Mika Brzezinski: OK, I got just one thing to say – it’s just my instinct in a couple of meetings with him: I wouldn’t underestimate him. … I wouldn’t underestimate him. I think this guy is really, really smart. I don’t agree with a thing he says.
Donny Deutsch: And you think he has a chance to be a serious contender? That’s a – I’m not saying he’s not smart. He’s a U.S. Senator.
Mika Brzezinski: I wouldn’t underestimate from him having a big impact in this election and not being the 9-9-9. I’m just saying. That’s my instinct. We’ll see.
At the start of the Young American for Freedom event Friday night in Nashua NH something took place that reminded me of the days when I was the same age as many the young people in attendance. It was the screening of this short video on the media & Ronald Reagan.
The film was a stroll down memory lane as I watched again saw a young Joe Biden, a young Chuck Schumer and members of the media, many still alive, attacking Ronald Reagan as a fool , a dunce , an uncaring and unfeeling warmongering ogre who would destroy the country at best and the world at worst and recalled my own history professor at what was then Fitchburg State College saying how much Ronald Reagan scared him..
I laughed inside as those media and political giants insulting Ronald Reagan in the public forums that they had exclusive control of at the time never suspecting they would fail utterly to harm his popularity but decades later they would be using Reaganesque as a positive adjective for people like Barack Obama.
What was most interesting about that film was how familiar the words sounded to anyone who has been following the media reaction to Ted Cruz and, Andrew Kaufman the director of the Reagan Ranch pointed out the parallels as he introduced the Senator. While the left’s critique is an excellent parallel between Senator Cruz and President Reagan the real parallel between the pair can be best described in the words used by Abraham Lincoln to describe US Grant:
“I can’t spare this man, he fights!”
Ronald Reagan fearlessly fought for the principles of conservatism he did so without anger, without yielding and with a smile.
That more than anything else is the perfect description of what Ted Cruz means to conservatism.
Since his first moment in the congress Ted Cruz has fought.
He has fought against the use of “show votes” set up to be able to highlight ones position for contributors and voters while allowing bad legislation to pass, fought for fiscal discipline he fought for the 2nd amendment fought while others were caving over Newtown, Joined Rand Paul to fight to protect Americans in America from being targeted by the government fought the Chuck Hagel nomination, fought to defund Obamacare multiple times even as some in the GOP hit him for it and has stood up for conservative principles in front of Democrat audiences and defended the Tom Cotton letter on MSNBC before the belly of the beast.
He has done all of this despite unrelenting attacks on this character, his competence and his motives.
Yet through it all he has never lost his good humor or optimism and has taken all of these attacks with a smile.
A lot of people have underestimated Ted Cruz as a presidential candidate and discounted him in the same way that others did Ronald Reagan.
I would not be surprised if it produced the same results.
(FYI let me give a hat tip for my new friend Roxy for the title of this post)
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