Texas tea party darling U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is making his fourth trip to Iowa in eight months, logging serious face-time before most other potential 2016 White House hopefuls in the state that kicks off presidential voting.Hmm, he might. Ted Cruz is not exactly known for his brilliant political judgments, and after a past primary season that saw Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and The Rest all take their turns as supposedly serious candidates, he might not even be the silliest candidate to run. (Also, going into a field with an armed Steve King sounds like a recipe for disaster, so give the man some points for that one.)
Cruz will keynote a Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators' event Tuesday in Des Moines before heading to Mason City for a GOP fundraiser with Iowa's U.S. Rep. Steve King, with whom Cruz went pheasant hunting. The trip comes five months after Cruz addressed the Iowa Republican Party's annual Ronald Reagan dinner, and he met with Christian conservatives and evangelical leaders during two visits last summer.
The scenario that awaits us, then: The Republican perhaps most single-handedly responsible for convincing fellow Republicans to shut down the government last fall wants to become president, presumably so he can shut down the government in new and exciting ways that a mere senator can't. Can't wait to see that sales pitch.