Skip to comments.Dreaming of 'President Ted Cruz' will turn into a nightmare for the GOP
Posted on 03/12/2014 2:33:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
As with most things, there are good and bad aspects of the Tea Party movement. And all the bad ones were on display March 6 in a speech by Ted Cruz to the Conservative Political Action Conference that replayed every silly thing ever said by conservatives and added some riffs of his own.
He began with a mocking refrain about "presidents" Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney (two of them veterans impaired by their trauma), chiding them for not being his kind of conservative. He also asked if we remembered their reigns.
Well, we do remember, and we remember one more that for some reason is never brought up in this context: the glorious tenure of "President" Barry M. Goldwater, Mr. Conservative, far more in-your-face than Ronald Reagan, who lost by far more than those other worthies. Goldwater lost in one of the great drubbings in history, lost by more than any Republican but Alfred M. Landon, and carried only his home state and five southern states for all the wrong reasons (opposing -- for a fairly innocent reason -- the Civil Rights Act of 1964.)
No one followed the Cruz playbook more than Goldwater, and no one has managed to lose so conclusively. He offered a choice, not an echo, and nobody took it. But how, if Cruz is so right, could this have happened? It cant, which is why it is never brought up in this context. In his world, it doesnt exist.
As the Goldwater debacle has been excised from history, so have the actual reasons why Dole, McCain and Romney all lost. Dole lost because the Bill Clinton he faced in 1996 was not the Clinton of 1993-94, but the Third Way Bill Clinton...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
I didn’t realize Mitt waws a veteran...
Ok,ok, So McC was impaired? I thought so, probably
brain washed. Red Queen John, Red Queen!
It is why I do not buy newspapers anymore, and for a long time. Sadly, some people still think the trash that gets printed, represents reality.
We appreciate your advice!
It worked so well when you told us McCain and Romney would be great choices to run for President
You’re spot on with that. No one was going to defeat LBJ wearing the assassination sympathy hat of JFK.
Goldwater did however launch Ronald Reagan
So who is this bloviating opinionator? Noemie Emery? Another one to add to the trashbin of lazy journalistic morons feasting on Beltway leftovers.
A google search for Goldwater’s platform, and reading, Barry would be right at home with the tea party types.
nobody is a golden boy (or girl) for that matter.
if negative stuff is going to show its face (by his own
acts rather than accusations or criticisms from opponents) I am glad it is showing early. I like Cruz personally but
if there is a weakness there—there’s a weakness there.
Lightweight writer, lightweight writing and not historical or even connected to anything today.
The GOPe really hates small govt Conservatives.
When you campaign from atop the funeral bier of a martyred president, yes, it is a snap to win. But Johnson got his comeuppance, sure enough.
In addition, Goldwater was a reluctant candidate, his campaign staff was inept, and the party's establishment, with the exception of Richard Nixon, sat out the campaign after he won the nomination. A bad example, indeed.
That’s IT!!! This article has convinced me. Ted Cruz is a BAAAA.....D man! LOL Bob
Can the anti-Cruz forces get more desperate? Uh, probably, unfortunately. But their panic will not stop him.
“Neither Abraham Lincoln nor FDR come back from the grave could’ve defeated LBJ that year just months after the “martyrdom” of JFK in Dallas. Terrible example.”
Exactly—this is the overwhelming explanation for the election outcome of 1964. The effects of a nuclear bomb TV commercial, ideology, or anything else is impossible in light of the influence of Kennedy’s death. That was the election.
Ted Cruz is the reality. We're not playing their games anymore. Let Ted Cruz and those who stand with him articulate the message that will inspire a nation.
Cristie will always be the guy who would close that bridge to punish a politician. JebBush will always be the gov who let Terry Schiavo die. Paul Ryan will always be the guy who singlehandedly handed the open ended non-budget to Obama while screwing veterans. Not one of them has any place in the discussion anymore.
The GOPe has been giving conservatives nightmares for years!
What “weakness” did the author point out, other than her preference for a much more moderate Ripon Republican?
Noemie Emery is an idiot living in the past.
I quit my newspaper today - it was long overdue.
These are the intellectual heirs of the people who told us that nominating Reagan would be a disaster.