Politico noted in a December 26, 2013 piece that none other than Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas has accepted the invitation to be the featured Republican speaker at the 2014 Gridiron Dinner. This has a great deal of significance.
The Gridiron Dinner is one of those soirees at which the Washington establishment media and its invited guests eat, listen to speeches and watch amusing skits, and generally admire each other. They do so in white tie and tails, with comparable expensive dress for the ladies.
Cruz, as has been noted, is about as antiestablishment as one can get and still be a powerful United States senator. He will be expected to keep his speech light, humorous, and even self depreciating. This should be no problem for a man of undoubted rhetorical gifts as the junior senator from Texas. His approach, though, should be interesting and in a way humanizing. Cruz is the latest anti Christ to occupy the minds of the left, including much of his audience at the Gridiron Dinner. There is nothing quite as humanizing as the ability to josh on oneself. Great politicians, after all, are also often great humorists. Both Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan certainly proved that.