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All this talk about grandstanding for his base to gear up for a 2016 POTUS run, misses the point. Ted Cruz will indeed run for President. He will lose, either in the primaries or in the general. He already knows that. Cruz doesn't care. All this showmanship, hot air, blathering on for 20+ hours and subsequent visit to Rush isn't really about becoming President. They are merely more ways to build his brand.

Cruz's idol is obvious. You can see it in that picture above. Look at him give Sarah the puppy-dog eyes. That coy slightly timid way he reaches out to touch her waist as if to ask, "Is this really okay? Are you really choosing me?"

His queen has reached down and annointed him and Ted couldn't be happier. He's going to do everything he can to become Sarah Palin. He'll run for POTUS in 2016 and, heck, I wouldn't be shocked if he quit the Senate sometime after 2014 to "focus full time on running for POTUS." Then he'll lose and then the fun (and the real reason all this glitz) begins.

Ted's gonna get PAID!. He's already due for a payday of epic proportions. He'll make millions if he quits today, but in 2-3 years when his "ambitions are dashed" and he finally gives up his run, the money is going to roll in just like it did for Queen Sarah, but in even bigger numbers because after all Ted is "smart". He went to Harvard. So the rubes are going to be convinced even more than they were by Sarah's wink that they've found their true leader, one that cannot be dismissed as stupid by the evil left and they will demand his slot on FAUX news and buy his books and go to his talks and shower him with obscene amounts of money.

And Ted will laugh and roll around in his huge money pit and hire some firm to figure out how to suck even more money out of the rubes. Ted's moment in the Sun starts now. He's ready for his close up. He's got the star appeal. He's got the bluster. He's got the ears and eyes of the dumbest part of the rightwing voting bloc and soon he'll have their heart and after that their wallets will open and the money will roll in.

That's all Ted really wants and if he can just find a way not to do anything to horribly stupid these next few years his dream will come true and he will become the chosen one and laugh, laugh, laugh all the way to the bank.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Progress 365 not just a slogan a goal - 300 progressive seats in the House and 65 progressive seats in the Senate.

    by jusjtim35 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 02:56:25 PM PDT

  •  That very well could be. (2+ / 0-)
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    jusjtim35, cassandracarolina

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 03:32:00 PM PDT

  •  agreed (3+ / 0-)

    He doesn't have a chance at President.

    He is trying to grab a spot, possibly VP. Maybe get paid a lot of dough doing the talk circuit.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 03:36:31 PM PDT

  •  Tony Montana is Ted Cruz (2+ / 0-)
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    jusjtim35, cassandracarolina

    and he is gonna make some real money or so he thinks.  His queen in this theater will show him what greed is all about.

  •  Not a soon-to-be-released film with Mel Gibson (0+ / 0-)

    Or at least, I'm hoping not.

    I actually think you're wrong here -- I don't think it's just about the grift for this guy.  I think he's sufficiently egomaniacal that he figures he might just get lucky.

    Josh Marshall, of Talking Points Memo, has figured out that he (and Josh's wife as well) went to college with The Cruz.  Josh didn't remember him, but his wife did.  Her take on him seems to fit with both other classmates, folks who went to law school at Harvard Law School (she did as well), and the GOP caucus in the Senate:  extremely arrogant, extremely smart, and a total, flaming asshole.

    Marshall wrote a couple of posts a couple days ago.  Here's the first of them.

    Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

    by mbayrob on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 04:15:34 PM PDT

    •  yeah I read that, but I'm still not buying it (1+ / 0-)
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      rat racer

      If he's really as smart as all that, he knows he doesn't have the numbers and never will. He has to know the people he is appealing to is a distinct minority of the population. Either that or he's not as smart as he claims because he's ignoring the stats and deep inside the GOP noise bubble. It's one or the other. I think he is smart, so there must be something else going on.

      Progress 365 not just a slogan a goal - 300 progressive seats in the House and 65 progressive seats in the Senate.

      by jusjtim35 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 04:37:13 PM PDT

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      •  justjim - you may be right (1+ / 0-)
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        I hadn't though about your perspective before reading your diary, but I think your analysis has merit.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 04:57:11 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Looking at the world from red-colored glasses (0+ / 0-)

        You can be extremely bright and totally alienated from reality as well.  Which I think sums this guy up well.

        Also:  I'm old enough to remember when people thought Ronald Reagan was not a serious candidate for president.  Look how that turned out.

        I don't think his getting elected is likely.  But if he gets nominated by the GOP, there's always the possibility our candidate will implode, and he'll get in any way.  So it would be best if the guy implodes before a presidential run.

        Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

        by mbayrob on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 04:59:57 PM PDT

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  •  am not so sure... (0+ / 0-) seems to me that Cruz fancies himself to be another Ronald Reagan, an out-of-the-mainstream right winger (for his time, that is), who made a name for himself being as far right as he could possibly be. It took Reagan a couple of terms in office and then a couple of tries, after running as a rabble-rousing right-wing critic, decrying all things liberal. And he pandered shamelessly to the right-wing media. Heck...Reagan was part of the right-wing media from 1976 to 1980, as a newspaper columnist, basically promoting himself.

    My guess is that Cruz considers himself a movement conservative, building a new, "righter" movement than the one before.

  •  If he's 1/2 as smart as said; can chase both (0+ / 0-)

    1. A Tea-bagger-demanded deal for him to take the Vice Presidential spot on a Christie ticket, with a real possibility that, in the general election, swing voters who like Christie don't turn away because of the extremism of the bottom half of the ticket,


    2. An alternative career cashing in on the love of Tea-baggers.

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