The "othering" of Ted Cruz

Liberals don’t like Ted Cruz. Many hate him. But why? Is it his conservative politics? That might have something do with it. The most plausible explanation is that liberals fear any politician who dares to be non-white, non-conformist, and non-complacent, and who challenges their 1940s Rooseveltian worldview.

Whenever someone like Ted Cruz comes along, liberals cling to their outdated values, and immediately set out to neutralize this threat via a process known as “othering.” …

The Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown has suggested that Cruz is an actual member of the Taliban, while some mainstream publications have sought to portray Cruz as a master of the dark arts: