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Week in Review: Cruzing into 2016

Demagogue or hero?

Welcome to the Week In Review, published every Friday on the blog. WiR is a collaborative effort of TAC’s Editors and contributors. Thought- and mirth-provoking articles we stumble across end up here.


The Promise and Disappointment of Ted Cruz

“What Ted Can Do,” The Editors, National Review Online

THE EDITORS: The NR Editors make an excellent point: Ted Cruz is a man of prodigious political skill, but who has been outshone in more substantive categories by Sens. Rubio and Lee. We will watch Cruz’s campaign with interest and a twinge of disappointment at what Sen. Cruz could have been. 

Don’t Count Cruz Out

“Of Course Ted Cruz Could Win,” Kevin D. Williamson, National Review Online

Chicago O’Hare Obama Airport

“Rahm Emmanuel floats naming Chicago airport after Barack Obama,” Adam Lerner, Politico

THE EDITORS: We cannot image a more apt namesake for the modern airport. After all, air travel in this country is a chaotic smorgasbord of crony corporatism, overbearing government, incompetence, and dereliction of duty. 

Look, Conservative Reform!

“The Next Welfare Reform: Food Stamps,” Jason Riley, The Wall Street Journal 

Yes It’s Too Early

“The Insiders: It’s never too early to speculate about the vice presidential selection,” Ed Rogers, The Washington Post

 Obstructionists Endanger Trafficking Victims

“Pro-Abortion Dems blocking trafficking bill,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, The Hill

THE EDITORS: Democrats are blocking a bill that would help those impacted by sex trafficking because funding associated with the bill would be subject to the Hyde Amendment. This is extremism, pure and simple. Republicans were accused of holding the nation hostage in budget negotiations, but here, radical pro-abortion Democrats are directly withholding assistance to women who have been subjected to literal torture. Shame on them. 

The Little TED Book

“Better Dead Than TED,” Bill McMorris, The Washington Free Beacon

THE EDITORS: TED Talks are pompous, but often interesting and enlightening in small doses. Nonetheless, this expose of the TED 2015 conference is a stellar send-up of the limousine Left. 

Bergdahl Redux

“Bowe Bergdahl desertion charges rekindle debate over Taliban swap,” Philip Ewing, Politico

Hoops Hope Springs Eternal

“Georgia Men’s Basketball 2015/16 Preview,” Mr. Sanchez, Dawg Sports

THE EDITORS: UGA’s loss to Michigan State got you down? Us too. But the future is bright for Coach Fox’s hoop hounds.