Dave Weigel, MSNBC miss the lede on Ted Cruz

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Dave Weigel, MSNBC miss the lede on Ted Cruz

Dave Weigel’s beat is cov­er­ing con­ser­v­a­tives. You will see him reg­u­larly at CPAC and on the cam­paign trail with GOP hopefuls.

So it is no sur­prise that Ted Cruz’s appear­ance before the national fire­fight­ers union was on his radar.

Cruz entered the less friendly cli­mate of the Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tion of Fire­fight­ers, for its bipar­ti­san pres­i­den­tial sum­mit. Fire­fight­ers’ unions are not as solidly Demo­c­ra­tic as most labor unions.

Given that unions slav­ishly fol­low the Demo­c­rat line that’s not a high stan­dard to reach but more inter­est­ing was his reac­tion to a video put together by MSNBC not­ing the reac­tion, or lack thereof of the Union crowd to things that were applause lines at CPAC

No one had any­thing good to say about Cruz. “I had to take a shower after lis­ten­ing to that,” said Wash­ing­ton state IAFF leader Ricky Walsh.

You can likely count on one hand the num­ber of State Union lead­ers who are con­ser­v­a­tives and in lib­eral Wash­ing­ton you can prob­a­bly count them on one fin­ger so the above reac­tion is frankly not much of a story.

What IS a story is this: Ted Cruz didn’t give a “feel good” speech about his fam­ily his­tory (like Marco Rubio) or steer­ing away from domes­tic issues (like Lind­sey Graham).

Nope Ted Cruz, rather than tai­lor­ing his speech or spin­ning his audi­ence, went before a hos­tile crowd and did what he always does made his case for the things he believes. He told the truth.

MSNBC not with­stand­ing this is what we used to called “Char­ac­ter” and I’m old enough to remem­ber when we the media used to cel­e­brate this kind of char­ac­ter in candidates.

The MSNBC video is here

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Dave Weigel’s beat is covering conservatives. You will see him regularly at CPAC and on the campaign trail with GOP hopefuls.

So it is no surprise that Ted Cruz’s appearance before the national firefighters union was on his radar.

Cruz entered the less friendly climate of the International Association of Firefighters, for its bipartisan presidential summit. Firefighters’ unions are not as solidly Democratic as most labor unions.

Given that unions slavishly follow the Democrat line that’s not a high standard to reach but more interesting was his reaction to a video put together by MSNBC noting the reaction, or lack thereof of the Union crowd to things that were applause lines at CPAC

No one had anything good to say about Cruz. “I had to take a shower after listening to that,” said Washington state IAFF leader Ricky Walsh.

You can likely count on one hand the number of State Union leaders who are conservatives and in liberal Washington you can probably count them on one finger so the above reaction is frankly not much of a story.

What IS a story is this: Ted Cruz didn’t give a “feel good” speech about his family history (like Marco Rubio) or steering away from domestic issues (like Lindsey Graham).

Nope Ted Cruz, rather than tailoring his speech or spinning his audience, went before a hostile crowd and did what he always does made his case for the things he believes. He told the truth.

MSNBC not withstanding this is what we used to called “Character” and I’m old enough to remember when we the media used to celebrate this kind of character in candidates.

The MSNBC video is here

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