Are you ready for President Ted Cruz?

posted at 12:01 pm on May 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

I’m betting that you are.

Politico teased this possibility two weeks ago in a piece about the budding Cruz/Rubio rivalry, quoting one Texas Republican in the know as saying, “The worst secret in D.C. is Cruz is going to run for president, and he’s going to lean in hard against immigration to separate himself from all other 2016-ers.” NRO’s Robert Costa poked around and determined, yep, that’s increasingly plausible:

“If you don’t think this is real, then you’re not paying attention,” says a Republican insider. “Cruz already has grassroots on his side, and in this climate, that’s all he may need.”

“There’s not a lot of hesitation there,” adds a Cruz donor who has known the Texan for decades. “He’s fearless.”…

Cruz’s allies whisper that the 42-year-old attorney, who holds degrees from Harvard Law and Princeton, doesn’t take the groundswell of enthusiasm lightly. Besides talking with conservative grandees, he has called his peers in the legal community and raised the prospect.

“We all see a path, and he does, too,” says a former Cruz colleague. “This isn’t someone who needs to be told the obvious. He didn’t run for the Senate to get cozy, so no one who knows him is surprised that he’s at least looking at it.”

A conservative consultant calls him “the purest of the young conservative senators,” which might as well be Cruz’s campaign slogan given his appeal to the base. What about money, though? Per Costa, Cruz is buds with billionaire Peter Thiel, who’s donated big bucks to his campaigns before, and is reportedly “as good at wooing financiers as he is at wooing the Tea Party.” There’s no shortage of opportunities for wooing either, according to GOP consultant Rick Wilson:

Random thoughts:

1. Love Cruz or loathe him, if you’re a border hawk then this is all to the good as a way to keep Rubio and Paul honest on immigration in the next few months. Until now, the pro-reform Republicans could afford to cheat to the center on the theory that no one formidable would emerge on the right in 2016 to steal conservative votes from them. Yeah, granted, Santorum or someone like him might run and take a hardline anti-amnesty position to charm the base, but no one thinks Santorum’s going to upset Rubio or Paul. Cruz is a more legitimate threat, especially as a Latino superstar at odds with Rubio on his showcase bill, so now Rubio might be forced to tilt back to the right. Which, maybe, explains this.

2. If Cruz jumps in, we could end up with a 2016 field of him, Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Chris Christie. Not one of those guys will have served more than a single term of elected federal office. The oldest of them, Christie, is currently just 50 years old. Whether that’s good or bad, and whether it would have been possible had Obama not won in 2008 as a 47-year-old with not quite four years of Senate experience, I leave to you to decide.

3. Per the second point, if all of them run, we could end up with a primary where the first few crucial states are won with less than 30 percent of the vote. If Christie jumps in, his path is clear: Woo the centrists and hope that the conservatives split. Cruz’s path is the opposite but just as clear: Woo the conservatives and tea partiers and let the others fight over the center-right. The other four are all left with headaches. Rand Paul will clean up with libertarians, but he’s counting on no one running to his right so that he can pile up votes from mainstream conservatives who find Rubio too squishy. Cruz would complicate that. Rubio, of course, would see his brand as the young, charismatic, tea-party-elected Latino star suddenly watered down, which risks reducing his identity to “guy who supported the immigration bill that lots of conservatives hate.” I don’t know what happens to Walker and Jindal, who’ll now be competing against four bigger names with no obvious constituency among Republican voters except as a none-of-the-above choice vis-a-vis the other four. Not impossible to win that way, but given all the ink spilled on the others, it’d be hard.

4. Some of this will depend on whether Hillary runs in 2016. An older Republican who realistically won’t have an opportunity to run in 2020 might feel obliged to try three years from now, no matter how formidable Hillary seems, but none of the guys mentioned above are old. The risk in waiting is that some other Republican might end up running and beating Hillary next time, which means other GOP aspirants won’t be able to run in 2020 either, but that’s okay. Every one of the big six can afford to wait 10 years or more, provided they figure out how to hold office/keep themselves politically relevant during that time. Worst-case scenario: You’re shut out until 2024, when you’re still in your mid-50s but with lots more government experience to tout to voters. Best-case scenario (for you, not for the party or the country): Hillary wins as expected in 2016, and then has to somehow figure out a way to win a fourth consecutive Democratic term in 2020 even though neither party has pulled that off since FDR/Truman. That’s when you pounce. Cruz, Rubio, and Jindal are each so young that not one of them will be 50 on election day 2020.

5. Purely as spectacle, a Cruz run would be nothing but fun. He’s replaced Palin as the media’s chief conservative hate object, so the coverage will be even more acidic than it is for the average righty candidate. (That’ll help him consolidate support among the base in the primaries, needless to say.) If you think the sputtering about Cruz as a neo-McCarthy is intense now, wait until he starts talking openly about running. The fact that he was born in Canada will bring out some Birther stupidity too. And watching him spar with Rubio and Paul will be a treat, partly because it’s not clear yet where he differs with them on various forms of policy. Obviously he’ll go after them on immigration, but he and Paul have been joined at the hip on everything else during Cruz’s time in the Senate thus far. Are there considerable other differences, or will a voter’s preference for one or the other come down to whether you think Rand’s a bit too Ron-like to be a safe choice? And if Cruz does choose to make immigration his main line of attack, how excited do you think establishment Republicans will be after all the post-2012 wooing of Latino voters to see the primaries turn into a referendum on whether the party betrayed conservatism by supporting a path to citizenship?

Exit question: If Cruz does run, how soon will it be before Beltway GOPers start whispering about unifying the party behind one center-right candidate in 2016 in order to stop him? And which candidate will it be? Rand Paul’s going to run no matter what, so even if the rest of the 2016 hopefuls play ball, you’re looking at a three-man field at a minimum.


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God YES!!!!!

crrr6 on May 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Are you ready for President Ted Cruz?

In one word, YES!

texgal on May 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

He is the perfect candidate.
The trolls, conserva-frauds, Bushbots on this site will surely disagree.

AmeriCuda on May 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I won’t vote for the other pretend conservatives. Cruz, maybe twice, heh!

Don L on May 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Exit question: If Cruz does run, how soon will it be before Beltway GOPers start whispering about unifying the party behind one center-right candidate in 2016 in order to stop him? And which candidate will it be?

Now, and Jeb.

Where is my prize?

nobar on May 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

First, he should govern Texas for a while. Right now his resume strikes me as too thin for the presidency.

Valkyriepundit on May 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I know that this is a small part of the equation but it will be fun watching the Northeastern snobs ignore or demean Cruz’s Princeton and Harvard credentials.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

SARAH PALIN for SENATE!!!!!!!!

AmeriCuda on May 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Hell Yes.

I have qualms of pushing a first-term Senator (look how well that turned out) but I’ve got to say. Cruz has kept his integrity while Rubio has lied his ass off about what is in the amnesty scheme he is pushing. That whole bit about fast-track citizenship for millions and 69-year-old DREAMers among the pack of lies.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

As long as he stays a liberty loving conservative I will support him. Screw Bush, Christie, Rubio and Frothy

MoreLiberty on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Are you ready for President Ted Cruz?

Almost got fired for laughing so loud at this headline.

Allah- How about a Are you ready for president Keith Olbermann? Lololol

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Yes. But I’d take a DeMint/Cruz ticket as well. Rubio has finished himself with this immigration bill (to which gay rights have been added). And Paul is struggling from offending the Paulites on drones; a struggle he will continue to have on other issues.

michaelo on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

As with all politicians, I am just waiting for him to break my heart.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

First, he should govern Texas for a while. Right now his resume strikes me as too thin for the presidency.

Valkyriepundit on May 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

You mean like a guy running who only has a few years in the Illinois legislature, a couple of years in the US Senate, community agitating in the Chicago ghetto? That kind of thin?

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

The RNC lives in fear of a real conservative getting in the race and wining.

The RINO’s fight we conservatives and canidates like Ted Cruz harder than they ever fight commies like traitor Kerry or this know nothing commie Obama.

It is what it is.

Two Party Evil Money Cult in Washinton D.C. in control of all of U.S..

Fight.

Ted Cruz will not back down.

Ted Cruz can win.

He knows how to win.

Ted Cruz is one of U.S.

He took on Schummer and made Chuck look like the tool he if fact is.

So, the talking heads avoid him now as they know he will tell the truth and end up making those like O’Riley, Hannity, and other Fox News and such look like the middle of the road finger in the wind types they in fact are.

The clock of History ticks on, the judgement is near.

You can hear the hooves of the huge Demon of History as he sits in the dark tree line, ready to ride his Demon horse out and judge U.S.. The dust rises up, the red angery eyes glow, the judgement comes.

Fight.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

If Cruz jumps in, we could end up with a 2016 field of him, Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Chris Christie.

Out of that field, Walker has the best resume and no real blemishes on his record. Jindal’s been an effective governor in Louisiana, but he’s made some dumb remarks since the 2012 election so I have serious concerns about him on the campaign trail(plus it’s hard to forget his weak SOTU response).

But if Walker doesn’t run or winds up being another Tim Pawlenty type who fails to excite the case, Cruz is easily the best alternative. Rubio has lost all credibility with this amnesty bill that he’s blatantly lied about(either that or he’s been suckered by Schumer which ain’t much better). Paul has me a little concerned with his own comments regarding amnesty. And do I need to even bother explaining why CRISTie is a non-starter?

Doughboy on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I like him, but not sure he’s electable.

nonpartisan on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I thought I read that he was born in Canada?

BubbaCluck on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Plus, I’ll just bet our new Hispanic citizens will just be lining up to vote for him, since ethnicity is all they’re concerned about.////

cynccook on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

At this rate, I’m ready for President Homer Simpson.

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Ted’s a socon but tight with Peter Theil, huh?

Can’t please two masters, Ted.

If you go socon, goodbye Theil.

budfox on May 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

2. If Cruz jumps in, we could end up with a 2016 field of him, Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Chris Christie.

If Cruz jumps in, then does Rand Paul, or is that an either or option? I could see Rand yielding to Cruz early, particularly as he has his own re-election to think of/fall back on in 2016. They take up much of the same space. Do you want 4 years in the Senate or 6? A libertarian with a conservative streak, or a conservative with a libertarian streak?

Jindal and Walker are in a similar position as well. Both accomplished two term governors trying to run up the middle between Paul/Cruz and Christie/Rubio. Jindal has the advantage of leaving office at the start of ’16, and hasn’t been touched by the immigration debate either way. On the other side, Walker’s fights and victories have been more visible to the casual voter.

Gingotts on May 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I thought I read that he was born in Canada?

BubbaCluck

Me too. DOA

LeftCoastRight on May 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

If Cruz jumps in, we could end up with a 2016 field of him, Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Chris Christie.

That field would pretty much guarantee that the 2016 GOP nominee would be Christie. Conservatives fracture once again.

Anyway, it won’t happen because Walker (and probably Jindal) would decline to run.

This actually helps Rubio because he can run as the party unifier.

Robert_Paulson on May 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

An older Republican who realistically won’t have an opportunity to run in 2020 might feel obliged to try three years from now

SECOND LOOK AT MCCAIN!!!!!

BacaDog on May 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Why the hell not?

Cleombrotus on May 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

We could do way worse.

/obviously

Bob's Kid on May 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I’m ready for any President who epitomizes this:

Bold colors. No pale pastels.

Chris of Rights on May 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I think you just made Valkyriepundit’s point. Not a good model. Although I am pretty sure that most high school graduates know more about economics than Obama.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

My personal favorite would be Walker for 2016, but he wouldn’t get traction in a field that included Cruz, Paul, AND Rubio.

Robert_Paulson on May 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

His mother was a citizen, his father a Cuban immigrant. I don’t know if the father was a naturalized citizen at the time. They were working the oil fields in Calgary at the time of his birth.

I think he probably qualifies as a natural born citizen.

BubbaCluck on May 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I like Cruz. I like Walker, too. Out of the five proposed, Cruz and Walker sounds pretty good.

Walker has shown he can stand up to the fascist left/union gangs. Cruz has the ideological purity. I’d take Mike Lee too, just for the record.

That said: What about the skeletons in the closet? Like it or not, Romney was great in that the media couldn’t come up with anything more lame than the dog on the roof and a 30 year old hazing incident.

Is any of these candidates going to be ambushed like Cain was? Cain was pretty good until that blew up.

I wish we had Romney–with Cruz’s policies. That would be the perfect storm, really.

Vanceone on May 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I am not a hardcore border hawk and I would like to see Cruz run. I don’t vote for anyone because of one issue. He has been strong on gun rights, on state’s rights, well reasoned arguments, smart, and he has the ego and self confidence in himself and his ideals to be a winner.

Our last two picks, McCain and Romney, lacked that last quality the most. Both of them seemed to hate defending their party, never seemed to attack unless it was other conservatives they were attacking, etc. Every great leader has an ego, even if they are good at hiding it making themselves look humble.

Also in Cruz’s case I will ignore he went to a Ivy League school…he has earned it. :)

William Eaton on May 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

IIRC, some time ago a poster said that Ted’s dad would be great to run for office here in TX. He is suppose to be as good as Ted and would stick to his guns also? Sorry I can’t recall who the poster was.
L

letget on May 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

beltway gopers need to get the heck out of the way…they had their chance, they failed….

cmsinaz on May 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

SARAH PALIN for SENATE!!!!!!!!

AmeriCuda on May 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

don’t you need to be able to read to be a senator

*snickers*

nonpartisan on May 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Hell yes I am ready!! I think a Cruz/Paul ticket, in any order, would be great.

Jack_Burton on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

You DO know, doncha?

Cleombrotus on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Palin / Cruz 2016

ChuckTX on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

1.) George W. Bush found out that national Democrats have more teeth than Texas Democrats, and are willing to use anything against their enemies. GWB at least knew part of that lesson, having watched what the Dems and the big media did to his dad in 1992; Cruz will have to learn on the fly and needs to run an extremely focused, gaffe-free campaign, or he ends up as the Michelle Bachmann of 2016 and kills his viability for any future presidential run, even if he still could win Senate re-election in 2018

2.) If he doesn’t do that, and allows unforced errors to give the Dems and the big media the chance to marginalize him among all but the the most hard-core conservative, a Cruz would end up as nothing more than Chrstie’s best path to the Republican nomination, by giving him a split vote on the right to go into places like Iowa, New Hampshire and even South Carolina and get early wins or strong second place finishes.

If you’re not ready to bring your A-plus game to the race after having only been in Washington for four months, don’t run. The Dems were doubly tough on Bachmann (and Palin before that) because they see electing the first woman president as a target group opening that also gives their candidate the same sort of false moral authority to get the left-s pet programs done that they promoted for Obama. They can’t let the right take that away, as what happened in England when the first female PM was Thatcher; Cruz faces the same type of attacks (as would Rubio, if he comes to his senses) — the Democrats can’t allow the first Hispanic president to be a Republican; it steals their perceived Absolute Moral Authority card. So a Cruz campaign would face far more attacks than any other conservative hopeful.

jon1979 on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Yeah, whatever.

I’m sure a guy with two Ivy degrees, who worked for Perry and whose wife works for Goldman Sachs, is going to knock himself out fighting crony capitalism.

Seth Halpern on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

One thing is clear, the RINO’s are trying to find trouble in Curz’s past now, heck they and the DNC are swaping tips and spit for sure as we post on this.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Ted Cruz or Rand Paul would be great. They stick to conservative principles unlike the other rats the repubs have in office. Also, I like the way they articulate their positions.

Cruz/Paul 2016 would be awesome! Or Paul/Cruz 2016

Not Rubio ever.

Amjean on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Almost got fired for laughing so loud at this headline.

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You have a job?

darwin on May 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Are you ready for President Ted Cruz?

How soon? Tomorrow? really!

paulsur on May 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I love the fearlessness of Ted Cruz. And I especially enjoy the fact that he consistently annoys the old guard senators in both parties…

dpduq on May 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

don’t you need to be able to read to be a senator

*snickers*

nonpartisan on May 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Dave? Dave Letterman?

darwin on May 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Seth Halpern on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

One fight at a time, there, Seth.

Cleombrotus on May 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

nonpartisan on May 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Apparently not, Obama was in the Senate. He doesn’t even know how to answer a phone call from his ambassador.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Almost got fired for laughing so loud at this headline.

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You have a job?

darwin on May 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

The “gentleman’s club” members like it quiet in the mens room.

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 12:24 PM

If he stays on the right side of the amnesty debate and denounces bank/corporate bailouts, I could support this guy.

voiceofreason on May 1, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Cruz would be a strong candidate. Ivy League grad and fluent in Spanish (right?). He’s also very articulate. All those things do a lot of damage to the Democrat/media’s usual tactics of stupid/racist/crazy. Probably would have to try the same thing they did with Ryan: evil. Didn’t work too well in 2012 despite the overall results with the election.

Also what’s with the Hillary 2016 inevitability stuff? Three terms in a row for parties typically don’t happen unless they get a Reagan-style 3rd term on the coattails of a very popular previous administration. Obama isn’t reviled by a silent majority of the country like conservatives hoped in 2012, but he’s clearly not wildly popular either. And history tells us that by the end of his term, both Obama and Democrat fatigue will be running high unless the country hits its stride in the next 3 years.

LukeinNE on May 1, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Apparently not, Obama was in the Senate. He doesn’t even know how to answer a phone call from his ambassador.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Nah … he can read. He read “corpseman” didn’t he?

darwin on May 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Almost got fired for laughing so loud at this headline.

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Media Matters would fire you for laughing? Gheeze.

nobar on May 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

don’t you need to be able to read to be a senator

*snickers*

nonpartisan on May 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Apparently that is not a requirement for Congress.

What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?

Chris of Rights on May 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

You mean like a guy running who only has a few years in the Illinois legislature, a couple of years in the US Senate, community agitating in the Chicago ghetto? That kind of thin?

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Well, at least he wasnt some semi professional rabble-rouser. But yeah, its similarly thin, though he really made a good first impression.

Valkyriepundit on May 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Allah,

Christie can not run as an R. He just said , AGAIN, last week that president Ocomic is
“totally awesome. He is perfect and he promised that the Boss would call me again! OMG I’m not sure who I love more, Springsteen or Obama! I’m in heaven…” – Christie./

Christie might be a skinny teenage girl (with 80s feathered hair) stuck in a massive man’s body but he is a smart teenage girl. He will be a D.

BoxHead1 on May 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

2016 field is gonna be pretty crowded. What are the odds a moderate squish weasels through? When the time comes, cons had better get behind the best person before its too late.

Jack_Burton on May 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Before we all go all gaga over Senator Cruz, keep in mind that he is bluegill’s new hero.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

don’t you need to be able to read to be a senator

*snickers*

nonpartisan on May 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Apparently that is not a requirement for Congress.

What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?

Chris of Rights on May 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

She really does waddle right into these things, doesn’t she?

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Odd that we have posters who think getting in a fight with RINO’s and commie Democrats and the msm is a bad thing.

How we ever get out of this trap without a fight is beyond me.

The “we” the U.S.A. did not get here because we were/are afraid of a fight.

Now if you want more Clinton, Bush, Obama, go along, tax and spend and end up worse than the Greeks, then bow to the guys who do not want a fight.

But it is now more than your lunch money.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Almost got fired for laughing so loud at this headline.

Allah- How about a Are you ready for president Keith Olbermann? Lololol

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

When did Starbucks start running such a tight ship??

Or is is McDonalds?

BigWyo on May 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

BoxHead1 on May 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

ok I LOL on that image

cmsinaz on May 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Not really off topic, as hardly anything ever is, when the topic is politicos…

Just last week, the Sierra Club announced our support for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants – so we know how important immigration reform is to the future of our country,” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement to ABC News. “The way to achieve reform, however, isn’t by pushing dirty fuel schemes that threaten our future and our families. Mark Zuckerberg has made comments in the past recognizing that we need to pursue a clean energy future, and there is no reason he needs to trade those principles for a few political points.”

How is immigration good for the environment?

They are NOT immigrants – they are illegal aliens. Even the official gov’t documents refer to them as such. Some are criminals. All broke the laws of the land.

Obama is an oaf, who doesn’t respect the laws of the land.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

darwin on May 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

If only he had known he could hire a “Hooked on Phonics” expert and pay them $125K annually. More if he/she could be classified as a czar.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

HAL’s math ain’t good.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

As with all politicians, I am just waiting for him to break my heart.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

That’s horrible, but me too.

melle1228 on May 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

You are damned right I am ready for president Cruz. I am more ready for that than I am a date with Kate Upton.

traye on May 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Both Rubio and Cruz have a little problem called the U.S. Constitution. But hey, we are living with one right now, the second one in history.

De Oppresso Liber on May 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I hope Cruz, Susana Martinez, Ben Carson, Bobby, Rubio all run for president. Then whenever anyone calls us racist all we have to do is to show them a pic of them in a debate. That will drive the media crazy having 5 minority in a “Racist” party.

BroncosRock on May 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

One more thing Ted Cruz knows is a fraud.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

Christy Cream Christy is all down with the CO2 fraud.

Keep it simple, the truth wins, lies die.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Future bumper stickers;

I’m on Cruz control

Cruzing to victory

Sending a Cruz missile to the White House.

Hillary is Cruzin’ for a bruzin’

katy on May 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

They MSM will also have a harder using the tactics they used against Palin. They can’t accuse him of being stupid because that would mean you would have to accuse the ivy league schools of having a bad education, which means Obama’s education sucks.

(1) Cruz graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1992.

(2) Cruz then attended the Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995.

Basically he is our version of Obama, just smarter and more qualified to be the man in charge. All they can do is accuse him of being a jerk…which is what people do when they can argue against someone.

William Eaton on May 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Let’s do it. Today!

kirkill on May 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

As with all politicians, I am just waiting for him to break my heart.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

That’s horrible, but me too.

melle1228 on May 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Meh. You won’t find an un-flawed politician, because there’s no such thing as an un-flawed human. You have to decide for yourself if they are flaws you’re a) happy to overlook, b) willing to overlook, c) will hold your nose and overlook, or d) unwilling to overlook.

As long as I’m in a) or b) territory, I won’t do much whining. GOP Presidential candidates tend to be in c) territory, at best.

Chris of Rights on May 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Future bumper stickers;

I’m on Cruz control

Cruzing to victory

Sending a Cruz missile to the White House.

Hillary is Cruzin’ for a bruzin’

katy on May 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Another example of violent tea party extremism!

/dnc’d

LukeinNE on May 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

You have a job?
darwin on May 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Unlike you who sits by the computer launching ineffective childish attacks all day on HA, YES I DO have a job.

As I have mentioned numerous times on this blog, I only come here during lunch on weekdays and weekends when im bored.

Some of us still need to work to pay the government amenities you unemployed/ retired old tea partiers are enjoying.

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Before we all go all gaga over Senator Cruz, keep in mind that he is bluegill’s new hero.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

LOL– That always makes me feel icky about my love for Cruz..

melle1228 on May 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

The Washington Post‘s Jonathon Capehart said Cruz has firmly established his reputation in his four short months on Capitol Hill. “If there’s bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill it’s that Sen. Cruz is a bit of a jerk, well, maybe he’s not a bit of a jerk, he is a jerk. Democrats don’t like him, but Republicans really can’t stand him.”

Thank you J. Capehart – you offered Cruz the best campaign slogan possible!!!

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Cruz/Walker 2016

That makes my eyes sparkle!

parteagirl on May 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I’m ready for President Fill-in-the-Blank at this point.

morganfrost on May 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Chris of Rights on May 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Stop trying to minimize my break up with Marco Rubio!!!!!!!/////

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

LukeinNE on May 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I’m making TEA as I type fully expecting a visit from the SS.

katy on May 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

William Eaton on May 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

GWB went to Harvard and Yale. Didn’t matter — Molly Ivins drew up the “Bush Iz Stoopid” narrative in 1994 because she was mad about her pal Ann Richards losing her re-election bid, and the national media ran with it.

The big media and the Democratic divide Republican presidential hopefuls into the ‘stupid’ or ‘evil’ category. As of this moment, it looks like the default spin on Cruz is going to be to lump him into the ‘evil’ pile, as sort of the Latino Dick Cheney. But to them, either demonization option remains open, at least now through the 2014 midterms.

jon1979 on May 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

morganfrost on May 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Are you confusing a real person with legislation? ////

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

My advice: laugh a little louder.

avagreen on May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

When did Starbucks start running such a tight ship??
Or is is McDonalds?
BigWyo on May 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

At least those who work at Starbucks and McDonalds still pay taxes. Unlike you who sits home all day watching fox news while posting childish attacks on HA

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Stop trying to minimize my break up with Marco Rubio!!!!!!!/////

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Diet Coke, meet nose. Thanks. :)

Chris of Rights on May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Do you think college students, who by their nature aren’t very fond of the older generations, would go for Hilary? She’s going to be quite ancient by the time of the next election.

Rose on May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Hell yes I’m ready. Did you think all us us are just waiting around for Jeb to declare?

exceller on May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Almost got fired for laughing so loud at this headline.

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You have a job?

darwin on May 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Comrade Soros doesn’t pay his minions to be happy, you know, just to post.

CJ on May 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

He’s replaced Palin as the media’s chief conservative hate object

Nice try. Heh.

wolfsDad on May 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

2. If Cruz jumps in, we could end up with a 2016 field of him, Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Chris Christie. Not one of those guys will have served more than a single term of elected federal office. The oldest of them, Christie, is currently just 50 years old. Whether that’s good or bad, and whether it would have been possible had Obama not won in 2008 as a 47-year-old with not quite four years of Senate experience, I leave to you to decide.

I don’t think age is particularly important.

Bobby Jindal would have an impressive resume, as a two-term Governor who also served three years in Congress, and who worked in the Bush administration. Christie would be a second-term big-state Governor, in addition to his experience as US Attorney.

Experience is an issue, and that could result in problems governing. That could be an issue with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

It is worth noting that three of the last Presidents were among the least experienced ever. Bill Clinton is the only small-state Governor to become President. George W Bush was one of the least powerful Governors in the nation. And Barack Obama spent four years as a part-time Senator. But I don’t see this as worth emulating.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Some of us still need to work to pay the government amenities you unemployed/ retired old tea partiers are enjoying.

HotAirLib on May 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I’ll better your bitterment – I loaf to spite your Utopian dreams, just because I can!!! Paid more than enough for the roads I occasionally use, the moochers/Looters (as in Rand) thay you are, but no more. Obama’s utopian pipedreams deserve no sweat.

Build your Utopia without us!!!

p.s. how old/young anyone here is, or who they are…well, you are a fool.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

A politician who isn’t full of BS. Can the country handle it?

The liberals/media (redundant) will try to destroy him now. Hope he’s squeaky clean.

kim roy on May 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

William Eaton on May 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Democrats/MSM messaging game plan against Republican presidential candidates:

Plan A: The Republican nominee is a dummy. (See: Eisenhower, Dwight; Goldwater, Barry; Ford, Gerald; Reagan, Ronald; Bush, George H.W.; Bush, George W.; and McCain, John M.)

In the event that Plan A is not viable (because the GOP nominee is too transparently well-spoken or went to a high-powered university), then

Plan B: The Republican nominee is an evil genius. (See: Nixon, Richard M. and Romney, W. Mitt)

Robert_Paulson on May 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

You DO know, doncha?

Cleombrotus on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

APACHE brings it and often.

Well, at least he wasnt some semi professional rabble-rouser. But yeah, its similarly thin, though he really made a good first impression.

Valkyriepundit on May 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

He ran as a dang community organizer. I thought that was something like putting bus boy on a resume was the impression I got and I nailed it.

DanMan on May 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

2016 field is gonna be pretty crowded. What are the odds a moderate squish weasels through? When the time comes, cons had better get behind the best person before its too late.

Jack_Burton on May 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

That is the danger….in that case we should Jeb Bush does run so he and Christie can split the establishment, rino, and old good ole boy geezer vote. My fear is all those goof ball primaries in the northeast will go to Christie, despite the fact that none of those states will go GOP in the general election no matter who runs.

Northeast Republicans are always looking for the “Great Yankee Hope”.

William Eaton on May 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Peter Theil is one of Cruz’ best friends, and is leading the charge (Yes he will back him instead of Paul). You really think he is ignorant of Ted’s social conservatism? Give me a break. He knows Cruz is his only chance of landing a libertarian-minded man in the White House. I love Rand Paul but he’s hard to see as president. Cruz will destroy Hillary in the debates. Even leftist Alan Dershowitz (his professor at Harvard) has called him off-the charts-brilliant and a genius debator.

AmeriCuda on May 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

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