“Polarizing” is a descriptive term used by a pontificating media to disparage various elements they find antithetical to their own worldview. Generally, when the term is used it is wrongly assigned. However, in the case of Ted Cruz it’s unfortunately accurate.
When Jason Johnson sits down to discuss his pathway to the nomination with George Will, it says more about Jason Johnson than it does about those who read Will’s opinion of the aforementioned pathway. What it essentially says is there’s a need to affirm something that isn’t factually supported by any measure of quantifiable empirical evidence.
However, when you look at the recent CBS survey result (discussed here) what you’ll identify is half of the Ted Cruz supporters themselves state they don’t think he is electable. Hence, you find the motive for Cruz Campaign Strategist Mr. Jason Johnson to give the outline; fraught with intellectual dishonesty though it may be.
Yes, 10% of the Republican Primary Voters hold ‘most-favorable-status’ opinion of Ted Cruz, yet the number evaporates to 5% when asked “can he win”? Ergo the Cruz dilemma.
The expressed “Cruz pathway” carries numerous contingencies requiring an electorate to travel with the Cruz team on faith alone. And yes, that’s an intended double entendre, because faith is the underlying element of the entire campaign. (Insert first alarm bell here).
There’s more than a passing similarity between Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz. Indeed, it’s not a mere coincidence that Beck’s Mercury One Charity is Co-Chaired by the same David Barton who heads ‘Keep The Promise’ (KtP), the Ted Cruz Super-PAC.
Strategist Johnson claims (to George Will) the campaign is contingent upon an alignment of disenfranchised white voters from previous elections. This is not the first time this has been stated:
JULY 2015 […] Keep the Promise, whose strategy is detailed in a 51-slide PowerPoint presentation titled “Can He Win?” recently posted to the organization’s website, mercilessly attacks 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney as unable to elevate “wedge issues,” or divisive issues that polarize voters, to the forefront of the Republican debate. Calling Romney a “terrible candidate with a terrible campaign,” the slides pillory him as a Republican who managed to squander winnable states just like every other “loser” moderate candidate. (link)
However, beyond their dependency on “divisive issues”, what you’ll note is the Cruz Campaign apparatus also relying on Donald Trump’s broad-base coalition to support them in this endeavor.
When you recognize that Trump’s growing coalition is not only every segment of the Republican electorate, but also massive elements of Independents and ‘Conservative Thinking Democrats’ (Blue Dogs), you begin to see why half of Cruz’s supporters accept the impossibility of this dependent “switch”.
It is highly doubtful that Diamond and Silk, would be “Stumping for Cruz”, or anything similar. It’s actually beyond doubtful, it’s a ridiculous proposition. Nor would there be thousands of Democrats changing their party affiliation to Republican to support Cruz in the primary elections.
Secondly, when you consider these “white evangelicals” it would appear, statistically and empirically, that candidate Ben Carson holds far more sway than Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz; why is that?
Beyond the ideological flaws inherent in the sales pitch, the reality is that even if, as Ted Cruz himself has stated: “the lions share” of Trump supporters did, for some mysterious and divinely intervened reasoning, switch to Ted Cruz, the road map is still not there.
There’s a reason why the recent CBS survey approached their polling questions with head-to-head match-ups yet excluded Ted Cruz specifically. It appears to be the same reason why the GOPe media constructs within Park Row allow the narrative of Cruz, as told by Johnson, to remain unblemished. By not contrasting them, they retain the air of possibility. There’s a motive inside that retention having nothing to do with Cruz per se’.
It is also entirely appropriate to say that Ted Cruz has done some exceptionally good work on behalf of all conservatives. Indeed, at least I would argue, his finest hour was walking off stage –amid a chorus of boos from Mid-East Christians– when he refused not to distance himself from supporting Israel. It was, perhaps, his finest hour.
However, again with the Beck influence, that high moment was followed by marching lock-step with the insufferable Glenn Beck to hand out Soccer Balls and Teddy Bears to illegal alien children.
Cruz’s visit timed amid the same weekend when DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson was petitioning congress for an emergency funding bill of $4 Billion for what turned out to be figments of a progressively manufactured globalist imagination.
The preachy schtick is a polarizing strategy, even amid a genuinely compassionate christian audience. It is also a strategy accepted by a very small portion of the electorate – against national elections, and even within Republican elections. See the previous presidential bid of Mike Huckabee as one empirical example.
In order to win support of the scope and scale necessary to win a national election, you first have to appeal on a platform supported by a national electorate.
Such a platform does not include revival tents, Glenn Beck, David Barton or the host of other preachy pontificators who operate in the space between a rabid minority group and the rest of the U.S. electorate.
Reverend Franklin Graham Jr well understands that his ability to influence Christianity in a positive way is assisted by a massive number of people, good people, who couldn’t quote you a favorite bible verse. There’s was a solid reason for a Ronald Reagan / Billy Graham relationship that is virtually identical to the relationship between Donald Trump and Franklin Graham Jr.
Centrism, meaning right-of-centered centrism, is the winning formula to increase influence and bring people together. Go too far off on the proverbial right and you find yourself amid a small fractured group of like-minded ideologues, ie. the polarized crowd.
This, amid all of the other compass spinning examples, is one reason why half of the Cruz base thinks their own preferred candidate is unelectable.
Unfortunately, once you begin operating in this space between the severely religious noise and the rest of the electorate, you find yourself left with only one option….
…. preach to the choir.
Cue the audio visual demonstration: