The Terrifying Ted Cruz

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.


4 thoughts on “The Terrifying Ted Cruz

  1. Harrison,

    I definitely agree that specification is extremely important in establishing credibility, and especially when trying to invalidate someone else’s point. What specifically do you think is most “terrifying” about Ted Cruz, if anything?

    -Madison Ruston


  2. Mr. Bruni,
    What kind of situations could impact whether current frontrunners like Donald Trump or Ben Carson to back down from the nomination? Scandals? I am not a huge fan of Cruz because of his views towards LGBT individuals and the collapse of services for women (i.e. Planned Parenthood, etc.). However, I do not seem worried about him receiving the nomination.


  3. Harrison,

    When the election season kicks off, floods of opinionated political articles follow. Though Frank Bruni effectively appeals to logic, clarity is immensely significant in order to inform readers. Without specifics, the audience is left with a skewed persona of the candidate. However, do you believe Bruni’s article is more effective in turning readers away from Cruz in that he does not provide these specifics?



  4. It is interesting that you share similar views as Bruni. With opinions as strong and extreme as his, logos becomes essential, but ethos as well. It would be interesting to decide which is more valuable, as very few even know of all of the logistics of politics. Very interesting pundit, but it’d be interesting to track which method is more essential.


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