CHARLESTON, S.C.-- By broad consensus, the winner of Thursday night's GOP debate was Donald Trump, followed by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, with most of the postgame commentary focused on "the fight" between Cruz and Trump. Oh, how we love a good fight.
Like him or hate him, you have to agree that Ted Cruz, graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, Supreme Court law clerk and million-dollar lawyer, is a smart guy.
When Thomas E. McNamara arrived in Colombia as U.S. ambassador in 1988, he encountered a hit list issued by narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar. "I was No. 1," he recalls. "Ambassadors tend to get that kind of attention."
As a select few accumulate massive fortunes, two schools of thought vie on how to funnel some of that money toward the public good.
Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket.
In a matter of a few short weeks, Ted Cruz will become a household name. Which may -- or may not -- turn out to be good news for him.
There's a postcard they sell in Key West that has a photo of the dapper young Ernest Hemingway above the words "Hemingway Women" and portraits of four striking females.
He didn't bawl. His voice only roughened for a moment and he dabbed at a couple tears that straggled down his cheek. As displays of emotion go, it wasn't all that much. But it was, of course, more than enough.
It is axiomatic that congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as " your mama."
He brought his rifle up at the sound of footsteps crunching the Oregon snow. "Who goes there? Stop and be recognized." A weary voice answered out of the darkness. "It's me, Sam. It's Bud."
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