How helpful has Ted Cruz’s push to defund Obamacare been for a potential 2016 presidential run?
DEMOCRATS (92 VOTES)
Very helpful: 26%
Somewhat helpful: 35%
Very unhelpful: 20%
“There has to be one big red-meat eater in every election.”
“Democrats can only hope it was very helpful. You go, Ted!”
“It connects him viscerally with the lunatic wing of the Republican Party.”
“Gives him quick visibility. That is hard to come by for a first-term senator.”
“The Republican crazies love him, and there are a lot of crazies in primary and caucus states.”
“He will never get nominated but will help him build political capital (Twitter followers, contributions, TV and radio fans).”
“It lifts his profile with the fringe, but he already had that. If he wants to be president, it is the mainstream that he needs.”
“The only question is what variety of nut he will be, but a nut he is!”
“He may be the darling of the tea-party Right, but he PO’d the entire GOP establishment.”
“When ‘waste of time’ were the words most often chosen to describe his actions, and he himself voted to move forward, he made it blatantly clear that this was nothing but a stunt.”
“The good news for Cruz is that he will determine who the next president is. The bad news for him is that he won’t be the next president.”
“If making waves is his goal, Ã la Ron Paul, then it’s a win. If becoming president is the goal, then it’s a disaster.”
“Theater of the absurd is a hard sell for Main Street America.”
“Democrats’ fervent wish for the Republicans in 2016: ‘Honey, won’t you take me on a sea-CRUZ!!!!!’ “
How helpful has Ted Cruz’s push to defund Obamacare been for a potential 2016 presidential run?
REPUBLICANS (93 VOTES)
Very helpful: 18%
Somewhat helpful: 40%
Very unhelpful: 18%
“Winning the ‘Stop Obamacare’ mantle may be the best message in a Republican primary.”
“The most active sector of the GOP electorate is looking to back the candidate offering the most confrontational contrast to Obama and his policies. Cruz is winning that primary within the primary.”
“The effect of his strategy for the GOP is negative, but for him, it takes the oxygen out of the room for others and makes Cruz a serious player.”
“He has separated himself from the pack and touched a populist nerve among conservatives.”
“Free advertising and taking on the political class never hurts a candidate with the GOP base.”
“It has moved him from obscure freshman to rock star of the lunatic fringe, but we’ve seen how far that got Ron Paul.”
“While he has tortured his fellow senators, he has become the darling of the outsider, populist conservatives who are a substantial player in GOP primaries.”
“It’s helpful at the grassroots, but it guarantees that 95 percent of his GOP Senate colleagues will endorse against him.”
“Even though Americans are not in love with the law, they are more tired of the D.C. dysfunction, and he will be a poster board for that moving forward.”
“This has won him many more detractors than friends. Captaining a losing strategy is no way to gain respect.”
“Nothing Cruz does is helpful. He ought to be ousted from the [Senate] GOP Conference.”
“He is the only person who could actually screw up 2014 for GOP, and then if he runs for POTUS in 2016, do it again!”
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