How Is Ted Cruz Seemingly Beating the GOP Establishment?
Here we have some great video analysis from the Associated Press on how grassroots voters are actually beating the GOP establishment:
Republican leaders are now grappling with the prospect that the best hope for stopping Donald Trump’s march to the nomination may be Sen. Ted Cruz, the only candidate who causes as much angst among party elites as the billionaire businessman. (March 7)
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This video shows that the establishment is being backed into a corner to support Ted Cruz. It is possible still that they might refuse to do so, but it is getting more difficult. At one time, establishment Republicans, like Representative Peter King, clearly expressed a preference for Donald Trump over Cruz. However, that was before Trump uttered what the establishment regards as blasphemies about the “war on terror,” and Iraq. Furthermore, he said this stuff in the pro-military state of South Carolina and still won the state!
So now suddenly Cruz seems to be looking more tolerable to the establishment as Marco Rubio’s prospects shrink. According to CNN Politics,
A battle is being waged within Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign about whether he should even remain in the Republican presidential race ahead of his home state primary on March 15, sources say.
Rubio himself is “bullish” on his odds of winning the critical primary, despite some advisers who are less hopeful and believe a loss there would damage him politically in both the short- and long-term.
Publicly, the campaign is maintaining they are still a contender in this race, touting a Sunday win in Puerto Rico’s primary that delivered Rubio 23 delegates. But privately, the campaign is having a debate about whether he should remain in the mix — even for his home state of Florida’s primary.
“He doesn’t want to get killed in his home state,” one source familiar with the discussions said, noting “a poor showing would be a risk and hurt his political future.”
It is doubtful it would have played out this way if Donald Trump had not entered the race. If it was just a contest between Cruz and Rubio, the establishment would have never considered supporting Cruz. In a truly ironic twist, if Ted Cruz wins the nomination, he may owe it in large part to the candidacy of Donald Trump. He is the grassroots’ threat that might force them to give up on John Kasich and Rubio. That’s a strange way of beating the GOP establishment, but it is a possibility.