Ted Cruz may appear to be out of the running for the presidency for now, but the freshman senator and GOP presidential runner-up is more than a politician; he’s a brilliant jurist.
And no, that’s not my word- that’s the word used to describe Cruz even by his most-liberal detractors, like Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz.
With honors degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law, Cruz went-on to serve as a clerk to former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist, an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the DOJ, Solicitor General of Texas and even taught Supreme Court litigation at the University of Texas School of Law.
Though there are many in America who disagree with Cruz’s politics, his resume is above reproach. That is why some have been whispering about the possibility of Cruz changing gears and taking a Supreme Court nomination in the future.
“Everybody mentions your name, a lot of people do, and the Supreme Court,” Salcedo said. ”Frankly, all the times I’ve interviewed you, I’ve never asked if you have any aspirations or felt called if asked to serve on the Supreme Court.”
“I mean, I know you have the sharp intelligence to handle the job. But is it even something you even consider?”
Cruz respectfully addressed the question, but dismissed the divergent path as something he was not particularly interested in at this point in time.
“You know, Chris, I’ll tell you. That is not a desire of my heart,” Cruz said.
“I have had several opportunities in the past to go to the bench, and I certainly deeply respect the job the justices do,” the Texas senator added. “But I think our country is in crisis. And I think we need a strong conservative president who will appoint not just one, but two, three, four, five Supreme Court justices who are principled constitutionalists.”
“I believe that I can do a great more good fighting across the political spectrum because we also need leadership to repeal every word of Obamacare, to pass a flat-tax and abolish the IRS, to protect religious liberty and stop the federal government form violating our First Amendment rights and to stand with our friends and allies, especially the nation of Israel,” he said.
Cruz’s agenda has focused on returning to strict constitutional principles, an agenda that has been frustrated consistently as the freshman senator remains bogged-down by partisan dysfunction and sabotage coming from both Democrats and his fellow so-called Republicans in Senate leadership.
With his focus on the presidency, Cruz was likely hoping to be able to address America’s problems more directly. However, if the presidency remains fully out of reach for the Texas senator for the foreseeable future, it would likely surprise few if Cruz gravitated towards the Judicial Branch as a means of addressing the near-constant constitutional crises threatening our republic.