GOP presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz, posted a charming Cruz family Christmas video commercial last week featuring his lovely wife and two young daughters, aged five and seven, gathered together on the living room sofa next to the Christmas tree to hear Daddy read his partisan politicalized versions of classic Christmas stories.
“T'was the night before the shutdown and all through the house, not a bill was stirring, not even to fund a mouse,” he read. Next it was: “How Obamacare Stole Christmas,” followed by “Rudolph the Underemployed Reindeer,” and “Frosty, the Speaker of the House.” “Look! The Speaker is melting before Congress,” read Daddy.
Then it was the Lois Lerner masterpiece: “Auditing St. Nick.” “I will audit him here and there. I will audit him anywhere,” he read, followed by “The Grinch Who Lost Her Emails,” “I know just what I will do, she said with a snicker; I’ll use my own server, and no one will be the wiser,” the little 7-year-old Cruz daughter read dramatically about the Grinch.
Finally, they held up a book entitled: “The Senator Who Saved Christmas,” featuring Ted Cruz himself declaring that he approved of this message. The video was obviously scripted, the message entirely political, and Cruz’s little daughters were plainly being used as political props, totally oblivious as to what was really going on.
It was nauseating.
So why should anyone be surprised that The Washington Post published this cartoon depicting Senator Cruz dressed in a Santa suit turning the crank of an organ grinder attached to two little trained monkeys on leashes.
The very next day, poor Senator Cruz was pitifully whining about how his family should be totally off limits in such matters. Washington Post editor, Fred Hiatt agreed, and yanked the cartoon from the website, saying: “It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it. I failed to look at this cartoon before it was published. I understand why Ann thought an exception to the policy was warranted in this case, but I do not agree.”
Meanwhile, Senator Cruz cynically decided to capitalize on the controversy by sending a campaign fundraising email to supporters. It included the offending cartoon along with the subject line: "They attacked my children… I'm sickened...I knew I'd be facing attacks from day one of my campaign, but I never expected anything like this… "This shows you EXACTLY how desperate the liberal media is to attack and destroy me (and my family) by any means necessary… This is an emergency -- all hands on deck. Click here to make an instant, emergency contribution and help me fight back."
Later, he posted on his Twitter site his own version of the offending cartoon depicting Hillary Clinton walking two dogs marked with the logos for The New York Times and The Washington Post.
In short, Cruz made the most out of the political Christmas gift he received and proved in the process that he doesn’t give a damn about his little daughters being injected into his political campaign. After all, it was Cruz himself who deliberately injected them unwittingly into the fray.
I call that a perfect example of political HypoCruzy.