I’m proud to stand with Gov. @mike_pence for religious liberty, and I urge Americans to do the same http://t.co/cWidDW2zpg
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 31, 2015
You get play in the big GOP sandbox by either demonstrating your ability to raise more money than God, or your willingness to publicly punch the fuck out of some minority the Pig People despise.
Mike "Big Sharia" Pence does not have more money than God, and Failgunner Ted has never left a bigot stone unturned.
As a wise man once said, I despair of the rebranding, but the real stories here are:
- How little this -- or anything like this -- will budge the needle come 2016. On the Right, this is already being rewritten as Liberal Gotcha Media mythology. On the Left, well, when it comes to Republicans, there has long since been nothing left to prove. And those in the Center will always invent an imaginary hippie outrage somewhere sufficient to balance out the books.
- How thoroughly this will reinforce the discipline on the Right to never, ever set foot outside Fox Land without a pre-nup. And,
- How much of a national story a teevee media person can create by simply asking simple, yes-or-no questions, and then asking followup questions when the douchbag across from you puts on his weasel clogs and tries to dance away.