The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

His crit­ics like to ask Sen. Ted Cruz if he’s ac­tu­ally qual­i­fied to run for the White House. And the Texas Repub­li­can is only too happy to tell them about it.

“Un­like Barack Obama, I was not a com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer be­fore I was elected to the Se­nate. I spent 51/2 years as the solic­i­tor gen­eral of Texas, chief lawyer for the state of Texas be­fore the Supreme Court. I su­per­vised and led ev­ery ap­peal for the state of Texas in a 4,000-per­son agency with over 700 lawyers. Over the course of 51/2 years, over and over again Texas led the na­tion de­fend­ing con­ser­va­tive prin­ci­ples and win­ning,” Mr. Cruz re­cently told CNN host Dana Bash, who was cu­ri­ous about his po­lit­i­cal cre­den­tials.

This is a con­ve­nient, re­peat press nar­ra­tive about Mr. Cruz, and one which his strate­gists must neu­tral­ize. Crit­ics ei­ther claim he won’t com­pro­mise, or has no prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

“My prob­lem with Cruz is that he’s very, very smart — he’s go­ing to Wall Street th­ese days and im­press­ing peo­ple with his in­tel­li­gence,” New York Times colum­nist David Brooks told Na­tional Public Ra­dio, “But he’s in the new era of per­for­mance pol­i­tics. He ac­tu­ally hasn’t done much gov­ern­ing in his life but he’s done a lot of per­form­ing.”

Mr. Cruz, how­ever, wisely vows to re­main in the realm of ci­vil­ity. “There may be other can­di­dates who choose to throw rocks in my di­rec­tion. I’m not go­ing to en­gage in the per­sonal mud­sling­ing, in the neg­a­tive at­tacks on peo­ple’s char­ac­ter,” he told CNN.

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