♪♫♪ Shadows of the Past ♪♫♪
On Rachel Maddow's Show a little history about Ted Cruz's Idol Jesse Helms.
"If you had any doubt on whether or not Cruz was a Bigot, your doubts can now be extinguished.
Ted Cruz is the personification of BIGOTRY. (Just like The Late Jesse Helms)
What is so baffling about this, is the FACT that Ted Cruz is so PROUD of it!" thethinkingblue
'We need a hundred more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate'By Steve Benen
- Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
Nearly 11 years ago, then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R) noted that his home state of Mississippi supported Strom Thurmond's presidential candidacy in 1948. "If the rest of the country had followed our lead," Lott said, "we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years either."
Given that Thurmond was running on a segregationist platform in 1948, Lott's remarks were not well received. Indeed, the Bush/Cheney White House quickly abandoned him and Lott was forced to give up his post.
The incident came to mind yesterday after listening to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
The Texas Republican spoke yesterday at the Heritage Foundation, appearing at an event named after the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), where Cruz was quite effusive in his praise.
"I'll tell you something ... the very first political contribution I ever made in my life was to Jesse Helms. When I was a kid, I sent $10 to Jesse Helms, 'cause they were beating up on him, they were coming after him hard and I thought it wasn't right, and at the time my allowance was 50 cents a week," the Texas Republican said. "I am willing to venture a guess that I may have been Jesse Helms' single largest donor as a percentage of annual income."
Cruz also recalled a story about when a young Helms received a campaign donation check from John Wayne. He explained that, according to the story, Helms figured out how to get in touch with Wayne and called to thank him for the support.
"Apparently Wayne said, 'Oh yeah, you're that guy saying all those crazy things. We need 100 more like you,'" Cruz said. "The willingness to say all those crazy things is a rare, rare characteristic in this town, and you know what? It's every bit as true now as it was then. We need a hundred more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate."
Is that so.
MORE HERE: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/12/20455782-we-