Skip to comments.Cruz: GOP can empower grassroots by ditching consultants, ‘Soviet-style campaigns’
Posted on 05/31/2014 7:27:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that the GOP can bolster its appeal by sticking to its conservative principles and embracing a bottom-up campaign model that empowers grassroots voters.
Speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference, Mr. Cruz said the party must ditch the Washington-centric campaign model and stop listening to the political consultants.
A lot of Republicans tend to have top-down Soviet-style campaigns, Mr. Cruz said. It is very odd for a party that believes in free market that they run campaigns through command and control.
That is disempowering and it doesnt inspire, Mr. Cruz said. What is far more effective is having a race built on empowering the grassroots.
Since being elected in 2012, Mr. Cruz has occasionally butted headed with GOP leaders in Washington, and has become a darling of the tea party and grassroots activists around the country.
The 43-year-old is now thought to be considering a run for GOP presidential nomination in 2016 in what is shaping up to be a crowded field....
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Yup, ditching the consultants and strategists is the best thing they could do.
We’re being treated to the idiotic Neel Kashkari by the dying RINO “establishment”.
Already voted for Tim Donnelly. Like Cruz in Texas, a new generation of solid Conservatives will do what they can in California.
But because of limp wristed clowns like Pete Wilson and his ilk in not doing anything about the border, its over for the so-called GOP in California.
Just one big Detroit....
We need more conservatives here to balance out the freaks coming here for jobs that’ll make a mess out of Texas like they did their home states.
He’s right. Being from Iowa and involved heavily in the political scene, I deal with these asshats and their minions all the time, especially during Presidential years. Generally clueless about winning campaigns, really good at spending a bunch of money down a hole. They don’t care, if they lose they go on to some other job. If we lose here, we have to live with it.
Amen!!! He’s right.
Yes, ditch ‘em all the way down to the state and local level. Dan Patrick, who won the runoff for Texas Lt. Gov has a crap consultant named Allen Blakemore who did Patrick no favors. Michael Berry, on his radio show, emphasized the way consultants exert malevolent influence long after the campaign is over and far into the politician’s term. Berry was sincerely worried about the injection of Blakemore into the most powerful office of Texas, which is probably similar to how Ted Cruz feels about Karl Rove and company on the national stage.
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I lived in Iowa (Slater, Kelly and the South Side of Des Moines) from 1974 to 2001. Worked on the Haig campaign and for the Polk County GOP.
It’s not Pete’s fault. The one great thing he did (maybe for cynical reasons but it was great nonetheless) was Prop 187. The courts shot it down, and the state was soon flooded with illegals, and then Clinton’s Motor Voter turned a precarious balance into a Democrat wipeout. Pete is a moderate wimp, no doubt, but he didn’t kill the party in California. Demographics did, and on that, he fought.
I worry very much about Cruz’s safety. The people in charge are Stalinist at heart. They have no moral qualms about wiping out their enemies, only political ones. If they could get away with it, they would. And so they may try. And, sadly, I believe that guys like McConnell would secretly be happy, and there would be no consequences. Guys like us would be ridiculed as conspiracy nuts for even thinking the government could do that.
When you empower the grass roots you avoid that problem.
He wouldnt have been governor if he hadnt backed 187.
And since Lungren was too craven to back it, he lost.
And when Gray Davis illegally canned it, we recalled him.
They havent learned. And its probably too late.
Next up, Los Angeles as Mexican thug show.
RINOs will never allow that.
Cruz shows me good political instincts and practical horse sense by working from inside the GOP. Unlike 3rd party pushers, Cruz has much more sense of reality.
A local talk show host was a GOP advisor and he totally approved of Chris Christie’s actions during the campaign including him not campaigning for Cuccinelli! These advisors don’t operate like a Conservative.
Excellent point by Senator Cruz.
I came from Mississippi. Me, my wife, and kids will make for 6 more Conservatives. I balance 2 Feminists, 3 Homosexuals, and an Environmentalist.
The democrats win presidential elections by first locking up their base, and getting them committed to the candidate and excited about the campaign. They start from the far left during the primaries, and then pretend to be more "moderate" during the general.
They republicans start from the far left, and push the most leftist candidate they can get away with. They then try to sell this candidate to their base. When the base fails to get excited about the candidate and the campaign, the GOPe apparatchiks blackmail, guilt-trip and bully the base.
During the general election, the GOP is still trying to convince the base that the candidate is really for them, when they should be completely committed to reaching out to the wider audience, with the energy and cooperation of the base. In the end, they do not get enough of the base, and enough of the wider audience. A very poor strategy IMO.
Funny thing was in the last presidential election, the GOP was trying to "punish" certain sections of the base that did not fall in line with them. That is what amounts to great GOP strategy!
The courts shot it down,
My take is that Wilson was embarrassed by the initiative but had to support it to get re-elected in 1994. Once elected he wanted nothing to do with it.
This is similar to Jan Brewer of Arizona who supported SB1070 only because she knew she could not get the Republican nomination after replacing Butch Napolitano as Governor midterm. Once elected she turned out to be turncoat RINO who forced through the Obamacare medicaid expansion that will cost the AZ taxpayers billions with the votes of the RATS and a few turncoat Republicans.
” Being from Iowa and involved heavily in the political scene, I deal with these asshats and their minions all the time, especially during Presidential years. Generally clueless about winning campaigns, really good at spending a bunch of money down a hole. They dont care, if they lose they go on to some other job. If we lose here, we have to live with it.”
Ditto in Nevada. Good ole boys unwilling to pull the trigger and actually fight.
PRAY for him daily, several times, if you possibly can.
God bless and keep you.
Exactly. Cruz is brilliant, fearless, genuine AND he operates in the real world. Bob
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