GOP Descends Into Madness As Ted Cruz Vaults Into Top Tier Of 2016 GOP Candidates

A Public Policy Polling (PPP) national survey conducted from March 26-31, 2015 shows Ted Cruz pulling into contention with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, for the GOP presidential nomination. The survey, released on April 1st, but apparently not as an April Fool’s joke, shows Ted Cruz gaining ground on the leaders, and sitting in a strong third place position for the Republican nomination. His presidential announcement speech at Liberty University appears to have resonated with Republican voters.

Cruz has surged from 5 percent support a little over a month ago, to 16 percent now. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker still leads with 20 percent support.

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Jeb Bush is in second at 17 percent and Ted Cruz is at 16 percent. Ben Carson and Rand Paul sit at 10 percent each. Four other candidates (Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, and Rick Perry) remain mired in the single digits.

With Republican Party voters, Ted Cruz is popular. 52 percent of GOP voters have a favorable opinion of Senator Cruz, to just 30 percent who view him unfavorably. His support is especially strong with Republicans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters. With Tea Party Republicans, Cruz enjoys a 74 percent favorable rating to 21 percent unfavorable rating.

It would be very easy to dismiss Senator Cruz’s candidacy as a joke, given his penchant for outlandish remarks, and impractical proposals like abolishing the IRS and repealing every single word of Obamacare. However, his particular brand of madness seems to have attracted him new supporters from within the ranks of the GOP electorate.

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Polling consistently shows that Republican voters are not warming up to Jeb Bush’s candidacy. GOP primary voters are seeking a more conservative alternative who will give voice to their radical right-wing perspectives, informed as they are by talk radio hosts and the 24/7 bash Obama cycle over at FOX News.

Senator Cruz has tapped into Republican resentment, stoking the politics of rage to fuel his campaign. Whether or not his polling surge is but a temporary bump, or a more permanent boost that could make him a threat to seize the Republican nomination, remains to be seen. But one thing is now clear. Ted Cruz’s policy prescriptions may still be a joke, but his candidacy no longer is. America had better be ready because if Senator Cruz’s momentum continues to grow, the Republican primary could descend into madness, dragging the whole country along for the ride.

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  • He's in good company! Trump, Cain, the rents to damn high guy, all top Repubs at one time..the clown car is filling up quickly now that the circus is in town....

    • And he is loved by the crazy, racist, hypocritical, insane Tea Party who, like him, rant against Obamacare while signing up for it.

      • FYI, Sen. Cruz had to do that as his wife has taken an unpaid leave of absence from her job, and her company insurance previously covered the family. He's doing the same thing that lots of the members of Congress have done.

      • You have no point, no references, no academic argument.
        All you want is Godless Communism YOLO

        [Snipped]
        [Pointless vitriol]

        Subversion is the cowards way.

  • yeah... OK... @16 months to convention and Ted has moved up in the polls..

    while its been clearly apparent he's taking Sen McCarthy's mantle I think 16 months is plenty of time for the polls to change...

    and if he actually does go all the way to the nomination I'm old enough to remember Sen Goldwater...

    'extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice' B. Goldwater

  • Please, even the Republicans I know think he's as John McCain called him "a whacko bird". He'll climb in the polls for a hot minute and that's about it. It wouldn't surprise me if the polling was done in an insane asylum filled with Republicans who went mad when President Obama was elected TWICE. Watch his message get even more bizarre when he thinks he actually stands a chance of becoming president. He would probably start speaking in tongues thinking he's got it wrapped up.

    • Time to give this man some peyote & have him listen to the Velvet Underground & NICO. Cruz & the GOP really need to turn crazy down a few decibels & get out of peoples faces & lives & chill out.

      • Enough with the crazy talk. This country has gone so far left that the left can no longer see truth or common sense and instead call it crazy. Ted Cruz is far from crazy and what amazes me is that a LIBERAL professor from Harvard called me off the charts brilliant. What makes you so much smarter than either that liberal professor or Ted Cruz, both of whom have educations from, or good enough to be at Harvard?

        • Alan Dershowitz . Cruz was a “terrific student,” Dershowitz told The Daily Caller. “He was always very active in class, presenting a libertarian point of view. He didn’t strike me as a social conservative, more of a libertarian.”

          “He had brilliant insights and he was clearly among the top students, as revealed by his class responses,” Dershowitz added.

          Dershowitz also gave a high estimate of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who has decidedly different political views than Cruz.

          Dershowitz says he and Cruz would often debate issues presented in Dershowitz’s criminal law class. “Cruz’s views were always thoughtful and his responses were interesting,” the law professor explained. “I obviously disagreed with them and we had good arguments in class. I would challenge him and he would come up with very good responses.”

          • Alan Dershowitz was the one who came up with the idea of torture warrants after 9/11, so I imagine he agreed with Cruz about something.

  • This is like predicting the weather 3 months in advance.

    There are 18 months for the clinically-unstable Reichwingers to further descend into the rabbit hole.

  • "Imagine a President who says he will honor the Constitution"...Sen Ted Cruz.

    Whether a Tea Party supporter or not, we all can agree, can we not, Sen Cruz; an Art. II §I Cl. 5 natural born Citizen is a person born not subject to a foreign power, with one allegiance, and one allegiance only, to support and abide by the US Constitution?

    • Ted Cruz doesn't give a damn about the Constitution, and if you believe he does you're as crazy as he is.

      Besides, we already have a President who really does possess all those fine traits you mentioned. And I am very proud that I voted for him both times.

  • The GOP-wing of the Democrat party and the Democrat-socialist party have no idea how much pent up conservative energy there is.

    Ted is the only conservative willing to fight.

    This is going to be so much fun!

    • are you serious? if you are serious you are insane. you want to see anger? just wait till November 2016. I PROMISE YOU DEMS WILL RETAKE THE SENATE AND KEEP THE PRESIDENCY IN ANOTHER LANDSLIDE VOTE!!!

    • as much as I wish cruz would end up the republican candidate for president, most republicans are not that stupid to vote for such an epic loser. if they do, they will lose epically in the most lopsided presidential election in our history.

    • All that pent up conservative energy as of yesterday had them fighting to see who could get on the stupid train first.(Indiana) In case you weren't aware, Teddy boy was first. Most of the lemmings followed.

    • ...Yeah Right Sparky! that "pent up conservative energy" is in the REAL world "pent up conservative INSANITY!" And Fun you say!?...for YOU? and your crazy ilk!? Fun for you and your people is seeing just how insane and hateful you can be and how many times you can screed against what the rest of the world knows as fact. YOU are one sick puppy and I can only feel sorry for, to hate you would be letting you live rent free in my head.

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