I’ve been struggling with a little bit of writer’s block the last couple days. You know the best way to get over that? Just pick any old topic and start writing. So, in light of that, I’m going to take my own advice and just let it fly. The subject for this morning?

The overwhelming creepiness of Ted Cruz.

Think about how bad many folks in the Republican establishment loathe Donald Trump. Some of them have even went as far as to claim they are #NeverTrump. Now, the hashtag is somewhat pathetic and many of the people who populate it are more obsessed with Trump than even his most ardent supporters. But we’ve rarely seen such a reaction to the frontrunner for a major party’s nomination. I do believe it’s noteworthy.

You know what is even more noteworthy, though? How much they’ve failed with Ted Cruz as their standard-bearer. I often wonder if Marco Rubio is kicking himself now for dropping out so early. Had he stayed in, I think the odds for a brokered convention might have gone up and Rubio probably would have had as good (or even better) a shot as Cruz would have. Then again, when you get smoked in your own home state, it’s hard to justify continuing your campaign.

The reason for the #NeverTrump failure is quite simple and it goes back to what I said earlier: People just don’t like Ted Cruz. Look at this article in the New Republic. The sheer number of quotes from prominent Republicans shitting all over Cruz is staggering.

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HIS OWN RUNNING MATE!
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Keep in mind, he worked for George Bush. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Cruz#Bush_administration

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His own family is creeped out by this dude. And if you haven’t seen it yet, a neurologist has come up with some scientific reasons why Cruz’s mug is so off-putting

Our stone–age ancestors learned to read faces and rapidly tell friend from foe. While we live in a far different environment, we still possess the same stone–age brain as our distant relatives. Like them, we judge instantly. Automatically and more quickly than conscious reflection could ever manage, we weigh whether we like a new face or distrust the person behind it. Our social circuits, which are almost entirely emotional, tell us whether to trust a person or not. Given a million years of practice, our brains are good at this.

I didn’t care about Senator Cruz one way or the other until I watched the first Republican debate. I noticed that his countenance doesn’t move the way I typically expect faces to move. (Neurologists scrutinize thousands of faces as part of the standard exam, so doing it becomes automatic.) Human faces can’t help but broadcast what we feel, what we may be thinking, and even what we may intend. Many animals likewise broadcast what’s happening in their heads. Charles Darwin illustrated this at length in The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals…

I have rarely, if ever, seen a conventional smile from Senator Cruz. In a natural smile the corners of the mouth go up; these muscles we can control voluntarily as well. But muscles circling the eyes are strictly under involuntary control: they make the eyes narrow, forming crow’s feet at the outside corners. Even the Mona Lisa’s smile shows this. The eyes give away one’s game and help us tell forged from genuine smiles. Grandma may have told you to put on a happy face, but you can’t if it isn’t heartfelt.

No matter what the emotional coloring of Senator Cruz’s outward rhetoric is, his mouth typically tightens into the same straight line. If it deviates from this, then the corners of his mouth bend down, not upwards. The outside of his eyebrows bend down, too, when he emotes, something so atypical that it disturbs me. Typically a person’s eyebrows arch up, as does the corrugator muscle that furrow the forehead. What is such a downturned face signaling?

Even the people who like him are typically not thrilled with his personality or visage. They mostly support the Texas senator because of his ultra-conservative policies and willingness to shit all over the party leadership, like when he called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor. That makes for good material to feed the base, but now it’s biting Cruz in the ass. He’s had time to mend many of these fences, however he simply refuses to do so. That’s just one of the many reasons I don’t think he’s going to be the nominee.

The main reason is what I’ve shown you above. He’s just plain unlikable. His face makes little kids cry and grown folks wince. He’s not funny at all and he sounds like a mixture of used car salesman and Baptist preacher. I don’t know anyone who truly loves Cruz…even his wife doesn’t seem to care for him much. If he was just a bit more easy to relate to, perhaps he could have pulled this off. As it stands, I think he’s headed for a brutal awakening very soon.

It’s pretty sad when a New York City billionaire is more relatable than a guy who came from regular circumstances, but that’s just the truth of the matter. Almost nobody likes Ted Cruz and most don’t seem to want to try.

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10 comments
    1. It was a hypothetical situation that will never happen. He was asked if abortions were against the law should women be punished. Honestly we have enough real world problems to tackle, lets not waste energy coming up with scenarios that will not happen.

  1. Seeing his wife do her best to turn her face away from him when he tries to kiss her, or his dad giving him a look of disdain, or his daughter pulling away and screaming “ow! ow! ow!” when he tried to hug her. There’s something seriously wrong going on there. The daughter one especially. The fact that his daughter screams and does her best to get away when he tries to touch her is pretty alarming.

    One quote from Ted that really surprised me was: “Donald Trump may be a rat, but I have no desire to copulate with him.”

    What does that even mean? That Ted usually fucks rats but he wouldn’t fuck Trump? It seemed like such a bizarre and out-of-nowhere quote.

  2. His wife won’t live in the same house with him, has shown signs of pshycological abuse, was found by the side of the road, and filed for divorce twice, before withdrawing. And that’s just Heidi.

    You went pretty easy on him Ralph, and if you don’t believe me, ask Craig Mazin.

  3. His wife works for (on leave from) Goldman Sachs and she worked for the CFR.
    But the problem is his technocratic persona. He very early said he was going to use a Narwhal style database and targeting (it pushed Obama over the top in 2012). Hence the Voters Violation sleazy mailers, “check enclosed”, stealing Carson’s voters in Iowa, and as things lately – poaching delegates and playing the same kind of backroom insider games everyone hates. Now Carly. No one understands why Carly, who didn’t do well at HP – Trump can eviscerate her business record, Trump built a multi-billion dollar empire but four bankruptcies are in that record. Carly hollowed out HP.

    And he is supposed to be the Christian Candidate. Compare Cruz to Carson on that.

  4. There is a question that no journalist or mainstream media group is asking which is (to me) highly important:

    Why did Ted Cruz give Carly $500,000.00 after the low grade reports came out of him cheating on his wife? Throwing out the cheating scenario and just concentrating on the money it is incredibly odd and rare for one Presidential candidate to give another such a large amount. Someone should get on that.

    1. You must not have very good search-fu.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-did-ted-cruzs-pac-give-half-a-million-to-carly-fiorinas/

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/07/31/why-did-a-ted-cruz-super-pac-donate-to-carly-fiorina/

      That being said, yeah, wtf Ted… no GOP candidate is going to get a fair shake in the media, but damn, the only way he could make it any easier is if he marched in one of those fuckin’ weird San Francisco parades for deviants.

      1. I should have worded my statement more accurately. This issue became a one and done editorial when it should be/should have been followed consistently until the trail ended with facts. That aggravates me to no end about these muck filled nobodies masquerading as “reporters”.

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