Texas' tea-partying Senator-elect Ted Cruz, demonstrating that even a Princeton University and Harvard Law School education is perfectly impotent in the face of all-consuming ideology:
It was the one time we actually contested ideas, presented two viewpoints and directions for the country. And then, inevitably, there are these mandarins of politics, who give the voice: "Don’t show any contrasts. Don’t rock the boat." So by the third debate, I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama.
If only Romney had stood ultraconservatively firm, such as Texas pols can do (for another few years, anyway).
Which Romney also did, of course, until even Romney's grotesquely inept advisers realized in early October that standing firm was actually kneecapping his campaign. Thus came his Obama-disorienting blows in the first debate--an abbreviated fight for the middle that briefly kept him afloat. His timing was, however, way too belated.
That's the empirical history, the incontestable history, the shortest possible history of the Obama-Romney battle of 2012. Romney was always outclassed and never favored to win, but he could at least have made a better fight of it--had he danced to the center, earlier.
Cruz's pure intellect can easily comprehend this, but ideology has a way of contaminating both fine minds and sound judgment.