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    Trump attack on Cruz straight from “crazy” liberal media playbook

    Trump attack on Cruz straight from “crazy” liberal media playbook

    If you are a Republican, you don’t actually need to be crazy to be crazied by the media.

    I noted the other night that Donald Trump may have opened the “Overton Window” for Ted Cruz, by making Cruz acceptable to both Republican establishment types and general election voters who otherwise would have considered him Cruz conservative.

    I noted the fear of a liberal who wrote:

    Donald Trump looks like the warm-up act. Whoever follows him from the Republican party looks reasonable (and sane) by comparison.

    How will the mainstream media react if Cruz’s current poll surge holds and he looks like a viable challenger to Trump? We know the answer, because there’s a history here, one I documented back in August 2013. And ironically, it’s a theme Trump appears to be taking up in a recent attack on Cruz.

    I called it the crazying of Ted Cruz, focusing on a Daily Beast article trying to portray Cruz as “creepy”:

    A lifetime of achievement that would normally be heralded by liberals if achieved by a liberal Hispanic, devolves into creepiness on the slimmest of pretexts.

    This is all part of the crazying of Ted Cruz by liberal publications like the Daily Beast. It doesn’t matter what the substance is, they just want to associate the word “creepy” with Ted Cruz in the minds of the public, many of whom don’t read past the headline.

    Ted Cruz Daily Beast Cover Creepy

    Its a meme that persists to this day, pushed by Rollling Stone, HuffPo, NY Magazine and others:

    It’s the imagery and headlines that count, like this recent column:

    Jon Stewart showed how it’s done:

    When Donald Trump called Cruz “a little bit of a maniac,” he was following this line of attack:

    Cruz tried to respond in a light-hearted manner.

    But it’s a line of attack Cruz needs to be worried about. It’s the same line of attack from establishment Republicans against Cruz. But by embracing the “crazy” meme, establishment Republicans need to understand it doesn’t stop with Cruz.

    The media will portray any Republican nominee as crazy. With Jeb floundering, Marco Rubio is reputed to be the establishment Plan B. But Rubio too will be crazied.

    I wrote in 2012 about how The “crazy-ing” of Marco Rubio begins:

    Marco Rubio is on the short list of Republican presidential contenders for 2016.  Of course, that’s a long way away, so who knows if he remains on the short list.

    So Rubio’s a target even more so than in the past couple of years. Every question in every interview is a potential land mine.  There can be no off-the-cuff remarks.

    The motus operandi will be to “crazy” him, the long-standing tactic used against Republicans and particularly people like Rubio who sprang from the Tea Party movement (something he doesn’t wear on his sleeve very much) or who occupy that most reviled place in the mainstream media, religious Christians.

    The Strategy of Crazy was used against the Tea Party in 2009-2010 and continues to this day….

    Here are some recent “crazy” hits on Rubio:

    If you are a Republican, you don’t actually need to be crazy to be crazied.

    Trump is using the crazy liberal media playbook against Cruz. It’s not one other Republicans should embrace.

    Let’s not form a crazy circular firing squad. No Republican is safe.


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    The social justice warriors, partiers, rioters, looters and entertainers will use any mean necessary to get their way.

    A “crazy” classification by those straight-jacketed with PC should be a badge of honor. Projecting their own shadows onto their cave walls, the PC restrained sees you as a threat to their “social justice” sanity. They have nothing of import in hand (and no absolutes) to challenge you with. With their hands tied they only can speak mocking words.

    “Crazy” is saying all values are equal.

    “Crazy” is saying global warming is America’s greatest threat.

    “Crazy” is saying “gun violence” in place of Islamic extremists.

    “Crazy” is saying the Constitution is a “living document” and is to be interpreted by putting your finger in the wind.

    “Crazy” is saying a video caused the Benghazi attacks.

    “Crazy” is saying “What difference at this point does it make”.

    “Crazy” is saying “We will know what’s in the bill after we pass the bill.”

    Etc., etc., etc.

    Milhouse | December 15, 2015 at 8:11 am

    IIRC, every Republican presidential candidate since Eisenhower has been dumb as a post, except Nixon, because it was impossible to portray him that way, so he was evil instead. Often they’re crazy as well: Goldwater was crazy, Reagan was both dumb and crazy. So was Palin, though mostly dumb. Does anyone know whether Goldwater was dumb too, or was that impossible to pull off? Cruz is another one who’s obviously not dumb, so he has to be crazy.

    It’s also remarkable how each dumb Republican becomes wise as soon as he’s safely dead or at least retired.

    Ragspierre | December 15, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Levin says T-rump managed the tri-fecta last weekend.

    The light begins to dawn…


    The lights are catching on all over the place. Trump 41% to Cruz at 14% in Monmouth poll and today Trump at 38% to Cruz at 15% in ABC Washington post poll.

    Levin’s and Limbaugh’s analysies of Trumps comments on Scalia question and Cruz were both rather superficial and just plain wrong.

    Tapper tried to set Trump up for continuing the he is a racist line of false attack by misstating the Scalia quote and its context. Trump gave the only answer he could. It was brilliant and later left Tapper and commenters unable to continue the he is a racist line of attack which was their intention all along. Trump clearly indicated his preference for conservative justices by also telling Tapper that his favorite justice was Clarence Thomas.

    As for the Cruz maniac comment all that was was a very mild and inconsequential non attack / attack in retaliation for Cruz being dumb enough to think he could speak to reporters off the record and without secret recordind devices being involved. A bad error in Judgment on Cruz’s part. Not his first. Far worse is his support for TPP/Obamatrade.

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