The ongoing mortification of Ted Cruz

  

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Via:  hallux  •  3 weeks ago  •  18 comments

By:   Alexandra Petrie

The ongoing mortification of Ted Cruz

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T



Have you ever watched a wind sock deflate until it is just a sad polyester shell crumpled on the pavement? Have you ever left some soft cheese near a hot stove and come back to find a demoralized puddle in its place? Have you ever failed to properly care for a houseplant so that not only do you watch it die, but you spend several weeks witnessing it wither, crumple and lose all dignity?



Relatedly, did you see   Ted Cruz   on with Tucker Carlson on Thursday night?





Here is what I will say about that interview: Personally, just personally, if I were having exploratory surgery to make certain that no hint of a spine remained in any nook of my body I might have overlooked, I would not do it on national television. If I were plucking my voice out and giving it to Tucker Carlson to add to yet another of his magic seashells in the hopes that, in exchange, he would give me legs for 2024 — I would do that somewhere where the cameras were not rolling. I know that Ted Cruz has   always loved soup , gelatinous, oozing, always taking the shape of its container. However, I did not want to watch him become soup. Some processes ought to be private.



I would take more joy in watching Ted Cruz be berated for his words (one of the few unalloyed delights that remain to us) if the words in question were not his description of Jan. 6, 2021, as a “violent terrorist attack”; I would also take more joy if the person doing the berating were not Tucker Carlson, complaining that this was no way to describe the very fine people who had so kindly vouchsafed their presence in the Capitol and if Carlson were not wondering why Cruz would utter such hideous slander.





“You told that lie on purpose,” Carlson began by saying, “and I’m wondering why you did.”

“I wasn’t saying the thousands of peaceful protesters supporting Donald Trump are somehow terrorists,” Cruz said, truckling. “I wasn’t saying the millions of patriots across the country supporting Trump are terrorists.” He went on: “Tucker, I agree with you. It was a mistake to say that yesterday, and the reason is what you just said, which is we have now had a year of Democrats and the media twisting words and trying to say that all of us are terrorists.”



The interview could not have been a more vivid reminder that the Republican Party has been undergoing a Change for some time. It would be bad enough if everyone in the GOP shocked the country by simply showing up one day transformed: new blandly smiling faces, new gelatinous substance barely holding their bodies upright, new minds wiped perfectly clean. But it’s somehow worse that it is all happening in public.





We have to watch the slow melting away of the original worried face, the replacement of the vestigial spinal column, the painful extraction of the memories. It is sickening to see, even if the victim is Ted Cruz. If anything, it’s more stomach-churning, because he is so eager and so transparent about it. He is thrilled to be undergoing this lobotomy! He   tweeted out   the interview himself!





There are some metamorphoses you simply do not sign up to look in on. If you had told me a decade ago that I would have to watch Ted Cruz oleaginously beseech Tucker Carlson to allow him to see the five fingers the party prefers rather than the four he knows are really there, I would have gone into another line of work.





Yes, here are the new parameters for acceptable Republican speech, and here, right on time for his scheduled reprogramming and groveling, is Ted! He knows which way the wind is blowing, and he will do his best to become a windbag that blows in that direction, whatever humiliating deflation is required first.








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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    3 weeks ago

Ah, some of those Harvard graduates ... @!@

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

 
 
 
Krishna
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1.1.1  Krishna  replied to  devangelical @1.1    3 weeks ago

I realize most people on social media sites don't watch videos, but this short section you posted is well worth watching...excellent insight into the two individuals involved!

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.2  Split Personality  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

Not a good week for my buddy Rafael Edward Cruz,

not a good week at all.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

It's hard for me to stomach that a person born in Canada could be such an asshole,

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
2  sandy-2021492    3 weeks ago

Man, groveling to Tucker Carlson.  Pretty pathetic.  I'm not really sure who to root for in that exchange.  Feeling sorry for Cruz is a very uncomfortable sensation, but I'm sure I'll get over it.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.1  devangelical  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2    3 weeks ago

the rwnj pecking order is almost always determined by net worth.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
2.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  devangelical @2.1    3 weeks ago

So, TV dinner heir who perpetually looks confused > senator who cuts and runs to Mexico when the snowflakes get too deep?

That's a hell of a way to run a cult.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
3  Paula Bartholomew    3 weeks ago

Cruz is as useful as teats on a bull and a screen door in a submarine.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
Professor Quiet
4  Steve Ott    3 weeks ago

Apparently Texas trumpublicans like their representatives spineless.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
5  Kavika     3 weeks ago

"Cancun Ted'' nothing more is needed to describe him.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
6  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

It should be fun watching Cruz run for president next time. Trump might even call Cruz' wife a dog again just to see Ted grovel. 

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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7  al Jizzerror    3 weeks ago

Here is one of the few times I actually agreed with Rafael Cruz:

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
7.1  Krishna  replied to  al Jizzerror @7    3 weeks ago

Its a contest...to see which one is the sleaziest!

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
7.1.1  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @7.1    3 weeks ago

Perhaps they are trying to be role models for our children?

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
7.2  Krishna  replied to  al Jizzerror @7    2 weeks ago

Well, occasionally other Trump supporters also slip up--  sometimes even the most fervent supporters of Trump's Big Lie slip up-- and tell the truth!

Here's Mitch McConnell commenting about Trump's role in the January 6th insurrection:

Feb 13, 2021

After the Senate voted 57-43, falling short of the 67 votes required to convict former President Donald Trump of the charge that he incited the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., criticized Trump’s actions leading up to and following the attack.

McConnell called Trump’s behavior a “disgraceful dereliction of duty,” adding that Trump is “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day, no question about it.”

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
7.2.1  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @7.2    2 weeks ago

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., criticized Trump’s actions leading up to and following the attack.

McConnell called Trump’s behavior a “disgraceful dereliction of duty,” adding that Trump is “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day, no question about it.”

Here's the video:

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
7.2.2  Kavika   replied to  Krishna @7.2.1    2 weeks ago

And of course, there is Kevin McCarthy, another truth-teller for one day and quickly turns into a puddle of yellow.

 
 

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