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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itsacookbook on May 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Funny and true.

petefrt on May 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

melle1228 on May 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Cruz doesn’t have to play dirty and I don’t recall he ever did in his win over Dewhurst. Dewhurts threw the kitchen sink at Cruz though but ultimately praised him in defeat.

Of course to the left being on the side of truth is playing dirty so if that’s what you meant then yeah, he needs to play dirty.

DanMan on May 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Rightwingers may love Cruz, after all, he likes to shoot his mouth off like Palin. He’s clearly a lot smarter–that’s a low bar–but like Palin he’s not exactly the type of personality to win over voters who aren’t part and parcel of the Republican base. The voters a candidate needs to win nationally.

Meredith on May 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Romney got those voters. How’d that work out again?

totherightofthem on May 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Another example of the fear the msm has of Ted Cruz.

After Ted took Chuckey Smuck Schummer to the wood shed on Chris Wallace’s show , Chris nor any of the others of hack ville will touch him as a guest when a commie or a RINO is there.

They protect their own.

Even John Cornyn got the message, he was all down ready to vote for amnesty and some other RINO shit.

Now he is trying to be more conservative than Ted.

Forced to be a true beliver in spite of his Bush family creeping crud.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Palin and Demint endorsed Paul, Rubio, and Cruz for their senate races. I wonder how that would play out in 2016. Obviously Rubio has immigration hanging over him, and Paul has his foreign policy. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if they held off on their endorsements through the few first primaries.

ritewhit on May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I bet many here will be dissapointed with a Cruz run. He would have to tone down his rhetoric or gain absolutely no traction. Also didn’t he just get in the Senate? I know Rubio and Paul are new to the Senate but at least they have a couple of years on him.

terryannonline on May 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Another Meredith? LOL If you did some research you would have some inkling before making such an uninformed comment.

Don’t we have any better trolls? LOL

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

One of the main issues with Cruz is that his temperament is unpleasant.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

…what kind of paint-waist, cry baby nonsense is this ???????

Seriously, we have Freakin BARRY in the white house, who is the biggest spineless twit SINCE Carter and you are scared of Ted’s ” TEMPERAMENT” ?

SERIOUSLY, a big set of GONADS is what this country needs. NO MORE OF THIS CRY BABY WAHHHHHHH WE NEEED A _NICE_ MAN nonsense. NO DAMNIT, we are BROKE, losing freedom and need someone to crack the damn whip and tell idiot left wing senators and OTHER candidates to grow the F&*CK UP!

TX-96 on May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Cruz will never be President.

Getting the hype from those that poison everything hardly insures a bright future.

But hey, you got Obama two terms. Might as well get Hillary Clinton, or whatever commie the left wing crazy override her with this time, two terms. At least you are consistent.

Moesart on May 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Will Mitt Romney ever be president? This is an easy one, since, like, the election is over, so I’m gonna have to ask for a quick answer.

Dongemaharu on May 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Even John Cornyn got the message, he was all down ready to vote for amnesty and some other RINO shit.

Now he is trying to be more conservative than Ted.

Forced to be a true beliver in spite of his Bush family creeping crud.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

I know, LOL You don’t think it has anything to do with Cornyn’s re-election do you? Ha-Ha

He’s sticking closer to Ted Cruz like McConnell is to Rand Paul.

Speaking of which, I didn’t appreciate Rand Paul endorsing McConnell over the Tea Party Candidate in KY.

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Ted Cruz’s presence did to John Cornyn what that farmer did to the mule with a 2×4. He got his attention and Cornyn reacted well. Got to agree with APACHE again.

DanMan on May 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Wow. Did I stumble into the wrong room and end up in the vagiina monologues?
Look at all the spineless jackovs on our side of the aisle.
Pathetic.

RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Rightwingers may love Cruz, after all, he likes to shoot his mouth off like Palin. He’s clearly a lot smarter–that’s a low bar–but like Palin he’s not exactly the type of personality to win over voters who aren’t part and parcel of the Republican base. The voters a candidate needs to win nationally.

Meredith on May 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Romney got those voters. How’d that work out again?

totherightofthem on May 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

You know who else likes to shoot off her mouth?

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM

She is sesqui in disguise…that means exactly zero, that she pretends to ‘like’ Cruz.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I did not know that. I’ll be sure to remember it, though. I still love Cruz, regardless of who she is. ;-)

totherightofthem on May 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Where is bluegill? Have we not said Palin the requisite number of times?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Let’s try it ala Beatlejuice:

Palin! Palin! Palin!

TitularHead on May 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

NO DAMNIT, we are BROKE, losing freedom and need someone to crack the damn whip and tell idiot left wing senators and OTHER candidates to grow the F&*CK UP!

TX-96 on May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Amen to that!!! I love an intelligent rant!!!

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Well, one step closer to President Hillary Clinton if Cruz is doing his shtick for the whole country in primary debates.
Karl Rove’s doing a face-palm somewhere.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Funny, I was thinking csdeven.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 1:52 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

Obama’s problem wasn’t his lack of experience, it was his ideology. With 4 1/2 years of presidential experience under his belt, it still is.

I bet many here will be dissapointed with a Cruz run. He would have to tone down his rhetoric or gain absolutely no traction.

Translation: This Cruz guy is a little too conservative for me, so I’m going to repeat bogus talking points about a guy I’ve never actually heard speak about…well, anything.

Also didn’t he just get in the Senate? I know Rubio and Paul are new to the Senate but at least they have a couple of years on him.

terryannonline

I didn’t realize one was required to serve in the senate for any length of time before being president. I guess that’s why Reagan was such a horrible president.

xblade on May 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Hmmmm, candidate Clinton, even I’m going to get sick of hearing her ask “What difference does it make?”

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Well, one step closer to President Hillary Clinton if Cruz is doing his shtick for the whole country in primary debates.
Karl Rove’s doing a face-palm somewhere.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

See what I mean.

RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

One of the main issues with Cruz is that his temperament is unpleasant.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Sen. Feinstein agrees…

workingclass artist on May 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Well, one step closer to President Hillary Clinton if Cruz is doing his shtick for the whole country in primary debates.
Karl Rove’s doing a face-palm somewhere.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Yeah because the country needs another President who will stay asleep while its ambassadors are being killed overseas..

melle1228 on May 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

different potential candidate, same reprobate mobys.

tom daschle concerned on May 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

xblade on May 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I seriously think Obama is stupid. People can trot out all his diplomas and accolades but you will never convince me that he isn’t just the figment of their imaginations and devoted minions p.r..

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Hmmmm, candidate Clinton, even I’m going to get sick of hearing her ask “What difference does it make?”

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Just roll the Benghazi whistle blower testimony coming up with a constantly ringing red phone and Billy Jeff running naked out of the Oval Office over and over again.

RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

One of the main issues with Cruz is that his temperament is unpleasant.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Sen. Feinstein agrees…

workingclass artist on May 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Don’t call her ma’am. /

RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

There are 2 reasons why she will not win.

1: Health. It’s unlikely that with her deteriorating health Killary will run.

2: Lack of spotlight. You’ll note that she has been staying out of the limelight. Maybe she doesn’t want it.

nobar on May 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

I seriously think Obama is stupid. People can trot out all his diplomas and accolades but you will never convince me that he isn’t just the figment of their imaginations and devoted minions p.r..

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I agree. He’s not that smart at all. He can get away with his BS because the overwhelming majority of the media has been coddling him.

Dongemaharu on May 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Sen. Feinstein agrees…

workingclass artist on May 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

That was probably the worst day in the Senate for her, LOL

I loved how Cruz made his points which caused her to throw a tantrum, LOL

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Maybe we could get a Cruz/Clinton debate preview if she testifies about Benghazi in the senate again.

ritewhit on May 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I bet many here will be dissapointed with a Cruz run. He would have to tone down his rhetoric or gain absolutely no traction. Also didn’t he just get in the Senate? I know Rubio and Paul are new to the Senate but at least they have a couple of years on him.

terryannonline on May 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Yeah, that’s what people who just had their azz handed to them usually say.

itsacookbook on May 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I loved how Cruz made his points which caused her to throw a tantrum, LOL

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Her lawyers had to whisper in her ears what to answer. It was pure joy.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I’m betting that you are.

Very possibly so.

FloatingRock on May 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Don’t call her ma’am. /

RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

That was Boxer.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Horrific timing, for you.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

My cat has a greater chance of being president than this guy. He doesn’t have a friend in Washington who will stand by him. Good luck Ted!

rubberneck on May 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

The Mittbots are as sick as the leftists.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Her lawyers had to whisper in her ears what to answer. It was pure joy.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I think any Candidate for the House or Senate need to qualify.
Seems as if she and many others just occupy a seat and join the power brokers, i.e. RINOS/DEMS.

Remember all of the States that had qualfications before a Presidential Candidate could be on the ballot? VA comes to mind.

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Rubio is beginning to go bald, Cruz looks good in the hair department.

Advantage, Cruz.

El_Terrible on May 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

And unlike Obama, Cruz has voted other than “present”.

kirkill on May 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Stick with the Governors. They know how to manage.

Walker, Jindel, Palin.

WisRich on May 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

My gosh. Are you “Romney supporters” allergic to Conservatives…or are you (not so) secretly…gasp…just plain Liberals in Moderate clothing?

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

My cat has a greater chance of being president than this guy. He doesn’t have a friend in Washington who will stand by him. Good luck Ted!

Most likely. It’d be better for him with that aspiration to run for and win a governorship and administer that well enough to make it to the presidential level. Not that the GOP elite would stand with him. He’d have to have a successful Reagan-like populist run at the office.

Difficult to repeat that.

hawkeye54 on May 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

My cat has a greater chance of being president than this guy. He doesn’t have a friend in Washington who will stand by him. Good luck Ted!

rubberneck on May 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

“Friends” in D.C. tend to stand behind someone to better position themselves for back-stabbing.

And if it’s true, then that’s a great recommendation. Who wants a president who is best buddies with the likes of the politicians in D.C.?

INC on May 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I seriously think Obama is stupid. People can trot out all his diplomas and accolades but you will never convince me that he isn’t just the figment of their imaginations and devoted minions p.r..

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I agree. He’s not that smart at all. He can get away with his BS because the overwhelming majority of the media has been coddling him.

Dongemaharu

I agree. I’ve never thought he was a great intellect and all the left that is so in love with him were just fooling themselves. Some Doc wrote an article about how he assumes the affectations of intellectuals and repeats the language and mannerisms. Artificiality. The best you can say about him is he’s a passable mimic?

JAM on May 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I would vote for Cruz. The minute he’s got his PAC set up, I’ll be sending him some money. The man is a staunch conservative, loves his country, loves the Lord, loves the family, and isn’t afraid to beat the libs at their own game of mockery.

Run, Cruz, run!

JoseQuinones on May 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

My gosh. Are you “Romney supporters” allergic to Conservatives…or are you (not so) secretly…gasp…just plain Liberals in Moderate clothing?

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Just idiots, doing the same thing, expecting different results.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Don’t call her ma’am. /
RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM
That was Boxer.
Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

What difference does it make?? /

RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

He doesn’t have a friend in Washington who will stand by him. Good luck Ted!

rubberneck on May 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Feature, not bug

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

My cat has a greater chance of being president than this guy. He doesn’t have a friend in Washington who will stand by him. Good luck Ted!

rubberneck on May 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

You might be surprised how many new friends a popular politician can find in DC!

Jaibones on May 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Cruz is one of the brightest minds in DC. Him, Paul, and Ryan are probably the brightest we have in there.

El_Terrible on May 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

My gosh. Are you “Romney supporters” allergic to Conservatives…or are you (not so) secretly…gasp…just plain Liberals in Moderate clothing?

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Kinda tells you a little something doesn’t it that the most rabid Romney supporters like Meredith don’t like Cruz..

melle1228 on May 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Is four years too early for me to cast my ballot?

I have a sneaking suspicion that beltway conservatives will unite and push Jeb long enough and hard enough that he’ll end up as the Romney of 2016. And he’ll lose…horribly.

SAMinVA on May 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

My gosh. Are you “Romney supporters” allergic to Conservatives…or are you (not so) secretly…gasp…just plain Liberals in Moderate clothing?

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I think they are the same ones as before. Whoever we are against, they are for. The difference is we were right, LOL

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Great post, AP.

peski on May 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

“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.”…

This is the difference between what we have been allowing low info voters on our side, mealy mouth squishes, and NH to saddle us with….Cruz doesn’t back down from his beliefs and his beliefs square with conservatives. There is already a party for the squishy rinos in our midst. Its head honcho loves to golf and God Bless baby killing industries.

RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Well, one step closer to President Hillary Clinton if Cruz is doing his shtick for the whole country in primary debates.
Karl Rove’s doing a face-palm somewhere.

verbaluce on May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Good. Karl Rove is a freaking idiot. We see how well his suggestions have worked so far… 2008… 2012…

dominigan on May 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM

My cat has a greater chance of being president than this guy. He doesn’t have a friend in Washington who will stand by him. Good luck Ted!

rubberneck on May 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

As President Truman so famously said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.

totherightofthem on May 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I would vote for Cruz. The minute he’s got his PAC set up, I’ll be sending him some money. The man is a staunch conservative, loves his country, loves the Lord, loves the family, and isn’t afraid to beat the libs at their own game of mockery.

Run, Cruz, run!

JoseQuinones on May 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Right on all points!!

http://jobsgrowth.org/ His PAC

He has a poll up also if you want to participate.

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

…what kind of paint-waist, cry baby nonsense is this ???????

Seriously, we have Freakin BARRY in the white house, who is the biggest spineless twit SINCE Carter and you are scared of Ted’s ” TEMPERAMENT” ?

SERIOUSLY, a big set of GONADS is what this country needs. NO MORE OF THIS CRY BABY WAHHHHHHH WE NEEED A _NICE_ MAN nonsense. NO DAMNIT, we are BROKE, losing freedom and need someone to crack the damn whip and tell idiot left wing senators and OTHER candidates to grow the F&*CK UP!

TX-96 on May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

That type of attitude could mean we lose an election that we would otherwise win.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Cruz is one of the brightest minds in DC. Him, Paul, and Ryan are probably the brightest we have in there.

El_Terrible on May 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Don’t forget Mike Lee of Utah. He’s not too shabby either:-)

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

2: Lack of spotlight. You’ll note that she has been staying out of the limelight. Maybe she doesn’t want it.

nobar on May 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Just like a cockroach…

dominigan on May 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I have a sneaking suspicion that beltway conservatives will unite and push Jeb long enough and hard enough that he’ll end up as the Romney of 2016. And he’ll lose…horribly.

SAMinVA on May 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

We won’t vote for him, at least I won’t.

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Maybe Cruz will run…I wished our party would unite behind one candidate..but no, we’ll have a bloody primary and each one will be destroyed as they were in 2012. And no a white man won’t win the WH…that’s over and done as well.

Dems have already united behind Hillary. Over and done.

Redford on May 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

TX-96 on May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

That type of attitude could mean we lose an election that we would otherwise win.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

No, you have it backwards; we would win!!! Remember Romney? McCain? Dole?

bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

…what kind of paint-waist, cry baby nonsense is this ???????

Seriously, we have Freakin BARRY in the white house, who is the biggest spineless twit SINCE Carter and you are scared of Ted’s ” TEMPERAMENT” ?

SERIOUSLY, a big set of GONADS is what this country needs. NO MORE OF THIS CRY BABY WAHHHHHHH WE NEEED A _NICE_ MAN nonsense. NO DAMNIT, we are BROKE, losing freedom and need someone to crack the damn whip and tell idiot left wing senators and OTHER candidates to grow the F&*CK UP!

TX-96 on May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

That type of attitude could mean we lose an election that we would otherwise win.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Yeah, because milquetoast and bland has scored us many a smashing victory in the past.

squint on May 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

That type of attitude could mean we lose an election that we would otherwise win.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Hate to tell you son, but the American people are hurting and desperate for someone to come out swinging for the fences promoting American exceptionalism and d@mn the rest of the world! It’s the manicured panty-wastes that are scaring off voters.

Right now I’d vote for my dog if he would stand up to Obama and ask if the reason he ran arms for the Mexican drug cartels was because they offered him and his gang some free blow!

dominigan on May 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

…what kind of paint-waist, cry baby nonsense is this ???????
Seriously, we have Freakin BARRY in the white house, who is the biggest spineless twit SINCE Carter and you are scared of Ted’s ” TEMPERAMENT” ?
SERIOUSLY, a big set of GONADS is what this country needs. NO MORE OF THIS CRY BABY WAHHHHHHH WE NEEED A _NICE_ MAN nonsense. NO DAMNIT, we are BROKE, losing freedom and need someone to crack the damn whip and tell idiot left wing senators and OTHER candidates to grow the F&*CK UP!
TX-96 on May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM
That type of attitude could mean we lose an election that we would otherwise win.
Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Yeah, that Romney is doing such a great job in his first 100 days. Oh wait.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

RovesChins on May 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

He doesn’t have a friend in Washington who will stand by him. Good luck Ted!

rubberneck on May 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

You say that like it’s a bad thing.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

All we need now is Gunlock Bill, Jailbreak, and the fish to show back up.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The best you can say about him is he’s a passable mimic?

JAM on May 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

And that’s debatable sans teleprompter.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Hell yes I’m ready for President Ted Cruz. I doubt this nation of assclowns that reelected Obama is, but I sure am.

Kataklysmic on May 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

That type of attitude could mean we lose an election that we would otherwise win.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Actually I believe it is quite the opposite. Don’t you people find it funny that Bush’s popularity was so high when he was accused of being the cowboy. It was only when he got squishy and let the left push the narrative that his popularity went down.

And we lost with both Romney and McCain who let Obama push the narrative and they played nice..

melle1228 on May 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I’d like to see a Cruz missile land in D.C.

D-fusit on May 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I’m in.

Fallon on May 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Maybe Cruz will run…I wished our party would unite behind one candidate..but no, we’ll have a bloody primary and each one will be destroyed as they were in 2012. And no a white man won’t win the WH…that’s over and done as well.

Dems have already united behind Hillary. Over and done.

Redford on May 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Maybe if we didn’t act like Monty Python’s King Arthur, and scream, “RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!” whenever the media tells us a candidate is too damaged to win (considering that they are the ones who did the damaging with that very purpose in mind).

squint on May 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

This is the best thing I’ve heard since Sarah was nominated!

SMACKRUNNER on May 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Way too far out from even the primaries for me to start supporting neophyte senator no matter how much I may like and/or agree with him on particular issues.

If Christie jumps in, his path is clear: Woo the centrists and hope that the conservatives split.

If Christie jumps in, conservatives split and he gets the nod the democrats win the general. Think there were a lot of grass roots who stayed home in 2012? Christie’s anti-gun screeds alone will keep a massive chunk of this very red area home on election day.

deepdiver on May 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

If he’s got executive experience I’m for him!

Iblis on May 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Cruz/Paul would be like a dream. There is so much good talent out there; a Paul/Cruz White House could work with the talent at the Governorship level to get things done. Love what Jindal is doing for his state’s taxes and how Walker handled the union question. Almost sad to see any of them leave those positions.

antisense on May 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM

That type of attitude could mean we lose an election that we would otherwise win.

Mister Mets on May 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Romneybots are silly people.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

If Christie jumps in, conservatives split and he gets the nod the democrats win the general. Think there were a lot of grass roots who stayed home in 2012? Christie’s anti-gun screeds alone will keep a massive chunk of this very red area home on election day.

deepdiver on May 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Oh sure, another one of these “centrist” tantrums, and the GOP can complete their journey to utter Whig-dom.

squint on May 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

One thing I can say about Cruz after reading the comments in this thread…

He’s hated by all the right trolls and ninnies.

trigon on May 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

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

Worth keeping in mind until dust settles

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…
jon1979 on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Either he already learned that, or the Club is using him as front by pretending to hate him. Takes your pick

Do you think college students, who by their nature aren’t very fond of the older generations, would go for Hilary?
Rose on May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

IF they believe she truly is a lesbian. This is their battle flag

Romney already gave his donor list to Christie, LOL
That’s what Levin reported last night anyway.
bluefox on May 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Can’t pretend he didnt do it. Maybe Pravda was right, ‘Romily’ was intended to lose

Not that the GOP elite would stand with him. He’d have to have a successful Reagan-like populist run at the office.
Difficult to repeat that.
hawkeye54 on May 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Any real conservative will have to do this to win in current climate

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

I agree. He chooses wisely. He doesnt make body language mistakes, or deer in headlights like Perry trying to reconcile his way out of a trap

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

Sing it

entagor on May 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

I am a huge fan of Sen.Cruz and he is my first choice, and if you follow Mark Levin he also called him “President-I mean Senator Ted Cruz”… Unfortunately, Cruz is not the problem. Rinos and bipolar Republicans are. After the low turn out for Romney who would have been the better choice than President ODumbo, I have absolutely no confidence in the Republican party or people on the right.

Down here in Florida there is a protest at Rubio’s speech going on in 2 hours located about 20 minutes from my house-by conservatives. Rubio is toast due to immigration and I do not believe he will recover. Rand Paul is ok, but Cruz is a superstar, just read his resume.

It’s too bad we are surrounded by fools and I am fed up while Odumbo destroys the country I love.

But, just like the two Hobbits carrying the ring, all my hopes rest on CRUZ. I hope he runs and all our self destructive Republicans get out of the way and let a real leader ARISE.

CRUZ 2016

djn on May 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I would vote for Cruz. The minute he’s got his PAC set up, I’ll be sending him some money. The man is a staunch conservative, loves his country, loves the Lord, loves the family, and isn’t afraid to beat the libs at their own game of mockery.

Run, Cruz, run!

JoseQuinones on May 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Queue the cruz_sitting,_mccain_dancing_with_schummer_at_obama_speech.gif

We need that attitude, good post.

LaughterJones on May 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

If Christie jumps in, conservatives split and he gets the nod the democrats win the general. Think there were a lot of grass roots who stayed home in 2012? Christie’s anti-gun screeds alone will keep a massive chunk of this very red area home on election day.

deepdiver on May 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Why would conservatives split over Christie? Which conservatives will vote for him? None.

I think Christie will implode before 2016.

I think Jeb will as well because Common Core is going to be such a financial and educational fiasco, and he’s been out shilling for it.

INC on May 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Monday, March 25, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz Is Not a “Natural Born Citizen” and Therefore Not Eligible to Be President

By Mario Apuzzo, Esq.

March 25, 2013

http://puzo1.blogspot.com/2013/03/senator-ted-cruz-is-not-natural-born.html

ABLOGMAN on May 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM

As a fellow Alberta-born, I approve of Ted Cruz’s candidacy.

Alberta_Patriot on May 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM

I think Christie will implode before 2016.

I am honestly wondering if Christie will change parties. He seems to be on that track. He has zero chance of going national at this point as a Republican.

I think Jeb will as well because Common Core is going to be such a financial and educational fiasco, and he’s been out shilling for it.

INC on May 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

I had originally been sure Jeb would run in 2016, but Rubio seems to be sucking up all the “airtime” right now. If Rubio implodes over his amnesty bill, though, I think Jeb wins by default simply because the establishment won’t have anyone else to run. And with the latest news out of Boston, I think the amnesty bill might actually fail, so Rubio may be in trouble.

I would love to see some polls showing Rubio’s favorability numbers right now (or better yet, a series of polls showing their performance over time), and I’m kind of wondering why they haven’t been run.

Doomberg on May 1, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Be afraid, squishes and lefties… Be very afraid.

applebutter on May 1, 2013 at 4:04 PM

applebutter,

Depeans will be much in need.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The fact that he was born in Canada will bring out some Birther stupidity too.

Why such hostility towards the Constitution?

Buddahpundit on May 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Well, let me ask a question WITHOUT everyone having a meltdown. If obama was born in Kenya, would he still be considered eligible under our Constitution? He was born to one US citizen and one non-US citizen regardless, right?

Cruz was born in Canada to one US citizen and one Cuban national.

To be a natural born US citizen I’m guessing you at least have to be born in THIS country. BTW, I love Cruz so far. To be a citizen (or dual) with the same rights AS a natural born citizen you only need one US citizen parent. Same rights “AS”. That “as” is important I believe.

In an effort (some time back) to understand the whole anti-birther v. birther battle, I read everything both sides put out, plus did some research on my own. I came across that phrase, “same rights AS a natural born citizen”, over and over when the topic of birthplace, parental citizenship, allegiance, birthright, etc. came up. That same phrase is used by our own State Dept. when referencing “dual citizenship”, and Cruz was definitely born with dual nationality.

So, is AS the exact same thing as IS?

Let the bashing begin.

GrandeMe on May 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Why yes, yes I am ready for an honest-to-goodness, non-squishy, conservative leader as president.

Run Cruz run!!!!!!!!!!!

Conservchik on May 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

GrandeMe on May 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Before you wet yourself, read this carefully. AP linked to it, above.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Cruz was born in Canada. As a naturalized citizen I was always under the impression I could never run for POTUS.

I heard some arguments that one of Cruz’s parents is a US citizen by birth so that’s ok. I don’t think that is true. If Rubio is catching hell already for being actually born in the country but have parents that weren’t – urgh.

I think he would make a decent candidate but the mainstream media will devour the Canadian thing before he knows what hits him. On the other hand – we can all cry racism when they do.

Mangofish26 on May 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I have no idea why you think that is relevant. It was referencing if a person would be considered a US citizen at all, not “natural born citizen”.

I stated that having one US parent makes one a US citizen (according to our State Dept and law), HOWEVER, a distinction has been made through the various types of citizenship – which gives you the same rights AS a natural born citizen. That is said about a naturalized citizen as well, but a naturalized citizen certainly can’t be said to have ever been a “natural born citizen”.

The original wording for the Constitution simply stated “born a citizen”, then that was changed to “natural born citizen”. And many of the older writings, pamphlets, court records, deal with the issue of children born in England (for example) to traveling US parents, as well as children born here to parents visiting from England. That’s where the whole, “same rights AS a natural born citizen” first came up in my research.

If you wish to read something interesting as well as official on the topic of dual citizenship; http://careers.state.gov/uploads/7a/3e/7a3e09941d0d9861c0906b45b2af86d2/DualCitizenship.pdf

GrandeMe on May 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Seriously, we have Freakin BARRY in the white house, who is the biggest spineless twit SINCE Carter and you are scared of Ted’s ” TEMPERAMENT” ?

SERIOUSLY, a big set of GONADS is what this country needs. NO MORE OF THIS CRY BABY WAHHHHHHH WE NEEED A _NICE_ MAN nonsense. NO DAMNIT, we are BROKE, losing freedom and need someone to crack the damn whip and tell idiot left wing senators and OTHER candidates to grow the F&*CK UP!

TX-96 on May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Thank you, TX-96. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Burke on May 1, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I believe the original intent of the rule, written when many of our new citizens had been born elsewhere, was to ensure some English upstart couldn’t run for president and has exceeded its self-life in the following 2 centuries, but the battle will be uphill and his to lose.

As much as I love Ted (I’m a Texan) the Canada birth is probably a show stopper. At the very least the Left won’t let up until the Supreme Court decides.

Of course if Cruz DOES qualify does that make thee parents of “anchor babies” equally eligible to run for president?

Any lawyers want to weigh-in?

E9RET on May 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

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