Against my better judgment sometimes, I have focused most of my campaign reporting energy on making the case against Donald Trump. But there are other candidates out there who are plenty loathsome in their own way, and when you say the word "loathsome" Ted Cruz comes immediately to mind.
Over at the mothership, Tim Murphy and David Corn make the case that Ted is really one of the all-time huge pricks. Take this quiz first to test your knowledge of Cruzology, and then go read it.
- Did one of Ted's former pastors say that "he pretty much memorized the Bible, but I think he did it mostly so that he could humiliate kids who got quotes wrong"?
- Did a veteran of the 2000 George Bush campaign say that "the quickest way for a meeting to end would be for Ted to come in"?
- Did Ted's wife once admit that Ted "can be a bit of a jackass sometimes, but at least you know where he's coming from"?
- Did Bob Dole say that Ted "doesn't have any friends in Congress"?
- Did Mitch McConnell respond that "I'm pretty sure Dole is wrong, but I can't figure out who his one friend is"?
- Did a John McCain advisor say that his boss "fucking hates Cruz"?
- Did President Obama once get overheard asking Joe Biden "what in God's name is that asshole's problem, anyway"?
- Did Rep. Peter King say about a possible Ted Cruz nomination, "I hope that day never comes; I will jump off that bridge when we come to it"?
- Did John Boehner quip that Ted was "a great American resource; when we threatened to deport him back to Canada, they suddenly agreed to drop their softwood lumber subsidies"?
- Did Lindsey Graham say the choice between Trump and Cruz was like having to choose between "death by being shot or poisoning"?
- Did a former high school teacher just shake his head and close his door when a reporter knocked and asked what he remembered about Ted?
- Did a former law school acquaintance say that when she agreed to carpool with Ted, "We hadn't left Manhattan before he asked my IQ"?
- Did Ted's torts professor remark that "I don't think there was a single question I asked the entire year where Ted didn't instantly raise his hand and practically wet his pants pleading to be called on"?
- Did his Princeton freshman roommate call Ted "a nightmare of a human being" and claim he would get invited to parties hosted by seniors because the upperclassmen pitied him?
- Did a college girlfriend of Ted's say "he was pretty smart, but sex with him once was enough—if you can call it sex"?
- Is it true that in interviews with four of Ted's college acquaintances, "four independently offered the word 'creepy'"?
Answer: All statements whose ordinal number takes the integer form 2n+1 or 2n-1 have been invented. The rest are real