Cruz’s announcement opens the GOP 2016 presidential race

With Senator Ted Cruz's announcement, the 2016 Presidential race begins - But Republicans will lose if they do not choose a frontrunner soon


WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 – With Ted Cruz’s recent announcement declaring his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election,  it is officially open season for other potential contenders. In no time, in order to buy in to the announcement momentum, expect a number of other candidates to throw their hats into the elephant ring.

In the coming weeks, expect to see this act replay itself a few times: dynamic speeches in front of “eager” youngsters, promises about tomorrow, and always, America and freedom.

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In 2016 the GOP needs to retain power in Congress in order for the presidency to be a substantial win, a statement which of course is both obvious and true. And in order to gain that victory, the 2016 GOP primary election needs to be one thing above all — cordial.

The GOP is already suffering from a sort of identity crisis, with the conservative wing of the party pushing for radical change in the wake of almost two terms of one of the most progressive presidents we have ever had, and the establishment holding them off in hopes of retaining some measure of electability. The GOP needs a solid strategy.

That strategy can be astonishingly simple if they only could come together. Step One, get your act together, however that may be. Step Two, keep your act together. Step Three, victoriously put a Republican in the White House.

In order to PUT a Republican in the White House they cannot give the Democrats any more ammunition than they already have. Republicans have already displayed to the nation several times that despite seizing control of both houses of Congress they have yet to seize control of themselves.

As Ted Cruz throws his tri-corner, tea-bag-bedecked hat into the ring, the GOP needs to keep this elephant rumble from turning into a circus.

They do that by keeping it civil, they do that by avoiding name-calling, scandal-dredging, and going diving for closet skeletons. They need to debate the issues, avoid making nasty comments about the rhetoric and beliefs of the other candidates and do so respectfully.

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The Republican Party members does not all agree with one another, this we know, but they need to keep family issues in the family and not air them in front of the others.

For example, a debate between Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz should not sound like this…

Bush: I believe that the government can solve our problems…

Cruz: I believe you are a red flag-waving Socialist and you probably hate Jesus…

It should go something along the lines of this…

Bush: I believe that the government can solve our problems…

Cruz: See that is where I disagree with you, sir. Here are several reasons why…

As we say nearly every election, this next election is crucial, well it is. Keystone XL, Obamacare, appointing Supreme Court justices  — these are all aspects of government that will be addressed in finality by the next party to take power.

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The Republicans will never make it up to take a swing if they all destroy each other in the dugout before the game. We all know how elections politics work: candidates need to work together once they drop out, they become options for cabinet positions or leadership roles and they become potential running mates, but that will be difficult to do indeed if candidates treat one another with contempt on the trail.

The name of this game is minimizing potential damage. The Democrats already have plenty of ammunition to fire off at the GOP in 2016; they do not need the GOP neatly packaging ammo and delivering it to them with pretty bows on top. If the GOP enters its primaries for the 2016 presidential election without a clear image, arms flailing with accusations and name-calling, looking like a group of blind, drunk fools at a barn dance, they are going to hurt each other.

And while a fight between friends is understandable, when it comes time for the Big Show you do not want to start the dance with a shiner on your face.



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  • Elle Tee

    There is neither empathy nor compassion in condemning the children of these united states further into the hock of hostile foreign creditors