Media is Now Pumping Up Ted Cruz to Dilute Support for Donald Trump


In 2012, the media “pumped and dumped” one Republican primary candidate after another, presumably in order to prevent Mitt Romney from winning the nomination though the opposite could also be argued, that they wanted Mitt Romney in order for him to lose to Obama.

For the 2016 election, the media efforts to do the same to the current crop of candidates has only seemed to work for Ben Carson. The method has failed to raise other candidates such as Jeb Bush or Carly Fiorina, and seems to be struggling to promote Marco Rubio.

So we today have a bunch of headlines that seem to advance Ted Cruz as the far-right candidate to compete with Donald Trump. It’s another pumping process intended to steal support from, and ultimately puncture, Trump’s continued upward momentum.

I like Ted Cruz and don’t think he would be a terrible president, and ideologically I agree with and mostly trust Cruz, and he is one of the few Republicans whom I would definitely vote for (as compared to a third party) if he wins his party’s nomination.  Nevertheless Cruz doesn’t compete with Trump.

Cruz is a legislator and a politician, and his leadership would reflect that. Cruz would politick rather than rule, and right now this country needs rule in order to restore sanity. I doubt that Cruz could impose his will on a mushy and divided government.

And I think this attempt to pump up Cruz to weaken Trump will ultimately fail, just like every other political trick against Trump has so far failed. To stop Trump, if he’s really on the side of conservative America, it looks like they’re going to have to kill him.

Ted Cruz increasingly looks like the man to beat in Iowa.

He’s rising in the polls, building on an already extensive field organization and locking down critical conservative endorsements.

Among the biggest yet came Thursday, when Bob Vander Plaats, the head of the conservative group Family Leader, came out for Cruz, citing what he sees as electability in Iowa and nationally.

“This is a guy that’s been very consistent in principles, in communications, and his campaign has shown ability to slowly gain ground and build momentum, and appears to have great staying power,” he told POLITICO. “I don’t see his numbers going down, I see them going up.”

Cruz’s Iowa surge is coming at the expense of Ben Carson and other Republicans seeking a share of the state’s considerable evangelical vote. And with Cruz leading the field in a Monmouth University Iowa poll released this week, rivals are suddenly confronted with a new level of urgency in their efforts to stop the Texas senator from building early-state momentum that could carry him through the South Carolina primary next year and into March 1, when seven other Southern states will go to the polls.

The Vander Plaats endorsement came in the midst of a fruitful week for Cruz, which included national endorsements Wednesday from the National Organization for Marriage and from Richard Viguerie, a prominent conservative voice and the founding father of political direct mail.

Read more at Politico.

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