When Does it End?

 

shutterstock_180292469Yesterday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for US President at Liberty University in Virginia.  He characterized his candidacy as being one of restoring American ideals and values. He characterized his candidacy as a call to arms to conservatives — young and old alike — to defend the notion of freedom in the United States. And before the crowd (supposedly forced to be there according to some) filed out of the auditorium, the denouncing of his candidacy could be heard far and wide among the very people who claim to seek the very same thing that Cruz does: a return to a proud, strong, and free America.

The denouncing was not aimed at his policies, per se, nor was it a major rejection of him ideologically. It was simply rooted in style. Some commented on how he comes off as “slimy” or insincere.  Some did not like the notion that he targeted Evangelical Christians. And even higher up the food chain, C.W. Cooke of National Review, complained that he came off as Joel Olstein seeking to sell the audience a used car.

When does this end? When does the Republican Party and those who claim membership of the conservative movement in the United States stop torpedoing Conservative candidates over petty disputes of style? Just last week there was another example of this aimed at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker because he did not seem to be willing to throw flames at the idea of ethanol subsidies when he spoke in Iowa recently. Now we have complaints that Ted Cruz does not quite know how to get the proper presidential crease in his slacks.

We are, as a country, going into a presidential election season after eight years of a man who entered the Oval Office promising to “fundamentally transform” this country, and not for the better. We are leaving behind eight years that have brought us government compulsion to purchase consumer goods (healthcare in this instance), the neutering of the legislative branch as the law making body (environmental regulations, immigration reform), the use of the IRS to target and inflict severe harm against American citizens who do not want their country fundamentally changed, and the complete surrender of American leadership on the global stage. And yet, when it comes to the “smart set” of GOP and Conservative voters, we hear complaints about a presumptive candidate’s withering on ethanol and another candidate’s diction.

When will it end? When will those who complain about style or minute issues that have absolutely zero bearing on the direction of the country come out of hiding and give us the real reason why these types of candidates raise their ire? When will it be the end of such complaints when the real worry is that these types of candidates fight against the Left and go on the offensive as opposed to allowing themselves to be shelled into submission hiding behind the ramparts of being defensive? I do not believe for one instant that people’s reservations with Cruz or Walker have anything to do with speaking style or ethanol.  I have a pretty good hunch that the recoiling is born out of fear.

I wish for nothing more than for someone to win in 2016 that will roll back what Obama and the Democrats have done to this country since 2007 when they regained control of Congress. But that will not happen with nominees who look at Obama as well-meaning, just with foolish policies. That will not happen with candidates who are afraid to tell the American people that the Democratic Party does not like them and wish to subjugate them.  That will not happen with candidates who are more likely to fight with Conservative Republicans than with Leftist Democrats.

For the sake of the country, come together. Realize the need for someone to fight these people on the Left just as hard as they fight us. Realize that just because someone is not engrossed in DC largesse or a graduate of a university does not mean that they are not smart or sincere in their desire to help the country recover from the damage done to it by Barack Obama. The Democrats are our enemy, not Cruz or Walker or Jindal for that matter. We must hang together in 2016 and fight them or we are all going to surely hang separately in the face of a radical government.

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  1. user_44643 Inactive
    user_44643
    @MikeLaRoche

    Charles C.W. Cooke is really beginning to annoy me.

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  2. Ricochet Inactive
    Ricochet
    @Klank

    When will it end?  That alarmingly large numbers of people make huge decisions based on superficialities?

    Never.  Or when humanity dies out, or is replaced by/evolves into hyper-logical cyborgs.

    Your options:

    1)  Moan and feel bad about it.

    2)  Accept and work around it.

    As a Ricochet subscriber, you should already be spring-loaded to opt for (2), because (1) is the method utilized to cope with the persistent, demonstrable failings of the theory of the Communist/Socialist Worker’s Utopia (“…but they’ve never implemented it CORRECTLY!!!”)

    Consequently, candidates must accept that winning the White House (or any election) means making the correct and calculated moves vis-a-vis style, demeanor, clothing, obesity, hair, picking one’s battles, and timing the battles one picks.  As someone who sees through the foofarawery of it all, you are obliged to use the same intellectual power that enables you to see the irrelevance of these elements to ALSO comprehend them as important factors at swaying your dumber fellow voters.

    But you don’t have to like it.

    But no one likes a whiner.

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  3. EThompson Inactive
    EThompson
    @EThompson

    When does this end? When does the Republican Party and those who claim membership of the Conservative Movement in the United States stop torpedoing Conservative candidates over petty disputes of style? 

    Apparently – never – as the GOP managed to “torpedo” the most qualified presidential candidate in my lifetime in 2012.

    The good news: Even as a Rubio fan, I welcome Cruz to the Coliseum because he’s very, very smart and I look forward to the primary debates!

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  4. TKC1101 Inactive
    TKC1101
    @TKC1101

    It’s not about style. It’s about the fact that he is a man of principle and those are considered dangerous by the elite crowd. A president who cannot be controlled by dangling cash or power cannot be allowed. They are “rigid”, “inflexible” and “extreme”.

    List the candidates and some have already sold out to certain boondoggle gravy trains for the elite (common core, immigration, climate change, ex-im bank, ethanol, overseas oil money to prevent fracking and US energy expansion) or are willing to sell out.

    Someone who might actually reduce the federal workforce by 25% would be considered dangerously extreme.  Real estate values for the pundit class in Northern Virginia, you know.

    The rest will be labelled kooks, fringe, narrow, and stupid. Oh, and ugly too.

    I have been watching “Conservative” pundits for 30 years admiring the problem of federal overreach, the deficit and loss of liberty but should anyone ever really propose something which would change the direction, they are the first to pour gasoline on the heretic.

    Those pundits set the tone for the frameworks you use to view politicians. Challenge it.  Turn them off and let the candidates use their own words. The candidate who can get connected to voters directly will win the next election.

    We have real problems. I hope one of these guys can make a dent in them. A few look like they might throw a wrench in the gears if we gave them a chance.

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  5. Ricochet Inactive
    Ricochet
    @RobertMcReynolds

    Klank:When will it end? That alarmingly large numbers of people make huge decisions based on superficialities?

    Never. Or when humanity dies out, or is replaced by/evolves into hyper-logical cyborgs.

    Your options:

    1) Moan and feel bad about it.

    2) Accept and work around it.

    As a Ricochet subscriber, you should already be spring-loaded to opt for (2), because (1) is the method utilized to cope with the persistent, demonstrable failings of the theory of the Communist/Socialist Worker’s Utopia (“…but they’ve never implemented it CORRECTLY!!!”)

    Consequently, candidates must accept that winning the White House (or any election) means making the correct and calculated moves vis-a-vis style, demeanor, clothing, obesity, hair, picking one’s battles, and timing the battles one picks. As someone who sees through the foofarawery of it all, you are obliged to use the same intellectual power that enables you to see the irrelevance of these elements to ALSO comprehend them as important factors at swaying your dumber fellow voters.

    But you don’t have to like it.

    But no one likes a whiner.

    Nobody is whining here.  I am simply appealing to people who I perceive to be smart people to not make a rash decision based on petty things.  I am not begging anyone to support Cruz or Walker.  I am simply asking that if they are going to oppose them that they have an actual reason and spell them out in intellectual terms.  I’m sorry but ethanol and a government shutdown are simply not going to cut it with me as an excuse.  Nor is speaking pattern or whether or not they answer dumb questions from the Leftist media.  Unfortunately if I am not presented with intellectual reason NOT to support these candidates then there is zero chance that I can ever convince that person to change their mind.  Irrational decisions will never be quelled by reason because irrational decisions are rooted in emotion.

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  6. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    It’s like Karl Rove said.  We need more purity in the Republican party, so we need to drive out those who are not housebroken.  Or something like that.

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  7. user_513752 Inactive
    user_513752
    @BryanG

    I confess to not quite understanding your point. Are you denying that “style” is critically important in presidential politics? Cooke’s piece essentially lays out all the reasons why Cruz is an impressive man and candidate, but why in his estimation Cruz is unlikely to gain traction. It’s not necessary to jump to the conclusion he’s operating in bad faith (“come out of hiding and give us the real reason why these types of candidates raise their ire”). Cruz could either take it as advice and consider changing his communication strategy to the extent that’s possible, or not, and prove his critics wrong.

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  8. Umbra Fractus Inactive
    Umbra Fractus
    @UmbraFractus

    When will the so-called “true conservatives” learn to accept criticism without questioning the motives of the criticizers?

    Why must all criticism of Ted Cruz be the result “fear?”

    Well, okay, that’s not fair; I criticize Ted Cruz because I fear the phrase “President Clinton,” but that’s not what I meant.

    These past 48 hours have proven all of my fears regarding a Cruz candidacy right. I was worried that the wagons would circle like never before, and anyone not 100% behind him would be labeled an establishment squish regardless of who he actually supports. I eagerly await someone who will actually respond to criticism of Ted Cruz with something other than name calling.

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  9. user_142044 Thatcher
    user_142044
    @AmericanAbroad

    My hope is that it stops when someone has enough delegates to secure the nomination.  Until then, we should debate both style and substance because both matter in the general election.

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  10. Kim K. Inactive
    Kim K.
    @KimK

    It’s funny that Cruz’s “tone” bothers Cooke, because it is exactly how Cooke comes across when you hear him speak. Of course, he’s not running for anything. But it goes to show, it takes one to know one.

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  11. Jude Inactive
    Jude
    @Jude

    I imagine that many Republicans are a bit punch drunk and want to see a successful candidate. We beat ourselves so often that we start expecting to see seeds (or sprouts, or trees) of failure, even as candidacy is announced.

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  12. user_353507 Member
    user_353507
    @RonSelander

    “For the sake of the country, come together. Realize the need for someone to fight these people on the Left just as hard as they fight us”

    AMEN, brother, AMEN

    It is time for us to get tribal! Our tribe is better (far better) than their tribe. They will vote for any dem – that’s right, ANY dem.

    Let’s get smart. Quit this stupid bickering. Let’s keep our eyes on the ball!!!!

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  13. Ricochet Inactive
    Ricochet
    @KermitHoffpauir

    Robert McReynolds:

    Klank:When will it end? That alarmingly large numbers of people make huge decisions based on superficialities?

    Never. Or when humanity dies out, or is replaced by/evolves into hyper-logical cyborgs.

    Your options:

    1) Moan and feel bad about it.

    2) Accept and work around it.

    As a Ricochet subscriber, you should already be spring-loaded to opt for (2), because (1) is the method utilized to cope with the persistent, demonstrable failings of the theory of the Communist/Socialist Worker’s Utopia (“…but they’ve never implemented it CORRECTLY!!!”)

    Consequently, candidates must accept that winning the White House (or any election) means making the correct and calculated moves vis-a-vis style, demeanor, clothing, obesity, hair, picking one’s battles, and timing the battles one picks. As someone who sees through the foofarawery of it all, you are obliged to use the same intellectual power that enables you to see the irrelevance of these elements to ALSO comprehend them as important factors at swaying your dumber fellow voters.

    But you don’t have to like it.

    But no one likes a whiner.

    Nobody is whining here. I am simply appealing to people who I perceive to be smart people to not make a rash decision based on petty things. I am not begging anyone to support Cruz or Walker. I am simply asking that if they are going to oppose them that they have an actual reason and spell them out in intellectual terms. I’m sorry but ethanol and a government shutdown are simply not going to cut it with me as an excuse. Nor is speaking pattern or whether or not they answer dumb questions from the Leftist media. Unfortunately if I am not presented with intellectual reason NOT to support these candidates then there is zero chance that I can ever convince that person to change their mind. Irrational decisions will never be quelled by reason because irrational decisions are rooted in emotion.

    What has he actually done other than orate?  Please enlighten me.  Speeches are not what gets things done other that getting a few folks all hot and bothered.

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  14. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Posted without comment or endorsement:

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  15. DrewInWisconsin Member
    DrewInWisconsin
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Rep. Peter King threatened to jump off a bridge if Cruz got the nomination.

    Though I lean toward Walker, I would support a Cruz candidacy just to see this happen.

    MAKE IT SO!

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  16. Ricochet Inactive
    Ricochet
    @KermitHoffpauir

    DrewInWisconsin:Rep. Peter King threatened to jump off a bridge if Cruz got the nomination.

    Though I lean toward Walker, I would support a Cruz candidacy just to see this happen.

    MAKE IT SO!

    Indeed, how I so agree except for the Walker part yet.  My powder is dry.

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  17. DrewInWisconsin Member
    DrewInWisconsin
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Good piece on Ted Cruz at The Federalist today. Ben Domenech makes a good case for why Cruz could win.

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  18. Ricochet Inactive
    Ricochet
    @KermitHoffpauir

    Kim K.:It’s funny that Cruz’s “tone” bothers Cooke, because it is exactly how Cooke comes across when you hear him speak. Of course, he’s not running for anything. But it goes to show, it takes one to know one.

    I have been saying this about Cruz’s style for 3 years now.  BTW, I was born the same year of the Frog’s creation, 1955.  Being a March baby I assume that he was named after me.

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  19. Matede Inactive
    Matede
    @MateDe

    DrewInWisconsin:Rep. Peter King threatened to jump off a bridge if Cruz got the nomination.

    Though I lean toward Walker, I would support a Cruz candidacy just to see this happen.

    MAKE IT SO!

    I second this. I like Walker and Cruz, both are fearless conservative warriors, but with different styles. Let’s get this campaign started to see who the conservative candidate will be to go up against Jeb for the nomination.

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  20. Ricochet Inactive
    Ricochet
    @KermitHoffpauir

    Misthiocracy:Posted without comment or endorsement:

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    What legislation proposed or impacted?  It smacks of a Senator Obama record.

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  21. Nick Stuart Inactive
    Nick Stuart
    @NickStuart

    Cruz comes across as a fighter, good

    And I’d like to see him subject Clinton to his withering prosecutorial style in debates.

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  22. Tommy De Seno Contributor
    Tommy De Seno
    @TommyDeSeno

    If you are born with no talent in life, you can be a hobo, a boxing analyst, a movie critic or a political pundit.   Only the hobo is being honest about who he is.

    The problem you are encountering Robert and I share your frustration is the business of criticism has no standard and anyone can do it.   It’s not new, as President Johnson famously noted if he walked on the water across the Potomac the headlines would read the next day that the President can’t swim.

    There is no official arbiter of fairness for these things and perhaps there shouldn’t be, but the problem unlike in Johnson’s day is the amount of pundits – practically everyone fancies themselves one thanks to blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

    You just have to play in the new stadium and try to get the better analysis through to the voters.

    That being said, Cruz is a Canadian and his hair always looks greasy so I wouldn’t vote for him.

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  23. Red Feline Inactive
    Red Feline
    @RedFeline

    As a concerned Canadian, this post is saying what needs to be said. Get it together, GOP! The rest of the world NEEDS you!

    What is needed as President is someone with personal integrity, who can’t be bought, and who puts the good of the country and world before their own good. If a candidate can speak directly to the American people, and they feel they can trust that person, surely that person will win.

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  24. Frank Soto Contributor
    Frank Soto
    @FrankSoto

    Umbra Fractus:When will the so-called “true conservatives” learn to accept criticism without questioning the motives of the criticizers?

    Agreed.  Cooke’s criticism was a call for Cruz to improve, and Cooke is treated as a heretic for it.  These fits don’t reflect well on the right.

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  25. user_130720 Member
    user_130720
    @

    Do you want a Presidential candidate you can feel good(righteous?) about?; or do you want a President you can feel good(righteous?) about?

    It’s not the same thing.

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  26. user_348375 Inactive
    user_348375
    @TrinityWaters

    We can deduce from the condition of our country that the majority of the political class and a large segment of the media are fearful of fundamental change for the better.  Cruz will be attacked and vilified by that majority.  The good news is that they are outnumbered by conservative voters, who can change things if they vote.  And, I’ll bet Cruz wears the slings and arrows as badges of courage and proof that his agenda will prevail.

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  27. Tuck Inactive
    Tuck
    @Tuck

    On the other hand, conservative Democrat law professor Ann Althouse:

    This is a truly powerful speech. Just brilliant.”

    Cruz, as the chart above shows, is a real American Conservative.  Most Republicans are Progressives, of the Roosevelt-Hoover-Eisenhower-Nixon-Bush-Romney strain.  Progressive Republicans hate nothing more than Conservatives, when they stop being useful idiots.

    Cruz, like Buckley, is no idiot.  Buckley never really ran for office, so he didn’t face Progressive Republican opprobrium. But his favorite candidate sure did.

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  28. user_138400 Inactive
    user_138400
    @JoAnnRogers

    I second the motion to stop tearing into our side, for precisely the reason that what ricochets around the “news” is that our candidate is bad somehow. I vote for the kid in the candy store model  ” Ohh, they all look so good I can hardly make up my mind!”  Let’s accentuate the positive.  Please, with sugar on top?

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  29. HeartofAmerica Inactive
    HeartofAmerica
    @HeartofAmerica

    Cruz is using Axiom Strategies/Jeff Roe as his campaign management team. Anyone who knows Jeff knows that nothing (and I mean nothing) is done without some sort of extreme strategy around it. Do you wonder why a senator from Texas wouldn’t make his announcement in Texas? They chose Liberty University for several reasons, including the captive audience who would be fined if they missed the speech.

    Roe is currently managing Catherine Hannaway’s (now-suspended) campaign for Governor in Missouri. Why is it suspended? Because of a commercial that allegedly drove state auditor, Tom Schweich to commit suicide because of the harsh comparisons to him as “Barney Fife-ish” and not Governor material. This reason, along with (again) an alleged whisper campaign that Schweich was Jewish. He’s not, but enough whispers gain traction. This whole incident may take down Hannaway and the state party chairman…and Democrats are loving it. But that’s another post.

    So imagine that Cruz’s campaign will be a hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners, in-your-face approach that Roe is known for. It’s about to get nasty out there folks.

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  30. ctlaw Coolidge
    ctlaw
    @ctlaw

    EThompson:The good news: Even as a Rubio fan, I welcome Cruz to the Coliseum because he’s very, very smart and I look forward to the primary debates!

    Cruz and Rand Paul probably can do even a better job of keeping the other candidates (and debate moderators) in line than Newt and Ron Paul did in recent primaries.

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