You can't always tell by watching Texas politics, but there are subtle distinctions to be made between being an arch conservative and being a colossal dick. Here's how to tell if you've crossed the line: Look in a mirror. If you see Texas Senator Ted Cruz's face, you're safely in the Dick Zone.
Cruz has long lived on the Zone's goal line. Then, on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law requiring voters to prove their citizenship in order to register. Cruz bulldozed into the Zone, spiked the ball and did a little Ickey Shuffle.
"I'll file amendment to immigration bill that permits states to require ID before registering voters & close this hole in fed statutory law," he tweeted the day the court ruled.
In one sentence, Cruz had swiped at a ruling striking down an unsavory law plainly aimed at suppressing Latino voters while simultaneously announcing his intent to lard on another amendment aimed at killing the immigration-reform bill now dying in the U.S. Senate. That's some expert dickishness right there. And for a rookie, no less.
Buzz called up Lydia Camarillo, vice president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, one of the original plaintiffs in the Arizona case, to see whether she had any insight into what might motivate Cruz.More »