#1 What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz by algernonpj 04.05.2016 11:58

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The title caught my eye. I was curious to see what was identified as 'what went wrong'. Per the author many of the same things that turned off those who became Trump supporters:
arrogance, hubris, bragging about voterless primary wins, being dishonest.


What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz
3:03 AM, May 04, 2016 | By Fred Barnes

What happened to Ted Cruz? A month ago, he won the Wisconsin primary in a landslide and was poised to combat Donald Trump with a fresh burst of enthusiasm. Now he's out of the race and Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Things happened in two cycles, some in recent weeks and others that plagued his campaign from the beginning. As Trump said last night, Cruz is tough and smart. But he made big mistakes as a presidential candidate.

Cruz thought he could skip primaries in states that looked unpromising.

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Two other factors contributed to his demise. He accused Trump of being a liberal like Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee. The charge wasn't credible. Trump may not be a conservative, but he's hardly a liberal.

And Cruz talked incessantly about process. He and his campaign aides boasted about how well he was doing in putting Cruz backers in delegate slots pledged to Trump. They pointed to their success in winning all 34 delegates in Colorado, though neither a primary nor a caucus had been held.

This backfired. Voters tend to be uninterested in campaign process. Worse, Trump insisted the nomination fight was "rigged" because delegates were being chosen undemocratically, without the assent of voters. Trump exploited this issue successfully for days

Then there were Cruz's long-term problems. One was his persistent claim to be the only "true conservative" in the race. Indeed, he is a conservative. But by saying so incessantly, he cut himself off from voters who weren't interested in a right-wing candidate.

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"Trump's strategy was so simple that it's almost crude: try to win every state," Danker wrote. "He visited just about every state that had a nominating contest, and refused to concede there was any place where he couldn't do well. Because his campaign was not reliant on paid advertising, he was able to use this approach without much regard to his campaign budget."

By the way, Cruz's worst fear was realized in Indiana. He lost the bloc of "very" and "somewhat" conservative voters to Trump.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/what-went-...article/2002227

#2 RE: What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz by conservgramma 04.05.2016 13:39

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I still say it was the pretend Dudley do-right morphing into Snidely Whiplash personality that did him in.

#3 RE: What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz by algernonpj 04.05.2016 13:49

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Quote: conservgramma wrote in post #2
I still say it was the pretend Dudley do-right morphing into Snidely Whiplash personality that did him in.


Nice synopsis !

#4 RE: What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz by april 04.05.2016 14:52

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Quote: conservgramma wrote in post #2
I still say it was the pretend Dudley do-right morphing into Snidely Whiplash personality that did him in.

The more I saw of him the more he creeped me out. His votes on TPA/TPP distrubed me early on.

#5 RE: What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz by conservgramma 04.05.2016 14:57

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Quote: april wrote in post #4
Quote: conservgramma wrote in post #2
I still say it was the pretend Dudley do-right morphing into Snidely Whiplash personality that did him in.

The more I saw of him the more he creeped me out. His votes on TPA/TPP distrubed me early on.


Yep, me too.

#6 RE: What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz by april 04.05.2016 15:09

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Quote: conservgramma wrote in post #5
Quote: april wrote in post #4
Quote: conservgramma wrote in post #2
I still say it was the pretend Dudley do-right morphing into Snidely Whiplash personality that did him in.

The more I saw of him the more he creeped me out. His votes on TPA/TPP disturbed me early on.


Yep, me too.


He never answered a question about what he would do with all the illegals that where here early on at a debate. Then he didn't show up for votes even though he said he was conservative. Oh that Canada issue too. His wife working at Sachs and he voted for the TPA. Then a radio show pointed out to me his speech pattern. Preaching like. He always said conservative and REagan in all his talking points.

#7 RE: What Went Wrong for Ted Cruz by truthkeeper 04.05.2016 16:19

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I've given this a lot of thought.

Although there were a number of things about Cruz both as a candidate (TERRIBLE) and personally (nails on chalkboard, although I didn't start out that way with him) that were problematic, I really think the beginning of the end for him was the whole Carson episode.

Trump absolutely beat him like a drum on that and the truth is, no one could have recovered. Whether fair or unfair, Trump also took the next bold step and used it as an opportunity to form the whole "Lyin' Ted" meme, which dogged Cruz to the very end.

Again, no recovery possible.

EDIT later in the afternoon: One more thing, I feel Cruz blaming the Chicago rioting on Trump was despicable, and apparently I was far from alone. If his campaign ever had a chance (I don't think it did), it was the final nail in the coffin.

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