Monday, March 23, 2015

Ted Cruz, err Grima Wormtongue For President 2016

You'd think after a 2012 Republican primary season that left the Republican party looking like a laughing stock, including at one point one of the candidate's names, Santorum, becoming a running joke, that the Grand Old Party would be slightly more sensitive to making itself the source of public ridicule going into a 2016 presidential primary season where the Republicans could easily end up controlling the Supreme Court, Presidency, and both houses of Congress. So, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that this woebegone creature should be the first candidate to announce itself as an official Republican candidate for president.

Not only did the announcement leave many wondering if someone born in Canada, as Cruz was, is eligible to run for president, but it raises a larger question of why Republicans seem to be drawn to candidates that seem more like cheap caricatures of hideous villains than human beings. I thought maybe the resemblance was just an unfortunate coincidence, but then there's this...

Grima Wormtongue, from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, as imagined in the 1980 Ralph Bakshi animated movie Return of the King. A dead ringer for Ted Cruz in both depictions, which leads one to believe that Cruz just typifies the underlying concepts of  being a sycophant, flatterer, liar, and manipulator that Tolkien was writing about. 

Cruz might not rise to the level of "
frothy mixture of lubricant and fecal matter as an occasional byproduct of anal sex" that Rick Santorum did, but there appears to be every chance he ends up being a punchline, which would be funny, if he weren't be taken seriously by many as a candidate to run the most powerful nation in the world. 

Please, steal the idea, but by no means borrow it. I see the interwebs already did. Again. 

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