Skip to main content

Ted Cruz speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 16, 2011
Hello, 2016!
He’s been in Washington only three months, but U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is already planning a pilgrimage to a critical presidential primary state.

The outspoken Cruz, a conservative attorney who has sprinted headlong into the Washington media spotlight since his election last November, will be the keynote speaker at the South Carolina Republican Party's Silver Elephant Dinner, CNN has learned. Cruz spokesperson Catherine Frazier also confirmed his attendance at the dinner, slated for May 3 in Columbia.

I almost don't even care if he runs—just the fact that he might run is awesome on its own. As long as he's a threat to enter the race, the GOP field is going to be wearing the crazy on their shirtsleeves. It'll be 2012 all over again.

But if Cruz does run, it wouldn't just be spectacular theater—he'd be a real threat to win the nomination, and no threat at all to win the general. He's the perfect fusion of the things Republican primary voters liked most about Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain. Plus, he's got something to offer the establishment types who backed Mitt Romney: his last name. (Apparently, guys like Reince Priebus think Cruz's last name makes him appealing to Latinos. That raises the question of who Reince thinks "Priebus" appeals to, but that's another topic for another day.)

Oh, and by the way, I'm not rooting for the GOP to get any crazier. I'd love nothing more than for them to transform themselves into a sane and reasonable political party. But that's not what they are, and as long as they're going to be nuts, they shouldn't hide it from the American public. And what better way for Republicans to embrace the monster they've created than by nominating Ted Cruz to be their standard bearer?


Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site