"Cruz Missle" by Bill Murchison: Analysis

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“Cruz Missile” by Bill Murchison Politics revolves around debating, such as “who’s better than who?”, or “who’s right?”. Debating relies on language itself, and finding manners in which to express your opinion. And finally, someone who manipulates this language correctly and tactfully will be successful, according to Bill Murchison. That someone, in this case, happens to be Ted Cruz. Murchison skillfully introduces Cruz to his readers by directly quoting a newscaster’s descriptions of the man, rather than using his own words, which would inevitably reveal his opinion. “According to Fox News’ Chris Wallace”, Cruz is a rhetorical master when it comes to expressing his opinion in a rather frank manner. Using metaphors such as “less sugary” to describe his style of speaking, Murchison discusses Cruz’s ability to make everything seem “right”. He humorously adds to create a recurring metaphor, stating that Cruz speaks quite boldly: that is, “no sugar [coating], no trans fats”. While Murchison remains neutral thus far, he soon begins to take an unexpected course in bias. Rather than express his opinion towards Cruz, he undertakes an outward attack on Obama and his supporters. He states that Obama’s constituency is made up of imbeciles that constantly blame Bush and Wall Street, in addition to “welcoming the impositions of government”. Murchison gets this point across using paralipsis, in which he points out an ideal American public that is the complete opposite of Obama’s supporters, then discards the idea due to its supposed unrealistic nature. Returning to the original topic from the abrupt sidetracking regarding Obama, Murchison further characterizes Cruz as a seemingly pathos exploiter, constantly appealing to people’s needs and frustrations at the given moment. This, in essence, is what makes Cruz successful as a politician and speaker alike. Being a resident

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