Ted Cruz represents a threat to the establishment. Over the years, he hasn’t made too many friends with his mainline Republican Senate colleagues, having opposed budget ceiling hikes and other big government growth items. He has a sharp cutting intelligence that is not afraid to speak out on these issues, which of course energizes a base of Tea Party followers and other Americans fed up with the largess of the federal government.
Then the media has a lack of interest in covering him. In this article by Rich Lowry at RealClearPolitics, candidate Cruz’s strengths are outlined, as well as the reasons he’s not getting anywhere near the same media coverage due him in this campaign season as some of the other “bigger” candidates. Lowry does set up the scenario, however, of a nomination threat that Cruz definitely merits.
1. Ted Cruz gets no respect
2. Nomination threat?
via RealClearPolitics At least no respect in keeping with the impressiveness of the campaign he’s built and his increasing odds of winning the Republican nomination.
The indications of the strength of Cruz’s operation and the shrewdness of his positioning are mounting.
He had more cash-on-hand at the end of the third quarter than any other Republican.
He has major super-PAC backing.
He assessed the anti-establishment mood in the party more accurately than any of the other traditional Republican candidates.
He reacted to the rise of Trump very deftly for his purposes.
He has seen a couple of key potential competitors, Scott Walker and Rand Paul, either hit a wall or badly underperform.
He has a discernible ideological and geographic base.
He has, relatedly, a path to the nomination that is simple and intuitive (win Iowa, consolidate the right, and beat an establishment that might be too fractured and unpopular to prevail).
He lights up pretty much every conservative audience he addresses.
He is an excellent debater, and he simply doesn’t make tactical or rhetorical mistakes.
And yet, while many of these qualities are duly noted, he doesn’t really get his due. Why?
The political press corps made up its mind about him — too divisive — as soon as he showed up in Washington, and has never entirely gotten over its dismissiveness about his campaign. via RealClearPolitics