Cruz’s addiction has lead him to do the unthinkable. No, not shutting down the government, but the more amazing feat of becoming the Miley Cyrus of politics. In fact, he’s been making Miley look like a camera-shy recluse.
What’s next for Cruz to get our attention? Cruz giving a speech in Senate chamber while licking a gavel à la Miley? Tweeting out a nude selfie? Or worse: twerking.
Some of Cruz’s fellow Republicans have been warning us for weeks about his erratic behavior, but we have ignored them. Sen. Bob Corker called him “confused.” Karl Rove noted that, “His fellow senators don’t know where he is coming from.” And Republican congressman Peter King—a man known for his warmth and compassion—made it clear that what Cruz is doing is “a form of governmental terrorism.”
How did we miss the signs of Cruz’s fame addiction? He didn’t even try to hide it. Just this past February, in only his second month as a U.S. senator, Cruz made it clear that he required insatiable amounts of attention. Then, he used video clips and innuendo to attack Chuck Hagel’s reputation during Hagel’s confirmation hearings for secretary of defense.
Senator John McCain, a great judge of character (as demonstrated by his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008) tried to warn us then about Cruz. But we didn’t listen. We wrote it off as a guy just having a little fun.
I keep thinking to myself: We should have seen this coming. After all, this not the first time Cruz has dabbled with fame. Cruz, like Miley Cyrus, was a “child star.” Cyrus as “Hannah Montana,” and Cruz as the national debate champion at Princeton University. In the Ivy League world, this achievement made Cruz a star. In fact, Cruz’s college friends recalled him “as ‘sort of a stud’ with girls on the debate circuit.” And as many are aware, once you get a taste of fame, it sucks you in. All you think about is scoring some more. All your actions are calculated to that end.
The worst part is that Cruz almost beat his fame addiction. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he went out into the real word where titles like “debate champ” don’t turn many heads. So instead of being the golden boy of the media, Cruz kicked around for a bit working on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign and as the Texas solicitor general.
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