If you listen to Sen. Ted Cruz, you’d think he was the overwhelming frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, instead of the candidate who’s down well over 200 delegates heading into a string of northeastern states he’s almost certainly going to lose. Then again, that’s who Ted Cruz is – a blatant liar and propagandist.
Though when you really think about it, Cruz’s campaign is rather sad and pathetic.
Let me explain.
1. He’s never even been close to being the frontrunner: Despite how he talks, Cruz has never really been a massive threat to Donald Trump. Is he a threat? Sure, I guess. But even after getting several wins, some of them by rather large margins, he’s still down a ton of delegates and doesn’t really stand much of a chance at overtaking Trump in terms of delegates. While he’s been somewhat successful in some areas, let’s not forget that Rick Santorum (the guy who polled below 1 percent until he eventually dropped out of this year’s race) won 11 states and around 20 percent of the overall vote in 2012. And he’s still down nearly 2 million votes to Trump.
2. Nobody really wants him to be the nominee, either: Let’s face it, if John Kasich or Marco Rubio were where Cruz is now as far as delegates, the full weight of the RNC and the big money Republican donors would be rushing to push him over Trump. But that’s not happening. The truth is, while the party hates Trump, their feelings on Cruz aren’t all that much different. Right now it seems like some within the party would simply rather lose with Cruz than take the chance at winning with Trump.
3. Have you actually heard his biggest selling point?: Forget his policy stances, his claims to be a “Constitutional conservative” or anything else. Right now his biggest selling point isn’t that he’s the best candidate for the job (though I’m sure that’s what he’ll tell you), it’s that he’s the only one who’s close enough to beat Trump. He’s literally trying to recruit support, not from people who actually support him – but from those who want anyone but Trump. It’s sort of like saying, “Hey, I know you can’t stand me – but I’m better than that guy.”
4. Despite being a current senator, he has almost no endorsements: It’s really very… very sad when a current member of Congress is running for president – yet has almost no endorsements from his colleagues. While I don’t put a great deal of importance into endorsements, I do think it’s telling that those who know him best, and have worked with him most, aren’t too eager to endorse him. Hell, Sen. Lindsey Graham “endorsed” Cruz by literally saying that he’d rather back Kasich, but he’s too far behind.
5. At this point, he’s won less than half as many contests as Trump: I guess this could go with #1, but as of writing this, Cruz has won 10 contests to Trump’s 21. I find it rather amusing to see Cruz act as if he’s nipping on the heels of Trump when he’s won less than half as many primary match-ups.
6. The vast majority of Republican voters still don’t want him to be the candidate: Look, I’ll be the first to tell you that Donald Trump seems to have a ceiling of about 40-45 percent. That’s enough to win a lot of states, but it’s still less than half of Republican voters. This is something Cruz often brings up when he pushes for a “two-man race” where he thinks he could overtake Trump. But when you really think about it, the fact someone like Kasich (a candidate with zero chance of winning enough delegates) is still pulling 10-15 percent of the vote, that means the overwhelming majority of Republicans aren’t really supporting Cruz, either. If Cruz was really someone most Republicans wanted to be the candidate, Kasich’s numbers would be in the low single-digits, essentially making it a two-candidate race. Right now Ted Cruz has received about 28 percent of the overall vote. This means that 72 percent of Republicans don’t particularly want him to be the nominee.
7. His entire campaign has been predicated on surviving – not actually winning: I’m not going to say that Cruz’s strategy wasn’t smart. He’s basically sat back, remained low-key and slowly ascended to second place. He’s allowed Trump to overshadow him, he’s mostly avoided any big media scrutiny and he simply sticks to his talking points. I think in any other year where the overwhelming favorite was someone the party wanted to be the nominee, Cruz would have dropped out weeks ago. But because Donald Trump is such an incredible buffoon, Cruz has benefitted greatly.
Like I said, it’s not because people are flooding to become part of “Team Ted,” but because he’s slowly slithered his way into second place. It’s not exactly something that screams “leadership’ to be the guy whose whole strategy to “win” seemed to basically revolve around, “I hope I stick around long enough to let everyone else falter, then I’ll be the last one standing.” It’s sort of like bragging about being picked last in dodgeball. Sure, you were “chosen” – when all the other options were gone.