There are three primary reasons that mainstream Republicans, often referred to as the Republican Establishment or moderates, don’t support Ted Cruz. The reality is that his Presidency will be much more productive and fruitful for Americans in general and Republicans in particular whether they’re conservatives or mainstream.
Let’s take a look at these three elements and determine if mainstream Republicans should really fear a Ted Cruz Presidency.
The first thing that often comes to mind when Republicans explain why they don’t support him is that he’s too divisive. Even competitor Donald Trump says that he can’t make a deal. This is partially true, but looking at his history we see both side of the coin. His infamous government shutdown that tore through the hearts of Republican Senators but that ended up yielding a Republican majority a year later is shown as an example of his divisiveness. That’s part of being in the Senate and making campaign promises that you intend to keep. Unlike the vast majority of politicians, Cruz took the mandates of his constituents and followed through on his promise to fight Obamacare.
If we look back a little further, we find an interesting side of Ted Cruz that very few pundits ever discuss according to PJ Media:
Cruz promoted economic liberty and fought government efforts to rig the marketplace in favor of special interests. Most notably, Cruz launched an initiative to study the government’s role in conspiring with established businesses to suppress e-commerce. This initiative ultimately led the U.S. Supreme Court to open up an entire industry to small e-tailers. Based on his early support of disruptive online companies, Cruz has some grounds to call himself the “Uber of American politics.”
Moreover, and perhaps surprising to some, Cruz sought and secured a broad, bipartisan consensus for his agenda. Almost all of Cruz’s initiatives received unanimous support among both Republicans and Democrats.
Ted Cruz a consensus-builder? He was, at the FTC.
Different situations require different types of leadership and Ted Cruz has demonstrated that he’s capable of discernment followed by action.
Yes, Ted Cruz is a staunch conservative. Here’s the thing that most Americans don’t understand. A President’s actual capabilities to engage in their own whims are much lower than most realize. President Obama has attempted to usurp these limitations, but the Supreme Court is very likely going to curtail these alleged powers as they take on his immigration executive order.
“In deciding to hear this case, the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of the separation of powers,” Paxton said in a statement. “As federal courts have already ruled three times, there are limits to the President’s authority, and those limits enacted by Congress were exceeded when the President unilaterally sought to grant ‘lawful presence’ to more than 4 million unauthorized aliens who are in this country unlawfully. The Court should affirm what President Obama said himself on more than 20 occasions: that he cannot unilaterally rewrite congressional laws and circumvent the people’s representatives.”
Cruz not any President can turn their perspectives into laws without the Congress. They cannot overturn decisions without the Supreme Court. Most importantly, they are limited in what actions they can do as Commander-in-Chief. This means that mainstream Republican fears of a a theocracy or a right-wing extremist nation are unfounded.
If you listen very closely to what Ted Cruz promises in his speeches or during debates, he’s extremely careful to only make promises that he is able to keep. This differs greatly from Trump who has proposed several emotionally-charged but impossible things that he would supposedly do as President.
Having a conservative in the White House won’t send the nation into anarchy. It will allow the feeble Republican Congress to finally enact the bills that the vast majority of Republicans want to happen.
Whether you think that Cruz is ineligible or too polarizing to win in the general election, you have to look at recent history to see these notions to be false. While nobody knows with 100% certainty how the court will rule on his eligibility, the chances are extremely high that he will be ruled eligible. To paraphrase a line in Zero Dark Thirty. “100% he’s eligible. OK, 95%, because I know certainty freaks you guys out, but it’s 100.”
As far as winning the general election, look at the past. Since 1976, the more extreme left or extreme right candidate’s platform has won every Presidential election. For example, President Obama ran on a platform that was further to the left than either John McCain’s or Mitt Romney’s platform was to the right. President George W. Bush’s platform was more conservative than his competitors’ platforms were liberal.
The bottom line is this: polarizing works. The Democrats know this. That’s why every Democratic candidate going forward will be far left. In fact, Hillary Clinton might be the least liberal candidate we’ll ever see again and she’s pretty darn liberal. Republicans, on the other hand, still seem to equate “Independent” with “moderate.” They think that winning the Independent vote requires a milquetoast moderate candidate and that if a conservative ever ran, it would be a bloodbath. It’s simply not true and history bears that out. Independents will vote for the candidate that speaks to their primary individual needs first. If they don’t have a primary individual need, they will vote for the candidate that inspires them. Ted Cruz will inspire them
Against Hillary Clinton, Cruz will have the major advantage of integrity and principles that have been conspicuously absent throughout Clinton’s career. Against Sanders, Cruz would be the ideological opposite with the major advantage of not having a scary label like “socialist.”
The biggest reason that we didn’t list for mainstream Republicans to support Cruz is that he’s the only one at this point who can beat Trump. The “moderate” candidates have no realistic path to victory against Trump. Cruz and his SEC Primary on March 1 will be well-positioned to take out Trump if the mainstream Republicans learn to trust him.