Wall Street Journal Hammers Cruz’ Candidacy

As I’ve written many times, Ted Cruz has been running for office from the moment he was sworn in to the Senate two years ago, working to position himself as the One True Conservative. But I can’t think of a major candidate from either party who has infuriated his own party as much as Cruz. Even the Wall Street Journal is hammering him:

In a Tuesday editorial, the paper’s opinion editors cast significant doubt on the Texas Republican’s ability to assemble a winning coalition, arguing that Cruz’s assumption that he can win by turning out more white conservative voters is fundamentally flawed and warning that the Tea Party firebrand’s hardline stance on immigration makes him “a dream come true for Hillary Clinton,” the likely Democratic nominee in 2016.

Blaming Cruz for “plunging” the GOP’s favorability by leading the 2013 government shutdown — part of a botched attempt to derail health care reform — the Journal depicts Cruz as a polarizing figure all too willing to reflexively oppose anything the Obama administration proposes. The editors castigate Cruz as an “opportunist” for seeking to pare back government surveillance and for opposing the administration’s abortive effort to authorize air strikes in Syria in 2013 — stances that Cruz took despite a generally hawkish worldview.

As for Cruz’s claim that Republicans like 2012 nominee Mitt Romney have lost because they failed to galvanize the right-wing base, the Journal allows that “Romney in particular failed to motivate enough conservatives.” However, the editors posit, Cruz “is probably wrong to think that conservatives alone, especially white conservatives, can elect the next President,” adding that the party’s 2016 nominee “must broaden the GOP’s electoral appeal.” Part of that, the editorial suggests, entails a softer line on immigration; continued opposition to reform will only prove a boon to Democratic efforts to keep Latino voters solidly in the blue column.

Cruz is despised by his fellow Senate Republicans for his selfishness and recklessness. The Republican party leadership hates his guts. He’s spent all his time appealing only to the most extreme base of the party, I presume on the theory that those are the people who vote in primaries. But it makes him virtually unelectable in the general election and even the conservative Wall Street Journal knows it.

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  • Goomba

    November 2016 is still a LONG way from now. There is still plenty of time to pass voter ID laws, gerrymander the hell out of the minority vote, or hold nightmareishly long voter purges that take weeks or even months to sort out. They don’t need or want women, blacks, Latinos, or homosexuals voting so they will do everything in their power in the next twenty some months to keep that voting base from casting, counting, or even mattering in this election.

  • raven

    Even the Wall Street Journal …

    The Wall Street Journal AKA Rupert Morlock’s dedicated Youtube channel. Along with Fox NoNews.

    I’m guessing, Morlock and the WSJ more or less agree with Rafael* “Ted” Cruz. They just think his unlikeable personality makes him hard to elect anywhere else than Texas.

    *According to a news article, Calgary Ted’s real name from his birth certificate is, Rafael Edward Cruz.

  • Loqi

    …willing to reflexively oppose anything the Obama administration proposes.

    Yeah, Republicans hate it when people do that sort of thing.

  • zenlike

    Yep, not too optimistic about this. The ‘mainstream’ GOP will try their best to sink Ted in the primaries because he is too extreme and unlikeable even for them, but if he gets first or second place because of the primaries, they will embrace him wholeheartedly, and they will do their damn best to whitewash his past and soften up his sharper corners, and voter amnesia will do the rest.

    Expect fawning fanboyish opinion pieces in the Wall Street Journal the moment he gets the spot as candidate for predident or vice-president.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, the GOP has compromised in the last two presidential elections, but no longer. They can’t, as their Teabagger base owns the Primaries, even their rich billionaire Base are Teabaggers, and even their Moderate, Establishment candidates are neither Moderate nor Establishment.

    This time, instead of 2008’s assholish, bitter man or 2012’s assholish, corporate robot, the GOP will drop the latter half of each and go full-asshole.

  • busterggi

    “Cruz is despised by his fellow Senate Republicans for his selfishness and recklessness.”

    Them’s Tea-Bagger values!

  • david

    Ted Cruz is great news! Let the Republicans have a messy, harmful primary race that forces their more “moderate” candidates to pander the far right. Let them spend their money on internal squabbles before the general election. Let them show themselves to be fools how despise ordinary (read, “non-tea-party”) voters. Bring it.

  • peterh

    As a given, Cruz’s populist base is a minority therefore even a majority of his base remains a minority.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    …the Journal allows that “Romney in particular failed to motivate enough conservatives.”

    Just how many defeats must they suffer before realizing what utter bullshit this is? Turn-out among self-described conservatives, and especially movement conservatives, is extremely high. It’s the finicky middle, ethnic minorities, and young lefty types who have to be motivated to show up. Romney and especially McCain before him did not do as well among conservatives as Bush did, but lack of right-wing zealotry does not explain why these people voted for Obama instead.