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Before You Might Vote For Ted Cruz


Just think about this.  All of these stories came out over the past week or so as he is making his closing pitch to the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire.

  1.  At a campaign event, Ted Cruz claimed that he had lost his insurance because of Obamacare and, obviously, if he is President this kind of thing will never, ever, ever happen to another American.  The only problem, as he tried to attach himself to those who claim to have been harmed by Obamacare, is that he never lost his insurance.  Instead, his provider switched him from a PPO to an HMO.  They notified him in a letter, which he conveniently failed to read.  So, yes, Ted Cruz wants you to vote for him to be President of the United States and he can’t bother with reading his mail.
  2. Iowa voters have received mailers from the Cruz campaign which disclose their voting history (nothing more than the percentage of elections they have participated in) and purport to grade them for their level of participation.  The mailer also discloses the voting history of the person’s neighbors and suggests that failure to participate in the caucus on Monday could result in a violation of the law.  When challenged on the appropriateness of his mailer, Cruz had this to say, “I will apologize to nobody for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out to vote.”  Think about that for a moment.  While he frames his response in terms of getting people to vote, let’s be clear.  This is about him getting people out to vote for him and nothing more.  It turns out, also that other campaigns have used similar tactics, including Rubio during this same campaign season.  It doesn’t matter.  Whoever uses this tactic, whether Democrat or Republican, should be drawn and quartered.
  3. And then there’s today’s doozy.  Here’s a quote:  “I’m 45 years old,” he said. “I have never once had the opportunity to go to a general election ballot and vote for a Reaganite on the ballot. We are inches away from doing that right here.”  Apparently, he’s also suggesting that he will be the first true Reaganite nominee if he wins the nomination this year.  So, let’s unpack this a little bit.  His formula for being a true Reaganite is supporting Reagan in the 1980 Republican Primary.  Once you get past the Reagan presidency, you have George H.W. as the Republican nominee in 1988 and 1992.  Cruz is right, George H.W. likely didn’t support Reagan in the 1980 primary because he was running against him.  Hard to argue, however, that George H.W. wasn’t a supporter of Reagan since he served as his Vice President for eight years.  Then, we get to Bob Dole, the Republican nominee in 1996.  He also ran in the primary in 1980, so yes, he also was not a clear supporter of Reagan then for obvious reasons.  But as one of the Republican leaders in the Senate during the Reagan presidency, it would be hard to find much evidence that Dole did not do his part to implement Reagan policies and programs.  Which brings us to George W., the nominee in 2000 and 2004.  Who knows who he might have supported in 1980, but it’s hard to imagine he would have supported Reagan over his own father (see above, for George H.W.) and it’s hard to imagine holding that against the man.  Following George W., the Republicans nominated John McCain in 2008.  In 1980, McCain was still in the Navy and prohibited from public participation in elections.  In 1982, however, he ran for Congress as a staunch supporter and ally of Reagan’s.  As for Romney, who was the 2012 nominee, who knows what he was doing in 1980.  Here’s the fascinating construct of Cruz’s argument.  He doesn’t qualify by his definition as a Reaganite either — he was only ten years old in 1980 and couldn’t possibly have had much of anything to do with the election then, let alone voted in it.

I offer these little tidbits to my fellow American readers of this blog.  I’ll be the first to admit that politicians of every stripe play these stupid games and it’s the single biggest reason there is so much disinterest in voting in this country.  But, there are the tactics we know about and the tactics we don’t know about.  And, at the moment, these are the things we know about Ted Cruz (and I haven’t even got to the legal case for why he may not even be eligible for the office due to his birth in Canada).  Would you really want this kind of “do anything, say anything” individual serving as your President?

[Edited to Add:  Turns out the information in the campaign mailers may not have even been accurate. Where is the point at which somebody loses the right to be considered for the office?]

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15 responses to “Before You Might Vote For Ted Cruz

  1. Bruce Thiesen January 31, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    There is a long list of unseemly things about this guy. In last Thursday’s debate, he was also trying to claim the Ron Paul/libertatian vote, wasting debate time making Rand Paul defend his record and agreement with the things his father’s ideas.

    This guy has the personality to be a thorn with the R’s for a long time, even if he doesn’t receive this year’s nomination. Reagan would not endorse this guy today nor would Cruz support Reagan’s policies and practices. Reagan, Nixon, Dole and Bush, Sr., would not be their party’s nominee in 2016.

    We can only hope that his lies catch up with him and voters get tired of him.

  2. Bruce Thiesen January 31, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    The other lie he likes to tell about ACA is that people have lost their jobs because of it. False.

  3. Amy Reese January 31, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    The most interesting (and sad) thing about all these lies, voters don’t seem to care! You can now just make stuff up and call it true.

    • kingmidget February 1, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Pretty much. That’s what makes watching the Republicans so difficult. Yes, the Dems tell their own lies as well, but it’s on a whole different order of magnitude with the Republicans.

  4. hirundine608 January 31, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Of course i would not want him as my country’s president. When did that ever count for anything when how did people like Reagan ever get elected in the first place? Not to mention Nixon {I am not a crook} Or the grandson of Prescott Bush. Who helped launder Nazi money laundered through America. I could go on. Yet globally, the international bankers get their people elected in, most everywhere they want. Even that chad helped steal one election. It happens all the time. Most of them we do not even know, are stolen.

    Democracy is little more than mob rule, where 51% of the people take away the rights of the others. ~ T. Jefferson.

    Cheers Jamie.

  5. Kevin Brennan February 1, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Luckily there’s no chance in hell I’d ever vote for Cruz, unless maybe I was possessed by a demon after watching Sarah Palin on a 24-hour YouTube loop.

    But all of these guys differ only in degree, to my mind. They’re all variations on the same vulgar theme…

    • kingmidget February 1, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Watching the Iowa caucus results. It’s stunning to think that this is where we are now. Over 50% of the Republican caucus goers have voted for Cruz and Trump. And Clinton and Sanders have 100% of the Dem vote. Now, understand, I’m a big fan of what Sanders is doing, but I also question his real viability as a national candidate or as President. But this is where we are. On the Republican side, a man who knows nothing other than lies and manipulations (Cruz) and another who has insulted every group of people in the United States except for white males. And on the Dem side, we have a woman whose main qualification seems to be that she is a woman and that she wants to be President. Yes, yes, she does have qualifications, but on some level I just can’t see her fit for the Presidency. And there is far too much controversy surrounding her for all of it to be wrong. And then we have crazy uncle Bernie. It’s just really, really sad what it says about the state of our politics.

  6. Trent Lewin February 2, 2016 at 4:12 am

    To me, he looks smarmy. I have no other word to describe him. He looks terribly insincere (okay I did have another word), and just to look at this guy I wouldn’t trust him. But alas it appears he came out ahead. But my real question is: who should Republicans go for? Trump’s a douchebag. Cruz is the aforementioned smarmy. That Rubio fellow maybe?

    • kingmidget February 2, 2016 at 6:49 am

      Smarmy is a good word. So is insincere. He’s a charlatan. A snake oil salesman. The reality is that there is no reasonable candidate running in the Republican primary who has a shot. Kasich seems OK, but he’ll never get the nomination. I actually like a lot of Rand Paul’s ideas, but he also has a bit of a loony side to him. The Republican party has lost its ability to put forward somebody who is reasonable to the rest of the world.

  7. Bruce Thiesen February 2, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Well, with Iowa’s wannabe king makers now hoping to have phone calls returned, we’re off to other parts. The R side ended up in the range of everyone’s expectations, but that’s just not a story. So, we all move on with BIG stories. Yada, yada, yada…

    I just would like them to have their proper context.

    • kingmidget February 2, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Yep. It will be interesting to see how this progresses in the weeks ahead. How will Trump deal with being a loser. Can Cruz duplicate his “success” in Iowa elsewhere when having the best “ground game” might not be as important. I’ll admit it. I’m somewhat worried about what will happen in November. I have no confidence that Hillary can withstand the onslaught of charges against her and come out the winner in the end. And the reality is, I just would prefer somebody other than her. And while I firmly believe in Sanders’ ideas, I just don’t know that he is electable at the national level. And there is nothing other than fright coming from the Republican side. Any of the three frontrunners would be disastrous. Just a very, very scary time.

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