What is it that makes Ted Cruz so very creepy?


#1

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#2

When Ted Cruz lies, he appears to be praying.

When he lies?” How exactly did the author establish a baseline?


#3

I was wondering that too. I also wonder if it’s possible to determine when Cruz, or, for that matter, any politician, is deliberately lying and then they’re saying something that, however absurd, they genuinely believe. After all, in the words of George Costanza, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”


#4

Several of us are already on this


#5

And here I thought it had to do with the whole reptoid alien thing.


#6

If you want creepy, go look up Ted’s father Rafael Cruz. Rafael declared his son “the anointed one” and, as a Christian Dominionist, that means that Ted is “blessed by God as a Christian to lead the world in a biblical manner”.

Ted has not denounced his father’s crazy ideas and, in fact, seems to be quietly embracing it.


#7

“Blame Canada!
With all their beady little eyes
And flappin’ heads so full of lies”


#8

I figured it was ad hominem and thus pointless, but now that you mention it, he does make this facial expression that is utterly befitting of a politician (in other words, repugnant). That tight-lipped thing he does, is both plaintive and pitying at the same time. “Hey, I’ve done what I can, as for everyone else – forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Also, so help me, Cruz looks like Joseph McCarthy.

(Edited for spelling… and P.S. @bizmail_ public I just saw your links. I’m on the same page. I grok. Pickin’ up what you’re layin’ down. Catchin’ your drift. Smellin’ what you’re steppin’ in. Etc.)


#9

That’s some mighty fine reportin’ there, son.

Whew! Good thing there’s nothing else important going on in the world or our govt these days. Whew! We all needed a refreshing breather to take superficial aesthetic potshots at people who we disagree with.

Can’t wait for his articles in 2014 about how Hilary’s cankles and crowsfeet distract from her core message.


#10

When George Dubya Bush was lying, he usually had this deer-in-the-headlights look.
When George H W Bush was lying, he’d sneer.
When Bill Clinton was lying, he’d usually grin this grin that said of course he’s lying, and he knows that you know that he’s lying, and he’s fine with you being in on the game, but his part in it was to do the lying and yours was to act as if you believed him about not inhaling or whatever.
Reagan was an actor; he read all his lines in character, whether he believed them or not.
Jimmy Carter didn’t lie; that would be wrong.
Gerald Ford probably didn’t lie much either; he’d gotten the job by promising to pardon Nixon, had done that, and after he’d gotten away with that, what’s the point in lying?
And Nixon, well, you could tell he was lying because his lips were moving, and if they weren’t moving, he was planning the next lie.


#11

When Ted Cruz lies, his lips appear to move.


#12

The creeps you can easily spot aren’t half as bad as the many more you cannot.


#13

Critique would be valid if this was the New York Times. Also, you said “whew” twice. Ten points from Gryffindor.


#14

This is off the record; out of legal consideration; but a suitably cooperative anesthesiologist and some duct tape can get a baseline ‘not lying’ belief state out of just about anybody. Sometimes they even wake up mostly undamaged.


#15

Ted Cruz has a face meant to deceive. There is so much movement and expression going on with that face that you simply must pay attention, and that’s how he gets people to listen to what he says.


#16

Notice who is hiding in this google image search for Joe McCarthy:


#17

My folks love me and all, but if my father declared me “the anointed one” I would assume someone had slipped him crazy pills. Also, a world run in a “biblical manner” sounds like a horrid place to be a woman, a child, a minority, or really anyone other than “the anointed one”. Or, maybe that’s the point. {shudder}


#18

I would assume that my dad just wiped something off of his hands using the back of my shirt, hair, etc.


#19

Cankles and Crow’s Feet ? At this point, what difference does it make ??? (evil grin)


#20

Ted Cruz doesn’t look that much like McCarthy to me. He looks more like the illegitimate love-child of Pat Buchanan and Bill Pullman.