Ted Cruz at campaign rally
Cruz control: Ted tells it like it isn’t. (Photo by Cruz campaign.)

After triumphing in the Republican primary in Texas last week, Tea Party It Boy Ted Cruz is virtually assured of winning a Senate seat in November. Unlike most of his Tea Party compatriots, he’s widely considered to be super-smart, one of the right’s leading legal minds. Conservatives are even embracing him as (gasp!) an “intellectual” — a label usually only deployed to heap scorn on scientists and other egg-headed freedom-killers.

But for a guy who’s so smart, Cruz has some truly stupid views.