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Vail Daily column: GOP Cruz’n for a bruisin’

Richard Carnes
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Come on GOP, you simply must do better.

Enabling the male version of Sarah Palin to be your first ring toss for 2016 is like allowing Mohammad Atta’s brother to pilot your tour helicopter over New York City.

Yes, the duly elected Texas Senator who read “Green Eggs and Ham” on the Senate floor in the 174th attempt to do some trivial amount of damage to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare for the ignorant), has thrown his half-gallon hat into the presidential ring for 2016.

The man will sadly never grasp what a 10-gallon hat really stands for.

Either way, Cruz has done for the Republican Party what Al Sharpton has done for African-Americans, which is basically not a damn thing positive while riling up the uneducated and delusionary ignorant for his own selfish gain.

Even his own father goes out of his way to push this gawd-awful evangelical babble about his son being one of the evangelical Christians who are to be anointed as “kings” to take control of all sectors of society and “bring the spoils of war to the priests,” thus helping to bring about a prophesied great transfer of wealth from the wicked to the righteous — whatever the hell all that nonsense means.

To make matters even more embarrassing, this Homer Simpson of science is the latest chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, meaning he oversees and thus has a great deal of influence upon NASA.

The man who says his “touchstone for every question is the Constitution” and “Christians are being systematically exterminated” is in charge of the future for mankind’s never-ending quest for knowledge in the universe, a.k.a. science.

Wow, it’s looking like just another day in Stupidville for the GOP.

As the Yoko Ono of the Republican Party, Cruz drives a wedge down the middle (or at least the far right edge) of a semi-functioning group and then shatters it into so many fragments that none stand a chance of ever being elected dog catcher, much less a position of importance to cats.

And the American people are supposed to take this imbecile seriously?

Cruz opposes abortion, birth control, gay marriage, pornography, prostitution and secularism in any form while supporting the death penalty and prayer in school.

Every radical Muslim that I have ever seen and/or heard agrees on every point. Please tell me you see the connection.

Come on, it can’t just be me.

The GOP is split enough already between the Tea Party, the moderates and the evangelicals, and it appears to me that Cruz is little more than a plant to assure another Bush as the GOP candidate, yet I guarantee there’s no way another Bush can win.

So what’s the point?

Extremism on either side only creates wider divides and does nothing to advance our nation forward, and if the GOP insist upon floating more and more of these buffoons as window dressing for their cause, I might just have to sit back and wait until an entire group of these placating ideologues are standing on a stage and asked what some consider the defining question, “Do you believe in evolution?”

At least it will be entertaining.

“Twenty years from now if there is some obscure trivial pursuit question, I am confident I will be the answer,” said Cruz on the floor of the Senate.

Let’s just hope the GOP quickly ends their pursuit of such trivial candidates.

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at

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