Ted Cruz brushes off columnist’s jab at his IQ

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz brushed off a piece Monday by a Washington Post blogger calling into question Cruz’s intelligence.

“I don’t think we have anything to contribute,” a Cruz spokesman told The Daily Caller, referring to a piece by the Post’s “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin entitled, “How smart is Ted Cruz?”

Cruz’s “Defund Obamacare” campaign has made him a thorn in the side of his party’s more moderate wing. 

“A Cruz presidential run into 2016 would be interesting, if not downright amusing,” Rubin wrote. “An early rebuke in his young career might be a beneficial dose of cold water — or devastating to a pol who, even among senators, is excessively convinced of his own exceptionalism. (His detractors might hope he runs, while his supporters might urge patience, both imagining the air would go out of his bubble at the first encounter with defeat).”

“Cruz is not the guy to build the party or a governing majority (which requires moderate Republicans),” Rubin continued. “But he is just the person to build up Ted Cruz. In fact, he is masterful.”

Rubin was recently identified by former Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton as a Post employee who should be fired under the newspaper’s new ownership. (HOWLEY: Six WashPo employees Bezos should fire immediately)

“And she is often wrong, and rarely acknowledges it,” Pexton wrote. “She was oh-so-wrong about Mitt Romney, week after week writing embarrassing flattery about his 2012 campaign, calling almost every move he made brilliant, and guaranteeing that he would trounce Barack Obama. When he lost, the next day she savaged him and his campaign with treachery, saying he was the worst candidate with the worst staff, ever. She was wrong about the Norway shootings being acts of al-Qaida. She was wrong about Chuck Hagel being an anti-Semite. And does she apologize? Nope.”

“Rubin was the No. 1 source of complaint mail about any single Post staffer while I was ombudsman, and I’m leaving out the organized email campaigns against her by leftie groups like Media Matters,” Pexton continued.

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