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Report: Ted Cruz could ride Tea Party support to White House [birther trolls stay out! JimRob]
Washington Examiner ^ | NOVEMBER 1, 2013 AT 11:21 AM | PAUL BEDARD

Posted on 11/01/2013 12:22:43 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

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The friendly fire directed at Sen. Ted Cruz from establishment Republicans is giving the Texan first-in-line status among Tea Party supporters and building a base for him to run for president, according to a new analysis from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

“To the establishment, Cruz is the embodiment of all the forces conspiring to threaten the GOP's long-term viability. And, on a personal level, they also just can't stand Cruz: He drives them crazy,” wrote Kyle Kondik in Center Director Larry Sabato's popular Crystal Ball.

But, added Kondik, the “venom” directed at Cruz, whose effort to defund Obamacare led to a 16-day government shutdown, makes him an oversized hero to Tea Party supporters.

“Not pleasing the establishment is music to the ears of Tea Party activists, and if anything the shutdown has endeared Cruz even more to them. Assuming Cruz mounts a presidential bid in 2016 — he’s headed to South Carolina next week after his Iowa appearance last Friday (hint, hint) — the Tea Party could be a potent base,” he said.

Kondik took note of the Twitter sneers GOP old bulls fired off as Cruz spoke to Iowa Republicans a week ago. “[Mike] Murphy (@murphymike), an alum from John McCain’s rogue 2000 presidential campaign and a "Meet the Press" regular, was one of the establishment Republicans tweeting snark about Cruz during his speech,” he noted.

Murphy tweeted: “Sounds like we got trouble in River City… Good citizens, make your check payable to Cruz Against Soviet Healthcare. Or just ‘CASH’”

And that’s nothing new, said Kondik: “Ever since he’s been elected, we here at the Crystal Ball have heard groaning from Democrats and Republicans alike about how much they dislike Cruz.”

But could Cruz win the nomination in what’s expected to be a crowded field? A big hurdle might be GOP endorsements, typically from the establishment and to establishment candidates like Mitt Romney.

“At this point, it’s hard to imagine Cruz winning much support from party elites, so he’d have to depend on the Tea Party grassroots,” said Kondik, who noted that both parties have detoured with non-establishment candidates in the past and lost — the Republicans in 1964 with Barry Goldwater and Democrats in 1972 with George McGovern.

His bottom line: “Ted Cruz is riding high in some Republican/Tea Party circles precisely because he aggravates many high-ranking members of his own party. But his icy relationship with those party leaders might cause him problems if and when he decides to run for president.”Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016; 2016election; certifigate; cruz; election2014; election2016; naturalborncitizen; president; tedcruz; texas; tx
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To: MrB

Just tell them the truth, Cruz wasn’t born in KENYA!


21 posted on 11/01/2013 12:48:39 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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22 posted on 11/01/2013 12:48:51 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Pride in the USA

‘If all of our conservative groups, and individuals with media access like Rush, Levin, Beck and Hannity, mount a united effort to get Cruz into the White House, his could be a formidable campaign.”

Their are systemic roadblocks set up by the GOP in the Primaries.

You are correct. We need to unify for once. We always have multiple candidates and the RINO wins every time.

It goes against our free thinking mindset, but if we want to win, we need to unify around one conservative.


23 posted on 11/01/2013 12:49:57 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: SoConPubbie

I haven’t given money is a while to any candidate but if Cruz runs I will, and I will organize fund raisers!


24 posted on 11/01/2013 12:50:02 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m so ready for this presidency! Wonder who’d be the best VP partner? :)


25 posted on 11/01/2013 12:53:21 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: SoConPubbie
Cruz's heart is in the right place, but I'd prefer to see someone with executive experience. I keep thinking of Lyndon Johnson. Very effective in the House at getting compromises, but looked upon the President's role as bargainer-in-chief.
26 posted on 11/01/2013 12:53:37 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY, available from Amazon.)
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To: SoConPubbie
"“To the establishment, Cruz is the embodiment of all the forces conspiring to threaten the GOP's long-term viability. "

I have news for you GOPers---your "long-term viability" depends on the support of people who are sick of the beaten wife syndrome.

"And, on a personal level, they also just can't stand Cruz: He drives them crazy,”"

Yeah, the dark hates the light. They can go jump off a cliff.

27 posted on 11/01/2013 12:57:53 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: stanne
The winner of all Presidents from Reagan to today could speak coherently and had a charisma about them. Reagan, Bush I (first election and looked old next to Clinton), Clinton, Bush II (come on his was way more charismatic then Gore and Kerry) and Obama (Next to Romney, he is very charismatic.
28 posted on 11/01/2013 12:58:15 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: clamper1797

Mike Lee would be good, but my personal choice would be Allen West.


29 posted on 11/01/2013 12:58:36 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: SoConPubbie

People that equate Cruz’s parentage and birth with Obama’s parentage and birth don’t understand the law. Birth location is not the issue. By law Cruz’s mother’s American citizenship transferred to Cruz. By law Obama’s mother’s citizenship did not.

Ted for Prez!


30 posted on 11/01/2013 12:58:41 PM PDT by CelesteChristi
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To: napscoordinator

BO is charismatic?

Not at 3 AM after drinks. Not at 3 AM at McSorley’s Ale House.


31 posted on 11/01/2013 1:01:29 PM PDT by stanne
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To: C210N

It is expected that they leave out Reagan. They always do.

It is a symptom of the illness that pervades the entire press corps and media, barring a few, namely Rush and Levin.


32 posted on 11/01/2013 1:03:29 PM PDT by stanne
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To: clamper1797

“I think its a given that Ted Cruz is the best conservative candidate ... now who should run with him on the ticket? Mike Lee?”

Let Cruz pick his own damn running mate AFTER he gets the nomination!

First off he is smarter than you and me, and choosing a running mate early just gives the RATS more targets to smear and more time to do it.


33 posted on 11/01/2013 1:03:58 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SoConPubbie

Before Cruz wins the general election he has to win the Republican nomination. And that will be the Armageddon between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment. If the Tea Party wins then the GOP will truly become a conservative party. If the establishment wins then the GOP becomes the Whig party of the 21st century.


34 posted on 11/01/2013 1:05:46 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: SoConPubbie

“But his icy relationship with those party leaders might cause him problems if and when he decides to run for president.”

Never stopped Ronnie.

CRUZ CONTROL 2016!!


35 posted on 11/01/2013 1:06:52 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie

I wish true conservative talking heads would start accusing people who dislike Cruz of racism. They only hate him because he’s Hispanic.


36 posted on 11/01/2013 1:07:22 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: LUV W

He would likely have to select a governor. Scott Walker might be the best option now. I can’t see a viable governor candidate who is as good.


37 posted on 11/01/2013 1:08:47 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie

He is the one guy who can stand up there and truly say “I tried to stop the destruction of your health care”.


38 posted on 11/01/2013 1:10:42 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Viennacon

He’ll be running against Hillary...

Governor from S.C. Nikki Haley?


39 posted on 11/01/2013 1:10:44 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: DoodleDawg

“Before Cruz wins the general election he has to win the Republican nomination. And that will be the Armageddon between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment....”
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If the other potential conservative candidates in the 2016 primaries quickly fold (instead of staying in as spoilers) it won’t be Armageddon, it will be the Mother of All Routs of the GOPe.


40 posted on 11/01/2013 1:11:46 PM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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