Bill Murchison

Second point in regard to Ted Cruz: Human capacity to take aboard nonsense and distortion from self-appointed moral leaders has limits. It happens in families and in the workplace. Enough gets to be more than enough. We seek in response the services of those willing, as many still say in Texas, to tell how the cow ate the cabbage, to call a spade a rusty shovel with a rotten handle. Ted Cruz provides -- at the sacrifice of his previously non-existent popularity on the political left 00 precisely that service. In the argot of the '60s, he tells it like it is, baby.

A Democratic president venerated by liberals, Harry S. Truman, practically put his trademark on the Cruz modus operandi. Explaining his proclivity to "give 'em hell" meaning, of course, the Republicans, Truman said, "I tell the truth, and they think it's hell."

The New York Times has every right -- perhaps every duty -- to withhold its editorial endorsement from Ted Cruz of Texas, to wish blisters might emerge on his tongue, and his feet fail whenever he rises to speak. Trying to read him out of the ranks of civilized Americans is a losing proposition. For one thing, he's bound to love it. For another, by my own estimate, Ted Cruz wants more keenly to help arrest his country's drift toward collectivism and dystopia than he does to win the Nobel Peace Prize or the presidency. It makes him an odd foe, wouldn't you say, for such a president as the current one to have to fend off.

William Murchison, author and commentator, writes from Dallas. To find out more about William Murchison, and to see features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at


Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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