A bedspread with Ted Cruz’s face on it? The Internet’s got your back

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Imagine if the Internet had been around throughout American political history: “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” memes. GIFs of Gerald Ford taking tumbles. Bad lip readings of FDR’s fireside chats. Now, thanks to these modern times we live in, anything is possible — including Ted Cruz bedspreads.

The Texas senator announced his campaign for the presidency of the United States this week, and the Houston Chronicle responded by gathering a list of “The 22 strangest Ted Cruz products you can buy online.” Some of the weirdest tchotchkes available for purchase on the web: the aforementioned comforter, featuring a well-known artistic rendering of a tattooed, cigarette-smoking version of the senator; artificial nail tips bearing Cruz’s likeness; the obligatory bobblehead figure; and our favorite, a painting of the presidential hopeful, who also signed up for Obamacare this week, covered in buttered pancakes. And of course, we knew you buy a Ted Cruz coloring book for your little one.

Quirky Internet debris devoted to politicians’ likenesses are nothing new. Former presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry involuntarily lent his image to glut of memes, thanks to his August 2014 booking photo.

Author: Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a web producer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

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