Now that Ted Cruz finds himself in the company of few friends and a bipartisan cabal of critics, stories are piling up about him that seem more like character assassinations than reasonable criticisms. Who is this man? Is he a brave patriot who refuses to back down? He preaches smaller government, local control, less regulation. Those aren't unusual demands. Many before him have taken this path.
Even some of his critics
provide him with excellent recommendations. He's intelligent, educated, a strong debater. He's principled, focused and charismatic to some, awkward and villainous to others.
His father is a megachurch televangelist. A charlatan or prophet, depending upon your perspective. He anointed his son a king among men, destined for greatness and power. A soldier of God, sent to "bring the spoils of war to the priests."
Who is this man? Does he come to cast the yoke of fundamentalist Christianity upon America? In order to rise from the ashes, one must first reduce America to ashes, correct? Patriot? Demagogue? Prophet? Charlatan? Savior? Villain? Or perhaps just another run- of-the-mill megalomaniac infecting our political discourse, no more prominent or dangerous than Sarah Palin. Is he a blip on the radar or someone who will someday get an entire chapter in the history books?
I'm curious, really. He's either a flavor-of-the-month, a conservative icon or a dangerous demagogue.