Robert Knight

And they’d go to the GOP’s fallback message, as framed by the Washington Times’ Wes Pruden: “Republicans: We’re not as bad as you think.”

That wouldn’t motivate the kind of outpouring seen in 2010, when a Tea Party-led uprising gave Republicans the U.S. House and numerous state governorships and statehouses.

Americans have not seen Cruz’s kind of strong, articulate leadership since Ronald Reagan. Cruz employed humor, stamina, a formidable command of the facts, and expressed passion without bitterness.

It didn’t spare him the usual savagery reserved for Republicans who won’t cave on cue. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews ranted, calling Cruz “totally destructive,” and “a problem for our republic,” who exhibits “pretty extreme behavior.” Matthews, who had Republican strategist John Feehery and Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) echo his attacks on Cruz, said, “I did not learn a thing” from the speech. Well, of course not. You need ears that aren’t stuffed with left-wing glue.

By the way, as I listened to the GOP “strategist” agree that Cruz was a “demagogue,” I began humming to myself, “Feeheryings, nothing more than Feeheryings.…”

Media Research Center’s Matthew Balan reports that, “ followed the lead of Politico on Wednesday in hyping left-leaning attacks of Senator Ted Cruz for reading Dr. Seuss' ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’ ...The two writers also turned to Kansas State University's Phil Nel, whom they identified as a ‘Seuss biographer.’ However, they omitted that Nel donated thousands of dollars to Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, as well as to pro-abortion group Emily's List and to”

Cruz shared and related only personal stories Cruz told about his life and family. The message: Cruz is an egomaniac, nothing more.

In July 1987, Oliver North made fools of liberal lawmakers who tried to crucify him in the Iran-Contra hearings. If you had not been watching on C-Span, and relied only on media reports, you would have thought that North had been shamed and bested.

Those who haven’t seen portions of Cruz’s speech and have heard only the establishment GOP, Democrats and their hambone media allies, have no clue about what really happened last week.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.