Before Ted Cruz was ever elected senator, I remember a Republican strategist here in Texas saying that the GOP would rue the day he was elected to office. He warned that Cruz was disliked and loathed by most people who knew him, and that if he became senator he would be a thorn in the side of the Republican party.
And wow – he was absolutely right.
Since becoming one of the two senators from Texas, Cruz has been an extremely polarizing figure. He claims his critics are just part of the “establishment” which dislikes him for disrupting their cozy Washington lifestyle, but the truth is – nobody likes him because he’s a self-absorbed prick. Everything he does in his career is centered around what benefits him. He’ll gladly throw any Republican under the bus, including the party itself, if he thinks it will benefit his own political aspirations.
To be fair, his “plan” has been fairly solid up until this point. He’s managed to become extremely popular amongst a certain group of Republicans and has worked his way up to second place in the GOP presidential polls – though he’s still far behind Donald Trump basically everywhere but Iowa.
Well, now his plan is backfiring.
You see, all his careful calculations and playing the “I’m the anti-establishment” card, often infuriating his fellow Republicans in the process, has basically ended any hope he had to surpass Trump as the favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination.
To put it bluntly, the last few days for Cruz have been brutal.
Not only did the governor of Iowa make a plea to Iowans not to vote for Cruz, but one of his biggest fans throughout his career, Sarah Palin, endorsed his biggest rival. Then to make matters worse, out of nowhere Bob Dole basically said nobody likes Cruz, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) equated choosing him or Trump as deciding to be “shot or poisoned.” But it didn’t stop there; an AP report came out stating that Republican Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said (supposedly jokingly) that he would vote for Bernie Sanders over Cruz. Burr has denied saying this, but the AP has refused to retract the story.
Even Rep. Peter King (R-NY) called Cruz a “fraud” and said people within the GOP just “can’t stand him.”
The bottom line is, it’s probably over for Cruz. A candidate can withstand some criticism from members of his own party, but they can’t win a presidential nomination when their party’s attitude is essentially: This guy is a world-class a-hole and we can’t stand him.
Clearly the Republican party isn’t at all thrilled that it’s likely Trump is going to be their nominee – but they damn sure don’t want Cruz to be the one to overtake him.
Will Cruz drop out anytime soon? Not likely. But I fully expect him to take a dive in the polls over the coming weeks.
When it’s all said and done, Ted Cruz only has himself to blame. His ego and narcissism have been the focal point of everything he’s done throughout his congressional career – and now it’s all coming back to haunt him. A person cannot expect to be President of the United States when everyone, including most of the members of their own party, clearly can’t stand them.
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