In just this week alone, there have been two instances where [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] jumped into the liberal’s lion’s den and emerged unscathed.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]’s Morning Joe appearance had a liberal columnist at the Austin American-Statesman aghast at what happened to Mika and Joe. He reminds us of what a white-hot center of Cruz-phobia the show has been:
No space in the American media landscape burned brighter with Cruz hatred since the senator’s rise to national prominence than Morning Joe, presided over by former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough of Florida, and Mika Brzezinski, who is the daughter of former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinki. Their repeated, brutal condemnation of Cruz as a reckless, unpleasant, self-promoting demagogue, was ratified by a Greek Chorus of approval from whichever pundit regulars were on the show that day.
He then reports on what happened with Cruz on the show – a lovefest! After grimacing at Ted, somehow Ted’s charm and verbal skills broke Mika down:
By the end of Cruz’s 15 minutes on the show, Brzezinki, who spent the first ten minutes scowling at the Texan, was succumbing to the Cruz charm, issuing a delighted laugh – with him, not at him – as she proclaimed, “I think you’re very nice.”
FoxNation reported it as “[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] dismantles Mika”, as [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] ably defended himself against the huffing and puffing over the “47 Senators’ letter to Iran”. “We don’t have a supreme leader like Iran does. We have checks and balances. And if you want to make law in this country, you need both the president and Congress. This is a unilateral president and that’s an enormous problem.” – [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] on Morning Joe.
The next show was the Seth Meyers show. If I was Moe Lane, I’d make a snarky quip like: “[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] likes to enjoy his Seth Meyers with a bit of fava beans and a nice chianti.” Let me instead say that [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] served up lessons in parrying media bias, and he could teach the rest of the Republican party a lot about verbal self-defense in the face of possible hostility. Here’s Newsbusters on his appearance:
Meyers stated: … “You put a scare into a 3-year-old through no fault of your own, but let’s take a look at this clip because I did enjoy watching this.”
The clip began with Cruz declaring: “The Obama economy is a disaster. ObamaCare is a train wreck, and the Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind — the whole world’s on fire!”
Then, a young girl’s voice asks: “The whole world’s on fire?”
“The world is on fire, yes,” Cruz responded. “Your world is on fire.”
At the end of the video, Meyers noted: “And so I think the important lesson there is you just realized kids are terrible with metaphors.”
“Well, it’s interesting, though, the next line that occurs after that, I said: ‘But your mommy is here, and together, we’re going to put it out,’” the GOP official noted before stating:
And it’s interesting about that exchange, In the last 24 hours, there have been 50 media stories that say “Cruz Terrifies Little Girl,” and by the end of it, I was Freddy Kreuger, I had the fingernails, it was terrible.
And the funny thing is it’s not true.
“I just talked to her mom about half an hour ago,” the Republican senator continued. “She went on a Boston talk radio program this morning because she was so upset at all these stories.” The mother said that her daughter then “looked at him as a hero” and she said: “My daughter was incredibly happy, and in fact turned to me, and I said: ‘Look, Ted is going to put out the fire.’ And she said: ‘He’s a fireman?’”
Then Cruz played along as Seth Meyers tried some more banter:
“That’s true,” Meyers replied. “Your demo is trending very young.”
“I poll very well in the 3 to 6 demographic,” the senator responded.
Cruz used these appearances to deflate negative media memes and turn them into positive narratives for himself, defending his actions without getting personal towards anyone else. [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] is showing his ability to turn vulnerability and a tough media to his advantage:
Cruz mocked the national press corps’ focus on it on “Morning Joe,” noting that by the time story hit a crescendo, “I’m Freddy Krueger-like torturing this girl in her nightmare.” …
“It’s interesting — there’s a big divide between local press and national press. And so, you know, I spent two days up in New Hampshire. The local press all covered the substance of what I said, the reactions of what happened. National press, it was all about the little girl and me terrifying her. I mean, you can literally read the story side by side as if they’re covering Mars and Venus.”
[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] is showing how every Republican should treat these kinds of skewed stories. Cruz doesn’t run away from bad press, but he takes the stories, unpacks them, dissects them, defangs them and turns around and says “See, here’s what you really have.” In the process, Cruz shows why he should be the go-to Republican spokesman on the Sunday morning shows and why he should be in the Presidential debates – Cruz is the fireman who puts out liberal media bias.