Cruz Central

If you’re like me, you probably don’t spend a great deal of time at Breitbart.com. I mean, I expose myself to a goodly quantity of conservative agitprop, but see no particular reason to consult the views of people who are convinced that I am a devoted disciple of Saul Alinsky, whose works I have actually never read (they would not believe that, of course; I must be lying!).

So I’ll take it from Politico‘s Gold, Glueck and Vogel that the Breitbartians’ favorite presidential candidate is Ted Cruz.

From reader polls and the conservative website’s near cheerleading coverage of the Texas Senator, to donor connections behind the scenes, Cruz likely has the Republican presidential field’s deepest relationship with the Breitbart machine — a relationship he’s seeking to parlay into more energized grassroots support.

And Cruz has reciprocated, viz. his strong support for the unsuccessful Illinois congressional campaign of former Breitbart.com editor Mike Flynn, who lost a special primary to succeed disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock just last week.

“When Andrew Breitbart launched BigGovernment.com to expose ACORN and fight back against the institutional left and the political class, he chose Mike Flynn as his lieutenant,” Cruz said in a statement. “For six years, Flynn helped expose the media’s lies and led many fights against the Obama administration.”

Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said that the senator considers Breitbart.com a source of “fair” coverage, its “center-right” perspective a corrective for the mainstream media’s “center-left” bias.

Breitbart’s “center-right,” eh? That’s rich, and makes you…. wait a minute, Cruz’s spox is Rick Tyler, last seen (by me, anyway) working for Todd Akin? The Rick Tyler who released what some consider the greatest candidate press statement ever for Newt Gingrich in 2011 when the former Speaker was reeling from attacks left and right?

The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.

True, this is pretty much the way Ted Cruz sounds all the time. And neither Cruz nor Tyler would need to wear costumes at the Star Wars Bar Scene that is Breitbart.com.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.