Ted is a crafty son-of-a-bitch

“If you stand and fight for conservative principles, you will be vilified by Democrats, you will be vilified by Republicans, you’ll be vilified by the mainstream media.”

-Ted Cruz

If Cruz were able to pick up on social cues, he might realize that means nobody likes him. Well, at least the republicans and democrats and the media.

Patricia Murphy of The Daily Beast interviewed his freshman roommate, Craig Mazin: “I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States. Anyone. I would rather pick somebody from the phone book.”

Maybe nobody likes him.

I winged it over to tedcruz.org and couldn’t find anything firm or full of lies or particularly hateful re his views on climate change. It’s a well-manipulated space. With a whacky whiff of wily and the machiavellian scent of sneering deceit.

This was hidden in the Jobs and Opportunities (wha?) tab on the site:

Energy Renaissance

“Another vital reform to unleash economic prosperity is adopting an energy plan that embraces the Great American Energy Renaissance.

We need an all-of-the-above energy approach that embraces the bountiful resources in this land — from oil to natural gas to ethanol. We need to open up abundant and affordable gas and electricity resources.

A President Cruz will approve the Keystone Pipeline, and other similar infrastructures, and empower the private sector to create good-paying American jobs.

We must harness our nation’s energy resources and remove federal impediments to energy exploration, development, and trade.”

Then there’s The Meet Ted part of it. The header displays  a gently fuzzy photo of Ted and Family. Ted does not Meet the Environment in this section.

I wandered over to The Store, where they sell a ‘Reignite Baby’ onesie for $25. I then went over to Bernie’s store. They have a ‘Babies for Bernie’ bib, selling for $15.

He voted in the Senate to call climate change real, but he has also called it a “pseudoscientific theory.” He subscribes to the “there’s no warming lately” theory: He told Seth Meyers on Late Night that “satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years there’s been zero warming, none whatsoever” — a statement that one climate expert criticized as “a load of claptrap … absolute bunk.”***

Myers: “… I think the world’s on fire, literally — hottest year on record — but you’re not there, right?”

Cruz: “It’s interesting that you say that, as I just came back from New Hampshire, where there’s snow and ice everywhere,” Cruz said. “My view actually is simple. Debates on this should follow science, and should follow data. And many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up.”

Cruz continued:

“Satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years there’s been zero warming — none whatsoever. It’s why, remember how it used to be called global warming? And then magically the theory changed to climate change? The reason is, it wasn’t warming, but the computer models still say it is, except the satellites show it’s not.”

Ben Santer, a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, blasted Cruz for “embrac[ing] ignorance with open arms.”

At a Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee hearing, Cruz reiterated his satellite data thing. He whipped out his very own chart.”I would note this chart…which shows for the last 18 years, that there has been no significant warming whatsoever,” said Cruz. He then asked Retired Rear Admiral David Titley—a meteorologist who previously served as the oceanographer of the Navy—about this so-called “pause in global temperatures.”

Titley, who is now a meteorology professor at Penn State, then pointed to his own chart — more than a century’s worth of temperature data that shows an unmistakable warming trend. “I’m just a simple sailor,” said Titley, “but it’s hard for me to see the pause on that chart. So I think the pause has kind of come and gone.”

Cruz (b. 1970) could be the reincarnation of Joe McCarthy (d. 1957). It’s possible!

Another pause that came and went clothed in wretchedness during all his time here.

*Tim McDonnell, MotherJones, Mar. 18, 2015