In a move that only surprised people who assume there’s some limit to the ego of Ted Cruz (R-TX), the freshman senator from Texas has let it be known that he is considering running for president in 2016.
“If you don’t think this is real, then you’re not paying attention,” says a Republican insider. “Cruz already has grassroots on his side, and in this climate, that’s all he may need.”
“There’s not a lot of hesitation there,” adds a Cruz donor who has known the Texan for decades. “He’s fearless.”
There would definitely be a historical precedent for a Cruz candidacy, explains National Review Online’s Robert Costa:
His supporters argue that he’d be a Barry Goldwater type — a nominee who would rattle the Republican establishment and reconnect the party with its base – but with better electoral results.
It would be hard to get worse electoral results than Barry Goldwater, who only won 52 electoral votes and 38.5 percent of the popular vote. But that’s the kind of point you have to make when you discuss the potential presidential candidacy of Ted Cruz.
Cruz has the conspiratorial mindset of a Michele Bachmann (R-MN) with the Harvard education of a Mitt Romney. He won’t flutter out like a Rick Perry (R-TX), but he’ll charge full force into the GOP with rhetorical fury and unveiled disdain for his opponents.
And here’s why that would likely be a dream come true for Democrats.
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