Is it just me, or does presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) make your skin crawl, too? When the GOP debate on Fox News began last night, Cruz stood at the center of his stage, surveying the audience, as if he was looking over his kingdom. But all I could do was try to decide whether he looked more like Jack Nicholson’s Joker in the 1989 “Batman” movie or Grandpa (Count of Transylvania) on the old television show, “The Munsters.”
Cruz’s top opponent is the man from New York, Donald Trump, who skipped the debates in favor of a veterans fundraiser, where he was his own master of ceremonies. So, Cruz stood waiting, assuming the top-contender role.
The Fox News debate moderators were Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, and Megyn Kelly, the woman who drummed Donald Trump out of the debate. Since Cruz was the top dog, the moderators gave him the most debate time, but they gave him no leniency.
Then, it began. Baier asked Sen. Rand Paul, Ken., about Cruz’s ad about Paul’s father, Ron Paul.
Next, Wallace asked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio if Cruz’s campaign words matched his record.
Then, Wallace asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he thought Sen. Cruz and Sen. Paul were up to the job of president.
Finally, Wallace asked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush if Cruz and Paul had “unrealistic ideas on how to fight terrorists.”
Senator Cruz’s And Wallace’s Fight
The Texas senator jumped in and stole the floor by saying:
‘Chris, I was mentioned in that question.’
Bush tried to wrest the spotlight back from Cruz, saying Cruz was not mentioned. Wallace agreed and started moving the debate forward, but Cruz interrupted him again.
‘Actually I was.’
But Wallace was having none of Cruz’s nonsense:
‘Sir, I know you like to argue about the rules, but we’re going to conduct a debate.’
When Wallace next asked Cruz a question, he said:
‘Now you have a chance to respond.’
In a failed attempt to be cute, Cruz said that he might have to leave the stage. Then, he tried to engage the other debaters in a pointed attack against the moderators. The senator who would be king whined:
‘Chris, I would note that that the last four questions have been, ‘Rand, please attack Ted. Marco, please attack Ted. Chris, please attack Ted. Jeb, please attack Ted’ … Let me just say this…’
The Knockout Blow
Then, Wallace thwacked Cruz with all the authority of his long-time position:
‘I know you like to argue about the rules. It’s a debate sir.’
Cruz, ever superior to us peasants, would not let go.
‘Well, no, no. A debate actually is a policy issue, but I will say this. Gosh, if you guys ask one more mean question I may have to leave the stage.’
When my daughter was little and started the whining ploy, I told her that there would be no whining in our house. If only, someone has given Cruz boundaries, so that he wouldn’t grow up to be the most unattractive whiner ever. If only, he had really left the stage.
If you would like to watch Cruz fall off of his own pedestal, watch here: