Ted Cruz, ‘Tough as Texas’?

Just when I thought political humor was dead.

Just when I thought political humor was dead, comes this anti-Ted Cruz ad:

The backstory from the Dallas Morning News:

An anti-Ted Cruz group is poking fun at the senator’s “Tough as Texas” slogan by pointing out how he cozied up to Donald Trump despite the abuse the president heaped on him during the 2016 campaign.

The ad, released Monday by Fire Ted Cruz PAC and cut by Austin director Richard Linklater, uses the actor who explains Texas’ cultural geography in Linklater’s film Bernie.

“I mean, come on,” says Sonny Carl Davis, in character as the same small-town Texan he plays in Bernie. “If somebody called my wife a dog, and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn’t be kissing their ass. You stick a finger in their chest and give ’em a few choice words. Or you drag their ass out by the woodshed and kick their ass. Come on. Ted.”

It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2018, Humor, US Politics
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  1. Moosebreath says:

    Unfortunately, sucking up to Trump despite being belittled by him is just something Cruz does more crudely than most Republicans, rather than being something Cruz uniquely does.

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  2. An Interested Party says:

    But did you see Beto flashing the white power sign yesterday?

    Do you work for the Cruz campaign? Are you paid just to make $hit up?

    [Comment is in response to a banned troll posting under yet another pseudonym. – ed]

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  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    One could say the same for every single Republican in DC. They’re all a bunch of pansies.

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  4. CSK says:

    Cruz is pusillanimous. There’s no other word for it. He knew he’d lose the base if he called out Trump, so he groveled to Trump.

    I’ve said it before: Cruz is Uriah Heep.

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  5. Kylopod says:

    Slightly OT, but I found out recently that Alex Jones was in Linklater’s 2001 film Waking Life, as a guy shouting on a megaphone. I had no idea who he was at the time I first saw the film.

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  6. Kathy says:

    Don’t overlook the Orwellian milieu of Chettoland. Keep in mind Trump’s base regards El Cheeto as an “Alpha Male”(*), despite the fact that he’s obsequious and subservient to any and all dictators he’s ever met or heard about. The modern GOP voter may regard obsequiousness as strength, so long as the object of ass-kissing is Trump or “higher.”

    BTW, among primates an alpha male tends to make a lot of unintelligible noise and throw sh*t around, so I guess Trump qualifies.

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  7. al Ameda says:

    I just love the assininious (#fakeword) fact that Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz
    is calling out Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke for using the name
    “Beto” instead of his ‘real name.

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  8. Scott says:

    This was made up seriously but became unintentional humor

    https://www.centraltrack.com/no-joke-rockwall-republicans-promote-a-tatted-up-ted-cruz-poster/

    Made me laugh. Of course, it was widely mocked.

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  9. Paine says:

    Anyone see this Politico article about the grandmother who gave up her own grandson to be a Trump supporter?

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/10/03/trump-supporters-luzerne-county-ben-bradlee-jr-220841

    These people are willing to give up everything to be on the Trump train.

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