Texas Senator Ted Cruz is Quickly Becoming the Next Sarah Palin — and That’s a Great Thing

tedcruz-sadPolitics is a funny thing because it seems many Americans have a very short attention span when it comes to the subject.  Recent history proves that.

For eight years, we had President Bush and a mostly Republican-controlled Congress running this country into the ground.  We finally get rid of him in 2008.  Finally we had a Democratic president and Congress (well, for a handful of months until Ted Kennedy died).  So, what do the American people do because Obama didn’t wave a magic wand the moment he got into office and fix our giant economic mess immediately?

They give power back to Republicans in the House of Representatives and filibuster power in the Senate, which then basically prevents President Obama and Democrats from getting anything done.  The party which led us into the mess we were angry at Obama for not fixing fast enough was the same party the American people gave power back to, which then allowed them to block much of what the president had hoped to accomplish.  Heck, remember when Sarah Palin was potentially one heartbeat away from the presidency?  Had McCain won, that would have been the reality.  Even soon after the 2008 election she was the hottest name within the Republican party (and tea party movement) and almost a sure bet to be the 2012 Republican nominee for president.

She was the darling of all things conservative.

Well, now she’s nothing more than an infrequent on again off again Fox News contributor and reality television “star” on a new show debuting on a channel that only 25% of American households receive.

Hey, Senator Cruz, take a good look — you’re headed in that same direction.

Granted, Ted Cruz still remains very popular with tea party Republicans and what they’re now calling the “ultra-conservatives.”  But it wasn’t too long ago that Ted Cruz was becoming the face of the Republican party.  Hell, he led the way when it came to shutting down our government.

Think about that for a moment: a senator who hasn’t been in office for a year gained so much power within his own party that he influenced the House of Representatives to the point that Speaker Boehner had to cave to his influence, shutting down our government.

But lately something interesting has been happening — you don’t see much about Ted Cruz anymore.  In fact, you’re seeing other Republicans taking center stage again like John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Chris Christie and Rand Paul (though I wouldn’t call Paul a leading Republican, but he was the tea party favorite before Cruz).

Yet when it comes to Cruz, it seems he’s being aggressively marginalized by Republicans.  Sure, he’s still out there making his asinine comments and obsessing about “Obamacare,” but you don’t see many leading Republicans standing with him anymore.

The recent budget deal and future debt ceiling “plan” by Republicans is more or less being done without any involvement from Cruz whatsoever.

A few months back, Cruz led the way to shut down our government.  Fast forward to present day and when a budget deal was agreed upon to avoid another shutdown, nobody cared what Cruz thought about it.

In a year he’s gone from being a newly elected senator, rising from nowhere to being the face of the Republican party — to just another senator being marginalized by Republicans with real power.  And I don’t believe this is being done by accident.  I honestly believe this is a conscious effort by Republicans to ignore the asinine nature of Cruz.

Much like most Republicans have done with Sarah Palin.  Trust me, if Cruz would quit like Palin did, his future within the GOP would be very similar to hers.  Well, probably worse.  I don’t see Cruz starring in a reality TV show anytime soon.

Now I’m not saying Cruz won’t pop up now and again, catching a headline here and there, but I believe it’s pretty clear that there’s a direct effort within the Republican party to prevent Ted Cruz from having a leading voice (and presence) within the GOP.  And for sanity’s sake, that’s a great thing to know.

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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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