I’m old enough to remember when Ted Cruz wasn’t a top Tier Candidate

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I'm old enough to remember when Ted Cruz wasn't a top Tier Candidate

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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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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