Ted Cruz and Christopher Columbus

by Jay Nordlinger

“They all laughed at Christopher Columbus, when he said the world was round. They all laughed when Edison recorded sound.”

They all laughed at Ted Cruz, too, or many of them did, when he said he was going to run for the Senate. Oh, did the smart politicos chortle. “An act of hubris! Vanity! Arrogance! You’ll make a fool of yourself. Can’t you wait for some nice lesser office to open up? Does it have to be the U.S. Senate? You’ll finish fourth. You’ll finish third. You’ll finish fifth. Who do you think you are?”

Ted always knew he could win. Not only could win, but would win. He told me so. I had some skeptical moments, I must admit. This was particularly true when Dewhurst entered the race, with all those millions to spend. I thought maybe we had bitten off more than we could chew. Not Ted — he was confident he would win.

He said, “I will win,” as though he were stating a matter of fact — like I say, “I’m going to have a big bowl of ice cream after I get home from the concert.” (I work as a music critic at night.) I mean, I know I’m going to have a big bowl of ice cream after I get home from the concert. In the same way, Ted knew he was going to win.

So, maybe a little lesson, for all of us: If you think you have a right idea — go for it. “Never up, never in,” we say in golf. Or, if you prefer, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Or, relatedly, “Fortune favors the bold.”

Back to the Gershwins: “Ho ho ho! Who’s got the last laugh? Hee hee hee! Let’s at the past laugh. Ha ha ha! Who’s got the last laugh now?”

Nice goin’, Ted.

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