… And Ted Cruz missed the opportunity to demonstrate his ‘inner Reagan’.
The Garland Tea Party put on a great forum, but Ted Cruz was extremely late in arriving (apparently delayed by weather in a
private plane he was arriving in: Update: His Spirit airlines flight out of Chicago O’Hare to Dallas was delayed from 4:05 to 4:50: cutting a flight out of the nightmare of O’Hare that close?? Not good managment.); arriving after the forum was over half over. While Jeff Bolton had taken to giving mini-lectures while moderating, that error in judgement pales in comparison to what he did after Ted Cruz arrived. This first picture is from the first part of the forum, with Glenn Addison, Andrew Castanuela, Curt Cleaver, and Lela Pittenger
And here it the picture of action immediately following Ted’s arrival.
Yes; after the break, Jeff Bolton kept the stage clear of all the others and let Ted address the previously asked questions alone to play catchup!
If you were late for a test, did your teacher ever clear the room for you to catch up?
The Garland Tea Party people were just as disgusted by this as several of us were; there is no fault there. People might want to call Jeff Bolton on KLIF radio this Friday morning and ask him about it.
Also, Ted obviously does not remember his campaign history about Reagan in the 1980 primary in the famous ‘Sir, I PAID for this microphone!’ incident; that came about because Reagan tried to invite the minor candidate to join him and Bush on stage for a brief time. It was a matter of speaking up for fairness. While tonight not Ted’s fault (beyond his somewhat excusable tardiness); he proved he was no Reagan tonight. (Not necessarily saying he’s ISN’T the best candidate, but that will need to be decided elsewhere).
Videos, polling results and explanation of the polling results will be upcoming in another posting.
UPDATE: here are the videos. The second one of Ted Cruze byhimself was shot from the back of the room, without a tripod, so it’s a bit shaky: