Stuart Rothenberg is a sensible political observer who increasingly is frustrated with conservatives outside Washington. In a column in Roll Call, Rothenberg said Republicans need to nominate Ted Cruz.
"It’s time to make the anti-establishment wing of the GOP put up or shut up," Rothenberg wrote.
Rothenberg also wrote:
According to those conservatives, the GOP loses when “squishy” Republican nominees don’t offer voters a sharp contrast, and because of that, millions of conservative voters sit at home, unexcited with the choices offered.
Even the government shutdown of two years ago didn’t convince tea party conservatives in Congress that their strategy was unwise and backfired dramatically. After all, they now can note — Republicans made additional House and Senate gains in 2014, even after all the media hysteria associated with the shutdown.
Of course, national polling from respectable pollsters showed substantial damage to the GOP brand during the shutdown, but the party was saved by the administration’s messy launch of its Obamacare website. It isn’t clear that Democratic ineptness will save Republicans from themselves a second time.Hmm, well, that is an interesting re-write of history. Weren't those the same pollsters who said Romney would win? Most Americans could not care less about the government shutdown because nothing happened.
But, OK. Fine. Punish us with Cruz. Rothenberg sees him as Goldwater. Cruz's supporters see him as Reagan.
I still like Carly best, but if it is Cruz, so be it.