Is it bad that I like Ted Cruz MORE now that we know George W. Bush disapproves?
For someone who has had a pretty good record of being a classy guy this is quite perception shattering.
“I just don’t like the guy,” Bush said Sunday night, according to conversations with more than half a dozen donors who attended the event…
Bush took a harsh view of Cruz’s apparent alliance with Trump, who stood with the senator at a Capitol Hill rally last month in opposition to the Iran deal. While Trump, the current GOP poll leader, has attacked most of his competitors in the 2016 field, he has avoided criticizing Cruz.
One donor, paraphrasing the former president’s comment in response to a broad question about how he viewed the primary race and the other Republican candidates, said: “He said he found it ‘opportunistic’ that Cruz was sucking up to Trump and just expecting all of his support to come to him in the end,” that donor added.
All of this is rich coming from a Bush. In addition to his mere disapproval beefing up Cruz’s conservative bona fides, this was a stupid thing to do for three reasons (but it’s not limited to just these):
1. Like it or not politics is all about strategy and opportunity and alliance. I actually thought it has been a stroke of genius for Cruz to cozy up to Trumps populsm with the most support. If you can’t beat ’em join ’em. I don’t know if it will pay off for Cruz, but Trump has been tapping the untapped and Cruz is planning to be there if (and when?) Trump’s campaign (inevitably?) falls apart. A war president, of all people, should understand something this elementary.
2. This comes across as sour grapes. Yes Cruz’s resume as an elected official is pretty thin compared to Jeb’s, so I’m guessing there’s some resentment that records aren’t mattering and that if they did Cruz would be DOA. It should be noted that much of Jeb’s resume is padded with the family name, which brings me to…
3. I don’t want to hear about opportunism from ANYONE named Bush. The reason W was elected governor of Texas, the ENTIRE impetus for him running for president, is based solely on his father’s name and all that came with it (Congressman, CIA director, Vice President, and President).
What is so opportunistic about building something outside of daddy’s shadow? Nothing.
George needs to realize that this, more than anything else is why Jeb’s campaign is faltering. If you put those two next to each other on a stage I’d bet most people would say Jeb would be a better president, but the shadow of the Bush name has grown long and dark over the last 25 years, name recognition isn’t enough this time because there’s also a record attached to it that nobody wants.