These morons who only speak to the extreme right get a cold dose of reality when they have to speak in front of an audience that's not comprised of cheerleaders, and that's why this Ted Cruz video is so funny. Invited to speak at the International Association of Firefighters bipartisan presidential summit, he is so shocked to discover his standard "red meat" lines don't work. Via Bloomberg:
Yesterday morning, Cruz entered the less friendly climate of the International Association of Firefighters, for its bipartisan presidential summit. Firefighters' unions are not as solidly Democratic as most labor unions. In 2010, for example, Scott Walker won his first term as Wisconsin's governor with the backing of the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association. (Walker was invited to the IAFF summit but skipped it.)
Still, the firefighters assembled to hear from possible presidents gave Cruz one of the coldest receptions he's ever given before a camera. The Now This News crew clipped together the highlights, which include some of the CPAC applause lines.
Nothing. Zip. After the speeches, the firefighters I talked to had a few good things to say about South Carolina Lindsey Graham, who discussed homeland security, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who stuck largely to a story about his upbringing. No one had anything good to say about Cruz. "I had to take a shower after listening to that," said Washington state IAFF leader Ricky Walsh.
Of course, Cruz minions in the audience were writing down the names of the traitors who didn't applaud, so they could visit Godly retribution upon their heads once the anointed leader ascends to his White House throne. Ha ha, just kidding! Sort of.