Some mornings, Kish starts the day by reading news stories, and sometimes watching video clips of newsworthy events on her iPhone. Today was one of those days.
Unfortunately, the clip she chose to watch this morning was footage of Ted Cruz closing his speech to the Republican convention last night to a deafening chorus of boos. Even more unfortunately, I was able to hear Cruz’s whining voice — which in my view is the human equivalent of a dentist’s drill — over the uproar. I had hoped that, with the ending series of debates finally behind us, I would never have to endure Cruz’s irritating and overly studied vocal gyrations again. Alas, it was not to be.
I don’t like Donald Trump, but I like the smug and smarmy Cruz even less. If I’d been at the Republican convention — fat chance of that! — I’d have booed him, too.
Apparently Ted Cruz thinks his performance, and failure to endorse Trump, positions him to be the presumptive GOP nominee in 2020. I think Ted Cruz is living in a fantasy world. The only reason anyone other than Bible-thumpers backed Cruz was because he was running against Donald Trump. Once Trump is gone — and by 2020, he’ll either be President or yesterday’s old, old news — Cruz’s base will dwindle to back to the religious righters who don’t mind his scripted speech patterns because it reminds them of the cadences they hear every Sunday morning from the pulpit. By 2020, the world and the United States will be moving in a different direction, and everything that gave Cruz a shot this year will be totally changed.
I seriously hope I never hear Cruz’s holier than thou voice again. It makes my teeth ache.