Ted Cruz refuses to play 'good Republican'

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Everyone knows the game. When a Republican candidate is asked a gotcha question by some grad from a third tier journalism school he is supposed to give that stunned-mullet look, mumble incoherently, and have his or her communications director profusely apologize hours later.

We are blessed this year with a crop of candidates who do not go along with the game. Ted Cruz is one of the new breed of intelligent, articulate and committed conservatives who don’t play the game.

Ted Cruz was at a campaign stop in Beaumont, Texas, and he was confronted, actually, he was hazed by a pompous blow-dried twit named Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV on the subject of homosexual marriage.

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Steele’s station bio omits where or if he attended college and reads in part:

He’s served in larger TV markets like Little Rock, Arkansas and Huntington, W.V. and also in one of our nation’s smallest markets in Kirksville, Missouri.  Kirksville is near the rolling prairie cattle farm of northern Missouri where Kevin was raised.

For more than a decade, Kevin has been anchoring Texas news – in Lubbock, Tyler, Harlingen, Waco and Corpus Christi.

What followed is epic. Transcript courtesy of RCP.

[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]: Let me ask a question: Is there something about the left, and I am going to put the media in this category, that is obsessed with sex? Why is it the only question you want to ask concerns homosexuals? Okay, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you’re reading questions from MSNBC…

You’re wincing. You don’t want to talk about foreign policy. I recognize you want to ask another question about gay rights. Well, you know. ISIS is executing homosexuals. You want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals. That ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.

REPORTER: Do you have a personal animosity against gay Americans?

CRUZ: Do you have a personal animosity against Christians sir? Your line of questioning is highly curious. You seem fixated on a particular subject. Look, I’m a Christian. Scripture commands us to love everybody and what I have been talking about, with respect to same-sex marriage, is the Constitution which is what we should all be focused on. The Constitution gives marriage to elected state legislators. It doesn’t give the power of marriage to a president, or to unelected judges to tear down the decisions enacted by democratically elected state legislatures.

But just to demonstrate how unfair the media is always going to be to Republicans and why it is utter folly to treat them with civility or respect, take a look at how the television station carried the interview:

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One, indeed, wonders why Steele was focused on butt sex with so much else at stake in this election.