Why does Bret Stephens despise Ted Cruz?

In an op-ed piece,  Supreme Confusion, by Bret Stephens and Gail Collins, Bret among other things has this to say about Ted Cruz (btw he likes Beto O’Rourke, Cruz’s challenger in the Texas Senate race).

Bret:
“The big reason (that I’m drawn to the Texas Senate race) is that I despise Ted Cruz. That is “D-e-s-p-i-s-e,” in case I haven’t spelled out my loathing clearly enough. Would you like to know why?”

Gail: Oh, gosh, please go on.

“Because he’s like a serpent covered in Vaseline. Because he treats the American people like two-bit suckers in 10-gallon hats. Because he sucks up to the guy who insulted his wife — by retweet, no less. Because of his phony piety and even phonier principles. Because I see him as the spiritual love child of the 1980s televangelist Jimmy Swaggart and Jack Nicholson’s character in “The Shining.” Because his ethics are purely situational. Because he makes Donald Trump look like a human being by comparison. Because “New York values.” Because his fellow politicians detest him, and that’s just among Republicans. Because he never got over being the smartest kid in eighth grade. Because he’s conniving enough to try to put one over you, but not perceptive enough to realize that you see right through him. Because he’s the type of man who would sell his family into slavery if that’s what it took to get elected. And that he would use said slavery as a sob story to get himself re-elected.”

I too despise Cruz and any number of other Republican  Senators. My reason, being in most every case, that they are “fake legislators,”  sycophants, all of them, including among them the Vice President and members of Trump’s own cabinet,  all of them acting blatantly obsequiously toward their President, why?  in order probably in each case to gain advantage for themselves.  If I open up my thesaurus, these “men” of our government might be described more or less as yes-men, bootlickers, brown-nosers, toadies, lickspittles, flatterers, flunkies, lackies, spaniels, doormats, stooges, cringers,  and suck-ups.” In particular, the ones with whom I’m most familiar being John Cornyn, John Cotton, Lindsey Graham,  Chuck Grassley, Orin Hatch, Dean Heller, James Lankford, and the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, Mitch, right up there with Mike Pence,  the Senate leader of these masters of untruths.

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