Sen. Ted Cruz musing on his own political beliefs:
“Historically, the media has had two caricatures of Republicans. We are either stupid or evil.”
“I don’t think I’m all that conservative. And it’s interesting. Reagan never once beat his chest and said ‘I’m the most conservative guy who ever lived.’ Reagan said, ‘I’m defending common sense principles—small businesses, small towns.’”
Two things: Caricatures work because they are based on reality, and it is possible to be both stupid and evil.