On the March 23rd episode of “Special Report” on Fox News, Charles Krauthammer offered some praise for newly announced Republican presidential candidate, Sentator Ted Cruz, as well as some stinging criticism:
“His appeal is that, ‘I’m a Constitutional conservative, I’m the guy with the liquid tongue, I can make the case,’ and he does.
His real problem I think is this: Senators are going to have a hard time. First-term senators — we already tried a first term senator. And that’s why when Scott Walker says ‘a proven track record,’ what Walker has, he doesn’t have the fluency on issues that a Cruz does, he’s made a lot of stumbles thus far.
But Cruz talks about, ‘You have to walk the walk, rather than just talk the talk,’ you have to done something. But that’s not his record in the Senate, you know, he’s a good rhetorician.”
Reaction to Krauthammer’s comment was quick, with pundits and average Americans weighing in from both sides.
According to The Washington Examiner, talk-radio host and author Mark Levin criticized Krauthammer, saying:
“I’m a big fan. He’s [Krauthammer] a very bright and thoughtful guy…But there’s an irony here. Somehow he missed the entire Reagan Revolution. So I’m not particularly overwhelmed by his repeated dissing of conservative outsiders like Cruz. He’s not alone in this regard.”
Levin also tweeted his disapproval:
Krauthammer, who voted for Carter and Mondale over Reagan, tells conservatives what's wrong with Cruz http://t.co/zxnVNdR5yH
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) March 24, 2015
One Twitter user in particular made quite a salient point:
Though much of the reaction to Krauthammer’s comment has been negative, there were certainly some who agreed with him:
— Carlos Williams (@Smart_Sapper12B) March 23, 2015
Krauthammer’s criticism of Cruz begs the question of why he isn’t saying the same of Marco Rubio, whom he appears at times to support.
As Ted Cruz himself said at CPAC, in comparing himself to the likes of Uber and Lyft, which have upended the monolithic taxi cab industry:
“What I’m trying to do more than anything else is bring a disruptive app to politics.”
Only time will tell if that “disruptive app” ignites a revolution, or fizzles out.