The venerated political strategist David Axelrod once described a presidential campaign as “an MRI for the soul.” It winds up being precisely that.
But in its earliest stages, a presidential campaign is more like a costume ball.
And right now, perhaps no candidate wears a mask as thick as Ted Cruz’s.
He had it on during last week’s debate, when he lashed out at any Republican who gave any ground on illegal immigration.
“The politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande,” he thundered, and there was no mistaking the contempt he meant to communicate for those elite, out-of-touch professionals.
But where does that contempt leave him?
He’s a lawyer, with a degree from Harvard, which was his steppingstone to a conventionally ambitious Supreme Court clerkship.