“The Scary Specter of Ted Cruz,“ by Frank Bruni of the New York Times. Published on October 21, 2015.
Frank Bruni features such a foreboding, yet calm tone in his semi-latest post. The exigency of the article is immediately revealed in the opening paragraph, in which Bruni talks about George W. Bush’s comments regarding one major Republican primary candidate, Ted Cruz. At first, I thought that this article would poke fun at the candidate, who is known for his radical and “frightening” speeches. However, Bruni instead discretely admits that we should be afraid of the candidate. But, why is this? Well, Bruni establishes logos by mentioning his campaign income — which includes “super-PACS” — and alarming rank in the eyes of voters. In addition, Bruni mentions Cruz’s inappropriate behavior, which consists of “ranting” about problems instead of the possible solutions to them, and scrutinizing the actions of others. This addition causes the reader to become more fearful of Cruz, as it provides the ominous image of an immature and naïve person as the future leader of “the free world.” With this information, Bruni describes Cruz as the “saint of lost causes,” which means that if Carson and Trump fail, Cruz could be the Republican nominee. That is scary. While I do feel that this article is very appealing to me, as I dislike Cruz very much, I find Bruni to be a little bit unclear about what about Cruz should we fear because he ends his article with, “And remember that when someone is as broadly and profoundly disliked as Cruz is, it’s usually not because he’s a principled truth teller. It’s because he’s frightening.” Is it his “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”-esque talks? His current rankings? His campaign finances? It could be all of these.