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Monday, December 14, 2015

Those Words Don't Mean What You Think They Mean


Ted Cruz has apparently been going around quoting his favorite movie, "The Princess Bride," on the campaign trail. But according to Jason Horowitz at the NY Times, Mandy Patinkin (who played Inigo Montoya in the film) says Cruz is forgetting the most important words his character spoke:
“After the princess flies out the window and falls into Andre the Giant’s arms,” Mr. Patinkin said, “Inigo says to the Man in Black, ‘I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.’”

Mr. Cruz, in Mr. Patinkin’s heavily left-leaning worldview, is trafficking in the revenge business, appealing to anxious voters by saying of ISIS, “We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion,” and by exploiting fears about immigrants and Muslims.

“Senator Cruz, if you’re going to say those lines, you’ve got to say the other line, too,” Mr. Patinkin said.

Sounding increasingly vexed, he added: “This man is not putting forth ideas that are at the heart of what that movie is all about. I would love for Senator Cruz, and everyone creating fear mongering and hatred, to consider creating hope, optimism and love. Open your arms to these people, these refugees trying to get into our country, and open your hearts.”