Monday, January 25, 2016

Anyone-but-Trump = Cruz?

Liberals can party behind the thought that Cruz might win, he's so widely loathed.

I say Cruz is too short -- 5'8" -- but that's just me.
(Updated below.)

 Via TPM I was led to a Mother Jones article on why and how Ted Cruz is so loathed by the GOP establishment, and it made for a peppy read, especially if you've found him loathsome, as well. I especially was moved by his college roommate during his freshman year at Princeton:
"I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States," screenwriter Craig Mazin told the Daily Beast in 2013. "Anyone. I would rather pick somebody from the phone book." On Twitter, Mazin—who has called Cruz "a nightmare of a human being"—recalled that when he was a freshman sharing a dorm room with Cruz, he would get invited to parties hosted by seniors because the upperclassmen pitied him. Cruz, he notes, "was that widely loathed. It's his superpower."

Last week, the Republican elites came out solidly against Ted Cruz, and many of the reasons are articulated in this article. The fact that leading -- and lesser -- conservatives piled on Trump muddied the waters. But Cruz's brand is considerably tarnished, and Trump remains a Teflon Don.

Verdict: Cruz is out as the anyone-but-Trump.

Update. Rick Perry apparently didn't get the memo.

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