Ted Cruz: A Scary Mixture of Michele Bachmann and Allen West

senator-cruzOnce upon a time, Michele Bachmann and Allen West were new, shining stars of the GOP.  The tea party was gaining strength, and Representatives Bachmann and West were two of their up-and-coming leaders.

My, how times have changed.

Since then Michele Bachmann has announced her retirement (at the end of her current term) from Congress, largely in part to her escalating ethics investigation, and Allen West didn’t survive his first re-election bid in 2012.

But Republicans need not fear, both of these characters have been replaced by just one man—Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz seems to encompass the worst of both Michele Bachmann and Allen West.  But the difference is, where Bachmann and West were simply babbling buffoons spouting off some of the most ridiculous lies imaginable, Ted Cruz is much more calculating and deceitful with his mythical version of “reality.”

I’ve listened to countless soundbites or speeches from Bachmann and West, never walking away thinking, “Yeah, that’s someone that stands a chance nationally.”  Ted Cruz, though extremely radical, is much less of a babbling idiot and more of a manipulative sociopath.

Which is exactly the kind of leaders, and society, Republicans want.

Let’s just take a look at each one of these individual’s scores on Politifact’s “Truth Meter”:

Ted Cruz: 58% of the 19 comments (11 of 19) Politifact has fact-checked, they’ve ruled to be inaccurate.  Four, or 21%, of those comments they gave their worst “Pants on Fire” rating.

Michele Bachmann: 75% of the 60 comments (45 of 60) Politifact has fact-checked, they’ve ruled to be inaccurate.  Sixteen, or 27%, of those comments they ruled as “Pants on Fire” lies.

Allen West: 70% of the 20 comments (14 of 20) Politifact has fact-checked, they’ve ruled to be inaccurate.  Three, or 15%, of those comments they ruled as “Pants on Fire” lies.

Three politicians, three terrible records with a well respected, non-partisan fact-checking organization.  But to be fair, let’s look at President Obama’s record with Politifact:

President Obama: 28% of the 488 comments (133 of 488) Politifact has fact-checked, they’ve ruled to be inaccurate.  Eight, or 2%, of those comments they ruled as “Pants on fire” lies.

That means 72% of the comments Politifact has fact-checked for President Obama have, at the very least, been ruled to have a decent amount of truth to them.

Where the three Republicans have atrocious records with Politifact, President Obama has a fairly respectable record when it comes to politicians telling the truth.  While I’m sure some will target the fact he’s been caught lying 28% of the time by Politifact, let’s not forget he’s a politician and well—that’s just an unfortunate part of the game sometimes.

With Ted Cruz I see a much more manipulative, deceptive individual—and he’s extremely intelligent.  Don’t let his tea party affiliation make you think he’s some moron much in the same way as Bachmann and West.

But don’t kid yourself, intelligent or not, Cruz is very dangerous.

Much in the same way Bachmann and West seemed impervious to facts, or how our government works, Cruz displays these same character traits with absolutely no regard for reality.  And not just that, he’s absolutely callous with his blatant distortion of the truth.

His current mission is to “defund Obamacare” by threatening to “shut down the government.”  And he truly believes that this will work.

Let’s not let the fact that Democrats still control the Senate and Obama is President for another 3+ years stand in the way of his delusional thinking.  He honestly believes shutting down the government to force the defunding of the Affordable Care Act will work.

Oh, and apparently he believes that if Republicans do this, Democrats will be the ones blamed.


I was watching CNN recently where he gave a speech and said that the House should propose a continuing resolution that included funding for everything except Obamacare.  Then he instructed Republicans to then not let the “liberal media” paint them as the party who wants to shut the government down, but get the word out that it’s the Democrats who are causing the shutdown.

So let’s see.  A law that was passed by Congress, signed by the President and deemed Constitutional by our Supreme Court is then blocked by legislation which would defund the law (even though Democrats and Obama have clearly said any proposal that doesn’t fund the Affordable Care Act stands no chance).

And that’s how Ted Cruz thinks Republicans can paint Democrats into a corner?  Seriously?

You don’t negotiate for a deal by saying that the one item the other side refuses to budge on is the one item you won’t allow.  Especially when the other side controls both the Senate and White House.

But much like Michele Bachmann, Cruz has seemingly made a career out of blatant lies about the Affordable Care Act.  Which again, I will continue to ask, “If the truth about Obamacare is so terrible, why do Republicans keep lying about it?  Shouldn’t the truth be enough?”

But that’s generally the trend of tea party-backed Republicans.  They tend to have a handful of radical talking points that they obsessively lie about day after day.

Because can a Republican really tell me what Ted Cruz stands for?  Wait, I know.  “Small government, our Constitution, Christian values and low taxes.”

You know, the same thing every Republican claims to stand for.

But while Cruz might be an intelligent individual, his hypocrisy might be even more outlandish than that of Bachmann or West.

There’s just something extremely ironic about a man who was born in Canada (in a health care system funded by socialized medicine), to a father who was a Cuban immigrant, that came to this country after he was born — and now strongly opposes socialized health care and sensible immigration reform.

When he was born to an immigrant family, in a country with socialized health care, and immigrated to this country as a child! 

Then again, “Republican” and “hypocrite” often go hand and hand.

So while Allen West has since been dispatched from Congress, and Michele Bachmann is just over a year away from joining him as a Fox News paid contributor (just assuming, though I think it’s a safe assumption), Ted Cruz isn’t even through his first year of his six year term as a United States Senator.  And if the evidence is correct, Cruz has his sights set on a Presidential bid in 2016.

Which, if you thought the 2012 GOP primaries were a circus—just wait until 2016.  Where the sociopathic, manipulative and nefarious Senator Ted Cruz is sure to be one of the leading Republican candidates.

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Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on both Twitter and Facebook. Have feedback, inquiries, criticism or hate mail? You can email him as well.


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  • Chico Gonzalez

    If Cruz really thinks his plan will work, he is not actually intelligent. He’s actually a zealot and a fool. If he does luck out and get the nomination for 2016, he’d better pray Hillary doesn’t run. Hillary would win by the biggest landslide in history.

    • Jo Hargis

      He is a zealot, hard core. That is exactly what makes him so dangerous. There is no reason and reality in his world. Everything for him is filtered through his extreme rigid ideology and he doesn’t see any of the reality that the rest of us see. He sets himself a mission that corresponds to his ideology and pursues it with complete abandonment of any morality or ethics… in other words, nothing is too evil if it accomplishes his goal. Dangerous, dangerous man.

  • dave.lefevre

    I don’t understand the compulsion in the GOP to trust people that are obviously not very smart. For me this isn’t a political issue. If they are not smart people I don’t want them running the country. Yes, there have been Democrats I would never vote for because of the same reason. Why are there so many constituencies in the U.S. that will vote for people like this?

  • Melania Gulley

    Correct me if I am wrong but don’t you have to be born in the U.s to run for President?

    • shopper11

      No – one parent has to be a citizen. McCain was born in Panama to US parents.

      • David_LloydJones

        Barry Goldwater in the Arizona Territory… which at least two other nations claim as their own.


      • Jo Hargis

        People need to get off this McCain was born in Panama schtick. He was born to a military family and any child born outside the US to a military family is automatically a US citizen.

    • Sherri G

      Natural born citizen means at least one of your parents are American and even if born in a foreign country, one would still have at least PARTIAL U.S. Citizenship.
      If an American is born on a foreign country U.S. military facility, they ONLY have U.S. citizenship (McCain on Panamanian U.S. Base).

      • Sherri G

        Canada made changes to the law in late 1960-1970s which allowed dual citizenship if EITHER parent was American.

      • Cemetery Girl

        If the child of a US citizen is born in a foreign country is still considered a US citizen, then can the whole Obama birth issue be explained? Anyone? Aside from the fact that his mother was a US citizen and he was born in the US, even if you fall for the malarkey that he was born elsewhere how would it be an issue since his mother was a US citizen. Am I wrong to see the twisted mentality here that a president is considered an illegal alien even though he was born in the US by a party that might run a man that immigrated when he was a kid???

      • Brett Taylor

        its called they hate the black guy in the white house. they hate the name Hussain, they hate that his father was from africa.

      • Sherri G

        EXACTLY!!!!! THEY HATE having an Educated Black Man in the White House!

      • D Lowrey

        Unfortunately…Cruz’s mother was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware…so he can actually run for President.

      • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

        I had someone try to tell me that Obama’s mom wasn’t “old enough” to confer citizenship…he was serious too…. So, even tho Obama was born to an American Citizen….. I still can’t figure out WHY they think Obama’s mom would go to all the trouble of falsifying a birth certificate….what would the point be? Let’s face it, When Obama was born most African Americans weren’t going many places politically on the federal government stage (& in some states as well) – so why would she go through James Bond type gyrations ????

    • Vj Sleight

      Natural born just means that you had citizenship when you were born and didn’t have to become “naturalized” later by applying for it. It doesn’t have anything to do with where you are born.

    • Pipercat

      Being of this Earth helps too!

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  • Phillip Berkun

    Cruz looks exactly like the person from central casting chosen for the role of banana republic junta leader.

    • Neptunus Rex

      I can’t decide whether Cruz looks like either Anastasio Somoza or Joe McCarthy.

      • Pipercat

        Joe Somoza….

      • KatieDancer

        McCarthy! I’ve been trying to figure that out for ages.

      • Neptunus Rex

        Yep, Cruz has the McCarthy looks, and the cunning bullshit artistry to go with them.

      • Neptunus Rex

        Yep, Cruz has the McCarthy looks, and the cunning bullshit artistry to go with them.

      • Brian Derrick

        He’s Joe McCarthy and Elmer Gantry rolled into one “squish.”

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  • Edward Baker

    Donald Trump ,Please spend your time Reading Cruz`s Canadian birth Certificate ……HE CAN`T RUN FOR PRESIDENT !!!!

    • Chico Gonzalez

      Yes, he can. His mother was an American citizen, so the place of his birth is irrelevant. “Natural born” simply means the he had citizenship from the moment of birth as opposed to one born of, say, French parents in France and later went through the process to obtain U.S. citizenship.

      Don’t get me wrong–Cruz is a 1st class whacko who should never hold any public office.

    • David_LloydJones

      I don’t think Donald Trump reads Canadian, does he?


  • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

    Michele Bachmann and Alan West had a child, and they named him Ted Cruz.

    • Pipercat

      Beelzebub would be more appropriate…

    • Jess Manuel

      Satan to be precise.

  • Karen Christie

    I’m wondering if this guy was born in Canada, of Cuban immigrants, (and thank the powers that be I don’t have to worry about him entering Canadian politics!) HOW is he going to make a legitimate run for POTUS? Will the Democrats make as big a stink about his eligibility under the Constitution as the Republicans have made about Obama who was actually born in the US to an American mother?

  • Pipercat

    I have to differ slightly with you Allen regarding our junior Senator. He’s not as smart as he makes himself out to be. He wrote an Op/Ed piece that appeared in the Express News, some time back, and I was astounded by how poorly written the piece was. All that education and it came across like a ninth grade, C minus, essay. Fallacious thesis, rambling, tangential examples and a fallacious conclusion. Furthermore, if you pay close attention to any of his sound bites, it becomes quite apparent he’s nothing more than a red herring monger. So, good luck with getting 41 Senators Ted; I guess you never heard of reconciliation and the Byrd rule.

    • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

      All of his thesis are fallacious. I am consistently surprised that he can make a complete sentence. Ted Cruz – all “sound & fury – signifying nothing.”

      • Pipercat

        My favorite, as of late, was his response to the President’s to the Verdict in the Zimmerman case. Obama’s assertion that we should look into the various “stand your ground laws” was conflated into, he’s going to restrict your gun rights (paraphrased). What a 12 pound whopper!

  • Jim Rodgers

    As a point of fact, as an American citizen at birth he did not immigrate from Canada, though his father would have to go through the naturalization process unless he has Canadian citizenship.

    • terry lewis

      how about you take him and his hateful P’pa back to canada, or anywhere!!

  • KatieDancer

    Don’t listen to him. He’s Canadian!

  • terry lewis

    Its not Senator Ted Crudd that scares me, or the people that fund him, its the hateful Americans that vote for him that scare me!

  • 46RayCharles2

    Senator Cruz, truth has been told…you are a “manipulative sociopath.” Allen Clifton, Thank you!