Ted Cruz' Long Nose

Speaking of Ted Cruz (okay, so nobody here was), he was on Jimmy Kimmel the other night. I only saw the last five minutes -- Kimmel was giving him some kind of quiz with uninteresting questions like what was the first concert he went to. He seemed much more relaxed than he does on the campaign trail -- almost like a pleasant person. And for the first time, his makeup didn't make him look like Grandpa Munster. Given his terrible position on issues, that's scary.

One of his stories seemed like a whopper. Another seemed mis-remembered, at best, and manufactured, at worst. Both were extremely unlikely to have happened the way he described. I think he has memory problems or truth issues -- neither one is good for someone who is running for President. At least if he's gonna make stuff up, he should make the stories credible. These two incidents he recounted were not. [More...]

The story I think is a whopper: He said he went to a Pink Floyd concert his senior year (he was 17) and two or three seats down from him, a cop in uniform was "holding a roach clip, smoking a joint." He said he just shrugged it off "Well, it's Floyd." First of all, since when do cops in uniform sit with concert goers rather than stand or walk around the venue? I have never seen a cop at a concert sitting with ticket holders, watching the show. They are in the aisles, at the back, in front, or walking around. If a cop was off duty, and just attending the concert, why would he be in uniform?

It seemed like Cruz was trying to show how tolerant and "hip" he is -- words like "roach" and "joint" just rolled off his tongue, as if they are part of his daily life. In reality, as his team tells it, he smoked pot as a teen and never again:

"Teenagers are often known for their lack of judgment, and Sen. Cruz was no exception," one of Mr. Cruz's campaign spokesman told The Daily Mail. "When he was a teenager, he foolishly experimented with marijuana. It was a mistake, and he's never tried it since."

The second story he told Kimmel seemed mis-remembered at best, and possibly made up. His first concert was a Men at Work concert in Junior high. He went with his mother. He said the only interesting thing was at one point she was looking down (as if they were in an upper section and she was looking at the people below) and she pointed out someone with long hair, and said "Oh, she looks really attractive." Cruz continues, "She turned around, this person with long hair, and she had a big mustache. And my mother went..." and he makes a gesture of someone really being taken aback.

That makes no sense. Why would someone point out a stranger in a crowd, whom they only saw from behind, and say the person seemed really attractive? His mother hadn't even seen the person's face. What was the point of this story?

He's a strange one.

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    Yep (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 10:34:35 AM EST
    Sounds like a made up pot story and a made up normal person reacts to hippy hair story.   He's probably been telling those stories at small gatherings of the like minded so long to nods of agreement and chuckles he has no idea a disconnected from reality they sound.

    every word that comes out of his mouth (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by pitachips on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 01:01:41 PM EST
    Has been planned, focus tested and then practiced/rehearsed endlessly until he thinks it sounds natural.

    His father is a preacher, right? (none / 0) (#23)
    by ruffian on Sun Apr 03, 2016 at 03:38:56 PM EST
    To me these both sound like 'preacher stories' that I never quite believe but think I'm supposed to give a preacher some poetic license.

    Rather, he bears an uncanny resemblance to Grandpa (Al Lewis), as well as a certain infamous senator from Wisconsin.

    Have a wonderful weekend. I'll be working.

    thats who I meant (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 01:27:17 AM EST
    I thought Herman was Grandpa. I'll change it to Grandpa Munster. Thanks!

    Oh Teddy (none / 0) (#3)
    by TrevorBolder on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 08:24:20 AM EST
    Twitter accounts claiming to be allied with Anonymous have dropped alleged phone records of late DC madam Deborah Palfrey, showing Ted Cruz used her services.

    One of the several Twitter accounts tied to the hacktivist group, @0Hour1, tauntingly posted a screenshot of the call log, with Texas calls highlighted:

    Other accounts are sharing a more detailed record through torrents, which appear to be circulating widely.

     Blogger The Marshall Report claims the numbers are Cruz's private numbers.

    How does (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 09:26:46 AM EST
    it work when Cruz didn't even get elected to the Senate until 2012 and the DC madam case was in 2007?

    Ted (none / 0) (#5)
    by FlJoe on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 10:11:24 AM EST
    is a long time DC hand, Clerking for the Supremes, serving in the Bush admin. and working for high powered law firm there. Even when he moved back to Tx, his job as solicitor general often kept him in DC. The scandal broke in 2007 but apparently the operation had been going on for over a decade giving Cruz plenty of time to partake.

    Gotcha (none / 0) (#6)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 10:24:20 AM EST
    Am I wrong? (none / 0) (#8)
    by linea on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 10:38:21 AM EST
    To me, it feels like the National Enquirer article of Cruz's multiple cheats on his wife is mostly ignored by the national news media. I would expect any alledged prostitute habit will be mostly ignored too. I assume it's being mostly ignored because it doesnt fit with the #neverTrump message?

    Iit being ignored for two reasons (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 10:45:04 AM EST
    1.) it's the National Enquirer
    2.) and most importantly there is no evidence of any of the charges being true.  

    I had supported Edwards initially in the 2008 Democratic primary, and didn't want to believe the story about his love child with Rielle Hunter when it was first reported. I told others so for the very same reason you cited -- I mean, Jeez Louise, it was the effin National Enquirer, for Christ's sake!

    Yet they were right, and I was wrong. And while the burden of proof is obviously on them, I'm now hesitant to simply dismiss out of hand similar allegations from the Enquirer about Ted Cruz for that reason.



    God must love us (none / 0) (#19)
    by pitachips on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 01:03:32 PM EST
    To give us the mess that is the GOP primary season.



    His policies... (none / 0) (#10)
    by linea on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 10:51:57 AM EST
    Cruz's policies are generic Conservative Republican (as opposed to Moderate Republican I suppose). The proposed flat-tax yet again, appoint SC Justices to overturn RvW, eliminate healthy and safety and environmental standards, turn SocSec into a another Roth account to the delight of Wall Street, and turn Medicare into a voucher that elders can use as a partial subsidy toward purchasing private insurance.

    Why should "Never Trump" (none / 0) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 11:07:03 AM EST
    mean Ted Cruz? (NYTimes editorial, April 2). 'Never Trump" is a panicky reaction in search of a strategy; ...trying to sell Republicans "on a dangerously reactionary senator as an improvement over a dangerously reactionary businessman."

    Indeed (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 11:14:37 AM EST
    Which could be the sand in the Vaseline for the stop Trump thing.  Cruze knows how despised he is and that stop Trump does not necessarily equal start Cruz.

    Which could conceivably lead to an alliance.  If Ted think he could be shut out I think he might consider VP acceptable.


    Plus... (none / 0) (#25)
    by ScottW714 on Tue Apr 05, 2016 at 03:44:38 PM EST
    ... he may not even be eligible for the position.

    really (none / 0) (#14)
    by FlJoe on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 11:35:19 AM EST
    there is no logical reason to think that if the GOP opts to skip the frontrunner that they should or would automatically default to number two.

    1st ballot or bust (none / 0) (#17)
    by TrevorBolder on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 12:13:23 PM EST

    Nate Silver

    If Trump doesn't win on the first ballot, he's probably screwed.

    The basic reason is simple. Most of the 2,472 delegates with a vote in Cleveland probably aren't going to like Trump.

    I just a clip of this (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 11:31:51 AM EST
    For the first time.  I like the way the bounces when he fake laughs.

    Like some consultant said, "yeah, that's better but try bouncing a little when you do it"

    Or he could go into (none / 0) (#15)
    by fishcamp on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 11:43:01 AM EST
    the Rush Limbaugh full psychotic bounce of the past.

    lol. You've lived too long and seen too much. (none / 0) (#24)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Apr 03, 2016 at 04:14:07 PM EST
    Cruz can be ... (none / 0) (#16)
    by Robot Porter on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 12:03:28 PM EST
    quite personable at times. And he has a better sense of humor than most Republicans.

    His libertarian side makes him somewhat more interesting on some issues. He's the only Republican left in the race who objected to the NSA wiretapping program.  

    And, prior to Paris, he generally espoused a more non-interventionist foreign policy. He didn't support US involvement in the Libyan war or attacks on Syrian during the "red line" debacle.

    However, after Paris, his rhetoric has become incredibly bellicose.

    Which represents the real Ted Cruz? Who knows.

    Against NSA wiretapping? (none / 0) (#20)
    by linea on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 02:38:47 PM EST
    II did not know that. Would that be Cruz and Paul? ...and Bernie (?)

    I can't see Cruz as a Libertarian true believer. I'm told he claimed to be Tea-party to get elected and then flipped on the issues those people were concerned about.

    I feel he's more inclined to dismantle labor, safety, and environmental laws to please his financial puppet masters... same with destroying Medicare and SocSec to please Wall Street... rather than a sincere belief that eliminating government will usher in the long-awaited Libertarian Utopia.


    Right, Cruz and Paul ... (none / 0) (#21)
    by Robot Porter on Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 03:54:14 PM EST
    and Bernie on the Dem side.

    I Tend to Think... (none / 0) (#26)
    by ScottW714 on Tue Apr 05, 2016 at 04:02:13 PM EST
    ... his foreign policy positions of the past 8 years are more reactionary than him having an actual position.

    He was not nearly that non-interventionist when his former boss invaded Iraq.  Nor was he so non-interventionist when he discussed bombing ISIS back to the stone age and carpet bombing.

    He also thinks ISIS can be eliminated in 90 days, even called out a general who suggested that was a pipe dream.

    Your comments about him being personable are not backed by people who have worked with him.  No saying it's not true, but people who spend time with Cruz, do not like him, and that is a long list.

    It's not pre-Paris, so wherever he stood then isn't really important, where does he stand today, not in a good place as far as islam is concerned.