I think Ted Cruz needs to face the harsh reality that practically nobody likes him. He’s spent his entire first year in the United States Senate basically pandering to the tea party. It’s pretty clear that Cruz’s strategy for his eventual presidential run in 2016 is to pander as much as possible to the tea party, hoping that their support will propel him to the GOP nomination.
And, for a while, that seemed to be working. Last summer, as we headed toward our eventual government shutdown, Ted Cruz was the darling of the tea party and ultraconservatives.
But during that same time, a poll was conducted that showed that the more people got to know Ted Cruz, the less they liked him.
Well, it seems that feeling isn’t just with Americans in general, but the tea party and other ultraconservatives as well.
Heading into this year’s CPAC, Ted Cruz’s influence has clearly fallen off. Even though he squawked some during the most recent vote to raise our debt ceiling, threatening a filibuster, Republicans essentially blew him off. This led to several speeches he’s given recently where he’s referred to these Republicans as the “establishment” who just don’t like him because he “speaks the truth.”
Still, there were some who figured he would be the big winner at this year’s CPAC straw poll for the 2016 GOP nominee. And while the poll is essentially meaningless (Ron Paul won it twice) it’s still a bragging chip conservatives often use to validate their desire to run for president.
Except that’s not what happened. Rand Paul won it for the second year in a row.
And not only that, Ted Cruz was a distant second place. Rand Paul received 35 percent of the vote while Cruz only got 11 percent.
So even after a year of pandering to the tea party, kissing the backside of every ultraconservative he felt might give him an advantage heading into 2016, Ted Cruz was still beaten handily by – Rand Paul.
Not Chris Christie (though not being an ultraconservative he didn’t stand a chance here), someone who still polls decently in general polls. But Rand “Plagiarizin'” Paul.
So liberals don’t like him, independents don’t like him, moderate Republicans don’t like him and now it seems ultraconservatives and tea party supporters have grown tired of him.
It seems that the poll conducted several months ago was pretty spot-on. The more people get to know Ted Cruz, the more they can’t stand him.