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.
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