Skip to comments.How Ted Cruz could hurt the right and help Chris Christie in 2016 [super-lib "thinks" out loud]
Posted on 10/30/2013 2:19:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Im on record saying many times that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is too moderate to win the GOP nomination (and he wouldnt be elected president even if he succeeded.) Im still confident about that last part, but Im starting to see Christies road to the nomination and hes getting a major assist from Sen. Ted Cruz.
Sure, its only 2013, and Cruz could be engaged in an elaborate fake-out to make reporters think hes running for president. All we know for sure is that Cruz wants to look like a 2016 contender, following a trip to Iowa last weekend, to pander to that states right-wing caucus base, with one to South Carolina to meet with Christian pastors next week. Wearing a roving microphone and wandering crowds like an infomercial pitchman, Cruz is collecting cellphone numbers and raising money like nobodys business. He sure looks like hes running for president, and staking out the social conservative base as early as possible.
And maybe by doing so hell scare others out of the race. But for now, it looks like other right-wingers are making moves to run themselves. I wrote yesterday about how Sen. Marco Rubios decision to abandon his own immigration reform bill is designed to shore up his right flank for 2016. After joining Cruzs fauxlibuster and voting to keep government shut down, Rubio is clearly cozying up as close to Cruz as possible.
Meanwhile Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa caucus last year, decided to edge to the middle a little bit on Meet the Press Sunday, declaring that Cruz hurt the party with his shutdown histrionics. Now Santorum isnt quite a Tea Party guy he voted for too much government when he was in the Senate but hes a social conservative favorite and he did finish second to Mitt Romney in the 2012 delegate count. Hes said to be pondering a 2016 run and rebuking Cruz on Meet the Press only furthered that story line.
Then theres Sen. Rand Paul, who apparently plagiarized Wikipedia for a bizarre Gattaca-themed attack on abortion while campaigning for embattled Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Since Cuccinelli avoided a photo opportunity with Cruz during the shutdown (which clearly hurt his prospects in the government-dependent state of Virginia), Pauls campaigning on his behalf helps establish him as the far-right alternative to Cruz, if Cruzs grandstanding continues to hurt the GOP and doom his chance to win the nomination. Being the darling of social conservatives helps in the GOP primary, but being hated by every other Republican probably hurts Cruz.
There are a few other Tea Party favorites whove expressed interest in a 2016 run, including the 2012 disaster Rick Perry, whose decision not to run for reelection as Texas governor fueled speculation that hes still interested in being president. Even Cruzs Iowa pheasant-hunting partner, Rep. Steve King, has popped off about his willingness to run, if no other sufficiently right-wing nut-job emerges. But his weekend bonding with Cruz makes it seem that the Texas senator is right-wing enough for King.
The point is, Cruzs extremism and its impact on his party might go beyond whats necessary to win over the right-wing GOP primary base and into territory where he seems vulnerable to others on the right. And if Cruz attracts Tea Party rivals into the 2016 race, it could open the door to a moderate like Christie. Just like the circular firing squad on the right in 2012 helped Mitt Romney: As Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Santorum competed for the right-wing base Perry was never a serious candidate Romney methodically racked up delegates and won the nomination.
Christie could conceivably do the same thing. Hes all but declared his intention to run even as he runs for reelection next Tuesday, declaring in the Oct. 10 debate I can walk and chew gum at the same time. I can do this job and also deal with my future. And thats exactly what I will do. (Interestingly, likely New Jersey voters think Christie ought to run for president, 48-41, including 72 percent of Republicans.)
Of course Christie could have some competition among supposedly moderate GOP governors. Wisconsins Scott Walker and Ohios John Kasich are also getting attention as purple-state governors who havent joined the Cruz-led anti-government suicide caucus. Not only did Kasich defy state Republicans and accept Medicaid expansion, he told the New York Times that there seems to be a war on the poor in his party. But Kasich and Walker have to run for reelection in 2014; Christie will get that behind him next week, letting him focus on national politics without electoral distraction.
Its still early. But Tailgunner Ted could be destructive enough to take fire from the right, opening the door to the nomination of another moderate. If he succeeds in making himself the sole Tea Party standard-bearer, he could conceivably beat a Christie or Kasich or Walker and then hed lose to a Democrat. (Ruy Teixeira has a look at how Hillary Clinton in particular could even break the GOPs near-lock on white working-class voters.) White seniors and white working-class millenials are not going to vote for President Ted Cruz.
Clearly whats good for Cruz is bad for his party, and worse for the country. But his overreaching may even be bad for the right wing hes pandering to.
I wonder which concern troll Joanie is on FR ?
Has she been to Betty Ford yet?
They are freaked out over Cruz. Good. But, who cares what this vile crone thinks?
Yeah, those “extremist” policies of Cruz i.e. trying to obey the constitution and not turn the U.S. into a third world socialist banana republic. How extreme of Cruz. And that wonderful Barack Obama is turning the U.S. into Venezuela Norte which is what everybody wants. I’ll bet Joanie’s next column will be about how those millions of Americans who’ve lost their health insurance after King Barack said they wouldn’t really wanted to lose them. (snicker)
Note the Joe McCarthy reference.
And for shits and giggles, this is the best part. Whites are gonna vote for the perpetually angry murderous harridan bitch that reminds everyone of their ugly mother-in-law. Sure.
I will vote for Ted Cruz in 2016 whether he is on the Nov 2016 ballot or not.
They’ll pull out all the stops - “identify, isolate, freeze and escalate” in their push to define and smear Ted Cruz - [Alinsky rule #13]
Thank goodness Joan is saving us from us. Her concern is touching.
Cavuto’s Obamacare rant is worth a listen if you get a chance.
Ted Cruz led the way and told us what Obamacare was all about.
Now everbody is following his lead in trashing it.
I know I'm not voting for his fat RINO ass. Let's send a message to the GOPe and REJECT the fat bastard.
Hey Meghan McCain: We’re Frustrated and Depressed Because of Your Dad
Posted 54 mins ago by Gary DeMar Filed under Constitution, Debt, Liberalism, Politics, Supreme Court
Meghan McCain, the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain, said in an interview with ABC and Yahoo News that her father was frustrated and depressed by the Tea Party. Meghan described the Tea Party as the hyper-conservative wing of the Republican Party.
John McCains daughter went on to say:
He is so depressed. He is so downtrodden. The way hes talking about it, how hes never seen it this bad in his 30-plus years in office. She then complained about her father having to run another dirty tea party election, saying that the prospect of a primary challenge could encourage her father to drop out.
Hey Meghan, were also frustrated and depressed that your father has turned into a constitutional obstructionist. He should remember that a lot of conservatives voted for him in 2008 even though he was not the conservative they were hoping for. He often sent mixed signals on important issues.
They are freaked out over Cruz. Good. But, who cares what this vile crone thinks?
If they really thought Ted Cruz was going to destroy the right they certainly wouldn’t be warning ANYONE about it... they would stay silent and get the popcorn popping, the fact they are bleating like ship shows how indeed fearful they are of him.