The smartest guy in the room

There’s nothing that annoys people more than to have someone a hell of a lot smarter than they are demonstrate his superiority.  When you’re as smart as Cruz it can be a problem.  It’s one source of his unpopularity in the Senate.  Another is his absolute commitment to keeping his campaign commitments to the voters of Texas.  His colleagues have all made similar commitments, and forgotten them as soon as the election was over.  Add to that his refusal to play by the rules of the Senate Club, and you have a man who is roundly despised.

And a man the voters want.  This is the Ted Cruz story.  He needs to find a way to tell it.  For a small fee, I’ll lend a hand.

.The way Cruz handles himself verifies a story he tells in his book.  He’s been caught in some school prank and the principal is trying to have him name his accomplices.  Cruz had been accepted at Princeton, and he was threatened with losing it.  He didn’t cave.  He was one of the first kids ever accepted at an Ivy League school from this Christian academy, and it lent them prestige.  He figured they were bluffing, and they were.  That’s a stand up guy.

I didn’t watch the debate, so I’d better take a look at it.  I have Trump fatigue.  But if you’re part of his cult, the more the better.  These people are morons.  It’s amazing how many of them there are.  But when you think about it, there are a hell of a lot of people in this country, and a certain percentage of them are morons.  That’s a lot of people.  He gives excitement to their lives.  They’re part of a movement to make America great again.  How, exactly, isn’t really clear, but they’re not interested in details.   They’re all pissed off, and so is Trump, so he’s their guy.  Morons.

There were a lot of dumb bastards in the legislature, and they didn’t really bother me.  It’s the ones who thought they were smart.  When you’d prove them wrong they’d really get pissed off.

When I got to the Senate I was an Alaskan Ted Cruz.  I really pissed those guys off.  One of the rules of the Alaska Senate was no debate.  If a bill came to the floor, they had the votes, so there was nothing to debate.   Well, I didn’t see the sense of that, so when they brought a bill to the floor I’d get up and raise hell about it.  It didn’t matter what it was.  Man, that annoyed these guys.  None of them had the speaking skill of a jackrabbit.  They had one lawyer from Anchorage, a soft spoken Jewish guy named Joe Josephson.  I could tell you stories about him.  They made him get up and offer some lame defense.  I liked Joe, but he wasn’t much of an advocate.

But I did one smart thing.  Bill Ray was carrying a batch of appointments to the floor for ratification.  Except I spotted one guy in there that I was going to raise hell about.  And I gave him a heads up.  That’s how you avoid being completely hated.

And now for walk in the soft spring rain.

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