It’s no secret that to many—many—on the right, the late Andrew Breitbart, who before his passing had become one of the crudest of the crude conservatives, is their folk hero, an anti-establishment crusader and truth-teller.
Now, Breitbart cultists have another hero and his name is Ted Cruz. And unfortunately for the country, Ted Cruz is a United States Senator.
Here is a headline from Breitbart.com on Thursday:
At a party for right-wing bloggers, Cruz called Breitbart “a great and fearless leader.” Let’s pause here to remember what Breitbart, the great and fearless reactionary leader, said at a Tea Party event in September of 2011, about six months before he died:
I’m under attack all the time…the death threats and everything. And so, there are times where I’m not thinking as clearly as I should, and in those unclear moments, I always think to myself, “Fire the first shot. Bring it on.”
Because I know who’s on our side. And they know that. They can only win a rhetorical and propaganda war. They cannot win. We outnumber them in this country, and we have the guns. So — [Laughter.] I’m not kidding. They talk a mean game, but they will not cross that line because they know what they’re dealing with. […]
You know, these union thugs. These public sector union thugs — I’m just waiting — bring it on. […]
Katie Couric. What if we went to Katie Couric’s house? What if the tea party showed up at Katie Couric’s and scared the living crap out of her teenaged kids? And that’s what they do because they know the mainstream media won’t cover it.
And so, there’s just a part of me that wants them to walk over that line.
In the mind of Senator Ted Cruz, that passes for leadership, for “great and fearless” leadership.
As far as Cruz’s own leadership prowess, since he has been in the Senate—not yet three months—Cruz has managed to find communists at Harvard, has suggested that a former Republican Senator and now our Secretary of Defense traded his patriotism for thirty pieces of North Korean and/or Saudi Arabian silver, and most recently has argued that shutting down the government over the defunding of ObamaCare is a real possibility.
Now you can see why he admires Breitbart so much.
Cruz’s words at the right-wing bloggers’ party were short but inspirational for those gathered:
I want to collectively remember our friend, and a toast to Andrew Breitbart. [Cruz drinks from a beer bottle.] A great and fearless leader, and we all carry on with his unshakable, fearless spirit to speak the truth to power, and the more they quiver, the better job we’re doing. God bless you.
Quiver? The more they quiver? That’s not only directed at you and me, my progressive pals, that’s directed at the Republican establishment. The goal of Cruz is to make us all—those who don’t share the devolving vision of the Tea Party—think twice before crossing them.
As Breitbart said, they “have the guns.” Indeed, they do. And speaking of guns, by now you have all seen the encounter Ted Cruz had with Senator Dianne Feinstein on Thursday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a proposed assault weapons ban (which passed the committee, but only with Democratic votes).
Sen. Feinstein responded to Cruz’s juvenile demagoguery (for instance, comparing the banning of books with the banning of some assault weapons) with “I”m not a sixth grader, Senator,” and then, along with her Democratic colleagues, began to school the Harvard-educated lawyer from Texas, most notably with the following from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Yale grad who earned his law degree from Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia:
It is hard to imagine that it would be a violation of the First Amendment for somebody to yell fire in a crowded theater but it’s not a violation of the Second Amendment to prevent somebody from bringing a hundred-round magazine into a crowded theater in a Aurora, Colorado.
The point of what Cruz did, as intellectually inept and dishonest as it was (he knows that Antonin Scalia’s opinion in the Heller case completely supports what Democrats are trying to do), was to scare the kakashka out of Republicans who might be thinking about voting for any of the gun legislation percolating in Congress.
And scared they are. Because of the filibuster in the Senate and the Tea Party in the House, it is unlikely that any major new gun laws will get passed. Which, wherever Andrew Breitbart is resting or roasting, will bring at least a momentary smile to his bloodless or blazing face.
Finally, because I am such a fan of the comment section of the various right-wing sites, I want to present to you some comments I found on Breitbart.com related to its coverage of the Cruz-Feinstein exchange. These commenters are why Ted Cruz and other right-wing demagogues can have such $ucce$$ doing what they do, and why they won’t $top doing it. You really should read them all to get an understanding of how far right, not to mention unhinged, the core of the Republican Party is: