I like Cruz, if nothing else, because he's willing to shake up the business-as-usual crowd, though he hasn't managed to rouse the GOP out of its slothful state. The left despises him, which makes me like him even more. Is he a presidential contender? I don't think so, centrists have to work hard to get him, and they're all being fed the same media haterz stuff as the rest of us. That being said, I like a guy who's willing to kick the establishment in the nuts, and damn the media, too. I wish there were more like him, but while there are a lot of folks who say they represent the Tea Party in America, only Cruz can carry the standard.