Ted Cruz: Who’s Peter King?

posted at 5:21 pm on June 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

This is more of a palate cleanser than actual news but it made me laugh, so here you go. Is King still, er, running for president, by the way? He was as of last month, but I feel like we’re perpetually a week away from having him announce with a heavy heart that a path to the nomination simply doesn’t exist. (If it doesn’t exist for Jon Huntsman, it doesn’t exist for this guy.) It’d be an honest shame if he decided against it. I want him in, just because he’d be the first true “troll” candidate I can remember to participate in a national primary. Some people run because they’re passionate about a single issue, a la Tom Tancredo in 2008; some people run because their policy vision for the party is sharply different from the rest of the field’s, a la Ron Paul; some people run because they know they can capitalize on the celebrity that comes with the campaign, a la Herman Cain; and some people run because they’ve convinced themselves that the public wants an unknown this time, a la Ben Carson (if he runs). King isn’t any of those types. And hawks certainly won’t be lacking a champion onstage. Either Christie or Rubio or both will be there to handle that. If you want to be charitable, you could say that he’s thinking of running as a sort of centrist version of Ron Paul, the guy who’s going to challenge the conventional conservative wisdom on an array of policies — the shutdown, gun control, and whether Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are a cancer on America. If you don’t want to be charitable, you could see him as a pure troll. He’s going to get up onstage, call Paul and Cruz de facto terrorists, and otherwise run interference for Christie, Rubio, and the more credible hawks. And then Cruz and Paul are going to remind him of his old comments about the IRA, and then the fun will really begin.

The question for establishmentarians is whether they really want this guy onstage doing the dirty work. Ideally they’d like the more serious centrist contenders to stay above the fray versus Paul and Cruz so that conservatives don’t end up harboring hard feelings towards the centrists, but maybe King is so unlikable that that would backfire. You don’t want persuadable voters equating the hawkish position with over-the-top nastiness, but he may give them no alternative. Exit question: How funny is it going to be when Cruz joins forces with King in attacking Paul for being weak on foreign policy?



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No one, I mean no one, really cares about big mouth Peter King.

Warner Todd Huston on June 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM

If it doesn’t exist for Jon Huntsman, it doesn’t exist for this guy.

Well there’s a non-sequitur. Peter King might be no prize, but if the only 2 candidates in a GOP primary were King and Huntsman, King would win easily.

Still, Cruz’s wave-of-the-hand dismissal of King was classic.

Stoic Patriot on June 18, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I liked him better when he was just a sports reporter. What? Whaddya mean that’s a different guy?

grahampowell on June 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Ted Cruz: Who’s Peter King?

Thad Chochran: I don’t know, I was going to ask you.

Flange on June 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Exit question: How funny is it going to be when Cruz joins forces with King in attacking Paul for being weak on foreign policy?

Uh, AP, Rand won’t get to this point (panderbear doesn’t sell well in GOP circles). This won’t happen.

nobar on June 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Boom! Goes the Cruz missile.

Hill60 on June 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

There must be someone somewhere who takes King seriously. There must be.

Curtiss on June 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

People laughed at Buffalo Mayor Jimmy Griffin when he ran for President; but he had a great time, got some votes and appealed to some people who felt no one else was speaking for them in their party. So let King go for it. If he draws some fiscal moderate foreign policy hawks to the primary polls who otherwise would not go, maybe they will also come out in the General election because they already know where their polling place is.

KW64 on June 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

King is probably a good friend of Eric Cantor.

God, I love Cruz.

RoadRunner on June 18, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Maybe King’s criticisms would be better spent directed at Obama and the border crisis for example rather than being a drama queen bomb thrower to the delight of out of touch liberal a-holes like Blitzer.

NeoKong on June 18, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Ok, I know who Peter King is. What I didn’t know was that the dude is 70! Meaning he’ll be close to 72 when the primary debates get underway.

Doughboy on June 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Every time I see Peter King, he looks like he’s on the verge of stroking out. This should send him over the edge.

Ward Cleaver on June 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Well I have either been banned or am having all sorts of trouble with the mill this afternoon.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Must be the mill. Fine. I’ll wait this time HA.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Full Nelson!

John the Libertarian on June 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

There must be someone somewhere who takes King seriously. There must be.

Curtiss on June 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

It’s the same people who voted for Scarborough recently.

nobar on June 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The only way King runs is if Cruz or Palin runs. Even then, he would need to get a certain percentage to get into the debates I believe. But the elites would probably rig enough polls to get King in since they will want him there to do their dirty work.

I have learned to despise this creep.

KMav on June 18, 2014 at 5:36 PM

There must be someone somewhere who takes King seriously. There must be.

KingGold, he’ll be along to let us know how solid Peter King is.

DanMan on June 18, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Every time I see Peter King, he looks like he’s on the verge of stroking out. This should send him over the edge.

Ward Cleaver on June 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Whenever I see him, I always think of Krusty the Clown. I’m sure that’s just me, though.

http://www.simpsoncrazy.com/content/pictures/regulars/Krusty6.gif

ROCnPhilly on June 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

King has been a “Wacko Bird” longer than Johnnie Mc…………

d1carter on June 18, 2014 at 5:39 PM

There must be someone somewhere who takes King seriously. There must be

New Yorkers!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 18, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Thad Chochran: I don’t know, I was going to ask you.

Flange on June 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

LOL!

We really don’t need Ds when we have Peter King, the ultimate RINO troll.

cat_owner on June 18, 2014 at 5:41 PM

How funny is it going to be when Cruz joins forces with King in attacking Paul for being weak on foreign policy?

At which point Rand can remind Pete King of his vote on the Iraq War, and say: “We told you so”.

Does Ted Cruz really want to be associated with that…?

JohnGalt23 on June 18, 2014 at 5:42 PM

If you don’t want to be charitable, you could see him as a pure troll.

Yes.
He is a constipated troll .

burrata on June 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Cruz must not watch the msm Sunday propaganda programs. They always used to have this King guy on making his gargoyle faces. McCain, Graham, Powell, and Lugar were the other “Republicans” they seemed to always have on, back when I’d occasionally catch it.

Embedded Democrat agents, all.

Buddahpundit on June 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

peter king = kinggold?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Resist We Much on June 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I have an off thread question for you. Any interest?

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Every time I see Peter King, he looks like he’s on the verge of stroking out.

Ward Cleaver on June 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

He always looks to me like the kind of guy who has severe halitosis yet insists on leaning in close to talk to you.

CurtZHP on June 18, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Yes.

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-gill-free-gulch.html

I’ll delete it as soon as you post…unless you want it to stay.

Resist We Much on June 18, 2014 at 5:48 PM

RINO Media Wh0re Peter King To Ted Cruz: Watch Your Back, I’m The “Third-Highest Republican On National Television”…

On the Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer played a clip of some comments Cruz made last night to Erin Burnett — in which Cruz essentially called King an irrelevant basic bitch — and then asked King if he’d like to respond.

“Sure, why not?” King said, and then went off on how he was queen bee of the GOP and that Cruz better check himself.

“Maybe if he had listened to me over the years, he’d be a little smarter,” King said. “I was, I think, the third-highest Republican on national television shows last year. I’m on your show all the time.”

So in the congressman’s universe, influence is directly correlated with how often you appear on cable news and/or Sunday talk shows.

Resist We Much on June 18, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Boom! Goes the Cruz missile.

Hill60 on June 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Steve Morse agrees!

tanked59 on June 18, 2014 at 5:51 PM

RINO Media Wh0re Peter King To Ted Cruz: Watch Your Back, I’m The “Third-Highest Republican On National Television”…

On the Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer played a clip of some comments Cruz made last night to Erin Burnett — in which Cruz essentially called King an irrelevant basic b1tch — and then asked King if he’d like to respond.

“Sure, why not?” King said, and then went off on how he was queen bee of the GOP and that Cruz better check himself.

“Maybe if he had listened to me over the years, he’d be a little smarter,” King said. “I was, I think, the third-highest Republican on national television shows last year. I’m on your show all the time.”

So in the congressman’s universe, influence is directly correlated with how often you appear on cable news and/or Sunday talk shows.

Resist We Much on June 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Whenever I see him, I always think of Krusty the Clown. I’m sure that’s just me, though.

http://www.simpsoncrazy.com/content/pictures/regulars/Krusty6.gif

ROCnPhilly on June 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

You’re not alone…

SteveInRTP on June 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I don’t know what Peter King would do, but if I were betting, I know Cruz would have the upper hand.

mobydutch on June 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Ted Cruz is one of U.S. he does not hang with the RINO crowd enough to know what they look like, he does know they trade with the commie Democrats on pork and mis-spend our tax money.

Peter King is the East coast same as Rick Perry, all loud talk and no action.

As of now the best old big hat Rick Perry can come up with on the illegal invasion from south America via Mexico,,
“I will work with Pres. Obama on the problem, we can not do anything ourselves its not up to us, it is not a state problem it is a federal problem.”

Peter King/Rick Perry need to be called, put up or shut up.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

The response from Ted Cruz was classic. I love it.

bluegill on June 18, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Resist We Much on June 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

It’s clear that King doesn’t realize that even Wolf Blitzer doesn’t watch CNN.

Flange on June 18, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Well I have either been banned or am having all sorts of trouble with the mill this afternoon.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

You’ve been banned. Your comment didn’t even appear. I’m not responding to you now. You didn’t see….anything.

Bishop on June 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Resist We Much on June 18, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Won’t work for this instance. Email or private tweet, you choose.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 5:58 PM

peter king = kinggold?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM

yes!! omg.

Sachiko on June 18, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Bishop on June 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

; ) It was bound to happen, right?

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Tweet

Resist We Much on June 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Okay.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 6:01 PM

There must be someone somewhere who takes King seriously. There must be.

Curtiss on June 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Yeah, single-issue-minded war hawks.

Everyone else? Probably not.

Aizen on June 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Whenever I see him, I always think of Krusty the Clown. I’m sure that’s just me, though.

http://www.simpsoncrazy.com/content/pictures/regulars/Krusty6.gif

ROCnPhilly on June 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

You’re not alone…

SteveInRTP on June 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I was just thinking the same thing.

hawkeye54 on June 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Peter King, the sad case of NYS Republicanism.

Another Drew on June 18, 2014 at 6:09 PM

We don’t need a RINO blowhard like Peter King(NY). Let the seat go dem.

Mr. Arrogant on June 18, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Divas.

V7_Sport on June 18, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Peter King…..? That old gripe-gut from New York City?

Gag.

PappyD61 on June 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Awesome. That’s keeping it real gangsta.

Please Lord let this guy become the next Prez.

WhatSlushfund on June 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Hey Pete, how did you vote in that Clinton Impeachment? Wonder if Hill and Bill can count on your support again.

Whiterock on June 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

I only read the headline, and I chuckled. Love me some Ted.

Fallon on June 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Ted is my senator.Rubs left shoulder with closed fist.

docflash on June 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Ted Cruz: Who’s Peter King?

He does pretty well for a Canadian. [ducks]

Toocon on June 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Didn’t Peter King arrange to send a bunch of money to the IRA, thus killing a lot of Englishmen?

Grammar Nazi on June 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Hmmm….My comment never did show up. Odd.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 7:03 PM

I see why it didn’t show now. Duh!!!

This guy right?

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Wolf Blitzer says that Peter King was critical of Cruz when, “Sen. Cruz wanted to shut down the government.”

It was Harry Reid and the Democrats who wanted to and did shut down the government, but Wolf Blitzer repeats the Democrat line.

bluegill on June 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Do you mean Peter King the Bag Man for the IRA?

reddevil on June 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Three-year-old Jonathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry, who were killed when an IRA bomb planted in a litter bin exploded in Warrington town centre in 1993, are unavailable for comment.

Resist We Much on June 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Exactly. He supports terrorism.

katy the mean old lady on June 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Do you mean Peter King the Bag Man for the IRA?

reddevil on June 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Yup. The supporter of thugs and terrorists.

katy the mean old lady on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

For some reason, that link wouldn’t let hit <- to get back to Hot Air.

Cindy Munford on June 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Peter King’s self-regard is…..
remarkable.

Another Drew on June 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

less then 16 months away from when the Primary season kicks in high gear.(September 2015).

BroncosRock on June 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Sigh. King just showed how ignorant he is. Blitzer baited him and was so embarrassed in doing it he just about told King not to respond.
King is one of the dimmest bulbs in Congress.

Vince on June 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Cindy Munford on June 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I forgot it was a CNN link. This place doesn’t except them without tiny urling them first. ; )

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I want him in, just because he’d be the first true “troll” candidate I can remember to participate in a national primary.

Didn’t Pat Paulsen ever run in a primary?

Jaibones on June 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Cindy Munford on June 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

How odd. I didn’t check it. That is one screwed up link. Why HA does this with CNN links is beyond me. Gets really bad when HA has a post that is about CNN. That said. I will gladly except it as my error some how. : (

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

King is one of the dimmest bulbs in Congress.

Vince on June 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I copy you 5 by 5 on that, Vince. One of the dimmest bulbs and biggest jackasses — what a combination of qualities.

Jaibones on June 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Weird seems to work fine if you open into a separate tab, which I always do. Just one of those glitches, I guess?

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Peter King might be no prize, but if the only 2 candidates in a GOP primary were King and Huntsman, King would win easily.

Stoic Patriot on June 18, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Huh? Speak for yourself (and I guess you have). I’d vote for Tim Huntsman over that ridiculous RINO jackass any day.

Jaibones on June 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

King is running for Prez? His VP–Gerry Adams.

vilebody on June 18, 2014 at 8:37 PM

There must be someone somewhere who takes King seriously. There must be.

Curtiss on June 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Peter King seems to.

His staff might.

Other than that-no.

talkingpoints on June 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Ted Cruz asks the question I’ve been asking for years.

Rusty Nail on June 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

You know..here we go again..why do Repubs find the need to feed into CNN’s desire to air the party infighting? Stay OFF that freeegin channel! Those are viewers who are never going to vote for them, all they are doing is giving CNN wet undies. Reince..ban all appearances there.

malkinmania on June 19, 2014 at 7:45 AM