Ted Cruz Is Unelectable, So Why Is He Running For President?


Well gang, it’s officially here. It’s Presidential primary season! The festivities got off to a real bang early Monday morning with the first hat thrown conclusively into the ring. That Stetson belongs to Texas’ junior Senator and government shutdown advocator Ted Cruz. Ending months of very little suspense, Cruz tweeted “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” to his 370,000 followers.

In a piece entitled Ted Cruz Hopes Early Campaign Entry Will Focus Voters’ Attention, writers Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times quote longtime Republican strategist Dave Carney as saying, “It’s the shiny object principle. He wants to be first, get in the conversation, not show any doubt or hesitation.” If there are two things at which Cruz excels, it is the use of shiny objects to distract constituents from real issues and a refusal to second guess himself. Thus the announcement bore a fitting similarity to the man making it.

After capturing the zeitgeist and the ire of lawmakers from both parties during October 2013’s partial government shutdown, GOP rainmakers no less authoritative than longtime Arizona Senator John McCain labeled Cruz’s pointless stoking of the House, “a fool’s errand.” New York Republican Congressman Peter King minced a few less words in observing, “My sound bite is to say he’s a fraud…I start with that, and then I go on. It takes me two or three minutes to explain it.”

With just three years on the Senate floor, Cruz has certainly cut some kind of figure. Love him or hate him, he’s made sure we all know his name. However when it comes to gearing up for general elections, it’s easy to dissipate into a footnote. As the Times piece notes,in recent months, Mr. Cruz has been overshadowed by other potential Republican candidates in the early competition for donors, staff, volunteers and news coverage. Most notably, Mr. Walker has drawn attention from those interested in an alternative to former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.”

There are only so many right wing base unifying government shutdowns a man can leverage. Unfortunately for Cruz he’s now going to have to deal with highly skeptical Republican moderates who rightfully question whether the Senator’s loyalties lie with the nation – or with number one.

Though numerous GOP strategists have concluded that a prolonged primary season is bad business for the party (as it was in 2012 when Romney’s conservative pandering pivot fell completely flat), this part of the show is actually kind of fun for the rest of us. As our own Jason Easley wrote this week, disingenuous circus clown Donald Trump beat low-class liberals to the fray by immediately launching a fake birther conversation about Cruz’s legal right to run. Whee!

And if there’s anything more delightful than watching a senior statesman with a long record of accomplishment flat out dismiss the idea of a one-trick narcissist in the Oval Office, I’ve yet to discover it. On this past Sunday’s edition of NBC’s Meet the Press while addressing the topic of climate change, California Governor Jerry Brown told host Chuck Todd, “That man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data. It’s shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office.”

Here’s the thing though. I struggle to believe that Cruz is delusional enough to think he can win the nomination. Smarmy and dangerous? Yes. Stupid? Not at all. He pulled in just 4 percent of Republican primary voters in the latest CNN/ORC poll. And as I’ve argued already, the support of the GOP establishment is far from guaranteed. So why put himself and his family through the grueling, often humiliating process that is party vetting?

I offer that Cruz and Trump are actually fairly similar. Ignore either man too long and like a pouty puppy, he’s going to do something to get attention. The conversation has shifted away from Cruz for far too long. He can stand the ignominy of primary season. He can handle being called “a wacko bird” by McCain. But what he can’t suffer is our silence. That gnawing, aching need for limelight, even more so than Cruz’s disingenuous flouting of science in exchange for base adoration, is what makes him unfit to lead. See: Sarah Palin 2008.

45 Replies to “Ted Cruz Is Unelectable, So Why Is He Running For President?”

  1. I just have one argument with this fine article. There are no republican moderates. As soon as we point that fact out the Nation will be much better off

  2. To line his pockets/fill his coffers and build up his fundraising list, the same way he did when he put on that fake filibuster

    He knows how to play the manipulate the “damn fool” vote very well…

  3. Plain and simple Cruse is running because he’s Insane; he has lots of like minded followers called tea baggers.

  4. 1. To please his daddy or, in his case, follow orders as given by daddy.

    2. Ego–gratification as a martyr, wearing his flim-flam badge of honor while loosing to Hillary.

    3. The voices in his head made the decision to run, he didn’t!

  5. Cruz is a narcissistic psychopath who spent his life being told by his father (a psycho-pastor), that he was the savior of the world. That is why he’s running. He is nuts and believes, truly, that he will be the next President of the US. His daddy told him so and got the word directly from God.

  6. Cruz is, unfortunately, an American citizen by birth. Even tho he was born in Canada, his mother was an American. He is, therefore, a naturally born citizen of the United States (as the definition of that stands right now). That’s why McCain was able to run even though he was born in Panama – both his parents are Americans and he was born on a US installation in Panama.

  7. Why is Ted Cruz running? Well besides the fact he’s been listening to his uber-out there father’s “prophecy”, I think Cruz is a distraction from the other soon-to-announce candidates who also need even closer watching. Like Scott Walker. SCOTUS just upheld Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law – and that’s on top of what Walker’s done to Wisconsin. Rand Paul I’m sure will announce, but I don’t think Mr. Misinformation has enough steam either. We all need to be aware and alert to ALL the GOTP candidates.

  8. He’s a grifter. There is much money to be made running for President. Always follow the money.

  9. Cruz is probably hoping to create a cult out of the Tea Party, religious nut-jobs who think religious freedom is to force their beliefs on others and Fox News viewers to turn this country into a strict Christain theocracy for him to be in control of.

  10. Ted cruz is’nt to concerned about the environment, womens rights or the minimum wage, WOW, Just the man we need

  11. Under the Constitution, he is eligible to run, with the following stipulation, and I quote:

    “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President, with one exception. If the candidate is a natural born jackass from Canada, said candidate must run on all fours.”

  12. If Ted Cruz is a narcissist, which I don’t doubt for one minute, why doesn’t he just go into the Bible-thumping business like his dear old daddy? He’d garner lots of money and adoration, I’m sure. I hate to say it, but I think there is more behind this than just vainglory.

  13. The New York Times editorial board:
    [I]f you know Mr. Cruz, or are familiar with how government is supposed to work, or with reality in general, you’ll find some of his imaginaries problematic, like abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, sealing the border, or “repealing every word of Obamacare.”
    “Imagine a federal government that works to defend the sanctity of human life and to uphold the sacrament of marriage,” he said. But Mr. Cruz says he is a champion of personal liberty, too, and gay people who love each other are demanding their liberty to marry, just not in a way he finds acceptable. No data support Mr. Cruz’s claim that insurance premiums are “skyrocketing” under Obamacare. Immigrants, legal and otherwise, are building this country, and efforts to vacuum-seal the border would continue to fail, and the country would suffer from its hostility to its immigrants no matter what Mr. Cruz says. The rest of the world, of course, is indifferent to one Republican’s oratorical dog whistles. The global climate will keep changing, and causing calamities, with or without the acknowledgment of Mr. Cruz and his fellow climate know-nothings.

    Mr. Cruz’s speech was an exercise in crowd-pleasing dissonance; the contradictions slip by if you’re not paying attention. America is great but needs to be made great again. Privacy is sacrosanct, and government should not get between you and your doctor, unless you’re a woman who wants to avoid or end a pregnancy. Mr. Cruz wants to repeal programs that protect some immigrants from deportation, but he has also said in the past that Republicans need to do better with Hispanic voters or risk extinction as a national party. His federalist views are incoherent: he wants states to be free to experiment with marijuana legalization, but attacked Mr. Obama for not cracking down on states that do so.

  14. Quite frankly, I believe Cruz’s campaign is a ruse by the GOP overlords to “ramp up” support for their “fair-haired darling” Jeb Bush. By putting such misfits as Cruz, Palin, Trump, Bachmann, etc into the running, it would make “Baby Bruddah Boosh” seem all that more palatable to the average Republican. Once Baby Bush hits the ground running, there will be little resistance by the GOP public to cast their vote for him.

  15. The Onion chimes in:

    Texas senator Ted Cruz announced Monday that he will run for president in 2016, becoming the first Republican politician to officially declare his candidacy. Here is what you should know about the first-term senator:
    Political Positions: Deafening
    Ethnicity: White enough
    Supporters: Those people from high school who got married when they were 18
    Speaks: Spanish, English, Tongues
    Campaign Slogan: “I’m Ted Cruz”
    Likelihood Of Becoming President: Huckabeesque

  16. I completely agree! His benefactress, Sarah Palin has made a career out of fleecing the rubes. His “roll out” at Liberty University was nothing more than a side show with him as the carnival barker. Wait until the national media focuses on his father and some of the garbage he has spewed, he will turn out to be Cruz’s “Reverend Wright”!

  17. What pisses me off the most is this sorry son of a bitch does not have to resign his senate seat in his failed run for President.

  18. Why anyone would vote for this guy is beyond me. To me, he looks like some kind of winy little kid. I just could not bare to see him trying to stare down a powerful leader with that cry baby face.

  19. http://books.google.com/books?id=WfgFQTUZ9cEC&pg=PA74&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=2#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Chapter on “Incubation” from a book called “Prophetic Charisma” by Len Oakes; very detailed study on how children are raised by narcissist (Chapter 3) who pass on their “path of greatness” to their chosen child for future “greatness” as a future charismatic leader.

    Although this book was written in the 90’s after the serine gas event in Japan, the psychological theoretical model still stands as a blueprint of how radical fundamentalist behavior patterns brew withing family dynamics until a “chosen one” is molded.

    The only way to stop the aberrant charismatic Cruz is to expose, in excruciating detail, his childhood with the current results, AND, create a campaign to make him that “unpopular guy” (kiss of death).

    Keep in mind, GOP tried this model on Obama, but, Obama does not fit the Oakes’ model, therefore, it never hit home or resonated! Haha…fools.

  20. He may be hoping to ride someone else’s coattails as VP.
    But I doubt that will work. Who would be that dumb to pick him as running mate?
    It would be political suicide.

  21. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room Monday afternoon and when Wolf Blitzer asked him to explain his statement that compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to a “carnival barker,” the Republican congressman opted not to walk back his comments but instead take about a dozen steps forward.

    “We need intelligent debate in the country. Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate,” King said. “He oversimplifies, he exaggerates and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of 2013. He has shown no qualifications, no legislation being passed, doesn’t provide leadership and he has no real experience. So, to me, he is just a guy with a big mouth and no results.”

    But would King support Cruz if he ended up becoming the Republican Party nominee for 2016?

    “I hope that day never comes,” King told Blitzer. “I will jump off that bridge when we come to it.”

  22. … why is he running? Because he’ll make the prospect of neo-liberal, uber-rightist, Jeb Bush marginally less depressing and marginally less worrisome comparatively, than it would otherwise be. As a narcissist, Cruz is easy to manipulate and maybe Rove and co’ will toss him a bone down the line for his play. Who would ever assassinate Jeb with Cray Cray Cruz as VP?

  23. The word is MONEY.

    Ted Cruz is a Grifter.

    Any Village Idiot STUPID enough to believe
    the Teabagger Bullshit will send Him money.

    No Thinking Involved.
    No Questions asked.

  24. Agree completely. Cruz is a classic con man grifter, spewing the red meat to fleece the poor bitter rubes living paycheck to paycheck in the Kentucky and Tennessee hollows.
    He also wants the big donors, but the other Kochwhores beat him to it. So his pitch is to the lowest common denominator: hate and ignorance.

  25. Talking about unelectable. The Reich’s house negro really is stupid
    What If Sarah Palin Were a Brain Surgeon?

    Until two years ago, Ben Carson was a mild-mannered neurosurgeon—a hero to black America, the subject of a tender made-for-TV movie. Then he started raving about Nazis and America’s demise. Now he’s the Tea Party’s great White House hope—and the GOP’s worst nightmare. Never mind that he’s never been elected to anything: Being president, Carson says, ain’t exactly brain surgery


  26. in 1980 many people said ronald reagon had no chance of being elected president. They said he was to conservative. he ended up being one of the most popular and admired president ever. many people said Barack Obama had no chance because he was to liberal. He was elected twice. it is very foolhardy to say someone has no chance. no one can fortell the future. I believe the odds are very much against Cruz. but anything can happen.

  27. ….
    Who will be the Republican candidate?
    Shouldn’t the question be:
    If the nominee is not “their choice”
    will Republicans not vote and
    once again cause the Democrat to win?

  28. You probably live in he Reich wing bubble but there are more democrats than the American Taliban. The only way they win is when we don’t vote

  29. The biggest flim flam artists in the republican party discovered long ago that there is money to be made by pretending to run for the WH. Most of them do not REALLY want the job as President, but the $$$$ that people donate to them. Gingrich, Huckerbee, Santorum, Perry, Cruz, Palin all had books to sell. They all made money from fund raisers etc. Huckerbee paid his relatives over $400,000 from his Pac the last time he ran. Imagine how much HE made, if he can distribute that type of money. All of them get paid appearances on Fox and the Sunday bobble head shows, spouting ridiculous theories, while the hosts nod in agreement. It is all a SCAM, run by charletans.

  30. The gotp selection is hilarious, they’re all either completely whacked or corrupt or Koch-bought or Cheney-bought. They have absolutely nobody electable, no wonder they have to cheat to win. Their level of dishonesty and corruption is mind-boggling.

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