Despite the fact that the person who actually coined the term “Tea Party” and helped launch the far-right political movement in 2009 served as a co-moderator to Wednesday night’s GOP primary debate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took CNBC to task early on for being too liberal and mean to the Republican candidates. In what was likely a pre-planned maneuver by the Joe McCarthy impersonator, Cruz responded to a question from Carl Quintanilla regarding his love for shutting down the federal government by going on the attack.
To thunderous applause from the right-wing crowd gather in Boulder, Colorado, Cruz blasted the moderators for not asking about “substantive issues” while simultaneously launching into a diatribe about liberal media bias and how real Americans are just sick of it. He also whined about Democrats supposedly getting it easy in their debate. (Once again, CNN’s Anderson Cooper did NOT go easy on the Dems. They just acted like grown ups.)
“The questions asked in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not a cage match. Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues?
The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every thought and question from the media was, which of you is more handsome and why? Let me be clear. The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense, than ever participant in the Democratic debate.
That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks. Nobody believes that the moderators have any intention of voting in a Republican primary. The questions being asked shouldn’t be trying to get people to tear into each other, it should be what are your substantive solutions to people.”
Seriously, this is some top-rate horseshit, but it totally works in this environment and you can see why Cruz went for it. Republican voters love nothing more than hearing about how biased the lamestream media is. It actually gives them erections, without the aid of Viagra.
Of course, the fact is that up until then, the candidates were being asked tough, pointed questions regarding specific economic and political issues that actually dealt with topics that were directly related to those on the stage. Fuck, Cruz was just asked a real question about his own political record as it comes to budget deals and using Senate procedure to try to shut down the government. However, it appears that his idea of a real debate is conservative pundits pandering to each candidate and asking them who has the biggest dick.
The thing is, from that moment on, the moderators absolutely lost any semblance of control in the debate. They had been cowed by Cruz’s tactic, and they ended up scuffling the rest of the way. With Cruz opening the door, others on stage piled on, even leading to a moment where moderator Becky Quick briefly apologized to Donald Trump for rightly highlighting the fact that he called Marco Rubio “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator” over Zuckerberg’s support of H1B visas. (It is on Trump’s fucking campaign website, something Quick brought back up later in the debate, but far too late.)
While Cruz’s little stunt likely helped boost him with the GOP’s brain-dead Trump-loving base, it just shows how far removed the Republican Party is from reality and just how far to the right it has moved. If the cable network that panders to the 1% and is home to Rick Santelli is now part of the LIBRUL MEDIA, then there is no satisfying the so-called Grand Old Party.
Below is video of Cruz’s moment in the sun, courtesy of Talking Points Memo: