 or so at the time. He was shocking in his knowledge and really, his whole demeanor. He was confident...supremely so. But not in an off-putting way. It was extraordinarily impressive.
He is sort of Ronald Reagan 2.0. He has slightly different strengths than Reagan. Reagan was very smart, and could, as an actor memorize speeches all day long. But he wasn’t a deep scholar in the way that Cruz is. Cruz is as knowledgeable as say, Rehnquist, but with lots of other traits. Reagan, again, was brilliant, but in a more common sense way and in an interpersonal way. Cruz just has a huge amount of straight up intellectual horsepower.
Plus, he comes to the game of politics earlier than Reagan did. Of course, that cuts both ways as Reagan had enough success in the real world to not need to be a politician. But he affected the national scene for not nearly long enough. Cruz could affect the country for the next 40 years.
So the strengths that he had and the strengths that Reagan had are not completely identical. But there is a lot of overlap. And once Reagan started running for President, that was a game changer nationally. I think Cruz’s nomination and election will be of that same caliber.