All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


A Picture is Worth...

I was pursuing the Monday news and came across an article on Slate.  Slate is of course known for its highly refined sense of culture, class and moral values, or whatever its known for.  The article (really more of a blog post) was a first person account of what Ted Cruz was like when he was 18 or 19 and running around on the debate team at college.

If anything Ted Cruz ever did when he was 19 could possibly be of interest to you, give it a read.

Resolved: Ted Cruz Was His Worst Self as a Presidential Candidate
In his surly, failed campaign, Cruz turned into a cartoon version of the blowhard I knew on the college debate circuit.
As you can tell from the subheading the "article" is another fawning media fluff piece.  No matter.  What I found interesting was the photo of Ted in late 1980 something.

What's important here isn't a Cuban kid with a cigar in his mouth.  Look past that.  There are 20 names visible on what I assume is a board listing the events participants.  I don't see Cruz's name, or know why he seems to be pointing to Bush.  None of that's important. 

Read the 20 names.  How many of those do you recognize?  Cruz was an Ivy League boy, attending Ivy League events, with Ivy League friends. 

Anybody remember what the Keating family was famous for?  Hint S & L scandal.  Go through some of the other names.  One thing Ted Cruz was not, he was not a political outsider.  He was as well connected to as many influential families as anyone could be within one generation of immigrating to America.


  1. WaterBoy5:34 PM

    I don't think those are participants in an "event", in other than the loosest terms. I think those are people who were all up for election in one contest or another.

    Look at some of the names:
    - Inhofe (James Inhofe, Senator from Oklahoma)
    - McCurdy (Dave McCurdy, Rep from Oklahoma)
    - Keating (Frank Keating, Gov of Oklahoma)
    - Janklow (Bill Janklow, Rep from South Dakota)

    What's really remarkable about that photo, however, is that the Democrats are noted in red while the Republicans are colored blue. Anyone disputing that this was the original color scheme that the MSM changed over the years is invited to view it in its historical context.

    Not that it changes anything related to Cruz' Ivy League background...just that these people were not necessarily associated with him back then.

    1. WaterBoy5:36 PM

      ...which would also explain the absence of his own name, if he was only tracking election results.

    2. Susan5:47 PM

      IIRC, it was Tim Russert who flipped the colors. He didn't want the democrats associated with the color red for commie.
      But yes, Republicans should really be blue.

  2. I made the assumption that the pic was related to the post. You may very well be right and it was a tracking board for elections.