Well, Ted Cruz announced his vie for Presidency today.
Folks, I hate to break it to you, but he is currently a viable candidate. He appears to be clever, he has the "pulled up by my own bootstrap" narrative, and he's damn near as flashy as Governor GoodHair. Yes, we are still over a year out and Cruz has plenty of time to make a pratfall, but don't count on it.
He announced his run at Liberty University, yes, that Liberty University that offers a minor in Creationism.
He is a Dominionist. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it refers to a group of Evangelical Christians who believe that the United States was founded on solely Christian principles and that the religious laws in the Bible should be made secular (read state/federal) law.
He has also recently tried to interfere with the passing of some laws in the city of D.C. I mean, seriously. Why is it my employer's goddamned business what contraceptives I might or might not be using? Or if I've had an abortion?! (The answer in case you were wondering? Is "None")
Back to my main point. The political climate of the US right now is such that rallying behind an apparent preacher, someone who can provide the appearance of purpose. We American's are suckers for that type of charisma and emotional manipulation.
So please, please don't laugh Cruz off as an impossible candidate. He's all too possible. And yes, while the US can survive 8 years of a Cruz presidency, I don't want to have to.
Remember all this when it's time to vote in the primaries and don't ignore them. Vote. Please. Vote.