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Ted Cruz: Winning from the Inside, Losing the Outside. What Next?

When Ted Cruz showed up last week for a rally in the Bronx, a city of 1.4 million people, he only attracted 12 voters to come to his event — and two of those were protesters.  Cruz is not winning the most votes in the Republican primaries in 2016.  Winning the most votes is not even Ted Cruz’s strategy.  His strategy is to get delegates representing other candidates to ignore the voters they represent and choose him instead. His message to these delegates is a within-the-halls-of-power pitch, not a message to voters at all.  To heck with voters, says Ted Cruz.  But even within the halls of power, Cruz isn’t trying to convince elites he’d be a great president. Instead, he’s arguing that he’d be less bad than Donald Trump.  A marmoset in a courduroy suit would be less bad than Donald Trump.

And yet, despite all this running from actual voters, despite his strategy of simply being the least-bad candidate, signs are that the Cruz strategy is prevailing.  Thanks to back-room deals, every day it looks more likely that Ted Cruz will remain less popular with Republican voters and unpopular with the Republican Party elite — but the eventual nominee nonetheless.

The Republican Party elite is demonstrating right now that up to and including the moment of the presidential nomination, it — and not the voters — are in control.  The moment after the nomination, however, power devolves back to the voters.  Presented with this slap to the face, what do you think Republican Party rank-and-file voters will do?  Will they accept the slap, paste on a smile, and ask for more, more, four more years of this?  Or will they walk away from the nominee they didn’t want?  If so, who on Earth will they walk toward?


4 thoughts on “Ted Cruz: Winning from the Inside, Losing the Outside. What Next?”

  1. Al Hopfmann says:

    It is always interesting to see Democrats and other socialists attack the Republicans (“The party of Stupid”) for being anti-democratic and using rules to squeeze out opposition candidates within their own party. But the Republicans’ shenanigans pale in comparison to those of the Democrats (The Party of Evil”). While Donald Trump (I am mot a fan.) does seem to be getting somewhat “shafted” by party elites and others who are otherwise showing some common sense, the most likely beneficiary of this (Ted Cruz) is playing by the existing party rules. Some of those rules may be bad, but Trump has had the same opportunities to campaign in consonance with those rules. Yes, the Establishment Republicans did play dirty by changing the rules in 2012 to squeeze out Ron Paul, but even that pales in comparison to what the Massachusetts Democrats did in 1982 when they changed the rules in the middle of the election process, especially since they also illegally changed election laws that they had no authority to change. Compounding this egregious violation of election law was the hypocrisy of the Democrats violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and having the Establishment Media almost completely ignore this astounding perfidy. This was done to keep alive the presidential hopes of two Massachusetts Establishment Democrats (Dukakis and Kennedy), and had the help of a corrupt judicial system. So these kinds of insults to the voters are nothing new, but it sure would be nice if the Establishment Media would tell the real story.

    1. Jim says:

      I’m not a member of the Democratic Party, and I never have been. If you read back in time here, you’ll notice I brought a sign in protest to the 2008 inauguration.

  2. ella says:

    “Apparently, what people mean by THE RULES is that there is no RNC rule specifically prohibiting a state party from giving all the delegates to a single nominee, even if that is demonstrably at odds with the will of the voters.”

    And remember Ted Cruz got Iowa, Utah, and Wisconsin votes by claiming he is a Christian. Haven’t heard make that claim in a while have we? Bet he does pretty soon though. He needs to steal more delegates. Church of Sa___.

  3. ella says:

    This is an article that tells actually what is happening and what it looks like setting up to happen, by Pat Buchanan. It is the most realistic, unemotional, article I have read in a while. Wish this could be posted.

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