James Carville had some nice things to say about Ted Cruz:
“I think he is the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years,” Carville asserted emphatically, as the panel discussed Cruz’s reported presidential aspirations. “I further think that he is going to run for president, and he is going to create something.”
That’s not to say Cruz would win, Carville noted, but “this guy has no fear. He just keeps plowing ahead. He is going to be something to watch.”
The ‘no fear’ thing here rings true to me. I’ve met Ted Cruz on a couple of occasions, and I’ll say this about him: seldom have I met a man in Washington who visibly gives less of a sh*t about what Official Washington thinks of him than the Senator does. He’s not really in DC to be liked. I’m not entirely certain that Senator Cruz likes to be in DC at all.
If I had to guess, it’d be that he’s an excellent bet to be on the VP short list in 2016. Only this time, not as a sop to conservatives. The base is tired of sops to conservatives.
PS: I’m not thinking President because I think that enough of us are tired of non-governor candidates at this point. Which also sucks for Marco Rubio, but I want him to go be Governor of Florida for a while first anyway.