The latest attack on Ted Cruz comes from this ad concerning Marco Rubio:

The ad itself is devastating, and could easily have been modified to hit Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump or even Barack Obama however the Cruz campaign apparently didn’t know the actress in the ad had a career in softcore porn:

Lindsay has appeared in several softcore porn films, including Erotic Confessions, Carnal Wishes, Secrets of a Chambermaid, and Insatiable Desires.
BuzzFeed News, after learning of Lindsay’s prior filmography, requested comment from the Cruz campaign. Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the campaign is taking the ad down and replacing it with a different one.
“The actress responded to an open casting call. She passed her audition and got the job. Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the production company. Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad,” Tyler said.

Cruz has pulled the ad (I think that’s a mistake) and I’m sure that a lot of Cruz haters are going to be riding him over it and trying to make it an issue to Christian conservatives. and then trying to make an issue out of pulling the ad. This would be par for the course.

But ask yourself this.

Would you expect the Ted Cruz campaign to be intimately familiar with Porn actresses and scenes?

I mean who do you think he is, Bill Clinton?

After finishing last night’s podcast, I went to the PBS tv channel last light looking for the Dr. Blake Mysteries, and instead of a middle-aged Australian doctor found two elderly American socialists, or, as Paul Mirengoff put it, a socialist demagogue debate a liar doing a weak impersonation of a socialist demagogue. After deploring Hillary’s yellow jacket worthy of an Austin Powers villain, I opted to play some music while reading a book.

Scott Johnson posted the video of the debate and sees it one way,

The Democratic Party is united in staking its future on fundamental falsehoods, from race and crime and sex (discrimination) and illegal immigration and the position of the United States abroad. Watching Clinton and Sanders speak to these matters in tandem is almost shocking. We are in the realm of all-embracing lies.

Despite her manifest limitations as a candidate for elective office, last night Hillary Clinton appeared formidable. She had Sanders on the defensive most of the evening. She has hitched her wagon to President Obama. Sanders presented as a sort of a leftist hippie throwback decrying the malign influence of Henry Kissinger on Hillary Clinton. One almost expected him to share his memories of Woodstock in the summer of ’69. Of all the things on anyone’s worry list in 2016, I think it is safe to say that the influence of Henry Kissinger on Hillary Clinton must rank somewhere near the bottom. Sid “Vicious” Blumenthal would be another story, but Sanders isn’t going anywhere near it.

The only person I know who brought up Henry Kissinger did so several years ago (and that was because they ran into him at a restaurant), but Bern looks back to the communist future where Henry carried enough weight to be a campaign issue.

Brendan Bordelon, on the other hand, saw a different debate, and thinks that Hillary’s performance is unlikely to break the Bernmentum,

“I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend,” Sanders continued, prompting loud applause. “I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger.” Clinton tried to return fire. “Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy, and we have yet to know who that is,” she said. “Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger, that’s for sure,” Sanders shot back, blunting yet another attack.

Indeed, two debates for the price of one! Yet both Bern and Hill agree that, under Obama,

life in the United States is a nightmare from which millionaires and billionaires and the Koch brothers and the Republicans will not allow us to awake.

While the two Dems argued over a former Secretary of State who served thirty-nine years ago, neither went into the

recent batch of State Department documents released by Judicial Watch this week. Judicial Watch had requested: “All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-“state.gov” email address.”

As Paul Mirengoff correctly points out,

The material is marked classified as “Foreign government information” and “foreign relations or foreign activities of the US, including confidential sources.”

This is “an intelligence catastrophe”,

Dan McGuire, a long-time Defense Department strategic planner, confirms [Andrew] McCarthy’s general assessment:

[T]he intelligence community is undoubtedly conducting damage assessments and evaluating the viability of any ongoing operation that may have been exposed to unauthorized personnel. The vulnerability of HRC’s server to foreign government hacking cannot be overlooked – even the DCI, John Brennan, has been the target of hackers.

The Dems are, as a whole, pretty quiet on the subject, except to dismiss the flagrant security breaches from their top candidate to the highest elected office while serving as Secretary of State as a non-issue.

The one Republican candidate seizing the story is Ted Cruz, with a new ad  (which Pete just mentioned) that spoofs Office Space, bringing it to popular culture,

The panel on Morning Joe, who all hate Ted Cruz, of course were flabbergasted that he would do such a thing as transgress against Hillary, their Mother Gaia of liberalism.

The Hillary look-alike even wore pearls.

Let’s hope the rest of the Republican candidates start paying attention.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

King Louis: It’s good to be the king

History of the World Part 1 1981

Ted Cruz’s latest ad hitting Hillary Clinton illustrates something about the 2016 race that hitherto has been ignored.

We have heard Donald Trump say bluntly: I could shoot a guy in times square and wouldn’t lose a vote. People were outraged. When Jeb Bush said he could drop trou and nobody would notice it was a bit of a scandal.

But nobody seems to be noticing is description doesn’t fit Trump or his supporters best, it fits Hillary Clinton and her supporters

Hillary Clinton was willing to enable the marginalization and destruction of women who were abused by her husband

Hillary Clinton was willing to come up with story after story concerning her emails and until finally settling on one that it’s NBB.

Hillary Clinton was willing to leave American to die in Benghazi and then lie to the faces of the parents of those who did concerning how and why it happened.

and frankly we could make a much longer list but none of it will matter.

To the Hillary Supporter what is moral, right or corrupt are defined by whatever Hillary Clinton does. If Hillary did it, it’s OK and if anyone questions it, they’re part of the conspiracy.  that is what defines their morality.

Trump and Bush were speaking theoretically, Hillary has made it a reality.

It’s the first ever cult of personality led by someone without much of a personality.

That’s why the Clinton ad is perfect.  It’s good to be a Clinton.