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Ted Cruz Has Been Spending A Lot of Time Iowa: Can He Win the Iowa Caucus?
Houston Press ^ | Dec. 2 2013 at 7:00 AM | Calvin TerBeek

Posted on 12/02/2013 6:14:00 AM PST by SoConPubbie

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Ted Cruz wants to be President of these United States. While this is unlikely -- the party elites dislike him, view him as an electoral disaster waiting to happen and he would never emerge from the "invisible primary" as the GOP elites' choice -- Cruz dares to dream. Thus, he has been spending an inordinate amount of time in Iowa, known for its social conservatism on the GOP side of the fence. (I wonder how you feel about him spending his time in the Senate as a platform for his presidential aspirations rather than focusing on governing -- but it's not like Texas is going to go blue -- or even purple -- anytime real soon).

First, it is interesting to note that Cruz is taking the exact opposite approach that took Obama to the White House: once elected to the Senate, Obama turned down almost every national interview request and tried to take on the appearance of a serious legislator (at least initially). Cruz, on the other hand, has been the proverbial political show horse, the moth to the media's flame.

Looking to capitalize on his media fame, as of late October, Cruz had been to Iowa three times in three months. One reporter thinks Cruz is simply introducing himself to a state where people don't know him (he's a "curiosity"); another reports that he may already be wearing out his welcome.

But right now, Cruz and Rand Paul are the "buzziest" candidates in Iowa. This is no surprise, they are probably closest ideologically to the last two winners of the Iowa Republican Caucus: Rick Santorum (2012) and Mike Huckabee (2008). I'm specifically excluding Rick Perry since he will simply not be able to raise adequate campaign funds in the invisible primary -- Perry's not a show horse so much as an equine who needs to humanely euthanized.

It's unlikely Cruz is wearing out his welcome, and more likely that he is building a foundation for January 2016. We know that only the most politically dialed-in voters are paying attention right now, and we know that Cruz is not the only GOP pol spending time in Iowa. Making a "prediction" two years out is a fool's errand, but Cruz is certainly a front-runner to win the Iowa caucus -- he won't sniff the Oval Office though.



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1 posted on 12/02/2013 6:14:00 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; GrandJediMasterYoda; PJ-Comix; RoosterRedux; right way right; Not a 60s Hippy; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

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Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!


2 posted on 12/02/2013 6:14:40 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

“He won’t sniff the Oval Office, though.”

Unlike the nobody who wrote this editorial, who spends most of his time sniffing two things.....glue, and Obama’s butt.


3 posted on 12/02/2013 6:20:02 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: SoConPubbie

The party elites are an electoral disaster who are apparently too stupid to figure it out. McCain and Romney were both moderate disasters so they want to double down.


4 posted on 12/02/2013 6:20:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SoConPubbie

The worse Obamacare looks, the better Ted looks. He’s riding the wave! :)


5 posted on 12/02/2013 6:22:09 AM PST by Starboard
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To: SoConPubbie
Senator Cruz will win in 2016 because he is the best candidate from either party. And it will be an anti-establishment message that will resonate with the electorate, especially after they experience the harmful effects of Obamacare for 3 years. Our current situation reminds me very much of the late 1970's which allowed the Reagan victories, which turned America around for a generation. Obama fatigue is already setting in 3 years out from the election, and it will only get worse.



6 posted on 12/02/2013 6:25:01 AM PST by JJHLH1
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To: SoConPubbie

It’s sick to listen to the commie maggots who gave America Adolf Hitler Jr., calling people like Ted Cruz too extreme for America. They are clueless.


7 posted on 12/02/2013 6:26:59 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If you think signing up for ObamaCare was fun, wait until you try to use it.)
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To: SoConPubbie

So early for predictions yet, but mine will be a merger of our two parties to beat Hillary.

Whether Cruz is on the top or the bottom of the ticket is the $64k question though...


8 posted on 12/02/2013 6:31:32 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: SoConPubbie

The Iowa Caucus has always been a dicey thing, with the voices of only a very few able to sway the fortunes of prospective Presidential candidates, and while it may be “representative”, it clearly does not speak with any kind of certitude for candidates of ANY party, and definitely not of the Republican party. The Democrats are already pretty largely bought and paid for, and it makes little difference who the selection is rigged in favor of. NO ideological differences are suffered within the ranks, and the Democrat “maverick” is swiftly squelched.

But for Republicans, there is a broad streak of Progressive infestation within the party, enough so to either exalt or doom a candidate very early on, with various “mavericks” drummed up quickly, making the decision capricious, mercurial, and fickle, or the perceived conservative front-runner getting mercilessly dumped.

And don’t think the various selectees to attend these caucuses are not already pre-chosen with no regard to the actual representation of opinion within the party. The Progressives have already undermined any honest attempt to test the opinions to the people they pretend to speak for.


9 posted on 12/02/2013 6:32:37 AM PST by alloysteel (The Internet, a most exquisite system by which to confound and muddle any reasonable dialogue.)
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To: Abathar

CRUZ 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 12/02/2013 6:33:45 AM PST by onedoug
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To: FlingWingFlyer

>>They [the Libs] are clueless.>>

They aren’t clueless, they’re scared to death of Cruz. GOOD


11 posted on 12/02/2013 6:34:15 AM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Why would any candidate go to Iowa? Great people, and I highly respect their decisions, but doing crappy in Iowa only makes you look better when you “gain momentum” by winning in New Hampshire. And thats where Cruz really will need to sell himself.


12 posted on 12/02/2013 6:49:59 AM PST by dangus
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To: SoConPubbie
(I wonder how you feel about him spending his time in the Senate as a platform for his presidential aspirations rather than focusing on governing

Spoken like a liberal elite with his panties in a wad.

They loathe Ted Cruz at the Houston Press. You'd think that if he wasn't going to support their agenda in the legislature (he isn't in the governor's office), and the 51% majority vote Senate isn't going to let him fillibuster, then what difference does it make at this time anyway?

13 posted on 12/02/2013 6:55:02 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SoConPubbie
I haven’t seen anything like it for a long time, probably ever.... He combines a lot of qualities of a lot of people into one package.... I believe he is a liberal’s worst nightmare ... influential Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader organization
14 posted on 12/02/2013 7:01:49 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: dangus
And thats where Cruz really will need to sell himself.

As a blue state I imagine it'll be Christie country. Cruz needs to come in second or third and the win South Carolina big.

15 posted on 12/02/2013 7:10:58 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

New Hampshire cannot be written off as a blue state.


16 posted on 12/02/2013 7:13:09 AM PST by dangus
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To: cripplecreek

The party elites are more interested in maintaining the status quo than in winning elections. They still have their jobs, their incomes, their power and influence. They are satisfied with that.

The dissatisfaction is mostly from fly-over country. The elites ignore fly-over country whenever possible.

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Conservatives/Right Wing need to be cautious and not fall into the same trap they got caught up in for 2008 and 2012 — having too many weak candidates diluting the vote and basically handing the nomination to the choice of the elites.

Consider 2012: it had too many also-rans, none having much of a following.

The one who might have been kind of “flakey”
The one who forget which 3rd department to be eliminated
The one who forced to resign the House speakership
The one who couldn’t win reelection for the Senate
The one who seemed to have zipper problems
The one who lost to the one who lost to Obama in 2008

What a list!

If 2016 has the same list of wannabes and a few more with similar backgrounds, they are going to hand the election to another democrat.


17 posted on 12/02/2013 7:13:30 AM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: SoConPubbie

The only thing to remember is, the MSM will push for the most likely to lose GOP candidate they can find. The candidate they destroy the most is the one that should be picked, as that is the one they fear the most.


18 posted on 12/02/2013 7:18:40 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: TomGuy
The dissatisfaction is mostly from fly-over country. The elites ignore fly-over country whenever possible.

Rush nailed it during the presidential primary.

Rush: Romney is winning like a liberal

Rush Goes On the Record with Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren (2011)

The Republican Party is trying to do something in this primary that is unprecedented. They're trying to split the conservative vote and win the primary with a moderate, with Romney. It's the other way around. You consolidate your base and then you move to the center in the general. The Republican establishment has decided they don't want any part of conservatism. And this is really not new. People are surprised to hear this, but the Republican Party formative event with conservatism is Goldwater's landslide defeat. That's what they think of when they think conservative. They don't think Reagan. They think Goldwater.

They believe what the inside-the-Beltway philosophy is about conservatives. They're racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, Southern hayseed hicks. They're pro-lifers. They're embarrassing to have to go to the convention with them. And they're just embarrassed to have those kind of people in the party. They're dumb. They're not erudite. They're not educated in Ivy League schools. We'll take their votes on election day, but we really don't want to hang around with them. We don't want anybody in Washington thinking that we're really that close to them and aligned with them. So in the process -- you know, it's a very sophisticated electorate. The Republican primary voter can sense that the Republican Party really doesn't like them, really doesn't want them, thinks that they are the route to defeat. That's the problem in a nutshell. The Republican establishment thinks that a conservative nominee is the route to defeat because they think Goldwater landslides are going to happen because they believe what the popular misconception the left has created of conservatives -- they think everybody thinks that.

19 posted on 12/02/2013 7:20:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SoConPubbie

An interesting question when stripped of the campaign-speak. Can Cruz win in Iowa? I say probably not. IA has been a one-issue state for quite a while: The candidate must support the Ethanol pork boondoggle.

IA is decided purely on pork, and this is the worst pork imaginable because it also requires adherence to Al Gore’s religion of Globull Climate Change. Losing IA would be a badge of honor.


20 posted on 12/02/2013 7:24:25 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Servant of the Cross

bttt


21 posted on 12/02/2013 7:27:40 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: dangus
New Hampshire cannot be written off as a blue state.

It gives all the indications of a Blue state. It hasn't gone for the Republican since 2000. The governor, one senator, and two congressmen are Democrats, and the remaining senator is a RINO. It's the kind of place that's made for Christie to make an early splash.

22 posted on 12/02/2013 7:29:21 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

I definitely agree that its a natural Christie state... that’s why Cruz needs to work his ass off.


23 posted on 12/02/2013 7:34:47 AM PST by dangus
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To: DoodleDawg
[New Hampshire is] the kind of place that's made for Christie to make an early splash.

New Hampshire is the kind of place that voted for McCain in 2000...

24 posted on 12/02/2013 7:42:35 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: cripplecreek

Yet, the battered wife syndrome conservatives hang on to the GOP. They think that they can vote for the same and get a different result.


25 posted on 12/02/2013 7:42:59 AM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: SoConPubbie

When I see Politicians all over the media, I become very suspicious of them. Mc Cain and Schumer are good examples of Politicians with huge egos who can’t resist a camera or microphone. Cruz seems to be following in that mode.


26 posted on 12/02/2013 7:45:08 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
When I see Politicians all over the media, I become very suspicious of them. Mc Cain and Schumer are good examples of Politicians with huge egos who can’t resist a camera or microphone. Cruz seems to be following in that mode.

I think that is just your perception.

Another way to look at it is that Senator Cruz is fearless and will not back down, including putting himself out their in enemy territory where the press is concerned.

Reagan did much the same as Senator Cruz is doing after losing to Ford on the convention floor. He spent the next 4 years criss-crossing the country getting his message out to the grass-roots in preparation for a run in 1980.

I see this as no different.
27 posted on 12/02/2013 8:10:15 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Servant of the Cross
influential Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats....

I appreciate the gentleman, but, I wish for just once, his influence would extend beyond the Caucus and into the General Election. When was the last time Iowa went Red in the Presidential Election?
28 posted on 12/02/2013 12:14:41 PM PST by Din Maker
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