While attending the funeral services in South Africa for one of the greatest leaders of that nation and the symbol to end segregation worldwide, Nelson Mandela, the junior Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, walked out during a Castro speech according to McClatchy. One who has read anything or heard anything about Ted Cruz, and his personal life story understand that his family came to the U.S. from Cuba. If one understands Cuba, it is small communist island nation to the south of Florida, whose ruling elites have made a point of torturing and murdering those with whom they disagree. It is one nation with which, due to multiple factors, relations between the U.S. and said nation have been strained these past 60 years. Cuban’s regularly attempt to set foot on American soil, risking life and limb in boats and makeshift rafts to get to the U.S. shore. If everything was rosy in Cuba, one would think boatloads of American’s would be attempting to do the same.
Suffice it to say, Ted Cruz has personal family history with the nation, and as a result, distaste for its ruling elites. Therefore, when he walked out on a speech, and his walk-out was not televised, and was as discreet as possible for someone of his stature, it was obviously from the point of view of the opposing U.S. political party -a purely political move – grandstanding was the word used by Democrats – as if the man who risked his reputation with his base by lauding Nelson Mandela (his base believes that Mandela as not a saint, per se), would pull a stunt to disrupt the funeral proceedings of someone he believes was a worthy man. (Christian Science Monitor)
It is becoming apparent that Cruz is a threat to the Progressives, he is a strict Constitutionalist, who is popular in his home state and may or may not have Presidential aspirations for 2016, but will remain, regardless of his future political aspirations, a champion on the people and the Constitution. As he is perceived as a threat, then one might understand the vigor with which the media, bloggers from the left, and twitters from the DC Democrat machine, daily and consistently attack the Senator.
Form a research on news mentions point of view, using Google News Alerts, set to all news, as it happens, from all sources, on potential 2016 candidates, there is no comparison as to who has the most daily mentions from both the potential (or named as potential) GOP candidates as well as the potential Democrat candidates – on a scale of 15 to 1 email news alerts, Cruz leads the field, with over 90 percent of the mentions extremely negative, most having little relevance to anything of import, just the constant, palpable distaste and hate – from the left (and also from the establishment right). That speaks volumes about the worth or the potential threat that Cruz brings to the table no matter what his intent is – be is a route in 2014 which brings him a Leadership Position within the Senate, or a 2016 run at the Presidency. In that article from the CSMonitor, in the ending paragraphs of the piece is this little gem worth considering:
Look, Cruz’s push this fall to shut down the government in an effort to defund Obamacare was a disaster for the national GOP’s image. Lots of establishment Republicans dislike him personally and don’t trust him, which is not good for his presidential aspirations.
But it would be a mistake for Democrats to treat Cruz as a caricature tea party conservative. His rhetorical skills are far superior to, say, those of Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. His academic achievements early in life were considerable. He was just announced as one of the finalists for Time's "Person of the Year."
Democratic lawyer and crisis consultant Lanny Davis makes that point in The Huffington Post. Democrats, he says, should remember that many in the party dismissed Ronald Reagan as an actor whose extreme views rendered him unelectable. “So fellow Democrats: Let’s debate the issues with Ted Cruz and win the election on the issues. If we think it’s better to engage in personal attacks and ridicule, and not take Cruz seriously, think again,” writes Mr. Davis.