Someone needs a nap.
Speaking to Wolf Blitzer yesterday afternoon, a fact I’m noting because otherwise, you’d just ask whether Wolf Blitzer was actually still on the air, Rep. Peter King decided to let America know that, if they end up nominating Ted Cruz for President in 2016, well, then, they’ll just have to do without Rep. Peter King. Because Ted Cruz is a carnival barker and is probably going to push Peter King off a bridge. Or something.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room Monday afternoon and when Wolf Blitzer asked him to explain his statement that compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to a “carnival barker,” the Republican congressman opted not to walk back his comments but instead take about a dozen steps forward.
“We need intelligent debate in the country. Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate,” King said. “He oversimplifies, he exaggerates and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of 2013. He has shown no qualifications, no legislation being passed, doesn’t provide leadership and he has no real experience. So, to me, he is just a guy with a big mouth and no results.”
But would King support Cruz if he ended up becoming the Republican Party nominee for 2016?
“I hope that day never comes,” King told Blitzer. “I will jump off that bridge when we come to it.”
For all Peter King is, I’m not sure “carrying on an intelligent debate” is quite within his wheelhouse. This is all a bit like the pot calling the kettle a bombastic grenade-thrower. There are times where, watching C-SPAN (for the entertainment value), I’ve wondered whether Peter King’s head would explode right there on his shoulders, leaving nothing but a steaming headless torso to conduct his daily business. And while I might shiver a bit in my shoes if Ted Cruz does get the nomination – something I’m not even sure Ted Cruz wants given the odd, early Presidential announcement – I can’t imagine being any more or less distressed than if, say, Rep. Peter King got it.
That said, to many people who were waffling on the idea of a Ted Cruz nomination, this might actually be the one thing they needed to officially declare their rousing support.