I really want to like Ted Cruz. Of the remotely plausible nominees in 2016, he is the only one yet to emerge who might yet tempt me to vote Republican. But this kind of thing pisses me off:
Cruz, the keynote speaker at the new "In Defense Of Christians" organization's dinner in Washington DC, had offered the crowd--a number of whom were Christians from the Middle East, including Palestinian Christians--public support for Israel. After doing so, some members of the crowd booed at Cruz, and they persisted until he left the stage, noting their hatred and saying he can't stand with them if they don't stand with Israel.
"Tonight, in Washington, should have been a night of unity as we came together for the inaugural event for a group that calls itself 'In Defense of Christians.' Instead, it unfortunately deteriorated into a shameful display of bigotry and hatred," Cruz said in a statement provided to Breitbart News. "When I spoke in strong support of Israel and the Jewish people, who are being persecuted and murdered by the same vicious terrorists who are also slaughtering Christians, many Christians in the audience applauded. But, sadly, a vocal and angry minority of attendees at the conference tried to shout down my expression of solidarity with Israel."
Right. Because Christians and Jews are totally in the same boat . . . except the part about having their own regionally-dominant ethno-state with a government that vigorously prosecutes their interests. And also the part about having their co-ethnics occupy the commanding heights of every sector of the world's only superpower, from whence they provide their ethno-state with financial, military and diplomatic cover.
Middle-east Christians, in contrast, do not have their own state, and the superpower elites treat them and their co-religionists with indifferent contempt at best, active hostility at worst. So for Ted Cruz to hijack a forum dedicated to their plight into yet another rant about "anti-Semitism" was . . . obtuse if not disingenuous.
The appropriate response to which was stone silence. But instead some number of hot-heads decided go with epic stupidity and boo off the podium the only politician condescending to meet with them! Goodgodalmighty, it's harder to think of a better example of an own-goal than this. That some number of IDC attendees couldn't restrain themselves speaks to their enduring loyalties to the very people from whom they are seeking protection and their concomitant hostility towards the one government that isn't trying to kill them.
Good move, guys. REAL slick. Breibart's article is going to take you a decade to live down, and all politicians will flee from your approach, because if you force them to choose between you and the people who bankroll their campaigns, it won’t be a close call.