I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you want to see who Democratic strategists fear the most, simply look to their pawns in the far-left media. No, I’m not talking about the standard left-leaning mainstream media who have their own personal biases. I’m talking about the progressive fringe.
Before we discuss that issue, it’s important to establish credibility by acknowledging that there are far-right media pawns as well. Many of the sites that I read are almost atrociously biased to the point that they wouldn’t call out a Republican if a video was released of them clubbing seals. While we try to call it like we see it from a Christian conservative perspective, we’d probably be on the email list of Republican strategists if we had a few thousand more daily visitors. That’s how the games are played in “earned” media politics.
With that out of the way, I read a headline tonight that I knew was going to take me to a hit piece. They almost always do when they come from certain sources. Why Ted Cruz Could Be the Next President of the United States is an article that appears on Slate. I assumed it would be an attack on the stupidity of the American people or the likelihood of the GOP cheating its way into the White House. I did not expect it to be a thought-provoking and properly researched piece that actually pointed to the appropriate path for Cruz to win the White House (notably similar to the path we posted about last month).
Keep in mind that Slate and other far-left publications consider Ted Cruz to be the vilest creature on earth. They have published headlines such as Ted Cruz Is the Bizarro Romney, Ted Cruz Is Dana Carvey’s Church Lady Reborn, Ted Cruz Goes Full Orwell, and Let’s Debunk the Nonsense in This Pathetic Ted Cruz Ad About Anti-Gay “Religious Liberty”. They don’t like, respect, or support Cruz or anything that he believes in.
They do, however, fear him.
They realize a few things about his insane far-right doctrines:
- He resonates for those who believe that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders are socialist and anti-American, which happens to be a lot of people.
- He is positioned as the most likely anti-Obama who can repair the damage done over the last seven years, though Donald Trump currently strikes that cord better in the polls.
- He is undeniably intelligent at a notch above Obama and far ahead of George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, or any of the current candidates with the possible exception of Dr. Ben Carson.
- He says what he means, means what he says, and does what he says he’ll do.
More importantly, they fear him because looking at the way next year’s primary season is laid out, he has a very favorable path whether Trump and/or Carson drop out or not. His biggest rival is Marco Rubio who is already starting to falter a bit with personal finances in shambles and Gang of Eight looming over him.
Most importantly, they fear the Hispanic voters who lean Democrat but who will secretly vote to have the first Hispanic President regardless of his political affiliation. This is the only component that they didn’t include in the Slate article. They did, however, point to the uncanny similarities in the way that Ted Cruz is running his campaign and the way that candidate Barack Obama ran his in 2007-08.
On their blogs, they’ll usually talk about how Cruz doesn’t have a chance. Some truly believe this. Most are smart enough to see the path that he has before him. It’s narrow; nothing is even close to being certain at this point. However, they can see a clearing for him and that drives them up the wall.
Most will turn this fact into another attack piece. I’m impressed that Jamelle Bouie, Slate’s chief political correspondent, has enough honor to call it as he sees it even if the end result isn’t what he wants.
The biggest obstacle for Ted Cruz isn’t the Democrats. It isn’t the left-wing media. It’s the Republican Establishment that will try once again to put a moderate on their shoulders to demonstrate the definition of insanity: doing the same thing but expecting different results. Not this time. Not in 2016.