“As children, we sometimes have to give them time to get around to this point of view,” the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank said of Cruz and other conservative lawmakers who have resisted calls from other Republicans to moderate the party’s positions after the 2012 election.

Not a Real Hispanic
“I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic,” former governor Bill Richardson (D., N.M.) said in response to a question about Cruz’s view on immigration. Richardson later said his remarks were “misinterpreted.”

Everything Chris Matthews Says
Few liberals are more fixated on Cruz than MSNBC agitator Chris Matthews, who sees “echoes of Joe McCarthy” in the young lawmaker. Matthews has described Cruz as a “political terrorist” who represents “the unsmiling, contemptuous face of the wild, nasty, hard-right fringe” — a politician with a “black Irish look” that hate groups “must like.” He has even compared Cruz to Father Charles Coughlin, a noted Nazi sympathizer during the 1930s.