WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 – With Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in free fall, Republican presidential aspirant Ted Cruz turned attention to corruption of a different sort: the self-annihilating, GOP moderate, establishment stiff.
Back in 2013, Gov. Mitt Romney spoke of potential GOP presidential candidates on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” describing Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Jeb Bush as “very capable people.” Missing from Romney’s list of candidates he claimed to be “the most effective in becoming elected” was Ted Cruz.
NBC somehow missed the irony in receiving a list of “winning” Republican presidential candidates from the big loser of 2012. After a careful self-evaluation, Romney came to the inescapable conclusion that he was the candidate Americans most wanted in the White House. He miscalculated… horribly.
But Romney must have felt justified in his wrong-headed convictions after the New York Times described him as “the best choice of the field” among the Empire State’s Republican primary candidates of 2012. Romney, it said, was “an experienced politician and businessman who is capable of doing more than simply representing moneyed interests and social conservatives. He is the best bet to challenge President Obama.”
The Times urged Romney to run “on the record he created as governor of Massachusetts, where he was protective of women’s reproductive rights [abortion] and introduced a health insurance reform that was the model for the one Mr. Obama championed.”
Back then, Americans were not aware of the existence of MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber or that the man that helped craft President Obama’s opaque and Byzantine health care monstrosity also helped Gov. Romney to build Romneycare.
“Lack of transparency,” Professor Gruber stated on more than one occasion, was a “huge political advantage” in countering opposition from the “stupid” American voter.
And, this can’t be emphasized enough, foisting squishy, moderate, so-called “electable” presidential candidates on the party of Lincoln is a “huge political advantage” the mainstream media has over the habitually clueless Republican voter.
Sen. Ted Cruz recently told conservative activists attending the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention that, if Republicans nominate another Romney-like candidate for president, “the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again.”
It remains to be seen if rank-and-file Republican voters continue allowing the media and out-of-touch Republican losers to saddle the Grand Old Party with irrelevant, straw-man candidates that help Democrats move America closer to a one-party state.