April 21st, 2016

Okay, let’s play identity politics: a Ted Cruz friendship that should be publicized

The hype on Ted Cruz is that nobody likes him, everybody hates him, he has no friends.

The hype on Republicans is that they’re racist bigots.

Here’s a story that could kill (or at least slightly injure) those two birds with one stone: the tale of Ted Cruz’s best friend in college, law school, and beyond, David Panton.

I first became aware of Panton on reading about this interview with Harvard Law’s Alan Dershowitz, which is fascinating in its own right:

Alan Dershowitz, an emeritus professor at Harvard Law School, confirmed for Megyn Kelly during an appearance on Tuesday’s Kelly File that Ted Cruz was one of the smartest students he ever had. Dershowitz said teachers love to be challenged. And Cruz disagreed with everything he said and made such brilliant arguments that Dershowitz never had to play the devil’s advocate.

Dershowitz also admitted he took a lot of criticism from his lefty friends for being truthful about Cruz. He also told Kelly that Cruz’s politics were the opposite of Dershowitz’, but they were clear, principled, unwavering, and very intelligently presented.

Dershowitz is to be commended for that sort of courage, which he’s shown many times before in taking positions that are unpopular with his fellow liberals.

Here’s how Dershowitz brought up the topic of Cruz’s friendship with Panton:

[Cruz] had been a champion debater at Princeton and he and his Princeton roommate sat next to each other, and he was an African-American, a black kid from Jamaica, two of the most brilliant guys at Harvard Law school. And they were inseparable. And they had a team tag match. One guy finished, the other guy would raise his hand.

Here’s a photo from way back when:

panton

This was not just a passing thing or a token friendship, either; it seems like the real deal. The two have remained friends to the present day:

David Panton and Ted Cruz have been friends for the last 25 years, they attended one of the most prestigious universities at young ages, 17 and 20, and have since maintained a bond. Ted was like a lightning rod for controversy and a stickler for process and was disliked by many of his classmates until his friendship with the popular and extremely likeable Jamaican.

They became debate partners and roommates for the rest of their time at Princeton and continued when they went to Harvard Law School, winning the North American Championship in 1992 and becoming the top two debaters in the country. They both participated in political studies. Resulting from their close friendship, they became business partners. Cruz has made numerous visits to the island. Panton became Cruz’s best man at his wedding, whilst Cruz became godfather to Panton’s son with Lisa Hanna.

Note that “popular and extremely likeable” description of Panton. Interesting that he chose Cruz to be so close to. Here’s some more about Panton, who sounds like a pretty extraordinary person:

His brilliance as a Rhodes Scholar, which he received a doctorate in management studies from Oxford University, the youngest of his undergrad class, and among the youngest holders of a PhD from Oxford. He must be in the top 20 most brilliant Jamaican of all times, maybe not too far for the legendary Monsignor Wilson, who ranked sixth in the world in the 60s for brilliance. At Harvard Law School he became one of two black presidents in the history of Harvard Law Review, the other being President Obama.

There’s much more here. An excerpt:

The two were teenagers when they first met, assigned to live in the same freshman dorm at Princeton. They were an “unlikely couple,” Panton said last year to a radio station in Atlanta, where he now lives. Cruz was a deeply conservative Hispanic from a poor background while Panton, who is black, hailed from the upper crust of Jamaican society, where his father ran one of the island’s largest companies.

“Coming from a small school in a small town in Jamaica, I was young and felt both academically and culturally overwhelmed,” Panton told The Washington Post. “Ted was extremely pleasant and friendly and expressed genuine interest in my background.”

Cruz and Panton shared the love of a good argument and decided together to join Princeton’s competitive debate team, he said. Some classmates were baffled by the relationship between two people with seemingly opposite personalities. Panton, with his lilting Jamaican accent, exuded charm and made friends easily. Cruz was combative, developed few friendships and earned some lifelong enemies…

Panton said that over movies, video games and basketball, he saw another side of Cruz. “I am always surprised and perplexed by those who said they did not like Ted,” he said.

Panton’s Jamaican home played an important role in the relationship. Panton invited Cruz and Adam Erlich, a friend and fellow debater, to visit his family on the island…

When Panton was elected to become the president of the Harvard Law Review, the first person he called was—Ted Cruz.

61 Responses to “Okay, let’s play identity politics: a Ted Cruz friendship that should be publicized”

  1. ConceptJunkie Says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but the more details I read about Ted Cruz, the more I like him. Everything about him points to him being a man of great character, and someone who would make a good President.

    Contrast this with the rest of the pack that are still in the race… the more I find out about them, the less suited they seem to be for the job.

  2. Yann Says:

    No, Neo, that changes nothing.

    And I know it well because I have quite a similar character. Until the ADHD kicked hard and taught me some humility, I was used to be the smarter guy in the room, and I was an arrogant asshole. People either loved me or hated me. And I took after my mother, who was exactly the same and who was (as my aunt said once) extremely loved by some people and extremely hated by some other.

    So this is normal, you will find people who love Cruz, people who even love him a lot, but that doesn’t change anything.

  3. NeoConScum Says:

    WOW….!!! Thanks, Neo, for this closer look at
    Ted.

  4. neo-neocon Says:

    Yann:

    I’m not suggesting it will have a huge effect, but there are some people who will feel more kindly towards Cruz because of it, and find him to be less of a demon than they thought.

    As for “arrogant asshole,” I would think those words more accurately describe Donald Trump, whose “unfavorable” ratings are higher than Cruz. Those who dislike Cruz don’t usually describe him that way. They describe him as nerdy, stiff, too smart, untrustworthy and hypocritical (although they don’t quite say why), too conservative, too religious (“sanctimonious”), and with generally bad people skills.

  5. Gary Potter Says:

    Another great paean for Ted Cruz as a sixteen-year-long friend was written by Jay Nordlinger in the April 11th edition of National Review. I recommend that you quote from that, also.

  6. Yann Says:

    Neo,

    “Arrogant asshole” is a way of self-criticizing. I have never been described that way, more of a very clever but condescending and arrogant person. I didn’t say it that way, because it’s not the most suitable way when you talk about yourself, isn’t it?

    Nerdy? too smart? untrustworthy? hypocritical? yeap, I have been called that too.

    Anyway, that’s not the point. What I’m trying to say is that I know how it works because… I am quite that way and I can relate. And, if I am right, I can tell you that close people will love him, but he’ll keep being disliked by the majority. I can tell that he’s not untrustworthy neither hypocritical, but he’s not gonna make any effort to change that image because, deeply down, he doesn’t care what people who are not smart enough to see through appearances thinks about him. And I can tell you that he doesn’t have bad people skills. Even the opposite, but he only makes some effort to use them when he cares about the other person, as for example, this guy, Panton.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think so.

  7. Sardondi Says:

    Ted was much better looking as a college student. But then that happens to a lot of us…

  8. The Other Chuck Says:

    I get the feeling this is Monday morning quarterbacking, all the reasons people should have liked Cruz but missed. None of it changes gut feeling, or what my old friend called “the chicken thing.” In a chicken yard there is usually at least one chicken the others reject, one that looks the same, acts the same, may be just a well feathered, but is for some unknown reason picked on – literally. That’s Ted Cruz.

  9. David LeBlanc Says:

    Thank for a fine article. Passing it along.

  10. Roy Lofquist Says:

    It is quite common for very intelligent people to engender a visceral reaction from high achievers. High achievers often have a superiority complex. When faced with someone like Cruz they experience cognitive dissonance. He just might be superior and that is a threat to their ego. Cruz, like others I have met, hasn’t read Dale Carnegie. Or maybe he’d rather be right than liked.

  11. blert Says:

    Roy…

    I’d say you’re spot on.

  12. BWP Says:

    Some people believe that the President of the USA should be someone they can sit down and have a beer with at the end of the day. Sen. Cruz may, or may not, be one of those people. But I’d rather have him in the Oval Office running things than any other 20 Republicans you may name…and not a single person from the party of racism-Democrats.

  13. Ymarsakar Says:

    And, if I am right, I can tell you that close people will love him, but he’ll keep being disliked by the majority.

    You’re quite right about the hideous vices and flaws of humanity in general and in the majority though. To me, they’re zombies looking for a Divine King to lead them.

    Fanatic INdividualists and mass cult movements don’t tend to go along together well.

  14. Fran Meaney Says:

    Ted is a principled Constitutional conservative who fights for what he believes. He is just what this nation needs as president right now. He’s a family man from a poor background who wants all Americans to believe they have a chance to be whatever they want to be — and that the government can provide a helping hand for them to capitalize on their opportunities.

  15. Dirtyjobsguy Says:

    I’ve read that trump has few real friends. There are very few in the real estate or banking business who will work with him. Yet it’s Ted Cruz who is unloved?

  16. Bo Tudela Says:

    The Republican establishment and big business would rather have Trump as a nominee than Cruz. This is because they think that Trump has a better chance of loosing to Hillary. They are more afraid of Cruz winning than Trump or Hillary because Cruz represents fundamental change to the government and the way things are done – the establishment is getting along in this system. They would like to see small changes along the edges. They do not want radical change which could effect their position.

  17. brdavis9 Says:

    Something just struck me, and I realized we’re not replaying the decline and fall of the Roman Republic.

    We’re not going the way of Rome. No, not really.

    We’re going the way of ancient Israel.

    1 Samuel 8
    4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.

    5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[b] us, such as all the other nations have.”

    6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.

    7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.

    8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.

    9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”

    10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king.

    11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.

    12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.

    13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.

    14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.

    15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.

    16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use.

    17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.

    18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.

    19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us.

    20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

    21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord.

    22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”

  18. RCCJr Says:

    Mr. Panton was an African-American Jamaican? How, exactly, does that work?

  19. CV Says:

    I second the suggestion to read Jay Nordlinger’s accounts of his long friendship with Cruz.

    My theory is that Cruz truly is brilliant (as opposed to Obama’s fake brilliance) and that is intimidating to many people and they “dislike” feeling inferior and hence dislike Ted. I’ll bet many of his former classmates and colleagues in government fall into this category. Couple that with the fact that he is a white male conservative, which makes him a natural target for personal and nasty attacks by the left, and it all adds up to a reputation as a “guy nobody likes,” even though he seems to be “likeable enough,” to coin a phrase! Not damming Ted with faint praise though, as Obama famously did regarding Hillary:)

  20. BLBeamer Says:

    Not to denigrate Mr. Panton, who sounds like an extraordinary person, but so what if he was only the second black man elected president of the Harvard Law Review? That’s equivalent to the Mr. Congeniality award. The real significant, academically heavyweight office is the editor of the Harvard Law Review.

    Yes, that implies exactly what you think it does regarding Barack Obama.

  21. Ready for the Apocalypse Says:

    RCCJr: “an African-American Jamaican? How, exactly, does that work?”

    Yeah LOL.

    Also, playing the “I have a smart black friend” card is going to achieve absolutely nothing, politically. Do you really think any black or white liberal voters are going to warm up to Ted because he has a black friend? Me neither.

  22. Daniel in Brookline Says:

    brdavis9: you are correct.

    And the point you make applies just as well to 2008 as it does to 2016. The people wanted a king, by God, and they got one.

    Will they get one again? If the race comes down to Trump vs. Hillary, then yes, why yes they will.

    I keep consoling myself with the words of Harry Truman — that the Republic can survive bad Presidents now and then. It’s designed to do so. We survived five bad Presidents in a row, 1841 – 1860, without whom (according to Truman) we might not have had a Civil War, but the Republic survived.

    Or, in the words of a popular Israeli song — getting played more as we approach Passover — “avarnu et Par’o, na’avor gam et zeh”. (Translation: we survived Pharoah. We’ll survive this too.)

  23. T Says:

    “The hype on Republicans is that they’re racist bigots.”

    And the antidote for that disease is this must-read from Bill Whittle (h/t Instapundit):

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/262551/bill-whittle-goes-lions-den-frontpagemagcom

  24. expat Says:

    I like really smart people because I can learn from them. Dumb people can be boring. Average smart people are OK if they keep their minds open and are willing to learn from real-life experiences.

    I think I would enjoy sitting around and listening to Ted talk with his friends so long as they let me ask a question or two.

  25. brdavis9 Says:

    Okay Daniel in Brookline, that made me laugh.

    And was comforting. Win-win.

    We survived Pharaoh. We’ll survive this too.

    What can I say. I’m a nerd.

  26. Darrell Says:

    I’m sure that a similar article could be written about Trump. But, pointing out that some people like Cruz or Trump hardly makes a strong case for who would be the best candidate to run in the general election. Hillary has high negatives and soft support from Democrats. So, she is probably beatable by either Cruz or Trump, if the candidates and the republican voters set aside their differences and just support/vote for the eventual Republican nominee in November. I simply don’t buy the BS being shoveled by many Cruz and Trump supporters that Hillary would somehow be better than voting for the guy that they don’t like. Either one of these guys would lead to a better result than having another Clinton in the White House.

  27. T Says:

    Darrell,

    “Either one of these guys would lead to a better result than having another Clinton in the White House.”

    I’d suggest the following:

    “Either one of these guys would lead to a better result than having Hillary Clinton in the White House.”

  28. T Says:

    Put aside, for a moment, Benghazi, the e-mail scandal the “reset” button and all the other failures of her tenure. I see to very fundamental problems in Hillary Clinton’s candidacy:

    First, Her drive to the presidency is (IMO) exclusively fueled by her lust for power and the historical oddity of being the first (only?) female president. There is no vision there; hers would be a cut-and-paste presidency of incongruous policies (didn’t this define her tenure at state?)

    Second, she seems to work from same anti-Western civ bias as Obama. We’ve seen this before: “All cultures should be equal . . . except for Western civilization which is worse than any of them.”

    Self-loathing and incongruous policy — we’ve seen this receipe for disaster for the past seven plus years. I, for one, do not wish to live through four (or eight) more years of this trash.

    I don’t know what to expect of Trump (or Cruz for that matter) but as of this writing I am absolutely convinced that their worst would still be better than Clinton’s best.

  29. liz Says:

    Check out this from the Cruz Campaign (via Powerline). Hope I copied it correctly?!? Dings both Trump and Hillary.

    https://youtu.be/4cpqoVqqDGk

    I remember listening to one of our brilliant MSM folks, reporting from England and talking about an “African-American” totally ignoring that the person was a British citizen. She just couldn’t say “black”.

    A friend married a person from South Africa (very white), but is considering telling her daughter to fill out college applications stating that she is “African American”, which would be technically correct.

  30. skies Says:

    Ted Cruz is still a Green Card Amnesty, voterless delegate stealing, TPP and Global Warming Tax supporting economic Canadian disaster.

  31. neo-neocon Says:

    skies:

    Well of course, if the great skies says it, it must be so.

  32. Michael Adams Says:

    Expat: Yes you would enjoy such a conversation with Cruz. I have. He was fun. Even in private, he was charitable toward Jay Nordlinger’s first wife, who left Jay because, in, MY opinion, he was not shallow enough

    Note, also, that Cruz has never to my knowledge, traded on his Black friendship. That just is not the done thing. So, he doesn’t do it.

    I will add, when we first knew Mr Cruz, he was very skittish of the immigration issue, because to raise it opens one to the charge of racism. It was my wife who showed him another way of thinking about the matter. (Sure, others, too, no doubt. But anyone smart enough to listen to my Beloved Spousal Unit is always first in line for my vote.)

  33. neo-neocon Says:

    T:

    You write that Hillary’s “drive to the presidency is (IMO) exclusively fueled by her lust for power and the historical oddity of being the first (only?) female president. There is no vision there; hers would be a cut-and-paste presidency of incongruous policies.”

    And you don’t think something similar drives Trump? Other than the “female president” part, I mean?

    Actually, I don’t think you’re right about Hillary. I think she has a political vision, which is basically similar to Obama’s domestically and a little better than Obama’s in terms of foreign relations. I don’t see her as sharing his animus towards America and his desire to humble and punish it.

    I think both Clinton and Trump would be disastrous as presidents, but in very different ways. I am not at all sure which would be worse. Sometimes I think Hillary would, sometimes I think Trump would, but I do not want the choice to be between those two.

  34. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    An encouraging insight into Ted Cruz’s humanity. Does Obama have that close a friend? Does Trump?

    Yann,
    It’s been my observation that ‘very smart people’, who typically act condescendingly toward others, are not nearly as smart, as they imagine themselves to be…

    Roy,
    I suspect it’s not ‘being right’ that matters to Ted Cruz but getting to the heart of the matter, something he judges to be of far more importance than possible hurt feelings.

    Ready for the Apocalypse,
    It won’t help him directly but it would help him to eviscerate any charge that as he is a republican, Cruz must be a racist and/or that the policies he supports are racist.

    Bo,
    How would Cruz effect radical change over bipartisan opposition? Trump the deal maker is certainly preferable for the GOPe but Trump the wild man?

    brdavis9,
    It’s both I think. Because we are going the way of Isreal, our ‘Rome’ is throwing open its gates to the barbarians.

    Daniel,
    Truman assumed that there would always remain a Republic to be renewed afterwards.

    expat,
    Wisdom and intelligence are of course different qualities. There are millions of very smart people, (Dershowitz partially qualifies) with closed minds. An open mind requires the prerequisite that we value wisdom over being smart. That facts matter more than wishes. Many are smart, far fewer wise.

  35. Baklava Says:

    I’ve always liked Cruz.

    I gave Trump a chance. My respect and like for him declined QUICKLY with HIS OWN ACTIONS AND WORDS.

    He never gave substantive proposals. He never behaved himself respectfully. He is inarticulate and can’t promote conservatism and will in fact damage conservatism for the next 25 years at least.

    We will not recover from him.

    At least Obama isn’t associated with conservatism. We can point people to solutions for our country’s ails.

    Obama and the Democrat party moved things backwards but we had hope.

    Trump offers no hope.

  36. richard40 Says:

    great article. As soon as I saw the dershowitz interview, and he said Cruz best friend in college was a black guy from jamaica, who was just as brilliant as cruz, I thought that would make a great article for somebody.

  37. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Slightly off topic. Trump is criticizing the NC law that states that people must use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate. Cruz is thankfully defending the proposition that men should not be able to lawfully enter a woman’s bathroom with a young girl in it.

    Pedophiles are licking their chops at the prospect of new hunting grounds.

    While ESPN fires baseball great Curt Schilling for tweeting a politically incorrect opinion.

  38. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    “I thought that would make a great article for somebody.” richard40

    I can hardly wait for the mass media coverage. I’m sure 60 minutes is all over it. sarc off

    The only light that story will see is on the blogs.

  39. J. S. Bridges Says:

    All very amusing – and also entirely beside the point…it is entirely irrelevant to the issue presently at hand just what sort of person Ted Cruz was – allegedly – as a college student, however fabulous his friendship was with an apparently-brilliant Jamaican fellow-student. There is only this: 1) Ted Cruz is – now – a hard-nosed elitist politician, highly-ambitious and rather dangerously-talented…because he is aimed only at gaining the power-base of POTUS, by any means necessary – to do what? Whatever will advantage HIM in exercising that power, if he can achieve it, that is what. That makes him not materially different, except in comparative skill-level, with a Marco Rubio or any of the Bushes. 2) Ted Cruz – unless he manages to lie, cheat and steal his way there, which is presently unlikely – is NOT going to be the next POTUS. If he keeps on going as he is sufficiently-long, the most that he is at all likely to achieve is to make Hillary Clinton the 45th POTUS, which woud be an unalloyed disaster. 3) Finally – and this is the REAL crux of the matter: It simply does not matter if Donald Trump actually achieves the Presidency – his primary usefulness in the current election cycle is to rip to covers off of the horrid, rotting corruption that is both the Rethuglican and the Democrap sub-divisions of the current Central Political Oligarchy/Aristocracy/Tyrrany in this deeply-wounded and dying Republic of ours, with particular emphasis upon crushing and fatally-defenestrating the slimy, rotting filth that is the GOPe. He is every true U.S. patriot’s weapon in achieving just that – and if he can manage to achieve the Rethuglican nomination and then use it to leverage himself successfully into the Presidency, he may well be able to accomplish even more of the necessary wreckage of the ugly, expensive. rotten-through-and-through structure that is National-level politics and “government” in America today. He’s a slightly-dull-edged meat-axe, aimed at just that sort of purpose – and many of us really don’t give a s**t what else he may be…That’s it.

  40. Eric Says:

    … He is every true U.S.S.R. patriot’s weapon in achieving just that …

  41. Chris Says:

    J.S. Bridges- um.. Don’t take this the wrong way, but… have you considered therapy?

  42. Yann Says:

    @Geoffrey Britain
    I didn’t said it was condescending, I said it was perceived that way. Perception is often filtered by emotional judgement, and emotional judgement is often closely related to the signals of connection and reciprocity a person receives, which is part of a person people skills. I was trying to explain how signals can be misinterpreted in some cases, and how I thought, based in personal experience, that Cruz could be a similar case.

    Whatever.

  43. T Says:

    Neo,

    “I think she has a political vision, which is basically similar to Obama’s . . . . “

    I repeat: “. . . we’ve seen this receipe for disaster for the past seven plus years. I, for one, do not wish to live through four (or eight) more years of this trash.”

    Trump’s campaign slogan is: Make America Great Again”

    Hillary’s is . . . . ? I’m going to close coal mines and put miners out of work? I’m going to reset our relations with Russia? I’m going to raise the minimum wage?

    I have written here before that Clinton will do for Clinton, and likewise,I expect Trump to do for Trump. Trump, however may have coattails that our country can ride. Hillary, like Obama as you point out, has none. She has served notice that the people she would govern are her enemy.

    A reminder: I do hope Cruz can pull this off both in the primary and in the national election. Someone who is feared by both the Dem and the Republican establishments must be doing something right. But we should all come to the realization that if one is #NeverTrump or #NeverCruz one is pro Hillary by default. That is simply a mathematical voting fact. I truly believe that is has never been so important to not sit out a national election for those of us who claim to be non-progressive or anti-progressive. We used to refer to that as “cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.”

  44. parker Says:

    JSB,

    Speed kills, but before it kills it produces extreme paranoia, hallucinations, and makes the user prone to belief in conspiracy theories and belief in the occult. Ease back partner and seek rehab.

  45. parker Says:

    T,

    IMO Trump has less than zero coattails. Thus, the dilemma faced by the gope. They fear Cruz as the head of the party, but are not so stupid as to realize what will happen down ticket if the donald is the nominee.

  46. The Captain's Journal » Notes From HPS Says:

    […] The unlikable Ted Cruz.  Or not. […]

  47. BEB Says:

    Interesting story but I’ve been so turned off by Cruz and his underhanded electioneering tactics that I can’t see myself ever supporting him with a vote. He just seems to have no integrity.

    Maybe he’s a great guy and simply suffers a perception problem but that’s kind of important.

  48. expat Says:

    BEB,
    But someone who approves of using eminent domain to enrich themselves, someone who cheats on his wives and brags about it, someone who threatens any opponents with lawsuits, someone who insults Scottish farmers is a person of integrity?

  49. T Says:

    “Hillary’s is . . . . ? I’m going to close coal mines and put miners out of work? I’m going to reset our relations with Russia? I’m going to raise the minimum wage?” @11:05 pm above

    Add to that, this:

    “At a meeting with families of gun-violence victims in Hartford, Conn., today, Hillary Clinton vowed to use “every single minute of every day” to “change the gun culture” in America.

    Link: https://pjmedia.com/election/2016/04/21/clinton-vows-to-spend-every-single-minute-as-president-to-change-gun-culture/

  50. DNW Says:

    ” J. S. Bridges Says:
    April 21st, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    … it is entirely irrelevant to the issue presently at hand just what sort of person Ted Cruz was – allegedly – as a college student, here is only this: 1) Ted Cruz is – now – a hard-nosed elitist politician, highly-ambitious and rather dangerously-talented…because he is aimed only at gaining the power-base of POTUS, by any means necessary – to do what? … Finally – and this is the REAL crux of the matter: It simply does not matter if Donald Trump actually achieves the Presidency – his primary usefulness in the current election cycle is to rip to covers off of the horrid, rotting corruption that is both the Rethuglican and the Democrap sub-divisions of the current Central Political Oligarchy/Aristocracy/Tyrrany in this deeply-wounded and dying Republic of ours, with particular emphasis upon crushing and fatally-defenestrating the slimy, rotting filth that is the GOPe. He is every true U.S. patriot’s weapon in achieving just that – and if he can manage to achieve the Rethuglican nomination and then use it to leverage himself successfully into the Presidency, he may well be able to accomplish even more of the necessary wreckage of the ugly, expensive. rotten-through-and-through structure that is National-level politics and “government” in America today. He’s a slightly-dull-edged meat-axe, aimed at just that sort of purpose – and many of us really don’t give a s**t what else he may be…That’s it.”

    Don’t like corrupt Republican elites, eh?

    You might then enjoy listening to this, on the Washington Cartel, corrupt lobbyists, bought politicians, and the volcanic frustration of the American people.

  51. Ymarsakar Says:

    Trump is criticizing the NC law that states that people must use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate.

    Ouch. That’s not going to please the Alt Right activists.

  52. Ymarsakar Says:

    He is every true U.S. patriot’s weapon in achieving just that – and if he can manage to achieve the Rethuglican nomination and then use it to leverage himself successfully into the Presidency, he may well be able to accomplish even more of the necessary wreckage of the ugly, expensive. rotten-through-and-through structure that is National-level politics and “government” in America today. He’s a slightly-dull-edged meat-axe, aimed at just that sort of purpose – and many of us really don’t give a s**t what else he may be…That’s it.

    And if Trump boosts HRC into power instead, if Trump becomes a Tyrant equal to Hussein and orders the liquidation of fellow American patriots, what are you going to do about it?

    Because if you don’t fall on your sword as a result of your guilt and mistake/sabotage, there will be people pissed enough in this country that will make you do it. You know this yourself, if you look in your heart and see the depth of emotion there. Do you really believe the rest of us lack that hate or ruthless will power.

  53. Ymarsakar Says:

    J.S. Bridges- um.. Don’t take this the wrong way, but… have you considered therapy?

    The last time I heard somebody in the US, say the army, went for therapy was under Major Hassan of Ft Hood 1.

    Remember what happened there?

  54. Ymarsakar Says:

    brdavis9 Quite right. Lots of scriptures cover why the Christian God scattered the Jewish clans of the House of Ishmael. Or was that Israel, damn Hebrew.

  55. “A Ted Cruz Friendship that Should Be Publicized” | The Locker Room Says:

    […] the title of a recent post by Neo-neocon. The friendship she has in mind is the one between the Republican presidential candidate and a […]

  56. Beldar Says:

    around the end of February, the spouse of a former colleague of mine, over dinner at another friend/colleague’s birthday party, told me about her family’s personal encounter with Ted Cruz. These friends are articulate and passionate life-long Democrats whose hearts were for Bernie but who’ll bite the bitter pill and vote for Hillary. We argue politics with passionate respect, which is part of why they’re dear friends. For convenience, I’ll call my friends Agnes and Larry for purposes of this re-told tale.

    Agnes & Larry have a very bright, accomplished, and politically conscious daughter who’s a sophomore at an eastern (non-Ivy, but good) university. But when she was a senior in high school, she was their town’s representative at Girl’s Nation in Washington, as part of which the students get to meet and shake hands and get photographed with the POTUS (Bill Clinton got his photo with JFK that way), and they also get to meet their home-state Senators and home-district Congressmen. Cruz had just come to the Senate, so Agnes & Larry’s daughter, whom I’ll call Zoe, was part of the group waiting to meet & greet Sen. Cruz in some Capitol conference room.

    But Cruz was already something of a celebrity on the Hill, and so there were also a lot of other Girl’s Nation delegates from other states who’d come to meet Cruz. And in the press of the crowd, Zoe never quite got close enough to speak to Cruz, and (sez Agnes, relaying Zoe’s story) Cruz, trailing staff, was literally walking out the door to his next appointment when Zoe piped up: “Hey, I’m from Texas, and I didn’t get to meet you, Sen. Cruz!”

    Whereupon Cruz executed a sharp about-face and went directly to Zoe, and then sat down across from her. He gave her 15 minutes of his undivided attention. Zoe said they agreed on nothing of substance, but she was nevertheless extremely taken with how focused he was, what a good listener he was, how what he was saying to her responded to what she’d said to him (rather than being a campaign speech).

    “It terrifies me to think he might win,” Agnes told me, “But it’s impossible to hate him when he’s been that magnificent to your little girl.”

  57. Ymarsakar Says:

    Beldar, I’m reminded of all the little girls the Left sold out to black thugs, Islamic rapists, and Planned Profit bio tech profit schemes with that last line.

    I suppose for Leftists, none of that matters until the victims are someone they care about.

  58. daniel obrien Says:

    Doesn’t count. Panton is not a Black Black.

  59. Richard Saunders Says:

    There are a few differences between the Donald and the Evil Empress. Donald likes his dough, but I get the distinct impression he’s not as obsessed with grabbing more and more of it, as Hillary is. I think he genuinely loves this country and will not seek to destroy it. I disagree with Neo on this aspect of the Evil Empress — she cares for nothing except herself and would happily do anything, including but not limited to trashing the Constitution, to give herself more power.

    Donald, the assh*le, will, like a broken clock, be right twice a day. Hillary? Never!

  60. Richard Saunders Says:

    Black is not a color, nor a cultural heritage (c.f. Barak Hussein Obama) nor even an ancestry, it is a political position. Clarence Thomas is not Black, Neither are Alan West, Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Tim Scott, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Mia Love, Star Parker, and a host of others. Rachel Dolezal, on the other hand, is Black.

    Get it?

  61. neo-neocon Says:

    Richard Saunders:

    Trump is even more obsessed with money than Hillary, and has been for much much longer. He has few other interests, except golf, women, reality TV, politics, and himself.

    Yes, he loves this country. I once listed that as one of his very very very few good traits. But that doesn’t mean he will do any better at Hillary in doing good things for it. Do you think most tyrants don’t love their countries? I can assure you that most of them do.

    He is also highly highly obsessed with power. This is the part that I’m puzzled that more people don’t see. He’s every bit as obsessed with it as she. He praises the naked exercise of power (Tienanmen Square, for example). He is less familiar with, and in my opinion most likely cares even less about, constitutional restraints on power than she.

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