Opinion: Can Cruz be the real deal?

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Is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) really that “scary,” as many members of the (liberal) media and Democratic Party have painted him? We don’t know. He is different; we’ll allow that. Cruz has been in the so-called limelight for all of two years, and after listening to his off-the-cuff campaign announcement (no Tele-Prompter for that guy) last week, here is what we came away with: He credits Jesus for fueling his father’s return to the family fold; we need to dump the IRS and ObamaCare; and the Common Core just needs to go away. On the first, who’s to refute it? As to the rest, we’re in; where do we sign up? But, really, could this be a case of a candidate rolling out his agenda and tailoring it for the audience? After all, he was at Liberty University, the prominent, private Christian institution of higher education in Lynchburg, Va. Maybe not, but we all should watch to see if he stays true as time goes by. Meanwhile, a haiku for Republican Party leadership:

Election cometh

Too many candidates now

Can’t be serious

We’ve seen the March Madness-style, Republican presidential-hopeful brackets on social media. It’s supposed to be funny, but it’s not. The GOP leadership is so dysfunctional that it has a veritable Sweet Sixteen of candidates. If there’s a favorite – and many believe that after an exhaustive search, another Bush (this time, Jeb) will be the answer – it’s probably best to focus on him. Scott Walker (we still like him), Cruz and Mike Huckabee are there to further divide the party, and then throw in Rand Paul and Ben Carson, and possibly George Pataki and Lindsey Graham, among others, and the party could have a huge mess on its hands. But the GOP majors in huge messes. Look no further than the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s beatdown of President Barack Obama in the first of three president debates last election cycle. He had his man down, and he let him back up. We marvel at how Republicans continually screw up the proverbial two-car funeral.

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