Published: mic (October 25, 2013)
“The only shame is to have none.” –Blaise Pascal
While the 17th century French mathematician may not have had Ted Cruz in mind when he penned the aforementioned aphorism, few words are more fitting for the Texas senator and his supporters. Having egged the radical right into a frenzy so fanatical that they shut down the government and drove America to the brink of financial catastrophe, Cruz is now slated to deliver the keynote address at the Iowa Republican Party’s annual fall fundraiser Friday night. Since the Iowa caucuses play an essential role in determining both parties’ presidential nominations, one could be forgiven for cynically assuming that White House ambition (and not a deep-rooted love of Hawkeye Staters) is the primary factor motivating the Tea Party darling’s address tonight.