Ted Cruz’s surge of support in recent polls has achieved the impossible. It has unified the GOP Establishment and Progressive Democrats in their opposition to him. Just last week, Bob Dole declared he “might oversleep” on election day if Ted Cruz was the candidate. If there was ever a sign that [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] has lost the “happy and gracious loser” vote, it is Bob Dole opposing him. Now Clinton fellatisto David Brock is rolling out his strategy to defeat [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] should be become the nominee.
David Brock is a huckster, a charlatan, a cretin, and very likely a crook if any law enforcement agency or the IRS took the time to look at his operation. He is most famous for running Media Matters for America. The site supposedly exists to correct media reports unfavorable to Democrats but it really exists as a laughable exercise in propaganda filling a gap somewhere between Pravda and The Onion. He also runs a pro-Hillary PAC called Correct The Record, which is run out of the same address as Media Matters, another PAC called American Bridge, and on and on. His real line of business, however, is actually sucking off large quantities of progressive cash by pandering to their worst nightmares about Republicans. The fact that he produces risible schlock with the money actually, in a weird sort of way, makes him a GOP ally.
Politico reports that in a speech in Cleveland that Brock not only sees Ted Cruz as the most likely nominee he laid out his points of attack:
“The people who know [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] best despise him, including his former college roommate,” Brock said during a Q&A following a speech Friday at the City Club of Cleveland. “He’s raised money for groups that ran ads against his own fellow Republican senators. He single-handedly forced the government shutdown, which his own colleagues said was a suicide note.”
Brock outlined a general-election battle that would focus on social issues where he believes Cruz is “wildly out of touch with American voters.” He lis[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]’s position on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, “personhood” legislation and contraception. “Those are the kinds of issues that are going to be raised, and there’s an awful lot to talk about with [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ].”
Brock is a Clinton detractor-turned-defender. He founded the rapid response organization Correct The Record, which coordinates with the official Clinton campaign and plays an outsized role both in defending her against Republican attacks and going on offense against the competition. He also sits on the board of her super PAC, Priorities USA.
—He described Cruz as “the second angriest man in the race” and a “hyper-partisan who has aligned himself with the most extreme elements of the Republican party,” including the House Freedom Caucus and Iowa [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve King (R-IA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000362′ ], a divisive figure within the GOP who has endorsed Cruz.
And Brock is confident Cruz will win the Republican primary.
“He’s where the ID of the conservative base is, I believe strongly. He’s got a lot of money, he’s a big super PAC, he’s also got low-dollar donors. He’s playing a very long game organizationally on the ground,” Brock said. “He’s going to win Iowa, I believe, maybe not New Hampshire, but then South Carolina,” Brock said, adding that the party rules that allow for winner-take-all primaries come March will ensure a Cruz victory.
It is hard to tell if Brock actually believes what he is saying or simply trying to leech more money out of potential donors, but I largely agree with his assessment of the campaign. I don’t think Trump is going to be the nominee and if it comes down to a two-man race between Cruz and Rubio, Cruz is going to win handily. He has more money. He has an organization that is devoted to him. He understand the populist fire that is just waiting to be stoked into an inferno.
What Brock sees as negatives will resonate with the people dim enough to give Brock their hard-earned money. They fetishize comity and bipartisanship. They don’t care about where the country is going because they are rent-seekers and crony capitalists who ultimately stroke the federal teat — or other body part — to ensure their livelihood. They would be appalled that their Ivy League roommate wasn’t on their Christmas card list.
In a way, Brock’s attack on Cruz is basically the same as Bob Dole’s:
In a question about what Dole makes of Trump, the former Senate leader quickly turned matters to Cruz. “He’s not traditional Republican conservative,” Dole said of the Texan. “Achievements are shutting down the government twice, and calling the Republican leader, [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ], a liar on the Senate floor. It violates the rules of the Senate. And he doesn’t have a single Senate supporter.”
Later, Mitchell probed as to whether Dole could or would vote for Trump next November. Dole said he would because he can’t bring himself to vote for Hillary Clinton. Then she asked about Cruz, and Dole joked, “I might oversleep that day,” before adding: ” ‘Cause he used to make these speeches. ‘Remember President Dole, do you remember President McCain.’ The inference was that we were all a bunch of liberals, and only he is a true conservative. And he uses the word ‘conservative’ more than he ever uses the word ‘Republican.’ So, it would be difficult.”
But will this matter in an election? Will independents vote for Hillary because Ted Cruz stood up to his own party and acted, well, independent? The personhood-birth-control hit might appeal to some people but those people’s votes were never in question to begin with. Brock can try to sell the “angriest man in the race” story if he wishes but Cruz does not appear to be angry either on the trail or in interviews. And in an environment where two-thirds of Americans believe the nation is on the wrong track, anger is not going to be a negative attribute.
If the best Brock has is that Ted Cruz is pissed off at the status quo and is not afraid to make enemies, well, then he’s got nothing.