One thing that strikes me about the current crop of GOP bad men is that they sure are an unlikely group of tough guys. Ted Cruz, a former law student so effete he wouldn’t deign to study with graduates of the “minor ivies”, and Rand Paul, a mild-mannered Duke-educated ophthalmologist, aren’t likely to spill the blood of any tyrants outside of role-playing games.
They aren’t plain-spoken heartland alternatives to elite librul east coasters, they’re just the even douchier former classmates of elite librul east coasters.
It goes to show that all the love for Joe the Plumber was a sham. Teahadists may decry book-learnin’ but in the end they revere it. They’ll support Ted Cruz’s shenanigans but they wouldn’t support the same from Jim Inhofe or Sarah Palin, at least not as much, because they think Cruz is smart. He doesn’t call the VP “O’Biden” and he did well in school. That has more cachet with teahadists than they’re willing to admit.