Ted Cruz has been parading around Iowa this week, delivering meticulously rehearsed stump speeches and unfortunately unrehearsed “jokes.” It’s hard to tell exactly which category Cruz’s latest little metaphor falls in—mostly because it’s hard to imagine that anyone would ever tell him that talking about spanking Hillary Clinton is a good idea.

Talking about (what else but) Benghazi, Cruz apparently had this to say:

Extended. Spanking. Metaphor.

To Senator Cruz, we offer the following advice: In the future, maybe avoid spanking metaphors altogether—let alone the extended sort.

And to Ted Cruz’s daughters, as always: We are so very sorry.

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