Washington Post: Say, Why Do So Many Republicans Hate Ted Cruz?

I’m guessing this is meant to be a soft hit-piece on Senator Ted Cruz as he runs for President, but, it perfectly explains why he’s so popular with the Conservative base

A lot of people just don’t like Ted Cruz. How come that’s okay with him?

Ted Cruz has been branded a “wacko bird” by a Senate colleague and a “jackass” by the former speaker of the House. A GOP consultant labeled him a show horse, and a strategist for a rival presidential campaign called him the Mitt Romney of 2016 — the Republican no other Republican can stand.

“I just don’t like the guy,” former president George W. Bush, Cruz’s old boss, told supporters at a fundraiser for his brother Jeb Bush last month.

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The list of GOP politicians and operatives willing to take open shots at Cruz has grown long: Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, former House speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio), Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. John Thune (S.D.), former senator Tom Coburn (Okla.) — and on and on.

Cruz does not appear to be bothered. The senator and presidential candidate seems to relish the fact that so many fellow Republicans love to hate him. On the trail, the Texas Republican fondly recounts his skirmishes. His campaign blasts out fundraising e-mails quoting the critical words. When Boehner called Cruz a jackass, his campaign’s solicitation quoted him as saying, “I will wear it as a badge of honor because I refuse to join their club.” A super PAC supporting Cruz released a radio spot Tuesday boasting that Boehner referred to Cruz as a “a pain in the you-know-what.”

It’s a long, long, long article, which doesn’t ever seem to actually reach out to Ted Cruz to find out “why”. Down lower in the article we read

To some supporters, Cruz’s skirmishes make the candidate more attractive.

“He’s hated by the political establishment,” said Chart Westcott, a Dallas biotech investor and Cruz donor. “He’s got that original outsider status, and that’s what I love and has made him attractive to so many swaths of Americans.”

And there’s one of your answer. He’s standing against the GOP establishment, which has consistently sold out the GOP voting base. They campaign on promises, then fail to keep them, sometimes not even bothering to attempt to keep them. Sometimes going against them. Ted Cruz stands on principle, and does his best to keep to those principles.

The article is an attempt to tell the casual voter just how much certain Republicans hate Ted Cruz. For the Conservative voters, it reinforces why we support Cruz, and why we dislike the GOP Establishment.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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