Skip to comments.Cruz likely to get hero’s welcome by Iowa GOP, despite shutdown aftermath
Posted on 10/25/2013 4:10:34 AM PDT by iowamark
Sen. Ted Cruzs 21-hour faux-filibuster and 16-day federal government shutdown may have been for naught, but the Texan likely will get a heros welcome at Friday nights Republican Party of Iowa dinner.
The warmth of the welcome may speak to a divide in the Iowa GOP between traditional, Main Street Republicans and tea party conservatives.
Grassroots folks generally see Cruz as a hero. Elite or establishment Republicans tend to see him as a goat, says University of Iowa political scientist Tim Hagle. I suspect that the welcome he gets at the dinner will be more on the hero side, as it will be populated more by grassroots people.
Cruz is coming at a time when the GOP at the state and national level appears to be lacking a unifying leader, says Iowa State University political scientist Steffen Schmidt.
Since nature abhors a vacuum, Ted Cruz has stepped up, he adds.
Right now, Cruz is the shining light leading the GOP through a dark moment of no other leadership, Schmidt says.
More than 600 people are expected for Fridays 6 p.m. Iowa GOP Reagan Dinner at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The fact tickets didnt sell out until this week may speak more to the rift within the state party than Cruzs popularity, according to Hagle.
Its hard to tell who is more excited by Cruzs visit, Republicans or the Iowa Democratic Party, who Coe College political scientist Bruce Nesmith notes are already making hay over this.
Democrats have been filling inboxes with messages linking Cruz to the GOP candidates for an open U.S. Senate seat as well as Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to seek a sixth term in 2014. Democrats have called on Branstad to boycott Cruz, which Schmidt says is not going to happen.
He wont hug Cruz because he is the smartest politician in the United States, Schmidt says, but Branstad needs to fend off attacks from the tea party and the insurgents, and by being polite he can accomplish that.
The call for the boycott, based on Democrats online petition, is just politics, adds Hagle. Democrats are trying to make something of it just because Branstad is running for re-election and they detest Cruz.
Cruzs visit at the invitation of state GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker probably wont heal the intra-party rift, Nesmith says.
Cruz, like Michele Bachmann or Joe McCarthy, is a polarizing figure even within the Republican Party, Nesmith says, adding that his visit will embarrass some Iowa Republicans.
He also questions Cruzs appeal as a 2016 GOP presidential nominee.
Hes a movement leader, Nesmith says. With the arguable exception of Barry Goldwater and Cruz is no Barry Goldwater (movement leaders) dont get nominations.
But for Cruz, there is no downside, Nesmith says. Attention is its own reward. Hes going to make a lot of money and/or get very famous from his celebrity political turn, and if theres some presidential buzz, that can only help.
There is that buzz. A state party official says there is no more room for media to cover the speech. However, it will be carried live at 7 p.m. on Road to the White House 16 on C-SPAN, C-SPAN Radio and C-SPAN.org.
Cruz is just the latest conservative Republicans being mentioned as possible 2016 presidential nominees to visit Iowa, host of the first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker, both of Wisconsin, are among the others.
Cruz wont be the last. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is coming Nov. 7, followed by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Sarah Palin and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schafly at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Friends of the Family fundraiser Nov. 9, and 2008 Iowa precinct caucus winner Mike Huckabee at Informed Choices, a pro-life group, Nov. 14.
Im gonna watch!
Cruz likely to get heros welcome by Iowa GOP, despite shutdown aftermath
This IS the shutdown aftermath!
Combine - it’s early.
Cruz’s filibuster was a brilliant move that kept Obamacare in the forefront with Obama refusing to even consider any discussion.
The last GOP ‘offer’ was to delay the individual mandate.
Then Obama shut down the government.
Its laughable that now the Rats want a delay.
No more delays. No more exemptions.
Going to Iowa? Maybe a test run for his 2016 campaign? Just askin’.
Academics are always vying for publicity under the guise of scholarship. Publishing, publicity, fame and extra income are nearly always at the forefront. These 'scholars' have to make wild stretches of the imagination, re-invent the wheel or to just make preposterous connections with the past when facts and conditions in the present have little similarity.
“despite the shutdown aftermath? It’s BECAUSE OF the shutdown efforts, you ignorant Demi]onic Party hack...
Despite all the hate that has been and will be hurled at him Cruz will cruise into the presidency, provided he continues to walk the talk and never apologizes.
Or a manure spreader :)
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It's quite clear now, and it's growing more and more clear every day, that the shutdown was not Ted Cruz's but rather Harry Reid's. People are starting to figure out that the Democrat Party's mule-headed refusal to change anything to do with Der Leader's precious Obamacide plan makes them responsible for EVERYTHING.
Excellent appellation. Totally apropos.
I pray you are right. Seems to me that the majority of American’s are more interested in their new iPhones.
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