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November 12, 2013

GOP searching for 
next attention-getter

“Cruzin’” to the White House? Perhaps not.

I have read that the master plan for shutting down the “gummint” (LBJ and POGO speak) was the main reason Ted Cruz played his cards the way he did. His version of Texas Hold ‘em & squeeze didn’t work this time, but I wouldn’t put it past him and his Koch brothers support to try again.

I have noticed that, for some people, getting attention is as important as intelligent ideas, especially for the tea party. So, if I’m right, the yellers and fact-less farm team will hustle and scam again.

Here is my proposed Republic of Tea Party ticket for 2016 — Ted Cruz for president, Michele Bachmann or Rand Paul for V.P., and Sarah Palin for secretary of state. Maybe they can find a place for Rick Perry, the Texas governor who is trying to cut veterans’ Medicaid benefits. Put him into the cabinet overseeing Health & Human Services, since his state has the most uninsured people. That qualifies him for the Bizarro government.

Keeping with that theme, Sen. Cruz looks to me like the square-jawed villain in one of the old Superman movies, though with a few more years of drinking, he could easily morph into McCarthy; the rhetoric is so close.

I can’t tell what they will do, after the insurance website gets fixed. It will. Of course, the distraction of the shutdown most likely didn’t help, but you know how hard it is to focus on the rising water when the sharks are circling.

So, the Republicans shut down the government, costing $24 billion, and then they complain because the thing over which they were so belligerent has a glitch. Some fine hypocrisy, I believe.

Be afraid, be very afraid!

Alan Kaplan


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