As most of us are well aware, politicians lie – all of them. Some politicians lie far more often than others… while some do almost nothing but lie.
Ted Cruz is one of those politicians who almost never tells the truth. In fact, I’ve routinely stated my opinion that he’s a sociopath. He’s someone who seems to care about nothing else but himself and has proven that he will say or do anything if he thinks it will benefit him politically. And while he’s said plenty of ludicrous things during his career, he might have made the most ridiculous statement of his presidential campaign so far when he said recently that he could win some blue states.
During an interview with U.S. News’ David Catanese, Cruz repeatedly claimed that “every day” on the campaign trail he has Democrats coming up to him saying they’ve switched parties just to vote for him.
“Just at this last event we had a gentleman walk up to us and say, ‘I’m a lifelong Democrat and a lifelong union member, I’m caucusing for you.’ We hear that every day,” Cruz told Catanese.
Cantanese then asked him if there were any blue states he thought he could win that Mitt Romney and John McCain didn’t.
“Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire,” Cruz replied.
He also went on to say Republicans are losing because too many conservatives have been staying home. That’s ironic considering much of the reason why Republicans saw such big gains in 2014 was because millions of liberals stayed home, leading to one of the lowest voter turnouts since World War II.
But Cruz is absolutely out of his mind if he thinks he’s going to bring over Democrats to vote for him. Hell, he’ll struggle to get moderate Republicans to support him. Even his own party can’t really stand him. If moderate Republicans and your own party can’t stand you because you’re too radical, it’s borderline insanity to believe that Democrats are going to rush out to vote for you.
Furthermore, Ohio is not a “blue state” – it’s a swing state that leans slightly to the left.
As far as Cruz’s assertion that he would win Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire – good luck with that. Aside from New Hampshire voting for George W. Bush in 2000 (what were they thinking?!), all of those states have voted for the Democratic nominee in every general election since 1992. In fact, the last time Pennsylvania and Michigan went to the Republican party was in 1988.
The problem with someone like Cruz, and ultra-conservative tea party Republicans in general, is that they’ve convinced themselves that the reason Barack Obama was elected was because John McCain and Mitt Romney weren’t conservative enough.
As a progressive, by all means, I hope they keep believing this. The further to the right Republicans shift, the better it is for Democrats in presidential elections. Trust me when I say that the two candidates every Democrat should want to face during the general election are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
But no matter who the GOP nominee ultimately is, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for liberals, progressives and Democrats to vote this November. Not just for the presidency, but for congressional Democrats. The time is now for us to put in place the government that will move this nation forward. If we don’t, Republicans will certainly rip it apart.