Some politicians are known for throwing a punch. Ted Cruz has developed a knack for becoming a punch line.
Cruz’s critics – including everyone from media commentators to late-night talk show hosts – are ridiculing the Texas senator for picking Carly Fiorina as a running mate despite the fact that Republican voters have yet to pick him as their nominee.
One of the best digs came from Conan O’Brien, who quipped that – since Cruz recently lost a string of primaries – Fiorina was now “a heartbeat away from never being president.”
At the very least, many political observers agreed, the gesture was desperate and cynical.
It was neither. In fact, it was brilliant. Anyone who doesn’t see that is missing something. Make that 10 things.
Cruz’s campaign slogan insists that voters can “TrusTed.” With his latest move, his supporters should trust that he knows what he is doing. If the objective is to flip the script and flummox the front-runner, Fiorina is a smart choice at the right moment.
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