Today marks an important day for voters in this election cycle.
With twelve states up for grabs, it’s true that Trump could leave Cruz and Rubio in his dust. He’s currently leading the polls in a majority of the states and crushing the competition in Georgia and Massachusetts. This could also give candidates like Cruz a chance at gaining some ground in the race. There’s still the possibility of Cruz winning Minnesota, Arkansas and he’s still ahead in Texas. Texas alone would give him 155 delegates. In short, it’s not over for Cruz.
Cruz, however, isn’t the popular choice. He appears too lawyerly, preach-y and not the least bit entertaining. He has rattled on about tax policy and takes a lot of hard-line positions in the debates. Voters, however, have overlooked an important point, here. Cruz is boring and that’s a great attribute in a presidential candidate.
It’s true that Trump, on the other hand, makes for great entertainment. He’s loud, he’s funny and he really knows how to stick it to his critics. He’s become known as the candidate who “tells it like it is”. But is that really true? What if Americans have simply confused “politically incorrect” or authentic with rudeness.
A good example of this is when Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Jeb Bush was “pathetic” and “an embarrassment” to his family:
“Well, he’s a sad, desperate, and pathetic person who doesn’t even use his last name in his ads. He’s a sad person who has gone absolutely crazy. I mean this guy is a nervous wreck. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“Jeb is having some kind of breakdown I think. Look, he’s an embarrassment to his family. He has to bring his mother out and waltz his mother around at 90 years-old. I think it’s a very sad situation that’s taking place.”
While the previous statement could be considered part of the political mud-slinging game, it’s not “telling it like it is”. It’s just taking political jabs at the competition. What about some of his other quotes? In an Esquire interview he says:
“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive].”
If you don’t like that one, how about a quote from his own book, ‘Think Big: Make it Happen in Business and Life’?
“Oftentimes when I was sleeping with one of the top women in the world I would say to myself, thinking about me as a boy from Queens, ‘Can you believe what I am getting?'”
Yes, when I think of a candidate that “tells it like it is” I think of misogyny, too.
When it comes to policy, Trump is also the least boring. He’s taken so many different positions over the years in regards to abortion, same-sex marriage, immigration, economics and planned parenthood. Most recently he denounced a news publication’s critique of him, saying he wanted to “open up libel laws”. There’s definitely nothing boring about waking up one morning to find your candidate suddenly advocating prosecution of free speech!
In a presidential candidate, being boring is a virtue; It means you offer no gimmicks or surprises. The problem today is that we’ve become so used to having a celebrity in office, we can no longer tell the difference between a celebrity and a politician. With all of the talk show appearances and YouTube interviews, we have come to expect the same performance from our political leaders as we do our Hollywood members.
If you’re looking for someone who stands apart from the entertainers who are running, Cruz is your guy. He may be boring and leave you yawning, but when gambling with the future of the country, we can’t be investing our votes in a risk. Vote for men with strong values, not television ratings.