This post is a tad belated, but I wanted to communicate my thoughts on the state of the GOP race and the rise of Cruz as the viable ant-Trump candidate.
I am by no means an expert nor should you trust everything I say. I’m almost 25 after all. However, a lot of people have told me I have some sway over my fellow Millennials, so perhaps my political musings mean something–especially for those tossing between Trump and Cruz.
Last Tuesday marked Super Tuesday in Virginia and 12 other states. While Trump won seven of the contests, Cruz came out with three victories–Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska. Yesterday, Cruz added Kansas and Maine to his victories while narrowly losing in Kentucky and Louisiana last night on Super Saturday. Since Super Tuesday, Marco Rubio has only won Minnesota and Kasich has yet to win a state–banking on Michigan this Tuesday and Ohio the following Tuesday. Ben Carson dropped out this week–helping to winnow the field.
Up until 2012, I voted in California. I held my nose for Mitt Romney by sending in my absentee ballot that year after moving to Virginia. The last vote I was proud to cast in recent memory was that for Ken Cuccinelli’s 2013 gubernatorial bid here in Virginia. I’m glad my vote means something here in the Commonwealth, despite Cruz placing third here.
Last Tuesday, my family and I proudly voted for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)–as I pledged to do so back in September 2015. I’m confident he’s the right choice and right man for the job. There are many reasons why I voted for Cruz, but this simple thing compelled me the most: his anti-communist, liberty-minded family background makes him a force to be reckoned with.
Although Cruz didn’t have the best showing here in Virginia, I’m very glad my parents, sister and I cast our vote for him in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Why did I go with Cruz? I outlined my support for him back in September from three points: consistency, likability/approachability, and youthfulness.
What I wrote about him in relation to consistency:
Cruz has proven time and time again he’s not a campaign conservative. From his 21-hour speech on the Senate floor calling for the full defunding of Obamacare to fighting amnesty to defending the right-to-life, among many things, Cruz has valiantly fought for Americans in this sacred chamber. He’s even stood up to leadership in our party when they strayed or they supported bills contrary to our values. In his book A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America, Senator Cruz writes how he stood up for conservative values prior to his tenure in the U.S. Senate in college, in law school, as a G.W. Bush administration staffer, and as solicitor general of Texas.
What I wrote about him in relation to likability:
Senator Cruz may be Ivy League educated, but he’s the farthest thing from an elitist. In fact, he’s someone you can grab a burger with — especially if you like White Castle burgers.
What I wrote about him in relation to youth appeal/pop culture:
Millennials are tired of politics-as-usual and are looking for a leader unafraid to buck the status quo. Senator Cruz’s critique of both Democrats and Republicans will especially resonate with disillusioned Millennials — but carry actual substance and weight unlike the candidacies of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
Many bloggers are suggesting it’s time for Rubio to drop out and endorse Cruz to ensure a Cruz-Rubio ticket. (And I couldn’t agree more with that sentiment.) As my good friend Elliot Gaiser wrote in PJ Media, a Cruz-Rubio ticket would satisfy all factions of the Republican Party:
This means Cruz is the GOP’s best shot at extending an olive branch to Trump supporters, channelling their anger about issues like immigration into a credible shot at the White House. Although Cruz has few friends among the Washington establishment, putting Rubio on the ticket could satisfy party leaders who fear Cruz can’t win a general election or govern once he reaches the Oval Office. If Rubio gets out now and Cruz names him as VP, the two could likely combine forces to Make Donald Drumpf Again.
Here are more endorsements of the Cruz-Rubio ticket:
Have doubts about Cruz’s credibility? Read what his former staffers Chip Roy and Brooke Bacak had to say about working for him in the U.S. Senate in a piece called “Why We Believe in Ted Cruz. We Were There“:
We have no problem conceding that reasonable minds can differ on the best legislative strategy at any given time. And we have had intense debates with respected friends and colleagues about which legislative strategies should have been used in those monumental battles and have accepted that some of us may never agree…
But what cannot be challenged is our personal experience as members of Team Cruz in those pivotal years. As humbled and honored as we were to have been part of it, friends and family know how much it cost us, in terms of health and time away from our very young children. One of us was one year removed from Chemotherapy – the other suffered mightily the ongoing effects of MS – and we can assure you that the ONLY thing worth that kind of a sacrifice is the opportunity to serve a cause bigger than ourselves – to do something to stem the tide of ever-encroaching overreach by the federal government that is eviscerating our Constitution and all the sacred principles and liberties it was written to preserve.
Cruz also won the CPAC Straw Poll with 40% to Rubio’s 30% to Trump’s 15%:
Mathematically speaking, Cruz is well-positioned to take out Trump in the primary and prevent us from going into a brokered convention. All evidence shows that Rubio and Kasich are siphoning votes from Cruz–allowing for Trump to take delegates or win outright.
According to the Real Clear Politics delegate tracker, here is the current total:
Cruz is clearly gaining on Trump. Will Rubio get out and join Cruz as his VP pick? Will Kasich spare us misery and bow out to prevent more votes from going to Trump? Or will this lead to a brokered convention? Time will tell.
The momentum is with Cruz mathematically, in the grassroots, and as a narrative. Those of us supporting Cruz welcome all #NeverTrump folks to join our ranks to defeat him and spare the GOP/conservative movement a crushing loss to Hillary Clinton in the general election this November.