Aside from not putting himself in quarantine upon return from Mexico, Ted Cruz continues to lose the PR battle of abandoning his Texas constituents. Because he’s a populist, he also got “mariachied” today. Like a normal person naming his dog Ted Cruz, Ted’s an unreal populist.
Beto O'Rourke drove from El Paso to Austin yesterday to deliver water to desperate Texans. That's an 8.5 hour drive for those of you not familiar with Texas.@TedCruz did a photo op putting a case of water in a car after returning from Cancun.@JohnCornyn was golfing with Trump.
— Monica Fraker (@FrakerMonica) February 21, 2021
— Ryan Graney👩🏻🦰 (@RyanEGraney) February 22, 2021
“Cruz understood that calling someone a “snowflake” is a cruel insult to level at your enemies. Then he named his own dog Snowflake. That’s like a normal person naming his dog Ted Cruz.”
A populist doesn’t have friends who leak texts to an editor at the New York Times. Because a populist’s friends don’t know any editors at the New York Times.
This made me spit coffee:
“Cruz understood that calling someone a “snowflake” is a cruel insult to level at your enemies. Then he named his own dog Snowflake. That’s like a normal person naming his dog Ted Cruz.”https://t.co/aRf2YoWCiS @washingtonpost
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) February 21, 2021
Ted Cruz Under Fire After Texas Winter Storm ‘Photo Op’ Shows Him Handing Out Water to Residents https://t.co/532VEzm1I4
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) February 21, 2021
Cruz had an image problem, to say the least. Texans saw what Ted chose to do when faced with an emergency and then the lies he’d spray upon being caught. It is patently offensive to see Ted out “volunteering” loading water into cars. We should make clear, had Cruz done his volunteering Wednesday, it would be respectable, no matter how much he’s hated by everyone on the left, and on the right.
Cruz definitely had to do something in an attempt to redeem himself, a little. Had we been staffers for Cruz, we would have recommended a photo-op showing him going into city hall, with an explanation that he wanted to get to the bottom of what happened so that he could as much help from Washington and the state as possible. We would have to respect that, too. Ted is one of the very few who could undertake that project and actually make a difference.
We would tell him that loading up cars for a photo-op will only make it worse. But that’s exactly what Ted chose to do. It could not possibly have looked more desperate, or obvious. Well, wait, the one thing he could do to make it more desperate is to post the pictures himself. He wouldn’t do that though…
Again, this would have been fine Wednesday. He had a few choices to redeem himself yesterday but chose the photo-op instead. Forty-two thousand replies later and Ted only seems to be making it worse.
The price gouging is illegal under state law. It should never have happened, and every instance of it is a criminal act. The perpetrators should return the money or be prosecuted. The PUC order during the declared disaster was illegal. pic.twitter.com/zpu5tPvRt8
— Javier Ruedas (@jruedas1) February 22, 2021