Is Ted Cruz cracking up?

Ted Cruz

From ABC News: “Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speculated Donald Trump doesn’t want to disclose his tax filings because he may have business ties to the mafia and donated to left-leaning organizations like Planned Parenthood. “There have been multiple media reports about Donald’s business dealings with the mob, with the mafia,” Cruz said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Maybe his tax returns show that those business dealings are a lot more extensive than reported. We don’t know.””

Seriously, is Ted Cruz grasping at straws or what?

Then there is the retort that Cruz gave to Chris Wallace during an interview on Fox News Sunday.

Raw Story reports what happened: “Fox News host Chris Wallace smacked down Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Sunday after the GOP hopeful suggested that tough questions about dirty election tricks meant that the anchor was working for Donald Trump’s campaign.

If Cruz thinks that a snippy response to Chris Wallace will win him his party’s nomination, then Cruz is in for a rude awakening.

Granted, Cruz is the last person who would be mistaken for Mr. Congeniality. In an article published by Psychology Today, neurologist Richard E. Cytowic, M.D. writes the following.

It’s remarkable how many colleagues and former associates say that they “loathe” Cruz. A Bush alumnus told The New York Times‘ Frank Bruni, “Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time.” Former Senate Majority leader Bob Dole says, “Nobody likes him,” while Rep. Peter King sees “malice” behind his visage. According to The Washington Post, screenwriter Craig Mazin, Cruz’s former Princeton roommate, calls him a “huge asshole,” and “creepy.” He’s Tweeted, “Getting emails blaming me for not smothering Ted Cruz in his sleep in 1988.” The distaste for Cruz extends well beyond the US: Germans say Backpfeifengesicht, meaning a face in need of a good punch.

One might wonder if Cruz’s charm deficit has anything to do with the reason that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has endorsed Donald Trump. That endorsement is a bit surprising in light of the working relationship that Cruz had with Sessions. The Washington Post reports the following:

Cruz and Sessions, one of the most conservative members of the Senate, have forged a close relationship in recent years. Cruz has regularly made reference to Sessions on the trail, emphasizing the mutual respect between the two.Sessions appeared with Cruz in Daphne, Ala., in December and has defended the senator from Texas against accusations that he once supported a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants. Sessions has supported Cruz’s claim that an amendment he offered, which stripped the bill of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants but granted legal status, was intended as a “poison pill” that would kill the legislation.

Perhaps Cruz would be more popular on Capitol Hill if he didn’t remind people of another person who was a major pain to his colleagues.

Backpfeifengesicht indeed.

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