I don’t know if Ted Cruz was separated at birth from Charlie McCarthy or Joe McCarthy.  After seeing him in person on Wednesday night, I think maybe both.  It’s the speaking style: the wooden smile, the marionettish jaw dropping open for acclamation after each pithy remark, combined with the relentless attacks on his colleagues and enemies. I realized that at one point, at the same time, I was watching Ted Cruz on stage, Ted Cruz on a 40′ Video Monitor, Ted Cruz on the LCD screen of my digital camera with a 500mm zoom lens, and Ted Cruz’ speech on the teleprompter screen reminding him what to say. It was too much, and the internal hard drive inside my skull crashed at the same time the Video Monitors went dark, cutting off Ted’s speech for being insufficiently worshipful of the nominee. (photo by the author)