Attacks on Ted Cruz make him stronger

Sean Sullivan:
Meet Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). You can call him “wacko bird” or “Obamaphobic.” No, really, he’s fine with it.

As Cruz’s political opponents continue to apply pejorative labels to the outspoken conservative freshman, his response has been this: If what I believe means that I am (insert label here), then so be it. And I’m not alone.

It’s exactly the kind of rebuttal that will boost Cruz’s brand on the political right. And that brand is already flying high.

The latest exchange came on Tuesday, when Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) charged that Cruz of suffers from “Obamaphobia.” Menendez, an advocate of a comprehensive immigration reform, was reacting toCruz’s remark that President Obama and the path to citizenship he is “insisting” upon represents the “biggest obstacle” to passing reform.

“I think he has Obamaphobia,” Menendez told MSNBC. “The reality is that it is the ‘Gang of Eight’ that came together — four Democrats, four Republicans — and said that we need a path to citizenship.”

Cruz took to Twitter later Tuesday to respond to Menendez:

If supporting real immigration reform, not path to citizenship is “Obamaphobia,” guilty as charged. RT if you’re a fellow “Obamaphobic!”

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 12, 2013

Cruz offered a pretty similar response earlier this year to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who labeled the freshman senator and other conservative lawmakers “wacko birds” for supporting a marathon filibuster over the Obama administration’s drone policy.

“If standing for the Constitution, standing for liberty, standing for conservative values makes one a wacko bird … then I am pleased that birds of a feather flock together,” Cruz said in a March speech. At the Conservative Political Action Conference later that month he added: “I think there are more than a few other wacko birds gathered here today.”
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Insults are a weak form of argument.  It is the product of a weak mind that either lacks an ability to formulate a responsive argument or a belief that liberal supporters are not capable of comprehending a responsive argument.  Ted Cruz has been too smart for liberals and moderates to deal with so far so they are resorting with the kind of frustration that produces insults instead.

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