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With a reflection of the U.S. Capitol dome serving as a backdrop, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacts to a question about negative perceptions of Tea Party Republicans during the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, October 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Bour
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, if he realized what he was saying
Don't let this headline get you down...
Ted Cruz Says It's Too Early To Worry About 2016
...because Ted Cruz is most definitely thinking about 2016, given that he made those comments in South Carolina, where the GOP's first southern primary will be held in 2016. According to Politico, the crowd there loved him:
It didn’t take much for Ted Cruz to bring a crowd of conservatives to its feet here.

By the time the Texas Republican senator finished speaking Tuesday night, an adoring audience hailed Cruz and his no-compromise, combative style of conservatism that has made him the scourge of the GOP establishment but a hero of the tea party.

Ever the wet blanket, however, Politico quickly pivoted to say that Cruz faces skepticism from some Palmetto staters:
“Electability — that will be his challenge,” said Republican Lindsey Graham, South Carolina’s senior senator. “He’s got to show he can put the patchwork together.”
Kinda' hard to argue with that point. Cruz is about as electable as Attila the Hun. I mean, Cruz might do a little better, but the point is they would both be guaranteed losers.

Good news, though: As he made clear when explaining why his skeptics were wrong, Cruz is completely unaware of this fact:

When asked about doubts about his electability, he pointed to the grass-roots “army” and “diverse coalition” that propelled him to victory in his 2012 Senate race.

“We saw support from every spectrum of the Republican Party,” Cruz said.

Dear Ted: Even if the Supreme Court repealed the entire Voting Rights Act, seeing "support from every spectrum of the Republican Party" still won't win you the White House. But it might just win you the nomination. And we'll be rooting for you every step of the way.


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