The Undercurrent In The Republican Primaries

The two main contenders in the Republican primary race are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. That is an interesting choice for the Republican base. The Republican base is basically conservative, but conservatives and many moderates are fed up with the way things are currently being done in Washington. It seems as if the difference between Republicans and Democrats is getting smaller all the time.

The Federalist posted an article yesterday explaining why the Washington elites hate Ted Cruz. Part of understanding the impact of the Washington elites dislike of Ted Cruz is understanding that the dislike is shared by the media. It is a good idea to keep this in mind when reading any news articles in the mainstream media about Ted Cruz.

The Federalist reports:

“[T]he cadre of Republican lobbyists, operatives and elected officials based in Washington are much more unnerved by Mr. Cruz, a go-it-alone, hard-right crusader who campaigns against the political establishment and could curtail their influence and access, building his own Republican machine to essentially replace them… “Trump won’t do long-lasting damage to the G.O.P. coalition,” said John Feehery, a Capitol Hill aide turned lobbyist. “Cruz will.”

So why will Cruz do long-lasting damage? The article explains:

Because the threat smart members of the Washington political elite truly believe in is not Ted Cruz, but the model he represents: that the path for an ambitious freshman politician to achieve leadership of the Republican Party in this day and age is not the normal give and take and deference to leaders and precedent and the way we do things around here, but instead to take a flamethrower to this system from day one. Regardless of whether Cruz wins a general election, his nomination could fundamentally transform the political incentives of the Senate and change the internal dynamics of the Senate Republican Conference. It shows that you can get a shot at the presidency not by playing along, but by playing your own game.

The potential of every two years having someone walk through the door in each new Senate class who thinks they could be the next potential Ted Cruz is an absolute nightmare for those who have thrived in their cushy lifestyles as stewards of the world’s most exclusive club. And that is why his nomination is unacceptable.

Regardless of what happens in the Republican primary, this is good news for voters who want their government to listen to them. We need to upend the Washington elite and give America back to the voters. The promises made by both parties that got them elected have proved to be worthless. It is time to throw everyone out and start something new. I don’t believe Donald Trump will do that. I believe Ted Cruz will.