The GOP hates Cruz because he understands being a leader and fighting for the win. They find it oh-so inconvenient to be forced/shamed into standing tall for even a little while. Ted Cruz is the kind of leader who can count on his followers being willing to crawl through a 100 yards of broken glass for him.
The GOP senate and house leadership is filled with the sort of quislings that eventually destroyed the Roman Empire. Either they stand up as free Americans and fight for the
Constitution or the nation is doomed.
One man with strong convictions and the courage to speak out for them = the majority of one.
People WILL follow conservative principles if those who believe in them just make their case clearly and well. Ted Cruz does both, believing and stating.
And conservatism is not just a product, it is a principled paradigm.
And probably the worst guide in the world for how to live your life, except for all the rest of the ideologies that somehow never measure up to the exalted expectations set for those doctrines.
“Tried and found wanting?” More like, “Found too difficult to reconcile with badly twisted philosophies, and left untried.”