The great thing about conventional wisdom is it’s always right, until it isn’t:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has jumped to third place in the prospective Republican presidential field since making his bid official last week, according to a new poll.
The survey, released Wednesday by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found Cruz surging from 5% support last month to 16% support from Republican primary voters this month.
As a general rule early announcers don’t get much from it, so why has Ted Cruz progressed so much in a week, well here are a few clues:
1. Cruz has been bold:
Cruz made it a point to make his announcement at liberty university, KNOWING that the left / media would go absolutely nuts over it and dismiss him because of it. The attacks of the left were sure to make people of the right pleased.
2. Cruz has been relentless
At a time when the conventional wisdom and the media wisdom was proclaiming that the signing of the Tom Cotton open letter was an at of treason Cruz not only defended it but had this to say to Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe:
This interview, for the most part, was hostile and yet Ted Cruz did fabulously. Much of the interview centered on the Iranian letter, as Mika continued to press Cruz on the motivations behind the letter, even after he had already explained to her their motivations. Cruz never backed down one iota, even saying at the end that he has no regrets about signing the letter, like John McCain does as Mika points out, and that he would sign the same letter to Iran again in large print so the Ayatollahs wouldn’t need their glasses to read his signature.
and proved to be ahead of the public on the issue
3. Ted Cruz has been fearless.
While Mike Pence and Asa Hutchinson were quick to backtrack under media and leftist pressure not only was Ted Cruz one of the first to defend Indiana’s law. On Wednesday he doubled down:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016.
And vowed to campaign on it:
Cruz told an audience Wednesday he could carry the banner for that cause in his GOP presidential campaign.
“We need to stand up as courageous conservatives,” he told a packed auditorium in the heart of northwest Iowa’s conservative northwest in his first visit to the state since declaring his candidacy last week. “Religious liberty is not some fringe view.”
Bottom line, leaders lead. Ted Cruz is leading from the front and in the face of unrelenting pressure from media and leftist activists and Republicans voters are taking notice.
Closing thought: All of these things Cruz is doing are exactly the opposite of what the MSM and the GOP establishment says a Republican has to do to win.
Perhaps unlike some in the GOP Senator Cruz knows how to play the game.
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