EDITORIAL: This is just more evidence that media wants Trump to win because they know they can own him. The qualities the author describes as dangerous about Ted Cruz are great qualities for a president to have. In fact, they call him anti-establishment. They don’t say that about Donald Trump, even though his supporters ALL use being anti-establishment as their primary reasoning for voting for the buffoon.
Newsweek, everything you say about Trump screams, “LOSER” as in useless, worthless idiot. Yet you call Ted Cruz the dangerous one. I guess you would see it that way. He’d take your control away and bring goodness and light back into our nation. Yeah, you want your evil dark work to continue and that’s why you’re pimping a puppet for president!
More awaken to your fraud and corruption every day. Your time is limited. Your glamor is fading fast!
1. Cruz is more fanatical. Sure, Trump is a bully and bigot, but he doesn’t hew to any sharp ideological line. Cruz is a fierce ideologue: He denies the existence of man-made climate change, rejects same-sex marriage, wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, believes the Second Amendment guarantees everyone a right to guns.
He doesn’t believe in a constitutional divide between church and state, favors the death penalty, rejects immigration reform, demands the repeal of Obamacare and takes a strict “originalist” view of the meaning of the Constitution.
2. Cruz is a true believer. Trump has no firm principles except making money, getting attention and gaining power. But Cruz has spent much of his life embracing radical-right economic and political views.
3. Cruz is more disciplined and strategic. Trump is all over the place, often winging it, saying whatever pops into his mind. Cruz hews to a clear script and a carefully crafted strategy. He plays the long game (as he’s shown in Iowa).
4. Cruz is a loner who’s willing to destroy government institutions to get his way. Trump has spent his career using the federal government and making friends with big shots. Not Cruz. He has repeatedly led Republicans toward fiscal cliffs. In the fall of 2013, his opposition to Obamacare led in a significant way to the shutdown of the federal government.
Both men would be disasters for America, but Ted Cruz would be the larger disaster.
Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was secretary of labor in the Clinton administration. Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 13 books, including the best-sellers Aftershockand The Work of Nations. His latest, Beyond Outrage, is out in paperback. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.