[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] made a very perceptive point about how the media treats Republicans:
Sen. Ted Cruz said the media and Democrats have a tendency to describe conservatives in two ways: stupid or evil. “A conservative is either stupid, too dumb to know the right answer, and even worse, if they actually know the right answer, then they’re evil. They want people to suffer,” the Texas Republican said in a new Time Magazine interview.
Cruz, widely thought to be a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016 said a third category has recently emerged.
“I suppose I feel mildly complimented in that they have recently invented a third category, which is: crazy,” he said. “It’s the alternative to stupid or evil. And now crazy is the third one, because it seems inconceivable that there could be Americans who believe in free-market principles and believe in the Constitution and are working to defend them.”
I thought about this, and yes, Sen Cruz is right. Reagan, George W Bush, Sarah Palin and a few others were put in the ‘stupid’ camp, while Gingrich, Cheney and a few others were pegged as ‘evil’. The characterizations need not have been accurate; foster parent of many kids Tom DeLay was ‘evil’, while we found out only later how the ‘stupid’ Reagan was far more learned, thoughtful and strategic than his critics knew. The mis-characterization was an advantage. It seems when it comes to winning elections, being ‘stupid’ like Reagan or Bush 43 makes for better electability than being the ‘evil’ Gingrich. It’s ‘likeability’. Which means that Walker, who is being pegged by his liberal foes more as ‘stupid’, may have an advantage in electability (only so long as it remains inaccurate).
The issue of the day is the betrayal on stopping Obama’s amnesty. In November and December, the Republican leadership promised to ‘do something’. Their efforts produced nothing. As we gnash our teeth over yet another Republican Congressional leadership Keystone Cop fiasco, where Abbott and Costello, er, Boehner and McConnell, are being called out for failing to stand up to Obama’s executive amnesty, conservative critics are wondering whether it’s stupidity or treason to the cause that is causing the failures. It seems that if they are traitors to the cause, then it is a far worse crime – they engaged in duplicity, lied to us and in the end never intended to do anything. If on the other hand, they were merely stupid and incompetence, then their sincerity and integrity is intact.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see stories of incompetence surface to cover the bases for these guys. As in “ooops, really sorry about it. My bad.” Alas, only in the Government can you feign incompetence and find it an advantage in terms of getting and keeping a job!