Friday, September 01, 2023

Macho, Macho Man

Ted Cruz is a tough guy. If you don't believe it, just ask him. He drinks beer and says "kiss my ass!
He (and a few other rightists) evidently are referring to the report that

A statement from Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Dr. George Koob to the publication Thursday indicates that the U.S. could soon follow a Canadian guideline advising its citizens to limit themselves to two alcoholic beverages per week.

“I mean, [alcohol consumption guidelines] are not going to go up, I’m pretty sure. So if [guidelines] go in any direction, it would be toward Canada,” Koob said.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction recommended in January that its citizens have no more than two drinks per week regardless of gender. The CDC currently recommends that, in the U.S., men limit themselves to two drinks per day and women to one.

The advice would not be mandatory but merely advisory and may not even be issued at all. In a food fight in March of 2016 Donald Trump, who had previously claimed that Ted Cruz's father Rafael was with Lee Harvey Oswald before the latter shot and killed President John F. Kennedy

re-tweeted side-by-side images of Cruz’s wife, with an unflattering grimace, and Melania in a gauzy, glamorous pose. “No need to ‘spill the beans'” read the caption. “The images are worth a thousand words.”

At an event Thursday in Wisconsin, Cruz responded by calling Trump “a sniveling coward” who has a problem with women – particularly “strong women.”

Cruz continued to dig in Friday, painting Trump’s comments as part of a larger pattern of misogyny.

Yet, as the Washington Post outlined in March of 2022, Cruz in January 2, 2021 unveiled a proposal for an "emergency 10-day audit," approved by Donald Trump, which could have enabled Republican state legislators to overturn the results of the presidential election. In a statement to the Post, the famous conservative jurist J. Michael Luttig explained

Once Ted Cruz promised to object, January 6 was all but foreordained, because Cruz was the most influential figure in the Congress willing to force a vote on Trump’s claim that the election was stolen. He was also the most knowledgeable of the intricacies of both the Electoral Count Act and the Constitution, and the ways to exploit the two.”....

He went on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to apologize for calling Jan. 6 “a violent terrorist attack,” saying his “frankly dumb” language referred only to those who attacked police officers, not “peaceful protesters supporting Donald Trump.” He played up claims that the government was somehow involved in the attack on the Capitol, asking an FBI official at a Senate hearing, “How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of Jan. 6?”

Last month, he visited Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and tweeted a photo of the meeting. He rode shotgun in the lead vehicle in a trucker convoy protesting pandemic-related mandates in a March 10 event. He posed a series of confrontational questions to Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson regarding her views on anti-racism.

Ted Cruz did not quite do a "180." Even after Trump publicly insulted Mrs. Cruz's appearance and implied that Rafael Cruz was involved in the JFK assassination, Cruz did not call for him to be exiled. And when the Texas senator warmed up to Trump, he didn't offer to become butler to the then-President (not quite, anyway). Nonetheless, he now has spent roughly six years kissing the posterior of someone who has made it clear that if it benefitted him in the least, he would drive over Cruz, back up over him, then go forward and drive over him again.

But Cancun Ted, with degrees from two Ivy League universities, drinks beer in public and says "kiss my ass."  A real man's man, he is.

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