There's an emerging trend that is oddly uniting the mainstream media and some Republicans and that is their mutual attacks on Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
This isn't the first time Cruz has come under fire, both from friendly and unfriendly territory. It wasn't that long ago when Senator John McCain was calling Cruz a “wacko bird.”
His latest efforts on the debt ceiling once again have him at odds with his own party. ABC News' Jonathan Karl says Cruz is so hated by fellow Republicans that he will “need a food taster” at their weekly Senate lunches.
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank labeled this latest maneuver an “ego trip.” He went on to assert that Cruz “doesn't care at all” about forcing his colleagues to “walk the plank” on issues such as the latest debt ceiling vote. Milbank says, “His actions suggest Cruz has put himself before his party and even the nation’s solvency.”
Even Thomas Sowell echos a similar theme in his latest column:
“Senator Ted Cruz has not yet reached the point where he can make policy, rather than just make political trouble. But there are already disquieting signs that he is looking out for Ted Cruz — even if that sets back the causes he claims to be serving.
Those causes are not being served when Senator Cruz undermines the election chances of the only political party that has any chance of undoing the disasters that Barack Obama has already inflicted on the nation — and forestalling new disasters that are visible on the horizon.”
The common thread throughout much of the punditry is a focus on Cruz's ego and selfishness. Other media outlets and pundits are reverberating this observation. For example, here's a recent piece in the Orlando Sentinel: “Ted Cruz: the most selfish senator ever?”
It's easy to understand the liberal attacks on Cruz, particularly from the leftwing mainstream media. Cruz makes them nervous because he is capturing America's attention, disrupting the status quo and they fear he may actually be successful.
The problem is that a lot of Republicans in Washington DC fear him for the exact same reason. Many Republicans these days are afraid of their own shadows, afraid to fight for the principles the party should be representing. Ted Cruz is forcing them to actually fight, rather than simply pay lip service to the American people. He threatens the establishment and the GOP leadership because he refuses to accept a Republican Party that wishes to play it safe rather than fighting to defend our Constitution.
Ted Cruz is genuine in his defense of the Constitution and his belief in the greatness of our founding principles. He offers an inspiring vision, not just for conservatives, but for America because it is rooted in our common interest in protecting our Constitution. This scares anyone currently in power. Much to the dismay of the DC political and media elite, Cruz recently receive a heroes welcome in Iowa and New Hampshire, not because he wanted to play it safe but because he's shown a willingness to fight.