Occam’s Razor: The simplest explanation is usually the correct one.
(It could be stated a lot of other ways, but that’s the simplest)
I’ve read thousands of words speculating on the rise of “outsider” candidates and submit the following as a possible explanation.
The bulk of the media has been publicizing the “outsiders” to the hilt and covering them in a generally very flattering way while doing its utmost to destroy the candidacy (and even the career) of any candidate who is actually qualified and ideologically relevant.
Many people are influenced by the media.
And don’t actually know all that much about the candidates.
I’m doing my darndest to try and believe Ted Cruz can really become the nominee even though he’s polling at an average of 6% right now, but it’s disheartening to interact with some former Walker supporters who basically parrot the left wing media narrative on Cruz.
I keep hearing the most dismissive interpretations “S en. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ is divisive and has accomplished “nothing” since he’s been in the Senate and only cares about himself. (Because being attacked by the left wing media, the Democrats AND your own party is so much fun?)
Another way of looking at it is that Ted Cruz has kept our party alive by giving millions of Republicans a voice on the Senate floor and that without him (for example) doing his Obamacare filibuster and playing a major role in bringing about a temporary “shut down” over Obamacare – we might’ve not fared nearly so well in 2014.
His value is that he upholds a standard and leads the fight. It’s not an easy fight to win – but we have already seen major victories (Boehner resigning, Eric Cantor being defeated in a primary, etc.) which can’t exactly be counted as direct accomplishments of Ted Cruz- but they are things which have been accomplished by a movement of which he is a leader. ( If not THE leader)
Too many seem to have bought into the defeatism promoted by Boehner, McConnell, etc., etc.
My plan for the moment is to learn as much as I can about my new favorite candidate and then promote him – but past that it gets vague.
(I’ve always admired [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] since he came onto the National scene, but hadn’t looked at him in much depth before because I fervently hoped for a Walker Presidency)
So I’m looking to the more committed activists at Redstate for reasons to hope, and some better idea what I might do.