It’s not news that the smirk known as Ted Cruz is running for president. It’s all over the news today – and will be for about a week – but we’ve all known everything for months. If you were really paying attention, you’ve known it since at least January 2013 when Cruz stepped into Kay Bailey Hutchison’s former Senate office.
What’s the news, that he’s getting in before the other candidates? You’ll hear a lot about how he’s been out of the spotlight while the early coverage flows to Jeb and Scott. In March 2013, ‘spotlight’ is a concept that exists only in the beltway and in the armchairs of political junkies nationwide. This is about getting money as fast as possible.
Hilariously, his campaign has already made two noticeable blunders. First, they failed to secure TedCruz.com, a site that greets visitors with a simple page saying ‘SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA. IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW!’. That’ll be fun for the thousands checking in on the new presidential campaign Internet digs today.
The second is that Ted Cruz’s logo looks like a burning American flag. It also looks like a recolored Al Jazeera logo. Classy move all around, Team Cruz! It’s hard to blame them, of course. They’ve only known the man is going to run for president for years.
Here’s why Cruz is a long shot via the New York Times. A key snippet:
If Mr. Cruz won Iowa, he probably still wouldn’t have much of a shot at the nomination. He would face relentless criticism from other Republicans. His opponents would probably coalesce around anyone else to stop him. The “very conservative” wing of the Republican primary electorate is not large enough to swing the nomination without additional support from the relatively secular, moderate and “somewhat conservative” voters who decide the party’s blue and purple state primaries.
Basically, Cruz plays up the part of himself that is simultaneously the most exciting and least able to translate widely. He is seen as the farthest thing from presidential in record, temperament, ideas and reputation. Hard to say if he knows this. If he does, maybe he’s angling for the millions in speaking fees he’ll accrue later in life from a high-profile run. Or maybe he’s as deluded as he sometimes appears. It’s up in the air, like the carbon monoxide stifling our planet’s livability despite Ted Cruz’s insane denial.