Who is this man?
In an attempt to jog your memory, I will begin by saying he was the Jeb Bush of the 1980 election season By early 1979, he was swaggering about the country, vacuuming up the wealthy donor palm-grease like an Oreck-XL. He was the man to beat.
He’d been a Secretary of the Treasury. He’d been a Secretary of the Navy…. C’mon, you remember him– surely? He had the connections, he had the resume…
Heck, he even had Haley Barbour.What more could you ask for in an Establishment Country-Club Blue-Blood Republican?
Of course, the fact that he’d once been a Democrat only polished his establishment patina. That he’d only stopped being a Democrat less than a decade before made it even better! The prevailing wisdom amongst the political gliterati of the day insisted that –by virtue of the arson committed to the GOP at the hands of Richard Nixon six years earlier (and his subsequent pardon by his appointed Republican Veep Jerry Ford)– the Republican brand was so irretrievably damaged that only a Democrat could win as a Republican.
For cryin’ out loud! The man even LOOKED like a president, with that shock of silver hair, and the deep resonant Texas drawl.
He’d even been a Governor! He was an “executive”. And, the cherry on top of it all was that he’d been injured by the same gun that martyred the great John Kennedy.
He’d raised millions of dollars (some from unctuous sources, but: no matter) by New Years, 1980. He was the Man to Beat. He’d even run national TV ads before Christmas Day, 1979.
By March 9th, 1980 — barely three months into things– he dropped out.
Reagan crushed him– despite the man’s money, despite the man’s connections, despite the man’s Rolo-dex. Despite Haley Barbor. Despite his name: John Connally was vanquished…
Along with all the other squishy, establishment Eastern Patrician Republicans: Howard Baker, Bob Dole, John Anderson, Lowell Weicker, George H.W. Bush.
…which was Ronald Reagan’s secret weapon: In a crowded field of Establishment Beige, he was the only Bold Color Conservative. Of course, Phil Crane, a conservative protege of Paul Weyrich, sought the nomination for a couple months, but he lacked name recognition and solid national organization. Other than Crane, Reagan was the only full-throated Anti-Carter, Pro-America conservative.
And thus, I encourage all the Lindsay Grahams, the Carly Fiorinas, the Chris Cristies, the Jon Huntsmans, the Mitt Romneys, to join Jeb Bush: The squishier the better. The more we can carve up the Establishment Vote, and coalesce around [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], the better. Let the establishment fight over the crumbs for a change
And [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] is my man– and not just for the reasons which were voiced by MikeyMike: I am a fiery supporter of [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] because he gets it. He understands the perilous times in which we live. He recognizes the razor’s edge upon which the Republic rests.
Further, not only does he Get It, he can articulate it. He won’t be talking about “Severe Conservatism” or make allusion to the “47%” like Mitt. He won’t talk about how fecund those south of the border seem to be, like ol’ Jeb did. We won’t be cringing every time Ted Cruz opens his mouth, hoping against damnable hope that something stupid doesn’t roll out.
He is authentic. He is a conservative. And that’s what it takes to win in a blow-out.