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The beer wars are back. This Bud is for you once again, but this time it’s Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz fighting a small-scale battle with his Democratic opponent, State Senator Roland Gutierrez.
The political brawl over beer stems from remarks made by President Joe Biden’s alcohol czar (Now there’s work.). In a recent interview, Dr. George Koob warned that the United States may follow the anti-beer strategy that Canada is preparing.
Koob told the Daily Mail that the United States could adopt our northern neighbor’s “grand experiment” in discouraging alcohol consumption. Canada currently recommends no more than two drinks per week. “So if (the guidelines on alcohol consumption) go in any direction, it will be towards Canada,” Koob said.
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Washington usually calls such comments a trial balloon, but let’s just call it a taste test. Cruz found the proposal hard to swallow and let the world know – first on X, which was formerly Twitter, then later on Newsmax.
He reminded viewers of Biden’s crusades against gas stoves and ceiling fans. He added: “Now these idiots have come out and said ‘drink two beers a week’, that’s their guideline.” Then came the pursuer: “Well, I have to tell you, if they want us to drink two beers a week, frankly, they can lick my ass.”
Cruz followed with a sip from a bottle of beer, which tens of millions of Americans did over Labor Day weekend.
Gutierrez responded with his own short video and the message, “Next time Ted Cruz tries to spin some kind of thread, open up a Bud Light and tell him to get back to work.” He ended the 33-second spot with a sip of Bud Light.
Cruz responded by noting, “of course he drinks Bud Light”.
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This isn’t another case of Budweiser spokespeople shouting to each other “It’s delicious” and “Less hearty.” It’s back to the culture wars that Bud Light thought it had escaped. Company executives endure a weak beer version of Al Pacino in “The Godfather III” as they continue to be recalled.
Then the liberal media had to tune in and comment on Cruz’s statement.
Several liberal outlets claimed that Cruz was simply making things up. Newsweek said, “Ted Cruz opposes a beer limit guideline that doesn’t exist.” “Koob’s comments were speculative,” he adds.
Willie Geist, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” started off like others, mocking Cruz for “expressing genuine and heartfelt outrage at an alcohol guideline that doesn’t exist.” not even in the United States”. Geist added, “It’s just that the acting is so bad” and accused him of trying to “simulate human behavior”. He concluded, “But Ted Cruz never misses an opportunity to play a little badly and do a little drama.”
When the “Morning Joe” folks start complaining about “poor acting,” we really need a drink. And certainly more than two.
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Liberal rebukes to PolitiFact were understandably on the case, saying “Ted Cruz is wrong” and “Even if the US guidelines change, they’re just recommendations.” Nobody at Ridiculous Fact Checker wants to admit that DC’s slippery slope is slipperier than your neighborhood bar floor.
The way it often works is for the government to sneakily announce a potential policy change. if no one complains, the rule is adopted. If they complain, then the press and the left say they are overreacting. It’s win-win or moan/moan.
Most of the criticism stems from the press’s hatred of Cruz. Daily Beast added, “It looks like Ted Cruz has discovered a new bogeyman related to beer.” And the left-leaning HuffPost posted, “‘Cringe’: Ted Cruz mocked his super goofy beer stunt on live TV.”
But nothing was more disgusting and revealing than the Bulwark podcast. It reminded listeners that RINOs love Bud Light and not conservative politicians. Especially not Cruz.
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Podcast founder and host Charlie Sykes was joined by Bulwark general writer Tim Miller in launching vile attacks on Cruz. Miller’s tweet that promoted the podcast said of Cruz, “He’s pretending to be a fucking badass drinking beer. This is all just nonsense.”
Both laughed at Cruz, but Miller’s spirit (or half of them) got the better of him. “His beer belly is so big he hasn’t seen his manhood since 1999.” Miller went on to call Cruz “Ivy League thinking”.
This is what happens when theoretically conservative media outlets like Bulwark eschew beer and drink the Biden Kool-Aid.
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Meanwhile, Bud Light is back in the news like it doesn’t want to be. And the culture wars are now part of the political kegger.
Maybe we need Barack Obama to organize another beer summit.
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