Here’s the thing. When Ted Cruz says New Yorkers are all pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage social liberals, deep in his heart of Texas he really believes that’s true. When he gazes out across America the beautiful, he doesn’t see a patchwork quilt of many colors. He sees a stark landscape populated by “us” and “them,” a continent divided between right-thinkers and everyone else. He brings to politics a potent brew of venom, cunning, naked ambition, and intellectual arrogance the likes of which we haven’t seen since Richard Nixon. Other politicians instinctively recoil from his presence. That ought to tell you something.