It Appears Even Ultraconservative Tea Partiers Have Grown Sick of Ted Cruz

ted-cruz-foolI 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Pitt90

    Couldn’t happen to a less nicer guy…

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Those palindromic members of the Tea never ceases to amaze me. If they don’t know which end is which, how can we trust them to lead our Country? Think about that one, rightwing nut cases!

  • Guile Williams

    Are we sure Ted Cruz is from Canada? He seems to be a little stupid to be from Canada. I guess every country has its bad apples. Maybe that’s why he is in the states, because nobody in Canada liked him.

  • Sunny Ray

    For me this whole thing is like having to choose the most putrid fruit in a basket full of spoiled fruits. Ted Cruz was already decomposed and Paul was the most stynky …

  • xnerd

    Its like watching a good movie.
    Even the CONservatives are turning their backs on these assbags.

    Ted Cruz is a human colostomy bag, and is about as sharp as a sack of wet hair.
    He represents everything that has gone wrong in this country.

    Watching the GOP tear itself to shreds is so delicious.

  • xnerd

    AND AGAIN this site is so slow that it feels like Im back on dialup

  • Sandy Greer

    Ultraconservative TP are sick of Ted Cruz?

    ^^^Not a conclusion I would draw.

    It’s correct to say CPAC (includes Old Guard, Moderates, and RINOs…as well as the ultraconservative TP) voted Rand Paul, as a WHOLE. Probably because the ‘establishment’ GOP sees Rand Paul as more electable (not a firebrand)

    But not winning 1st Prize does not mean one is marginalized.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Rand Paul? More electable? Not saying much.

  • Redmond Jennings

    It’s really a shame. Goldwater, McGovern and Mondale were all survivable calamities, but there’d be no recovering from having nominated Ted Cruz.

    • Sandy Greer

      McGovern and Mondale were Dems.

      I seriously doubt Goldwater (tho GOP) would be nominated today. He’d be just another RINO, subject to TeaPug scorn and contempt.

      ^^^Very few are ‘right’ ENOUGH for The Right. 😉

  • As long as the republicans can continue to rally the bigot vote no tea bagger is in any danger of loosing his/her seat.

  • nextstep99

    Should be reported as …tongue kissing the backside of every ultraconservative