He could have fooled me. If this is a humbled Ted Cruz, I don't want to know what he was like before. From this Sunday's Meet the Press, here's Cruz with a completely self-serving, irony-free bit of claptrap for host Chuck Todd:
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered a window into his personality on Sunday, telling NBC's "Meet the Press" how he learned to tamp down his cockiness, and what he admires most about President Barack Obama.
Cruz is on a tour to promote his new book, A Time for Truth, in which he recounts his time working on the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, and his hopes of securing a job in the newly elected Bush administration. Host Chuck Todd asked him to recount the experience for viewers.
"I was a young man in my 20s, and I had enjoyed a lot of success," Cruz said, "Almost everything I'd laid my hands to had gone well. And I was far too cocky for my own good."
At the end of the successful campaign, he said, "I desperately wanted to have a senior job in the White House. Frankly, I wanted to be … Michael J. Fox's character in 'The American President,' a young, idealistic staffer in the Oval Office, saying, 'Mr. President, do the right thing.'"
"And that didn't happen, and it became clear it wasn't going to happen because I had burned too many bridges," Cruz continued. He went on to say that in retrospect, he is grateful he didn't get the job, because he never would have been able to run his grassroots 2012 Senate campaign if he hadn't learned a little humility. "You can't run a grassroots campaign if you're an arrogant little snob," he said. "I needed to get my teeth kicked in." Read on...