In a Republican field filled with candidates that have pandered to the religious right, no contender has done a better job of consolidating their support than Ted Cruz. Religious conservatives are a key voting bloc in early primary states and without their support, winning the GOP nomination is a hard task to accomplish. This is why Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal have already dropped out of the race, with Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee likely to follow after Iowa or New Hampshire.
The message Ted Cruz is bringing is resounding well with the religious right. The message is also very simple: President Obama is destroying America, and only Ted Cruz can save it. He took that rhetoric to CBN where he claimed that god is helping his campaign.
Via Right Wing Watch:
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody on Monday, Ted Cruz said that conservative voters should back him over Donald Trump because “for seven years, we’ve had a president in the White House who has had a messiah complex.”
Cruz went on to credit his presidential campaign with sparking a national movement to “bring this country back” and create “a spirit of revival” that’s “sweeping this country.”
“I fear for America,” he said. “If we keep on this path there comes a point of no return and my prayer is that this awakening continues, that the body of Christ rise up to pull us back from the abyss.” (Source)
Like him or not, Ted Cruz is getting through to the early primary electorate. What I do find to be incredibly hypocritical is that Cruz claims President Obama has a “messiah complex” – while portraying himself as a messiah to CBN’s audience and the conservative voters of America.
Ted Cruz has managed to make himself a major thorn in the side of establishment Republicans. They fear that Trump or Cruz as the nominee would hurt other candidates down the ballot, which is very likely. Unfortunately for them, Marco Rubio has failed to capture voter’s attention and Jeb Bush has basically dumped over $30 million dollars into a political dumpster fire – with nothing to show for it.
Barring some sort of miraculous turn of events, it is becoming more and more likely that Ted Cruz or Donald Trump are destined to be the Republican nominee. While their rhetoric may play well with the GOP base in the primaries, it will prove to be disastrous in the general election. Ted Cruz wasn’t sent by god, nor is he a political messiah. Cruz is a political Pied Piper, leading the party to doom.