Really folks, can any of you name anything Cruz has accomplished by way of legislation either positive or negative? I most certainly cannot. The few things that come to mind are not in the least bit flattering. Unless you are of the extreme right wing conservative ilk, Cruz impresses you most as a loudmouthed blowhard. One look at the man and you immediately get chills and not the nice ones either. Personally, I never had to hear the man speak to gauge what type of person he is; a know-it-all who thinks the rest of the world should feel privileged to breathe the same air as does he. Moreover, Cruz somehow has confused book sense with common sense thinking that a Harvard degree trumps rationale, dismisses fairness, and holds that the only self-evident truth is that he is unequalled.
Narcissism notwithstanding, Cruz's apparent amnesia concerning his role in the government shutdown of 2013 that caused and costs the American taxpayer jobs and money -read the same thing- has slid so far down the rabbit hole that even Alice cannot find it. Furthermore, who can forget Cruz's seemingly never-ending remarks regarding President Obama's origin of birth? Although born in Canada, Cruz seems to think that doesn't count because White is not considered foreign, I guess. In some respects, it would appear that is the correct attitude. After all, republicans once considered drafting legislation that would allow former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian) to run for president. Moreover, Cruz possesses a knack for injecting dog whistle messages into his speeches.
For example, among the many things Cruz said Monday, here are a few that in my opinion, really stood out, and give a real sense of his (Cruz) ideology:
"God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation and I believe God isn't done with America yet." "I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America."
"Today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States." "It is a time for truth. It is a time for liberty. It is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.
First, where do Americans and especially white Americans get this absurd idea that America is the only country on earth that God has blessed or loves? Secondly, what exactly is this ‘promise of America’ of which Cruz spoke? What does reclaiming the Constitution mean and from whom would it be reclaimed? Help me out here folks because the only answers that do it for me involves racist sentiment and that old air of entitlement that appears to have never been claimed by anyone other than America.
Enough of the rant then and back to politics, or presidential politics anyway. Cruz has an uphill battle to say the least. Not only must Cruz overcome the disdain those in his (Cruz) own party feel for him, Cruz must also overcome the self-inflicted wrath of the ever- increasing immigrant population in the United States. It is no secret that Cruz is unpopular among the majority of his republican colleagues. Speaking about Cruz, Republican pollster Frank Luntz said, “His colleagues really don’t like him, and it’s very difficult when your own colleagues won’t stand up for you.” “There’s a subtle message that there is something wrong.”In addition, Democratic strategist and Washington lobbyist Steve Elmendorf said, “The question for Republicans is: Can an unlikable candidate who holds positions unappealing for the general election be viable?”
General election viability is the least of Cruz’s present worries because he first must find a way to move beyond the republican primaries. Although his message targets disenchanted, cantankerous extreme right wing conservatives, party insiders understand that presenting a more moderate conservative approach enhances the appeal of candidates like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. However, were Cruz to somehow claim the nomination, general election viability would ruin any chance he would prevail considering his propensity to alienate voters.
For instance, a 2012 Pew Research Poll showed although a shift in party identification occurred almost entirely among white voters, the Democratic Party’s advantage among blacks and Hispanics, by comparison, has remained largely unchanged. Not surprisingly however, since the election of President Obama the Republican Party increased its advantage over Democrats among non-Hispanic white voters by twelve points. In 2012, four years after Obama’s first election 52% identified with or leaned toward the Republican Party while 40% identified with the Democratic Party or leaned Democratic. However, in 2008, the balance of party identification among whites was almost evenly divided (46% Republican vs. 44% Democrat).
Unfortunately, for Senator Cruz, the real tale of tape lies in poll numbers tracking his chances against the de facto democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The average poll numbers show the former Secretary of State and former First Lady defeating Cruz in a landslide by a fourteen-point margin. Not to worry Senator, should that happen you’ll have plenty of time to stage another 21hour filibuster and read ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ even if it is in your own living room. Cruz in for a bruzin my man. Cruz in for a bruzin. Cruz in for a Bruzin in 2016
Written by Jay Arrington,
Maryland a Daily Examiner
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