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Ted Cruz was not known to me until today, when a bevy of news reports came out about a number of conservative heavy hitters stumping for him in the next few days, including Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck and Jim DeMint.

I thought, "Wow, what's up here?".  Sarah Palin hasn't gotten out in a while.  And Glenn Beck always shows up with a flash of brimstone and a whif of sulfur.  This should be interesting.

A quick google and dkos search tells me he's a Tea Party darling, favored to upset the Republican establishment by winning the primary in a safe Texas seat.

Hmm, Tea Party darling, relatively young and Hispanic to boot?  Sounds like a perfect 2012 VP pick, a combination of pandering to the Tea Party base and a blatant attempt to play on voting block sympathies.  Why not?  Sarah Palin fit the bill in 2008, but she was Governor, a traditional stepping stone to the presidential ticket.

Cruz was Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008, and is only now back on the political stage.  Not much detail on what he's done in the last four years, but he's running for Senate now.  And the right-wing loves him.  George Will called him "a candidate as good as it gets".  Sounds like someone is being groomed.

He's short on national experience, but right about now I think Mitt Romney, and Republicans voting for Mitt, are looking for a hail mary pass.  Sure it didn't work in 2008, but "this time it's different" they might say.  With the Tea Party leadership in motion, they may be looking for a way to boost their favored son and leaven the bland dough that is the Romney campaign.

Of course, that assumes Romney survives the convention.

Originally posted to Big Brother Watch on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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  •  Hey! Not nice comparing Beck to Nightcrawler. (1+ / 0-)
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    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:13:47 AM PDT

  •  That's One Way for Dewhurst to Win (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, sebastianguy99

    Get his most formidable opponent out of the race and onto the Romney ticket.

    Somehow, I doubt Ted Cruz is that stupid.

    •  BTW, About Those Ads (0+ / 0-)

      There's more square centimeters of Dewhurst-Cruz mud slinging on this site than there is blogging.

    •  Wouldn't work (3+ / 0-)
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      DRo, cassandracarolina, Adam B

      Texas has the 'Johnson Rule' where you can run for VP and Senate at the same time. Not only did LBJ do that, so did Lloyd Bensen.

      Language professors HATE me!

      by Zornorph on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:18:16 AM PDT

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      •  OK, so it is possible for Cruz to do both. (0+ / 0-)

        Good to know my speculation is not impossible right out of the gate.

      •  He'd have to, otherwise, (0+ / 0-)

        If Cruz withdraws to run for VP after the primary runoff, the Republican party cannot replace him on the ballot for U.S. Senate, meaning the winner of the Democratic Primary (likely Paul Sadler) would be running only against candidates from third parties (Libertarian, Green, etc)

        "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

        by craigkg on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:33:15 AM PDT

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    •  true that (0+ / 0-)

      I doubt being on the Romney ticket would be a political boost, either.  But I wouldn't underestimate the powerful force that pandering represents to the Republican leadership.  Up to now, I've thought Rubio was a likely VP pick based on the same reasoning.

  •  Can Cruz run for Senate and VP (0+ / 0-)

    at the same time?

    I don't think Cruz is a serious candidate at this time.

    Romney will be the first ballot nominee. He is running head to head with the President in the polls, including the DKOS poll. Why would the GOP not nominate him?

    I think the choices are down to Pawlenty and Portman, safe picks.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:16:47 AM PDT

  •  Not going to happen (2+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, Catte Nappe

    Romney would never pick someone like that - if he wants to go with a Hispanic, it would be Rubio or Martinez.

    Language professors HATE me!

    by Zornorph on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:19:19 AM PDT

  •  It Worked In 2008. Their Problem Was Massive (1+ / 0-)
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    collapse of base energy in 2008 pointing to a nationwide bloodbath. Palin was brought in to re-energize the base. Sure it didn't get them the White House but it set them up for the tea party slaughter of Democrats just 2 years later.

    There's at least one VP that would give them all 3 federal branches and a big advance across the states, as close as things are now with Mitt being even more of a disappointment than McCain was.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:21:50 AM PDT

  •  Mitt doesn't want a "game changer." (3+ / 0-)

    Palinesque fire and brimstone are out. Portmanesque predictability is in. Romney will pick a staid, white bureaucrat who doesn't (a) overshadow him or (b) have a tendency to "go rogue" and require damage control. He's going to want someone who looks like a fellow corporate exec, not a fire-breather.

    Mitt's already got the true believers. The Tea Party isn't going to stay home just because of a boring VP pick; their hatred of Obama is pretty much all they have in life (and the whiter the GOP ticket, the happier they'll be). What he needs is the soft middle, and he believes that projecting bland, white corporate-leaderism is the safest route to peeling off that segment of the electorate.

    Winning elections is great, but building movements is better.

    by Alvin K on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:31:44 AM PDT

  •  Cruz has his hands full at the moment (0+ / 0-)

    overcoming his image as a lawyer defending some sleazoid clients. If he beats Dewhurst in the July 31 primary runoff, then he might be a contender for something.

    Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

    by cassandracarolina on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:34:48 AM PDT

  •  Probably has more to do with the (3+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, Catte Nappe, Kinak

    FreePack meeting in Dallas--sponsored by freedonworks.

    You can find the speakers, which included Cruz, Armey, Beck and others here. [link goes to freedonworks]

    BlackMax wrote about an angle of it.

    And of course, Palin, Beck, Paul et. al. held a nice little party for Cruz.

    THAT is where this nonsense is coming from.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:38:00 AM PDT

    •  Ah I wondered if there was some other draw (0+ / 0-)

      That would explain why they were there.  Still, I bet Cruz was/is considered, what with the national attention and props he's been getting.

    •  Nice bit of synergy (0+ / 0-)

      Didn't know about that event. Glenn Beck is also "Restoring Love", at Cowboy Stadium, this weekend.

      Beck's event is named Restoring Love. It's a three-day Beckfest of revivals, Tea Party rallies and publicity stunts, all to restore the American spirit while also reviving love and attention for Beck, his books and his $40-million-a-year publishing and webcast empire.
      Volunteers from across the country are expected to start arriving in North Texas on Thursday at the request of conservative media personality Glenn Beck. His event called ‘Restoring Love’ is aimed at fixing the nation’s problems through community service. It culminates Saturday night with a gathering at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:19:22 AM PDT

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  •  Nope (1+ / 0-)
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    Doubt he's on the Romney camp radar at all. Besides, his background is Cuban, and they already have one of those available if they want.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:54:23 AM PDT

  •  Glenn Beck's "Restoring Love" event this weekend (0+ / 0-)

    I suspect the heavy hitter action is mostly in town for that. Cruz just happens to benefit from it.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:02:01 AM PDT

  •  People have time to imagine/write this nonsense? (1+ / 0-)
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    Adam B

    I don't even know why I'm taking the time to comment, but he's not picking a guy who never went above Solicitor General. ALso,  I'm sure Tea Party faithful would rather work in getting him into the Senate.  

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

    by FischFry on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:30:01 AM PDT

  •  If he was solicitior-general in Texas for Perry (0+ / 0-)

    then he's guilty of something. There's a skeleton in a closet somewhere in Texas.
    Just sayin'.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:41:10 AM PDT

  •  Romney to pick Ben Quayle (0+ / 0-)

    Willard and Ben, two rats on the same ticket.

  •  The attack ads on him here have painted him as an (0+ / 0-)

    accomplice to China in stealing American technology while defending them in legal battles, a bit too much like Bain to go very far in my opinion, if there is any truth in them.

    Reach for the sky, Touch the sky, Revive a hope, For Mankind!

    by Greatwyrm on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 01:06:55 PM PDT

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