|Cruz Announces: RINO hunting season begins...|
The GOP primary looks to be a gaggle of RINOS, big government conservatives, social conservatives, and tea party candidates racing toward what they see as a great shot at capturing the White House after 8 abysmal years of a malicious dictator.
A Ted Cruz candidacy means that there will be at least one fighter in the race. Cruz has been one of the few potential candidates that I could get behind enthusiastically--Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal being 2 others.
It's too early for me to sign on with a particular campaign as I'd still like to see what Palin does, but I've been very impressed with Mr. Cruz's rollout today. His speech was magnificent, his message coherent and his passion was palpable.
He is the real deal.
Ted Cruz called for the abolition of the IRS, the enactment of a flat tax, the repeal of Obamacare, a stronger foreign policy that stands with Israel and recognizes the threat of radical Islam, and a reigniting of America's greatness. He cited his own personal story and explained the important role Christianity has played in his own life and in the life of our nation. His call was a clarion call to return to the Judeo-Christian constitutional governance that DC has long discarded in favor of micro-managing incompetent socialism.
Cruz spoke with clarity, conviction and passion for common sense constitutional conservatism that no presidential candidate since Reagan has achieved.
And he has a record of standing up to fight, not just against the leftist media and Democrat opposition, but against the corrupt leadership of his own party.
That is something that we sorely need. It's not enough to have someone who will tell us what we want to hear when in the comfort of a rally. We need a leader who will, as Sarah Palin stated in 2008, not go to DC to win their approval, but to represent WE The People.
Very few potential candidates have demonstrated an ability to do that. Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham and Chris Christie have demonstrated that they are the polar opposite of that. They would rather take on conservatives than win them over. Candidates like Walker, Carson, Santorum, Huckabee, Rubio, and Perry have all fallen short on various issues, been manipulated by party masters on core issues, and/or had a hard time advocating conservatism across the board. And that is worrisome. We cannot and we will not turn this American ship around with the leadership of another Bush or Ford. We need a Reagan. And we need that Reagan desperately.
Cruz potentially could be a Reagan.
A good start for Cruz means good things for the constitution, for liberty and for America.
But how does it impact the race?
In my view, Cruz will ascend to the top tier of candidates. His early entry will damage Texas Governor Rick Perry, as Cruz will pull support from Perry in Texas and weaken his ability to compete. The last time Perry went against Cruz was during Cruz's senate primary run and Perry lost--badly. So Perry will now have to get in sooner rather than later.
Social conservatives like Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Rick Santorum were also damaged severely by Cruz's early entrance. Their appeal to evangelical conservatives will now drop somewhat as at least some of that base looks at Cruz. Unlike the big government conservatism of Santorum and Huckabee and the nebulous political agenda of Carson, Cruz is a full-spectrum conservative and a good number of evangelicals will identify with his personal testimony and opt for a full-spectrum conservative instead of the well-intentioned good men of Carson, Santorum and Huckabee, who won't have what it takes to tackle the $18 trillion debt.
Cruz's entry and connection to the anniversary of Patrick Henry's famous speech calling for "liberty or death" will also impact libertarian GOP Senator Rand Paul's support. Paul is great on issues of liberty and attracts a good amount of support for that record. His foreign policy makes him a non-starter with many in the conservative movement as he seems insufficiently supportive of Israel and naive in the belief that isolationism is a winning strategy in 2015.
His early entry will also stop the Walker juggernaut. The ongoing narrative over the last few weeks was how well Walker was playing and how strong his polling had become. The reality, however, is that Walker lacks in several areas of conservative doctrine--among them amnesty, and common core. He's also scheduled to address the Chamber of Commerce--a hotbed of crony capitalism, which is sending up red flags for those of us who would like a candidate who would fight crony capitalism. The chamber of commerce is also a big fan of common core.
What remains to be seen is how Cruz will hold up as a candidate. A good start does not always mean a good campaign, amiright Rick Perry? To be fair, he doesn't have executive experience. He's only a little more experienced as a senator than Barack Obama was in 2007. While I usually prefer leaders with executive experience, I realize that Abraham Lincoln was only a one-term congressman before running for president. In 2016, my preference is for a fighter. If I have to choose between the executive experience of Bush or Christie or the raw political courage and leadership of Cruz, I will pick Cruz every time.
Some names may opt not to run now that Cruz has made his stand. Others will scramble to catch up. Jeb Bush and his crony capitalist ruling class political machine will begin their scorched-earth campaign against Cruz and any principled conservatives that may dare oppose his coronation.
Still remaining to be seen is how former Governor Sarah Palin will react to this candidacy. Cruz and Palin are political soulmates and she will now face a choice--jump in and offer another voice and fighter against the ruling class in the party and in the media, or unite together. I suspect that Palin is already working toward her own plan for 2016, whatever that may be. I also suspect that win or lose, Palin and Cruz will work together to ensure that the nomination for the GOP in 2016 goes to a true conservative and not another useless RINO.
There are miles and miles to go before Iowa. How this will play out remains to be seen. Today's announcement by Ted Cruz, however, is a positive one for our movement and for our nation.