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...
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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.
...or as Karl Rove would say, "STOP DREAMING and learn to live with the beltway status quo"
The national socialists trying to frame the race before it gets going.
Worked for them in 1996, 2008, 2012 and **almost** in 2000.
Cruz will be good when he gets some results and the only way to do that is for him to get reelected with a Republican majority in the Senate and House. He has not been able to do much. He is only in his first term so it is understandable.
The people who stood by Goldwater were landslide candidates in the next 4 of 5 elections.
Never miss an opportunity to CREATE a good crisis.
Ahh the infamous Daisy Add.
I’m willing to concede that many people are smarter than I am, sometimes much smarter — for example, Ted Cruz. It’s also clear from his record that Ted Cruz is smarter than almost everyone else, including Noemie Emery who wrote this article.
Ted Cruz graduated with honors from Princeton and the Harvard Law School, one of whose most distinguished professors, Alan Dershowitz, has gone on record to say that Ted Cruz was one of the most brilliant students he ever taught.
Senator Cruz also served as a Supreme Court clerk; came from far behind in the polls to win his Texas Senate seat; and in a matter of little more than a year in Washington has become a front runner for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination, picking up the most coveted Conservative endorsement — Sarah Palin’s — along the way.
Ted Cruz is an expert at winning, and if he thinks he can win the presidency in 2016, who are the rest of us relative mediocrities to disagree with him? After eight years of President Obama, only a towering genius will be able to undo the damage. And Ted Cruz is the only candidate who even remotely qualifies. Rand Paul, his principal opponent, is a mediocre product of nepotism; he inherited his father’s supporters.
Do we want a better country or not?
Cruz would get my vote over most, if not all, Republicans. Certainly over any democrat...I will donate to his campaign should he win the nomination (still haven’t picked my primary candidate)....
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."defoliation of the forests by low-yield atomic weapons could well be done" -- Barry Goldwater
All should be appreciative of Dole and McCain’s war time sacrifices, but if it impaired their ability to run for the office or perform the functions of POTUS, then they should not have been nominated. Period. If they were nominated because it was “their turn”, then shame on us, we deserved to lose.
Cruz was right, neither were really conservative, just Pubbies.
Actually it is the best example of the GOPe abandonment of conservative candidates
Ted Cruz is a great man - he has back-bone and has wonderful ideals.
Johnson would have won the election against another candidate, but Republicans might not have lost 36 House seats if Goldwater wasn't the candidate.
Losses in the Senate weren't as bad, but Johnson did get his veto-proof Congress (even taking into account that some Democrats wouldn't vote with him).
What a leader — first term!
I remember the Goldwater campaign. Every time you picked up a newspaper or watched Cronkite you got a slash-and-burn criticism of Goldwater from George Romney (Mitt’s father), Nelson Rockefeller or William Scranton, governor or Pennsylvania. It was the advent of the establishment Republicans and the MSM coordinating their efforts to kill the conservative candidate.
Over the years it has developed into a science. They don’t even have to have secret meetings to figure out the game plan.
Yes and we are falling into the same disaster. I can't believe how dumb the Republicans are to hold two one-term Senators up as our nominees. I guess Republicans love to lose.
They were, and we did.
"President Obama and Sen. Ted Cruz have some things in common, including stunning ascents to political stardom, exotic and mixed ethnic backgrounds that give additional resonance, complex starts in life that give rise to birther/conspiracy theories, and reputations for brilliance that do not seem to translate well into dealing with political everyday life."
"Their judgment is bad, their experience slight, and their egos enormous. They are cult figures with frenzied admirers, which compounds the problem. They are full of themselves and firmly believe they can do the impossible."
"They are obsessed with ideology and see little beyond it. They are fixated on health care to destroy or enshrine it and will sacrifice anything to do so. And they are running headlong into optional coming implosions they created all by themselves."
Yeah. It really failed miserably when the Democrats tried it in 2008 & 2012. They lost by a landslide...oh wait...
President Cruz will start getting results in 2017.
There. I fixed it.
He will not be President in 2017. We cannot afford another one-term Senator. Actually he won’t even be a one-term, but a partical term. He is the least results oriented Senator in history. Governor Walker all the way unless you want to see
Presidential Hillary Clinton in 2017!!!!!!!
Yeah. It really failed miserably when the Democrats tried it in 2008 & 2012. They lost by a landslide...oh wait
I didn’t vote for the one-term senator in 2008 or 2012 like you did. I am smarter than that and I won’t vote for one in 2016 either.
I can't believe how dumb the Republicans are to hold two one-term Senators up as our nominees. I guess Republicans love to lose.
I inferred that you meant that a one-term senator could not possibly win a presidential election.
I replied back:
Yeah. It really failed miserably when the Democrats tried it in 2008 & 2012. They lost by a landslide...oh wait
Meaning that one such person did, in fact, win the presidential election. Your first supposition failed the reality test.
I did not say that I voted for him. Your second supposition failed also.
And, while Goldwater only received 39% of the popular vote, it was the most motivated 39% the GOP had received since Abraham Lincoln.
It was the 39% that led directly to Ronald Reagan's triumph in 1980 -- and would've led to his triumph in 1976, had the GOP establishment allowed it to happen.
Goldwater's followers (that would be us) changed the Republican party forever. And Rockefeller's followers have never understood why...
I know exactly what you said and you knew exactly what I meant. Yes we did have a one-term Senator win in 2008 and 2012 on the DEMOCRATIC side .your party apparently. We are Republicans if you hadn’t noticed. I don’t want a one-term disaster of a Senator as our Presidential nominee. We are going through that now with one. Why should we emulate the Democrats?
Great debate. No wonder we lose with such people as you who could not debate yourself out of a paper bag. You are prime reason that we cannot win a Presidential election. Sadly you are spreading your spittle all over.
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