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Ted Cruz Gets In The Christmas Spirit!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:15 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Ted Cruz, who is currently seeing an uptick in polling numbers since last week’s debate, will be airing a parody commercial during tonight’s “Saturday Night Live” show.

The ad depicts Cruz reading his adorable little girls such holiday classics as “How Obamacare Stole Christmas” and “Rudolph the Underemployed Reindeer” among others.

From the Cruz campaign:

“In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, we are excited to bring a Cruz family Christmas into the homes of SNL viewers in Iowa. Ted is a long time fan of SNL, so the chance to film his own SNL-style commercial was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up!”

It’s a clever ad which shows the warm, humorous side of Cruz and nicely hits its targets.

34 Responses to “Ted Cruz Gets In The Christmas Spirit!”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. Rumors of a Rubio sex scandal are circulating. He’s left a trail of slip-sliding around DC with a comely lobbyist. His misuse of a government credit card is coming back to haunt him.

    ropelight (d1cb3c)

  3. I approve Ted’s message!

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  4. I certainly hope that supposed rumor is not true,
    And I hope the Cruz campaign has nothing to do with it even if it is.

    MD in Philly (not in Philly) (deca84)

  5. MD,

    I agree. On both counts. Politics is an ugly business. If Rubio has been stepping out on his wife, I would hope and pray his family’s sake, that he would bow out before anything concrete becomes public. I also hope that Cruz’s people wouldn’t stoop that low – low enough to possibly destroy a marriage.

    Dana (86e864)

  6. well according to buzzfeed’s executive editor, jeb’s people were shipping that rumor last year, also it sounds too much like the sliming they did of mccain, courtesy of john weaver, who now works for kasich,

    narciso (732bc0)

  7. Lobbyist? She must have have had a nice set of big-money donors.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. I just had an insight. (Probably all that aspirin I’m taking.) What politicians call knife fighters, normal people call nasty little rats. It’s not that politics is a dirty business; it’s that they’re all such small people.

    nk (dbc370)

  9. it’s a shiv in the back, hides consideration of real issues,

    narciso (732bc0)

  10. Ted is a long time fan of SNL,

    Well, I can’t trust Cruz in one area: His way of judging and taste in TV shows.

    Mark (f713e4)

  11. His poor wife looks like she’s going to die from embarrassment.

    nk (dbc370)

  12. Dan Post, nk? I say Tony Lama. Anyone know?

    mg (31009b)

  13. he has a certain ironic sensibility which might work in person, as with Trump, since SNL is going to throw whatever journolist meme, it has in it’s basket,

    narciso (732bc0)

  14. Oh, I meant mine were Dan Post. Same color and style.

    nk (dbc370)

  15. Well, he is an aficionado of The Princess Bride,
    That makes up for a lot…

    MD in Philly (not in Philly) (deca84)

  16. well it is the sine qua non to understanding this crazy world, also doses of spinal tap,

    narciso (732bc0)

  17. It is a good ad. As I watched it I recalled something that I heard on Rush’s show the other day. Rush was reading something some political commentator wrote. The commentator was saying that the conventional wisdom is that Cruz is just too hardcore of a conservative to appeal to independents. But the conventional wisdom of wrong. Cruz is running to win this thing, that’s why he’s vague when he needs to be. He doesn’t want to scare anyone away.

    I suppose that’s why he met with those gay NYC hoteliers when he was in town.

    But one thing that really stuck out is that the commentator Cruz is not running to make a point about being a purist. He’s not Barry Goldwater.

    As I watched the ad I said to myself that it’s going to be difficult for Hillary! (assuming she’s not indicted, and maybe even then) to make a “Daisy” like the one Johnson made that convinced voters his opponent is a nut case who was going to get their kids killed.

    I seriously doubt Cruz is a long-time SNL fan. Maybe a long-time-ago SNL fan. But the SNL audience is part of the demographic who needs to be convinced he’s not some heartless nutcase.

    So it’s not just a good ad, it’s a very smart, expertly placed ad.

    Well played, sir, well played. Cruz is one sharp politician.

    Steve57 (50e6a1)

  18. I especially liked how Hillary! is the Grinch, and it was the little girl who got in the dig about the home brew server.

    Steve57 (50e6a1)

  19. the SNL audience is part of the demographic who needs to be convinced he’s not some heartless nutcase.

    Cruz and his brain trust are different from the clueless Romney operation. Romney was basically just counting on the fact that a majority of voters didn’t like the way things were going. They didn’t think of trying to pick off people in the Democrat demographics because they thought the election landscape was in their favor and they just had to ride that to the White House. It’s not clear if they had any idea HOW to pick up any Democrat-demographic voters in any case. It was a pretty incompetent campaign – ironic given Romney’s background.

    Gerald A (949d7d)

  20. If TC does not get a TON of free media replaying portions of this, I’ll be shocked. Brilliant.

    The timing, right after the Dem debate, blunts the Dem news cycle planned.

    TC has had a fantastic week. Iowa is his, absent scandal.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  21. Good, fun ad. Cruz is the right balance of savvy and square.

    Rubio is a nasty little customer and exactly we’re trying to get away from. It figures that he won’t go away easily. He’s got nothing else it would seem. How will he fill that huge power-craving void inside him?

    rrpjr (b5da43)

  22. I don’t think the ad will be very effective. It’s mostly preaching to the choir, and Cruz’s central role in the ad distracts from the message. I can’t see anyone not already favoring Cruz being positively influenced by the spot.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  23. marco sleazio and all these lurid tales of his insatiable sexual appetites really squick me out

    surely we can do better

    happyfeet (831175)

  24. Putting the frankfurter in the wrong buns at the time of running for president is so progressive.

    mg (31009b)

  25. bill’s wife should have been in jumpsuit orange on the book cover.

    mg (31009b)

  26. I think the ad was only running in Iowa during last night’s SNL show. It should do well there.

    DRJ (15874d)

  27. The real estate mogul also trashed congressional Republicans for supporting a newly-passed $1.1 trillion spending plan that received bipartisan support.

    “I couldn’t believe that they did it,” Trump said. “The Republicans are supposed to stop it.”

    Trump called the budget a “disaster” and criticized the nation’s level of debt. “We’re printing money,” he said. “We have debt like we’ve never had before.”

    thank you Mr. The Donald

    thank you for saying the truth about heavily-bearded cheesedoodle trash Paul Ryan and his george soros whorebudget

    we need more people like you

    people with conviction and also courage

    i hope wherever you are this morning there’s a basket of just out the oven scones and one of those hottie tottie euro-trash hookers you like

    happyfeet (831175)

  28. This is exactly the type of ads the Republicans should run in every election. Make the democrats look stupid, mean, evil and unhappy while portraying our team as up-lifting, funny, easy going and family. We should also do contrast ads. Show the ghetto of Chicago, Detroit and Philly then say “Brought to you by” and show the luxurious homes of Sharpton, Jackson, and other leftists making money off the backs of the poor. We need to get not only aggressive but creative.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  29. yes yes yes family is so important

    happyfeet (831175)

  30. This is exactly the type of ads the Republicans should run in every election.

    Which calls to mind that most politicians (and public figures in general), those like Trump in particular, are hesitant to use the words “liberal” and “conservative” (not to mention centrist or moderate) when dealing with people, policies and situations. Much of that stems from the principle — even more applicable this holiday season — that in order to avoid fights breaking out at family gatherings, it’s best to avoid talking (or being too candid) about religion and politics.

    However, an airing of the quirks and dynamics of ideology is long overdue, and the two-faced nature of liberalism and liberals is greatly needed—far beyond , for example, George Bush Sr raising, and negatively so, the specter of the “L” word over 20 years ago or his son doing just the opposite of that by saying that “conservative” needed the qualifier of “compassionate.”

    That’s why I always hate hearing the phrase (sometimes used by presidents) of “the American people this…” or “the American people that…” That’s far too broad and generalized a description since it runs roughshod over liberal Americans, conservative Americans — and the variables thereof — and all the squish-squish Americans (or so-called “moderates” when the center of the political spectrum has shifted quite a bit to the left over the past 60 years) in between.

    Mark (f713e4)

  31. “I couldn’t believe that they did it,” Trump said. “The Republicans are supposed to stop it.”

    Will friggin’ Republicans along the lines of Jeb or Marco, etc, etc, at least — at least — say something so obvious in a public setting? If not, why the hell not?!

    Trump is full of squish-squish, but when he’s the only public figure out there saying things that the cocktail-circuit smoothies will instead cringe or become resentful about, the saying that comes to mind is: Something stinks in Denmark.

    Mark (f713e4)

  32. mg (31009b) — 12/19/2015 @ 7:27 pm

    If TC is a fan of No country for old men, then they are Larry mahans.

    felipe (56556d)

  33. has any candidate blasted (or at least criticized) the Omnibus Bill ?

    seeRpea (b8d11e)

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