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April 1, 2016

A Maverick in The White House?

Joe Charlebois

Back in October I wrote about the Republican Senator from Texas – Ted Cruz. He was in 6th place, polling a Real Clear Politics 6.2% average. He trailed Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. He was often left fighting principled battles alone in the well of the U.S. Senate chamber.


The three leading candidates at the time were real estate developer Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. These top three poll leaders – the top two by extremely wide margins – were aptly described as Washington outsiders. The one outsider that got very little attention was Senator Cruz.


Senator Cruz is the first senator in my memory to live the life of a “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” type of legislator. Portrayals of Mr. Cruz as the ultimate slick politician fall flat. Slick politicians are the ones who elevate the moistened forefinger into the air to see which way the political winds are blowing. Senator Cruz is anything but.


He may be a polished debater; he may be comfortable pleading a case before the Supreme Court; he may irritate his colleagues in the Senate with his stubbornness in holding onto his core principles, but he is not slick.


Ironically the senator, who was called a jackass by fellow Republican senators just months ago, is now being endorsed by those same critics. The main reason that the established Republican leadership has come to Senator Cruz’s side is the fact that the great unknown that is Donald Trump has many wondering just what power they will be able to wield in a Trump Administration. Mr. Trump has taken multiple positions on so many issues, and taken positions that may not be in line with the GOP, that the establishment is concerned.


They also realize that a President Cruz would not be able to be controlled, but at least they know where he stands. Senator Cruz has always been consistent and been steadfast in his support of Constitutional principles, whereas others have softened their stance for laws and regulations that don’t comply with the framer’s intentions.


As I stated in my October column on Senator Cruz, “it has been a while since a senator shook up the establishment as much as Ted Cruz has – and they don’t like it.


If Senator Cruz ends up with the nomination by winning a majority of delegates, or at an open convention, he will definitely change the direction that GOP heads much as Ronald Reagan did following the debacle of the Carter Administration.


“Imagine the U.S. Senate as stodgy old country club that accidentally let in an unruly member. The new junior member, Mr. Cruz, arrives; he heads to the poolside locker room, changes into his swimming trunks, heads out to the pool deck amidst awkward glances, dives into the cool water and begins to swim laps in the pristine Olympic size pool.


“After he is done he emerges from the pools and towels off while all of the other members stand back in horror. ‘You aren’t supposed to swim in the pool Ted – it’s just there for show! If you want to remain a member in good standing and receive any support from us in the future, you will do as we do here. Understood?’”


“The senator from Texas didn’t run for the Senate to stand by and go along to get along. He wanted to bring true constitutional conservative principles to Washington.


“The problem is that a large majority of the inside-the-beltway crowd has no interest in doing what is constitutional – or conservative – as it doesn’t advance their agenda – the agenda of money and power, which is why he is despised on both sides of the aisle, and loved by true conservatives.”


A President Cruz is a real possibility, and, if elected, he will be able to mold the Republican Party into one of Constitutional principles. It may be the only chance we have in the next generation to turn back the fundamental change that has taken place over the past seven years.


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