The Brilliance and Stupidity of The Penguin

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Robert Ringer


I hate to admit it, but I’ve been slowly coming around to thinking that perhaps Ted Cruz, even with his many flaws, might be the best guy to have at the controls if Obama really does step aside next January.

Naïve as it may sound, I believe Cruz might actually do many of the things he’s promised, such as tear up the Iran nuclear agreement, stop the flow of Middle Eastern refugees to the U.S., work to defund Planned Parenthood, end sanctuary cities, and repeal most of BHO’s executive orders. To be sure, it would be hard to stomach his abrasive personality day in and day out, but after seven years of having to endure Obama’s arrogance, I guess I could learn to live with it.

But just when I was about to accept the possibility of a Cruz presidency — Wham! — The Penguin lookalike once again pulled out his bucket of manure and started spreading it all over the place. Truth-twisting Ted gives new meaning to the term “full of sh__.”

Screenshot_on_3.24.2016_at_10.13.03_AMAs you undoubtedly know by now, a Cruz super-PAC operative sent out an ad that featured a nude photo of Trump’s wife, Melania, with the wording: “MEET MELANIA TRUMP, YOUR NEXT FIRST LADY. OR, YOU COULD SUPPORT TED CRUZ ON TUESDAY.”

It made me feel as though we were still in Iowa — the lie about Ben Carson dropping out of the race, the fraudulent mailer that warned voters they were violating the law by not voting, etc. Of course, as is always the case with him, Lyin’ Ted said he had nothing to do with this latest incident, that it was one of his supporters — some dunderhead named Liz Mair (a political hack who got fired from Scott Walker’s campaign) — who did it on her own.

Really, Ted? Hmm … let’s see, if Trump should be held accountable for the actions of hundreds of protestors he doesn’t even know — on the theory that he sets the wrong tone when he speaks — shouldn’t you be held accountable for the actions of your behind-the-scenes operatives by setting a more genteel tone yourself?

No matter how smart Cruz may be (and he is), no matter how good a debater he may be (and he is), no matter how much knows about the most important domestic and international issues (and he knows a lot), he can’t escape one simple rule of human nature:

Once a sleazeball, always a sleazeball!

I have to feel sorry for Cruz’s Goldman Sachs wife, Heidi. Trust me, in a head-to-head matchup on wives, Cruz is playing a losing hand. In this day and age, being in any way, shape, or form attached to Goldman Sachs is the kiss of death for a political candidate.

For a smart man, Cruz seems to do an awful lot of dumb things, and once again I think he has ignorantly pushed a lot of turned-off voters over to Trump. He simply can’t control himself.

Even his most ardent supporters should be wincing over this one.

Robert Ringer

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61 responses to “The Brilliance and Stupidity of The Penguin”

  1. Lee says:

    My elderly Uncle once advised me we are almost never voting for someone, it is always a vote against the other guy. The perfect candidate will never appear. I will not have to hold my nose to vote for Cruz like I did McCain or Romney. I do think we have at least a 50/50 change Cruz will do what he says. He is the only politician that has demonstrated any actions that are in concert with his words. With respect to this stupid ad, it's just that, a stupid ad.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      I, too, think Cruz would probably take a lot of major, positive actions if he were president. But, boy, is he obnoxious. DT could use some personality courses as well.

  2. Karen Power says:

    Isn't Bernie's wife the one that works at Goldman Sacs. Maybe both of their wives work at Goldman Sacs. In which case, both parties are really in the tank with the big money

  3. Scott theczech says:

    Hey this mild…they could be dueling like in days of old! You know, I think law school does something to the mind.

    • Tom Bolt says:

      Agreed, law school turns them into half-assed thinkers without an original thought. I frequently challenge their knowledged of the constitution and the federalist papers as well as the Declaration of Independence. I recall a poll taken many years back asking legislators to name the branches of government and several replied the President and Congress. How dumb do you have to be to get in there.

  4. Lee says:


  5. Ragnar455 says:

    It seems this election season is ripe with a lot of stupid things being done and said. I myself waver, I admit. In some ways, I think considering the direction the economy is going it might be a really bad disaster for the Republicans to take control. Right now, due to a number of factors, there is nothing it seems that can be done to stem the tide of demographic changes. Baby Boomers are retiring in droves and their spending is going down. We will see yet another serious financial event. So good luck to Hillary, and may she be the bearer of the standard when all hell breaks loose.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      I can't disagree with you. Let the Dirty Dems be presiding over the funeral. The big danger in that, however, is the implementation of a dictatorship.

    • Tom Bolt says:

      Ignorance you can fix, but stupid is simply not repairable. Republicans cried about being returned in the House and so we did on their promises to end all the nightmares thrown upon our backs. I haven't noted one of those promises kept, especially the Obama Care Package. Well. They cried out some more for the Senate. Well we sent them there and now they control the Senate and the House and what have we gotten from republicans–nothing but bull sh__!. There is but one thing legislators are good for and that is Lying!

  6. Scott theczech says:

    So, what's the alternative to speech…violence?

  7. Sheila says:

    Your diatribe against Ted Cruz becoming a chronic malignancy in your column. So now you are onto his appearance. "Lying'" and "truth-twisting" isn't enough. So you've added "penguin" (Really???) and "sleaze ball." By the way, have you noticed what Trump looks like these days? He used to be a handsome guy. And you used to be a great writer. Now every column is a rant against Cruz. I think your last terrific piece was the one about the 1950's era, with photos of Elizabeth Taylor and Gina Lollabrigida. Wow, the good old days of only a few months back.

    Ted Cruz is not lying. He did not run that ad. By the way, Trump never lies. He's perfect. Dream on. If he were smart, he'd debate Cruz. But he won't. The answer why is obvious. As for the wives you wrote:

    "Trust me, in a head-to-head matchup on wives, Cruz is playing a losing hand."

    This statement has nothing to do with Goldman-Sachs.

    "I think he has ignorantly pushed a lot of turned-off voters over to Trump."

    Actually, it's cannibalization. Sen. Cruz lost many votes to Sen. Rubio, and now John Kasich can't seem to get over himself. Without those two Sen. Cruz would have won quite a few more states and you know it. How come you don't go after Kasich?

  8. Richard Lee Van DV says:

    At least the photo of Trump's wife is not sleazy. In my opinion, NOT shocking, except to maybe prudes and religious nuts. What IS crude is the Weasel, or anyone, trying to use it to put Trump down. And, however secretly, many male viewers might "feel bad" about what they are stuck with. Regarding the sex life of a candidate, does it indicate how a person might govern? I can see two sides of that, however. Sexual perverts may not be able to "think well" when governing. But, being "highly sexually interested" doesn't disqualify a candidate. In fact, I would go so far as to conjecture that usually highly sexed people, in a "normal" way or sense, are likely more intelligent.

  9. david pierson says:

    Obama give up control?? I thought you said that commie from Kenya was never going to give up control.. Cruz is a lying ahole, but he's got nothing on Trump.. can't wait for Hilary to call him on Trump University, Trump mortgage, Trump vodka, etc.. and don't forget the wall that Mexico is going to pay for etc.. when Trudeau was in town Obama made a joke about the wall and Trudeau should have said, well actually Barack we are going to build a wall to keep your rabble out and you losers are going to pay for it.. oh man, would have been perfect and show the sheer ludicrousness of Trump for pres..

  10. Michael Mike says:

    If I had reporters following me around all day and recorded all of my blatherings, I wouldn't ge elected to fly-speck inspector.

    Also, a person has to be a bit screw-ball just to get into politics. To think that you, (the politician) want to rule over their fellow citizens and waste their money, he or she must be ego driven and be a bit twisted.

    So with those thoughts in mind, Pengie doesn't seem all that bad.

  11. Nasdaq7 says:

    This election is going to be hilarious. It is very interesting the dimension Twitter and Facebook have brought to elections. Even tennis stars are making PR appearances and live Youtube video announcements and video conferencing feeds.

    • ◄Dave► says:

      It already is a hoot watching the wool fly, as the clueless sheeple squabble over who might make the better shepherd, instead of contemplating how to escape from the mad herd. That so many are taking the drama so seriously, only enhances the spectacle. Chances are likely that even the usually boring GOP convention, may actually be entertaining this year. 😉 ◄Dave►

  12. Joe Lang says:

    Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are the only two Senators from the 2012 class of newly elected Senators who went to Washington, and did exactly what they promised to do during their campaigns. If he were elected President, I believe that he would approach the job with the same commitment to downsizing government, acting in accordance with the Constitution and rebuilding the military that Obama has depleted. He may not be Mr. Personality, but I do not find him sleazy in the least. I truly believe that he did not know about the tweeted ad from the super PAC that sent it out. He has avoided the kind of personal attacks that have been at the heart of the Trump campaign, and this kind of nonsense is totally out of character for him. He is disliked by many of his colleagues because he refuses to play the Washington insider game, not because he is a bad person, but because he is a man of principle. something that should be admired, not denigrated.

  13. Robert Ringer RJR says:

    I agree with most of what you've said, but you missed the point about the ad about Trump's wife. If he had denounced it, I would have been impressed. Like you, I believe he'd do a lot of good things as president, but I still don't like him as a person. But, then, I don't like most politicians.

    • Nasdaq7 says:

      Ayn Rand was one woman who spoke a lot of sense and what was her chances of ever having been elected as president? Intellectuals don't become politicians!

      • ◄Dave► says:

        Ayn Rand was way too intelligent and principled to ever consider running for a political office. Her heroes were Liberty loving individualists, who were the antithesis of wannabe rulers over a collective of sheeple. ◄Dave►

  14. larajf says:

    The question really is who will do the least damage over the next four years. I don't think anyone can really turn us around, but maybe we can find someone who will slow us down a bit.

  15. Sheila says:

    Joe Lang, you are SO right. Everything you said is right on the mark. You are the only poster here making sense. And I totally agree that Senator Cruz knew nothing of this PAC. As RJR said, it was a political hack from Scott Walker's campaign. Of course, RJR still call's Sen. Cruz "Lyin' Ted" and complains about Iowa. Please.

    Any man – no matter how successful in business or how rich – who is running for the highest office in America had better have good judgment and a high sense of decorum. To be in Trump's position – in the lead – and then attack Heidi Cruz's appearance is so disgusting I am beginning to think he is a borderline psychotic. As a woman, I am terribly offended with his commentaries over beauty and will never vote for Trump.

    I supported Trump way back when he declared his candidacy in June 2016. I really did, because at first he came across as professional and competent. Since then, he has proven himself to be unfit for any government office. And for those who compare Trump to President Reagan? PLEASE pray tell…find me a single quote written or verbal in which President Reagan ever said a bad word about a woman's face. Would President Reagan have done a tweet like that??

    Trump, stick to Miss Universe. If beauty is only skin deep, that doesn't say much for the depth of your character.

    • Nasdaq7 says:

      But if you have to choose between a vote for Hillary or a vote for Trump and you had to make a choice, for which presidential candidate would you vote?

      • Sheila says:

        I do one of two things.

        Choice 1: I write in my vote for Ted Cruz (if people are even still allowed to write in the candidate of their choice. Once upon a time in America you could).

        Choice 2: I stay home.

    • Richard Lee Van DV says:

      So, according to you, everything comes down to how a man regards women. I've always agreed with the original and true Feminism, but it also brought out the worst in the overly-sensitive types. Trump appeals to the "realistic" people, how people really are. Better that than an actor-liar. I hope Trump wins, if only for the greater sense of Realism he will bring. Not a self-deceived deceiver!

  16. Sheila says:

    Sorry…misprint I meant June 2015 which I believe is when Trump announced he is running for President.

  17. Tim says:

    As an Australian, brought up under the Westminster parliamentary system, I'm amazed at how much time, money and vitriol is expended in the preamble to the presidential election.
    You haven't even managed to finalize who the Republican candidate will be after months of spite and the expenditure of enough money to feed a third world country for a decade.
    And then, even after the presidential election, the Senate may be able to block new legislation anyway.
    Seems like an exercise in futility.

    • Richard Lee Van DV says:

      You got it, Tim! The process IS absurd and a great waste! In service to what? Ego? Certainly not Truth and Fairness. I am an American living in the Philippines. There is REAL HUNGER and poverty in this country. And then to hear of the politician's UTTER WASTE of millions and billions of dollars for NOTHING is sickening. As YOU SAY, the money that is wasted could feed an entire country!

      • Tim says:

        Ego is the key word, Richard.
        Elect a party, not a person, take the cult of personality out of choosing a government and do away with the whole presidential system.

  18. Rick D'Amico says:

    After reading John Dean's book "The Nixon Defense," I came to the realization more than ever, it's the tone of the leader that sets the culture of an organization. The genesis of Watergate was not a direct order so much as the tone set by Nixon when he rambled on about his enemies. I just can't imagine what a Cruz or Trump presidency would be like. Are we to pick the less sleazy?

    • Nasdaq7 says:

      This election is going to be hilarious: Donald Trump open to nuclear retaliation after Brussels attack
      CBS News-16 hours ago

      Trump refuses to rule out using nuclear weapons against ISIS and says 'we need unpredictability' in fight against terror group

  19. reality Seeker says:

    Yeah, Ted is a lot like Nixon, but just not as adept a politician as Nixon. Ted is more a garden variety politician, and this is a very dirty political season.

    i'm still going to support Cruz if Trump can't close the deal. Who knows? Trump might catch a bullet or get taken down by the establishment. Then Ted is my man. Ted will deliver a few good things as president, e.g., he won't try and take the guns.

  20. Sheila says:

    Reality Seeker: So far two of the women FLATLY DENIED the National Enquirer story. If my memory serves me correctly, this is the same National Enquirer that many years ago posted a front page story about my teenage idol, Annette Funicello, claiming she was a drunkard when she was very ill with M.S. Very nice tabloid.

    However, IF there were any proof (i.e., e-mails, texts, surveillance video, etc.) PROVING that Sen. Ted Cruz had affairs, of course I would never vote for him.

    That's more than I can say for Trump supporters. I AM CONSISTENT. If someone is LYING and PROVEN to be lying, I don't vote for them.

    So far, the skeletons are dead in the closet. Let's see what happens.

    • Reality Seeker says:

      The National Enquirer story about Cruz is indeed an interesting development. Remember, it was the Enquirer that broke the story about John Edwards. Remember that? I don't put too much credence in most of their crap. The Enquirer is a rag. But only one woman has to be telling the truth, and it's going to be a bumpy ride for Lyin' Ted. Trump will rename him Lyin' and Chreatin' Ted.

      Anyway, I'm not going to spill the beans on Cruz, because i'm not his enemy. I support Cruz because his voting record is excellent. I appreciate Ted's vote on the issues.

      Roger Stone is going to launch an attack on Cruz this Monday on the Alex Jones Show….. Stay tuned, because there's some bomb shells that are going to be dropped. Some true. Some half true. Some not true.

      The only thing I can say is nobody in this race has clean hands. Not trump. Not Ted. Not any of them.

      • Sheila says:

        I don't know what Roger Stone's "bombshells" may be, but again unless there is video, texts or e-mails there is no proof. If a woman is telling the truth, she would have verifiable proof. If there was really an affair going on, the accuser would have evidence such as hotel receipts, signed names on registers, that kind of proof). I'm thinking of calling the Enquirer and telling them I had an affair with Sen. Cruz. My guess is, they would probably print it!

        As for Stone, he is not exactly the most upstanding citizen but ok…maybe he has video of Sen. Cruz in an orgy in Area 51 with two aliens. You're right. I can't wait. Based on what's going on this election year, I'd say we were invaded.

        • Reality Seeker says:

          Your so full of BS that it's coming out of your ears. Your own bullshit is blinding you. There was no video, text or email when the Enquirer reported on Rush Limbaugh's drug problem, yet it turned out to be true. Monica Lewinsky wasn't connected to Bill Clinton by text, email or video, but it was all true— even the cigar part. I can't have a reasonable conversation with people who let bull shit blind them.

          FYI: Stone isn't going to be focused on sex scandals. He's going after more important issues, like voter and delegate fraud. A lot of us really don't care about whom a person sleeps with. I would still vote for Ted, because I don't really care if he sleeps with Glenn beck. What I care about is how much Ted is going to become ( or already is) part of the establishment.

          • Sheila says:

            If I'm full of B.S., what does that make you? Up to now, you made sense. Reality, get real. There was a dress with Bill Clinton's semen on it. You know, D.N.A.? PROOF. As for Rush Limbaugh, you don't need texts or e-mails. Drug use – especially narcotics like oxycodone which is a controlled substance – require prescriptions. There are records, records and more records. So if Rush was overdosing it can be proven. PROOF. That's all I want to see. Proof. Sorry, but you can't convict a suspect without it, unless you believe a person is guilty until proven innocent. If Sen. Ted Cruz did what he is accused of I would never vote for him. I am not a hypocrite. Are you?

            "Liberals are the greatest of frauds. They are only liberal until their own particular ox has been gored." – – – The late Rabbi Meir Kahane.

  21. Gary Waltrip says:

    I agree, Robert. Cruz's vicious attacks on Trump really turned me off. Cruz is boring. He has the personality of a doorknob. However, I was ready to support him for his conservative policies, but he is his own worst enemy. The final straw for me was when he blamed the leftist disruption of Trump's Chicago rally on Trump himself! A door closed in my mind, and I realized that I could not vote for this man.

  22. Nasdaq7 says:

    I think Trump subconsciously realises life is totally unfair and unpredictable that's why he doesn't care. You can run the most calculated political campaign and it can all go up in smoke within a week.

    • Scott theczech says:

      I think it may be on a conscious level too. Trump seems to have little fear of failure and seems to be enjoying the ride.

      • Nasdaq7 says:

        I think ultimately you have to choose your role models very carefully in life and be the best person you can be.

  23. rcp says:

    There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler. Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth. Ecclesiastes 10:5-7. Scum has a way of floating to the top!

  24. Nasdaq7 says:

    Interesting article – comments anyone?

  25. Rocketman says:

    In November I'm going to do what I have done for nearly 20 years now. Walk into the voting booth, pick out the Libertarian candidates and then vote for them. After that I look for the Constitution party and the Green party and then if there is no Libertarian candidate running for that position I then vote for them. I don't vote for any Republican or Democrat period. I can at least sleep at night knowing that I haven't done anything to take this country down the road to Hell. And that for me is enough.

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