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Keeping the debate stage big & a kids' table favors Cruz...

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[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] is counting on a big Christmas gift, not a lump of coal in his stocking, in the form of a crowded field for cover.

It is amazing to me how a number of people on this site are calling for elimination of the under card festivities along with a smaller debate stage in the main event.

This makes some sense if you support Rubio, but not if you prefer Cruz.

Others are calling for an end to the madness, too, with the best of intentions.

I have a different take. A much different take:

Splitting up the vote is working well for Cruz at the moment. At some point, he needs the votes of Carson and others to move to him with a greater number (he hopes) to him as opposed to his chief rival, Rubio. But he doesn’t need that NOW before the Iowa Caucuses in early February.

Having others on the stage prevents Rubio from being able to focus fully his fire on Cruz, simply by virtue of having others there who moderators must address. All the in-fighting with Bush against Trump, etc. helps it not all be about Cruz and his possible flaws.

Several wags believe Marco is more electable, more likable, etc. than Cruz is. If he’s able to spend nearly all his allotted time attacking Cruz, he has the chance, at least, to win more converts when they compare and contrast his smoothness and body language to that of the Texas senator, who many see as more professorial and lawyer-like.

Rubio needs to able to take on Cruz one on one nationwide on camera or close to that yesterday, not weeks from now.

Once the Iowa votes are in, it will not matter because too much momentum will be with Cruz if he wins as expected.

Rubio has ONE MORE CHANCE in the debates prior to that vote, and he’s praying the field is much smaller if he has any sense.

Currently, the 2 are still battling for 2nd place, and that might actually win the nomination eventually as real votes occur in the process and voters decide that having a loose cannon for your nominee feels better emotionally than than it is rational.

It’s not good for Cruz for this situation to go on too much longer, just long enough to create enough illusion of inevitability to bandwagon his vote accrual and dispatch Rubio as the Trump alternative that everyone will have to accept eventually.

Even the under card has a benefit for Cruz, since people like [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ] who attack Trump and make headlines again prevent the media from spending so much time attacking Cruz and defining him as an “extremist” so early on in the nomination process.

Eugene Robinson is not being listened to NOW because there is so much protective noise for Cruz due in part to the crowd size!

The lesson here is clear: If you support [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], you want the current farce to continue a little while longer until it no longer serves its purpose tactically for the Lone Star State senator…