One of the many benefits of the grotesque sideshow of Ted Cruz's presidential candidacy is the immeasurable number of related but more rewarding sideshows in the making. For instance there's Peter King's statement today regarding telephone calls made by Cruz supporters to his congressional office, which he broadly characterizes as "severe cases of arrested development" marked by "vulgar, rabid and adolescent-type" language. King's statement proceeds:
"The puerile language used is what most kids outgrow and move beyond when they reach sophomore year in high school…. The fact that women and young interns in my office have to listen to these perverse rantings is particularly shameful.
"We must ask why he has such an unusual appeal to this low denominator in American politics."
We can ask, but the answer has always been with us: It's the Authoritarian Personality calling — frustrated, intellectually insecure, loud-mouthed bullies who crave exclusive power and thus everyone else's submission. More economically put: the cryptofascistic type.