Ted Cruz draws his guns, Texas style.
Well, actually, not so much Texas as the Princeton debate team. The Texas part only applies to the quickness of the draw.
The Cuban-American senator from Texas knows how to sneak in killer points disguised as concessions to the opposing team. In this case, the subtlety of his duel with the honorable Obama seems way above the heads of those reporting on what he said.
Very, very funny, this verbal duel. Echoes of Marc Antony's speech in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Act 3, scene 2, in which he turns the mob against Brutus and the co-conspirators who killed Caesar : "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears...For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men..."
Marlon Brando, eat your heart out.
Pigs fly, Ted Cruz full of Obama praise
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), praised President Barack Obama on Wednesday for bringing the Syria strike to Congress, saying that the move gave the chance for the voices of Americans to be heard.
“I want to commend President Obama for two different things. Number one, I want to commend President Obama for listening to the bipartisan calls to submit to the constitutional authority of Congress. That was significant, it was the right thing to do and I’m glad he did so,” Cruz said in a detailed foreign policy speech at the Heritage Foundation’s 4th Annual Jesse Helms Lecture Series.
“And secondly, once the issue came to Congress, that gave the American people a chance to speak up,” he added, detailing how his constituents had almost total unanimity against intervention in Syria.
Though critical of the administration for attempting to get involved militarily in Syria based on enforcing an “international norm” as opposed to actual U.S. national security interests, and mocking Secretary of State John Kerry’s “unbelievably small” description of a possible U.S. attack repeatedly throughout his speech, Cruz expressed confidence that should Congress vote down on Syria, the President would not cross the line and still attack, as some think he may.