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Following Moore’s Defeat, Dems Foaming At Mouth To Unseat Ted Cruz #Texas #Cruz

Following Moore’s Defeat, Dems Foaming At Mouth To Unseat Ted Cruz

Conservatives have a problem, and it’s a big problem. Unfortunately, this problem has been going on for generations, so one has to wonder if it can be cured…

The problem is simple, but with widespread repercussions. Conservatives are lazy when it comes to politics.

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Sure, a conservative will work their fingers to the bone to provide for their family, but when it comes to politics, conservatives are quite possibly lazier than a generational welfare mooch waiting for a raise in food stamps.

Conservatives are by and large Christians, and perhaps that is the source of the problem. Not that being Christian is bad, mind you, but the side effect of conservatives expecting one man to fix every problem by themselves.

Meanwhile the reality of the situation is that no human, no politician is a political messiah. One person, in this case President Trump, cannot save the day on their own.

The fact is, conservatives are going to have to buck history in order to maintain control of the House and Senate. Historically, the party holding the White House ends up losing the House and Senate. Obama’s reign was no exception to this rule. When he was elected, Democrats had a majority. Two years later, Obama found himself with a hostile Congress.

If history is any measure, the same is about to happen to Trump, and Democrats know it.

Now, following the defeat of Judge Moore in Alabama, Democrats have targeted Ted Cruz. After all, if they can defeat Moore, why not the marginally popular Ted Cruz?

Recently, The Week wrote an op-ed about the idea of defeating Ted Cruz, and they were thrilled at the prospect.

Some excerpts from their rant…

Democrats’ shocking victory in the Alabama Senate special election undoubtedly has raised their potential list of seats they might win. If they can win in the Deep South, they can win anywhere.

High on the list of reach targets is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is up for re-election in 2018. Hillary Clinton did quite well in Texas, only losing by 9 points (better than she did in Iowa) — as compared to nearly 28 points in Alabama. What’s more, Democrats have a solid candidate in the form of Rep. Beto O’Rourke from El Paso.

Victory is a real possibility.

It is true, of course, that Cruz does not have any molestation scandals hanging over his head. But almost unbelievably, his approval rating is actually lower in Texas than Roy Moore’s is in Alabama.

You can clearly see above, they are confident in their chances… But why?

What they think about Cruz is telling.

Cruz’s performance at the Republican National Convention, where he pointedly refused to endorse then-candidate Donald Trump in a speech — and then later came around and supported him anyway. Thus did he alienate both the Republican rank-and-file, who love Trump, and the minority of anti-Trump conservatives.

Some of it’s probably just Cruz himself, though. This might sound rather petty, but it’s simply undeniable that Cruz is one of the most detestable people ever to hold national office in the United States — not in terms of actual bad actions, though God knows Cruz has his share of those, but in purely personal terms. He’s a pathological showboater, who has repeatedly undermined the party to boost his own profile

They continue on babbling about Trump’s incompetence and unpopularity of the GOP.

A further obstacle for Cruz is the historic unpopularity of the Republican Party. Democrats now have a 15-point advantage in the generic congressional ballot, and Trump barely crests 40 percent approval in Texas. No doubt that is partly the result of Trump’s endless scandals and incompetence, and party the result of the god-awful tax bill the GOP is attempting to jam through under cover of secrecy.

All of this combines to make Cruz likely beatable, though particular strategies for winning are going to be necessarily rather speculative at such a chaotic political moment.

And below, the game plan.

Find issues that, unlike austerity and Medicare cuts, will actually help a large majority of the state, and do have significant support — or can also fire up the base voters and organizers that will put in time volunteering, as Jones’ volunteers made 1.2 million phone calls and knocked on 800,000 doors.

Winning in Texas will be a steep uphill battle for any Democrat. But as Jones’ victory shows, the way to win nationally is by contesting every single race, no matter how implausible — you never know how well you’ll do for sure unless you try, and you never know when you might get lucky.

So if O’Rourke can capitalize on Cruz’s historic unpopularity, inspire liberals and leftists to turn out, and register a boatload of Latinos, he might just pull it off.

Hopefully conservatives will wake up before the elections in November 2018. If not, they’re going to find themselves being furious that Congress was flipped, and now the Democrats are impeaching President Trump.

Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 14th, 2017

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