It was inevitable that there would be a serious and concentrated attempt to Palinize Cruz no matter what he did. But Cruz’s current stance on Obamacare, which is exposing the deep rifts within the Republican Party, makes the Palinization process easier because many Republicans are participating in that process of destruction—as they also did with Palin.
Cruz is a very intelligent and well-educated man with impeccable credentials and prize-winning debating skills. Therefore the approach can’t be “he’s a stupidhead,” as it was with Palin. It’s “he’s crazy, extreme, and dangerous”—as it also was with Palin.
Why can’t people just disagree? That’s a rhetorical question.