Houston Chronicle, By Theodore Schleifer, March 21
Senator will be first declared GOP candidate
Washington — Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce Monday that he will run for president of the United States, accelerating his already rapid three-year rise from a tea party insurgent in Texas into a divisive political force in Washington.
Cruz will launch a presidential bid outright rather than form an exploratory committee, said senior advisers with direct knowledge of his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made yet. They say he is done exploring and is now ready to become the first Republican presidential candidate.
The senator is scheduled to speak Monday at a convocation ceremony at Liberty University in Virginia, where he is expected to declare his campaign for the presidency. Read More
Chris Nelson has some interesting thoughts on this topic and Texas moderates and Democrats ought to take notice, possibly start a lawsuit.
SUMMARY: purely in the spirit of patriotic, non-partisan inquiry, Your Editor would like to know how come he was forced to go through the full US naturalization legal process back in 1962, but Sen. Ted Cruz (who is proud of having memorized the entire US Constitution) has so far, at least, not had to be “naturalized”…even though we have exactly and precisely the same natal circumstances: Canadian birth to a then-US citizen Ma but non-US citizen Pa.
We’ve been asking around, again, purely in the spirit of objective non-partisanship, and the consensus from non-attorneys who have had to deal with similar issues is that under current (1986) law, it no longer matters which parent is a US citizen, either will do, and only one is needed.
Some of our crazies we are proud of because they have national entertainment value. Our Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert sees a bright clear line running from gay marriage and bestiality to any attempts at gun control. If you don’t understand that limiting to 10 the number of bullets in a gun’s magazine is a consequence of allowing people of the same sex to be married, you might not live in Gohmert’s district. We are also the state that sent Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate even as he touted a deep belief in a conspiracy between President Barack Obama and the United Nations to rid America of golf courses and paved roads. Ignorance is often no obstacle to success in Texas. In fact, it might be an advantage.
An advantage? Hell, ignorance might just be a prerequisite for success in Texas.
At times like this, I REALLY miss the late Molly Ivins. A Texas native, Ivins had a knack for putting the sort of lunacy commonly found in Texas into perspective. She also skewered more than her fair share of idiots, bigots, hypocrites, and lunatics…or, as I like to call them, Texas politicians and public figures. Ivins had a knack for picking the wheat from the chaff when it came to Texas-style wingnuttery. No one person could possibly hope to cover the full depth and breadth of the intellectual and moral paucity of Texas politicians and public figures, but Ivins was able to isolate the most entertaining and truly jaw-dropping idiocy extant in the Lone Star State…and she did with humor and without being gratuitously insulting. No mean feat, that.
(Oh, and that thing about the Bible being the immutable Word of God? Do you have any idea how many people had a hand in writing it? It’s a patchwork document put together by a raft load of writers with their own agendas. It’s been rewritten and edited more than a Jay Leno monologue.)
Barber pretends to preach his homophobic intolerance out of love, but it’s difficult to see how his self-absorbed and self-indulgent “Christianity” is anything but a way to discriminate against those whose lifestyle he finds “icky.” Loving people don’t post hateful cartoons directed at the Boy Scouts of America, who recently voted to allow gay Scouts into their ranks. Loving people don’t publicly define homosexuals as “less than” and therefore unworthy of the rights and benefits that accrue to “normal” (i.e.– heterosexual) people….
I really hope that you had the good sense to swallow your coffee before reading this…and no, you read it correctly: Ted Cruz really is floating a trial balloon. He’s not denying that he’s considering the possibility of running for President in 2016. The fact that Cruz is the most hated wackjob on Capitol Hill is probably enough to torpedo his Presidential prospects. There is one tiny little detail that Cruz seems willing to gloss over:
1. John McCain has some serious brass ones to be giving anyone grief about anything related to foreign policy after nearly putting Sarah Palin one tenuous, septuagenarian heartbeat away from the Commander-in-Chief chair (also, bullshit, McMaverick):