Teabagging Ted Cruz STILL Thinks Right Wing Extremism Is How To Win The White House


Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke to ultra-conservatives in Myrtle Beach, SC, this weekend to ask them to avoid nominating someone like Mitt Romney as the 2016 Republican presidential candidate. According to Cruz, Romney, John McCain and Bob Dole are all “good, honorable and decent men,” but not conservative enough to win a presidential election.

According to The Huffington PostCruz is certain that Democrats will win a third consecutive presidential election if the wrong candidate is chosen. He said:

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If we nominate a candidate in [Romney’s] mold, the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again.

Ted Cruz believes in the existence of a silent, ultra-conservative majority, just like so many other teabagging ultra-conservatives do. He thinks the reason Ronald Reagan won the presidency in 1980 is because he was such a strong conservative. Perhaps back then, he was, but Reagan wouldn’t even be nominated with the makeup of today’s GOP. And as conservative as the GOP has become, the Tea Party is too extreme for most people.

Consider the fact that state spending during Reagan’s reign as California governor rose by 177 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times. He popularized deficit spending at the federal level, and caused the national debt to balloon during his eight years in the White House.

The L.A. Times also says that Reagan helped create the California Air Resources Board, which was the first agency to regulate tailpipe emissions from cars. By today’s conservative standards, that would make him an environmental extremist. Or, at the very least, someone who didn’t care about the economy, because such environmental standards are overly burdensome, hampering job creation and growth.

Today’s ultra-conservatives don’t want environmental laws. They don’t want more government spending. They want to shrink the size of the government, both through slowing down spending and through other means. Ronald Reagan was a big-government politician in small-government clothes. This is what Ted Cruz, in his condemnation of Mitt Romney as “not conservative enough” doesn’t understand.

Romney lost in 2012 because he proved that he didn’t care about the average American, let alone struggling Americans. McCain lost in 2008 in part because of Sarah Palin’s sheer idiocy and airheadedness. The Tea Party has a low approval rating even among Republicans; if their ideals really were that popular, then they’d at least have a higher approval rating among their GOP compatriots.

We can only hope that Ted Cruz or another Tea Partier gets nominated (or maybe Romney again), because then the Democratic candidate is all but guaranteed to win.

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