The more I read about Senator Ted Cruz, the Republican from Texas who recently announced his candidacy for President, the more I like him. As a Liberal, I find that he embodies so much of what I oppose: He’s anti-climate change, opposes immigration reform, anti-choice, fought against health care reform, oh heck, the list goes on. So why would I like him? Because if he wins the Republican nomination the Democrats could run nearly anyone against him and win. He’s the new Michele Bachmann.
Not long ago he brought media attention to himself when he emphatically declared that there should be a repeal of a federal law that doesn’t exist. No word on whether or not anyone helped clear up his confusion on that matter. Most recently, he spoke to a reporter from the Texas Tribune and in defending his position as a climate change denier, he compared himself to Galileo Galilei, the Italian scientist who was persecuted by the Catholic Church for supporting the idea of heliocentrism (Earth revolves around the Sun). His comparison, which is both historically and logically flawed, has drawn the ire of the media and the internet is blowing up with this story. His critics are not going easy on him either. Steve Benen wrote for MSNBC.com:
The general assessment of Cruz is that he’s smart, but abrasive. Read any profile of the senator and it tends to paint a picture of a man who brings a sharp intellectual rigor to his work, but who struggles in politics because he’s extreme, unlikable, and at times even obnoxious.
But these latest comments on science suggest it’s probably time for the political world to reconsider assumptions about Ted Cruz’s intellectual acumen… The next time Cruz is described as a brilliant conservative with a towering intellect, let’s keep this little incident in mind.
This of course was an assessment based on what Cruz said:
On the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence that disproves their apocalyptical claims, they don’t engage in reasoned debate. What do they do? They scream, ‘You’re a denier.’ They brand you a heretic. Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. It used to be [that] it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.
Of course, the more liberal news outlets and internet blogs have ripped him to shreds, but even Fox News Radio called him “cuckoo”. That’s not very nice. I understood the point he was trying to make. I disagreed wholeheartedly, but I understood. And as I said, I rather like the guy in an odd sort of way. After all, he and I both share a love of Dr. Seuss. Poor Ted. I can tell he really wants to be the new voice of the GOP. I should write to him and let him know he’s got nothing to worry about. Republicans embraced Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter so Ted should fit right in.
Here are links to some of the websites that have reported on the “New Galileo” declaration. Have a good laugh.