- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 1, 2013

As Americans mull their disgust with Congress and the White House, one lawmaker is getting positive buzz. That would be Sen. Ted Cruz, who is striking a presidential pose, and in these times, it’s never too early. National Review columnist Robert Costa reports that the Texas Republican is indeed interested in entering the 2016 race, and is considered a rock star among those true to bedrock conservative values.

Mr. Cruz is no weak-kneed moderate, and there’s the charm for those GOP strategists who fear that a fastidious centrist would wither under the hardball Democratic campaign, which is already up and running. Mr. Cruz, however, remains cool.

“It is a continued source of amazement that the simple fact that I am working hard with like-minded Senators to keep my promise is seen as newsworthy and cause for wild speculation,” he wrote on his Facebook page in the aftermath.

“Politics abhors a vacuum. Thus, as warts are revealed on the top-tier contenders, the possibility of additional serious contenders emerges,” writes Power Line analyst Paul Mirengoff, who has some advice for Mr. Cruz.

“My view can be summarized in three words: come on in. This doesn’t mean that we don’t need to learn more about this newcomer to the national scene. We know he is super-smart, super-articulate, and strongly conservative. I’d like to know more about his views on foreign and defense policy and his ability to connect with a broad range of voters,” Mr. Mirengoff continues. “But I have seen enough to want to see more.”

THE 60-SECOND CHRISTIE

“We elected Chris Christie. He made the tough decisions to get New Jersey back on track. Taxes cut, spending cut, government made smaller and smarter. Working with Democrats and Republicans, believing as long as you stick to your principles, compromise isn’t a dirty word. But the most important thing he did has little to do with numbers, statistics or even politics. He made us proud to say we’re from New Jersey.”

— Narrative from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s first re-election campaign ad, released Wednesday.

IN RETROSPECT

“I’m not seeking publicity. I’m seeking meaningful work.”

Paula Broadwell, onetime mistress to former CIA director David H. Petraeus, updating the state of her life to News 14, a North Carolina cable channel. Mr. Petraeus has announced he will be a visiting professor of public policy at the City University of New York beginning Aug. 1.

FEW REPUBLICAN FEMINISTS

“Has feminist become a dirty word?” demands a new Economist/YouGov poll. It is an unsettling question for those who ascribe to the 1970s-era activism of, say, Betty Friedan or Gloria Steinem.

“Feminism is a mixed bag in the eyes of most Americans. Overall, 28 percent consider themselves to be feminists, 72 percent do not,” the poll says.

Among contemporary women, 38 percent consider themselves feminists, compared to 18 percent of men. And there’s partisan divide: “48 percent of Democratic women but just 14 percent of Republican women would label themselves feminist,” the survey says.

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