Friday, July 17, 2015

Move over Ted Cruz, there's a new fool in town

By Richard Barry

Donald Trump? Seriously? 

The problem with running a campaign based on channelling voters' grumpy old man is that there is always a possibility of being out-grumped. This seems to be happening to Sen. Ted Cruz who, according to a new poll of insiders by Politico, is suffering the most from Trump's unlikely recent success.
Insiders say ... Trump ... is as uncompromising as Cruz on hot-button issues like immigration - and can deliver the message with even more fiery rhetoric," by Katie Glueck: "Roughly a third of Iowa and New Hampshire Republican insiders pointed to Cruz as the candidate who is damaged the most in their states by Trump's rise in the polls. [An Iowa Republican:] 'Cruz, the incumbent proxy for the disaffected GOP "Hell No!" Caucus, has been virtually starved of oxygen since Trump entered the race.' ..

Sure, Trump is a jerk, and having to endure his enhanced celebrity status is annoying, but just for today I am going to take some pleasure in how unhappy it must be making Ted Cruz. The enemy of my enemy is a temporary source of satisfaction.

(Cross-posted at Phantom Public.)

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  • If only Ted Cruz would make his papa a bigger part of the campaign, everything would be fine. It is kind of sad, though. I may not like Cruz, but at least he is a politician with some claim to knowing how it all works. Regardless, I suspect this is all good for Cruz. When Trump burns out or just drops out, all of the hate vote will have an obvious new horse to attach their dreams to.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 4:44 PM  

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