I get why Republicans wouldn’t want Donald Trump as their nominee. He’s uncontrollable, unpredictable and volatile, to say nothing about how optically his campaign is horrible for the Republican party. The divisive rhetoric he’s used since he announced his candidacy, his Twitter meltdowns, protesters being assaulted at his rallies and, of course, his playing dumb when asked about David Duke and the KKK. None of that is particularly good for the GOP’s image, though they really only have themselves to blame for that.
That being said, the Republican party sure as hell doesn’t want Ted Cruz to be its nominee, either. In fact, in my opinion, Cruz would be an even bigger nightmare for Republicans.
While I don’t think Trump stands much of a chance at winning in a general election – I sure as hell know Cruz doesn’t. At the very least, Trump has some sort of charisma, salesmanship and bravado.
The truth is, almost nobody likes Ted Cruz. Even many (if not most) Republicans can’t stand him.
There’s a reason why he’s come out against the idea of a contested convention and it has nothing to do with the disaster that it would cause for the GOP. Ted Cruz doesn’t want to take the nomination to the convention because he knows he would stand almost no shot at becoming the nominee. If the nomination goes to the convention, then it’s in the hands of the Republican party and many people within the party who loathe him. So, while he tries to spin his rhetoric to act as if he’s looking out for the best interests of the GOP, that’s a lie. What he’s looking out for are his own interests. If he thought he would be the favorite to win a brokered convention, trust me, Cruz would be pushing heavily for just that.
Either way, Ted Cruz as the GOP candidate would be a disaster.
Right now Cruz has mostly stayed under the radar. The media hasn’t given him a great deal of attention, he doesn’t seek out much attention like Trump does and his entire strategy has been seemingly based off the idea of simply biding his time, hoping that when all the other candidates fall, he’s the last one standing. And, to his credit, that seems to be working – sort of.
While he’s not the frontrunner, he is the only legitimate threat to overtake Trump. Though he’s still quite a bit behind and several of the upcoming states where delegates become “winner take all” aren’t overly favorable for the Texas senator.
Then the question becomes, who is Cruz going to appeal to? Well, basically evangelicals and far-right conservatives – and that’s about it. Sure, he’ll get plenty of votes as the nominee by people who are Republicans and will back the Republican nominee no matter who it is.
But with Cruz, he has almost zero broad appeal. Especially if he were to ever be put under the microscope of the political media. This is a guy:
- Whose father has referred to evolution as being something derived from communists.
- Who once said he wished our Senate was comprised of 100 senators like renowned racist and bigot Jesse Helms.
- Who has embraced a well-known anti-semitic pastor.
- Who led the push to shut down our government based on promises he knew were blatant lies and not realistic.
- Who once spoke at a rally where homosexuals were compared to Satan.
- Who’s gladly given interviews to hate groups while pandering to their followers.
The list goes on and on. But most people don’t know about all of this stuff because the media is too busy focusing on Trump’s nonsense and Marco Rubio’s failed promises as the candidate the RNC was hoping would win the nomination. Meanwhile, Cruz just keeps chugging along.
As I’ve said before, the thought of Donald Trump as president embarrasses me – but the thought of Ted Cruz as president terrifies me. He’s almost everything vile about Trump, mixed in with a whole lot of religious fanaticism and, quite possibly, genuine sociopathic tendencies.
Though, in the general election, that won’t happen. Every vile, creepy or objectionable thing Ted Cruz has ever said or done (and there are a lot of them), will be endlessly dissected, scrutinized and publicized.
And while I’m sure he’ll do what he almost always does – lie – a candidate like Cruz isn’t built for a general election. He’s made to pander to primary voters, which is what he’s done a great job at doing thus far. He’s spent years fine tuning his craft to pander to ultra-conservatives and evangelicals. The only problem is, when it comes to the general election, you must have a much broader appeal than that.
So, if he somehow managed to win the nomination, making it to the big stage, Ted Cruz will likely do exactly what he’s done during his three years in the Senate: Make just about everyone who gets to know him absolutely hate him.