According to an October 11, 2013 story in the Daily Caller, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas spoke at a Value Voters Summit in Washington D.C. and was confronted with hecklers. By all accounts, Cruz used the confrontation to his advantage, zinging the hecklers and bringing the audience of social conservatives to their feet.
In the process of dueling with the hecklers, Cruz made an offer that President Obama will surely refuse:
“The heckling then led Cruz to ‘make an offer’ to Obama. ‘I would welcome the president, if he wants to get a hundred of his most rabid political operative in a room, I’ll answer their questions on television as long as he likes. And in exchange, all that I would ask, Mr. President, is you take not a hundred, but ten of the men and women in this room, and spend 30 minutes answering their questions for the American people.’”
President Obama is notorious for his desire to avoid tough questioning.
In an analysis on the incident, Hot Air wondered what the Obama administration must be thinking.
“Maybe someone can explain the strategy here for the Democrats and/or progressive activists. Heckling and interrupting an event like this is dumb under any circumstances, as it makes the hecklers look petty and ridiculous and engenders sympathy for the speaker. It also allows adept speakers to both raise their profile and take shots at your cause from a much higher platform, literally and figuratively — and on CNN in this case, too. And specifically in this case, it rallies people around Cruz at a moment when he’s taking quite a bit of heat inside the GOP tent, giving him great sound bites that are practically guaranteed to go viral.”
In other words, conservatives like Cruz are often lucky in the nature of their enemies.